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New Course Review | November 2006


Conservatory at Hammock Beach, Palm Coast (resort). Opening: November
The native forest and wetlands that encompass this northeastern Florida layout are richly garnished with annuals, driftwood, brooks and lagoons with man-made waterfalls. Slopes rising 150 to 200 feet were created to yield panoramic views of the property, and a 44,000-square-foot crystal palace–inspired "conservatory" clubhouse will house interior gardens as well as rare British West Indies art.
ARCHITECT: Tom Watson. YARDAGE: 7,746. PAR: 72. GREENS FEE: $175 (resort guests only). TEE TIMES: 386-246-5500, www.hammockbeach.com.

Tradition at Reunion Resort & Club, Reunion (resort). Opening: December
In contrast to this Orlando-area resort’s existing Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer eighteens, both of which lie on sandy central Florida topography known as the Highlands Ridge, Jack Nicklaus’s Tradition course cuts through a seemingly less dramatic parcel of pine and natural preserve. The design is distinctive, though, featuring large, heavily contoured greens, close-cropped chipping areas, deep bunkers and expansive waste areas.
ARCHITECT: Nicklaus Signature Design. YARDAGE: 7,255. PAR: 72. GREENS FEES: $150–$200. TEE TIMES: 407-662-1100.


Fallen Oak at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi (resort). Opening: November
The last time Tom Fazio built a course for MGM-Mirage—Shadow Creek in Las Vegas—he had to import scores of trees and construct an entire network of waterways in the desert. This time, such features were in abundance: The architect considered a dozen coastal sites before selecting a secluded 510-acre parcel next to a national forest. Then he artfully rearranged the indigenous oaks, magnolias and yaupons to fit his design.
ARCHITECT: Tom Fazio. YARDAGE: 7,487. PAR: 72. GREENS FEE: $225. TEE TIMES: 877-805-4657, www.beaurivage.com.


Concan Country Club at Mountain Valley, Concan (semiprivate). Opening: December
This members’ and daily-fee layout eighty miles west of San Antonio weaves through groves of oak, cedar and persimmon, yet it plays almost like a desert course thanks to the wild hill-country scrub bordering many of the holes. Players who have struggled to keep the ball in play will have a chance to tidy up their scorecard, though, on the closing stretch: three of the course’s final six holes are par fives.
ARCHITECTS: Roy Bechtol and Randy Russell. YARDAGE: 7,284. PAR: 72. GREENS FEES: $49–$75. TEE TIMES: 830-232-4471, www.concangolf.com.



Taba Heights Golf Resort, Taba (resort). Opened: October
Surrounded by luxury hotels, villas and a casino, the golf course anchoring this burgeoning resort on the east coast of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula serves as recreational green space for the entire development. The holes slope gradually toward the Gulf of Aqaba, especially the par-four seventeenth, which finishes nearly on the beach and offers views of Jordan and Israel across the sea in the distance.
ARCHITECT: John Sanford. YARDAGE: 7,100. PAR: 72. GREENS FEE: TBD. TEE TIMES: 011-202/305-7843, www.tabaheights.com.


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