Gulf Shores Golf Club, Gulf Shores (semiprivate). Opening: November
Built in 1964, this Gulf Coast course has completed a $4 million reconstruction intended to keep a competitive with local standouts such as Kiva Dunes. Rumpled fairway contours and new and enlarged water hazards add definition to formerly flat, tree-lined holes. The greens have been resurfaced with a fast, durable strain of Bermuda known as Mini Verde.
ARCHITECTS: Carter and Jay Morrish. YARDAGE: 6,919. PAR: 71. GREENS FEE: TBD. TEE TIMES: 251-968-4501.
Dos Lagos Golf Course, Corona (public). Opening: January
Matt Dye, a nephew of Pete Dye, has transformed a former silica mine in the heart of Southern California’s populous "Inland Empire" into a fun and affordable golf course. He made skillful use of the site’s natural features, including Temescal Canyon Wash, which borders six holes on the front nine, and a mountainous rise that props up four holes on the back.
ARCHITECT: Matt Dye. YARDAGE: 6,530. PAR: 70. GREENS FEES: $39–$69. TEE TIMES: www.doslagosgolf.com.
Olivas Links, Ventura (public). Opening: January
To better suit its breezy location near the Ventura River estuary, the dead flat, parkland-style Olivas Park golf course has been reinvented as Olivas Links, a links-style design with large, sloping greens and mounds covered in tall native grass. Hundreds of trees were removed to open up the property, but the distinctive wind-stunted stone pines were fittingly left in place
ARCHITECT: Forrest Richardson. YARDAGE: 6,900. PAR: 72. GREENS FEES: $35–$50. TEE TIMES: 805-642-4303, www.olivasparkgolf.com.
The Golf Club at Ravenna, Littleton (private). Opened: October (eight holes; the remainder to open in spring)
From the highest point on this course—the fifth tee, just over six thousand feet above sea level—you can see all the way to downtown Denver, nearly twenty miles away. Tens of thousands of mature pines and gamble oak were brought in to accent the already beautiful holes strung across this tumbling, wide-open stretch of Front Range foothills on the border of Pike National Forest.
ARCHITECT: Jay Morrish. YARDAGE: 7,240. PAR: 71. Membership Inquiries: 720-956-1600, www.ravennagolf.com.