Heritage Plantation, Laurel Hill (semiprivate)
Dense pine forest and rolling hills with elevation changes of up to a hundred feet give this course near the Alabama border a feel more akin to greater Atlanta or Birmingham than to the Florida Panhandle. The tree-lined fairways work toward the property’s peak, and the steeply sloped greens are framed by wetlands and clean, elegant bunkers.
Architect: Bill Bergin. Yardage: 7,328. Par: 72. Green Fees: $60–$75. Tee Times: 850-652-2000, heritageplantationfla.com.
The Golf Club of Kansas, Lenexa (semiprivate)
The architects of this course considered some thirty-five different routings around the steep, wooded property, a former quarry. The most breathtaking hole, the par-five fourteenth, features sheer rock escarpments that bracket the entire fairway. Preview rounds began last fall, and the course, situated twenty minutes southwest of Kansas City, will remain open to the public until its membership is full.
Architects: Tom Jackson and Tom Kelly. Yardage: 7,011. Par: 71. Green Fee: $54. Tee Times: 913-888-4894, thegolfclubofkansas.com.
The Presidential, Dulles (private)
Located just five minutes from Dulles International Airport, the Presidential will cater exclusively to a corporate clientele. The course was laid out by former Nicklaus Design associate Dave Heatwole. It sits in the Broad Run floodplain, where a network of lakes, ponds and marshes provides strategic and aesthetic relief to the layout’s twenty-seven holes. Among its selling points is a Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf, the first on the East Coast.
Architect: Dave Heatwole. Yardage: 7,026. Par: 71. Membership Inquiries: 703-230-2000, thepresidential.com.