The Links at Cougar Canyon, Trinidad (public). Opening: September (limited play)
One nine here crosses a high-plains meadow beneath the watch of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains; the other dips through canyons and piñon-flecked arroyos. The sinister implication of the course's black-sand bunkers culminates at the par-three sixteenth, where an island green falls away on all sides into a deep wash.
ARCHITECT: Nicklaus Design. YARDAGE: 7,700. PAR: 72. GREENS FEES: $35$49. TEE TIMES: 877-547-7455, cougarcanyonliving.com.
The Golf Club at Bridgewater, Lakeland (semiprivate). Opening: October
Decades of phosphate mining ravaged this site and left behind a series of distressed, low-grade wetlands. They've been painstakingly refurbished as a wildlife sanctuary and a thirty-two-acre system of interlinked mitigating ponds, through which Steve Smyers laced strategic holes with push-up greens displaying decisive internal ridges and slopes.
ARCHITECT: Steve Smyers. YARDAGE: 7,254. PAR: 71. GREENS FEES: TBA. TEE TIMES: golfatbridgewater.com.
New Smyrna Beach Golf Course
New Smyrna Beach (public). Reopening: October
This Donald Ross design—one of the architect's last—has loyally served this coastal community south of Daytona Beach since 1950. Now, as part of a $2.5 million renovation by Bobby Weed, its sagging features have been restored. Weed preserved the routing by building modern versions of the original greens, while at the same time selectively adding bunkers and enhancing fairway contours.
ARCHITECT: Bobby Weed. YARDAGE: 6,450. PAR: 72. GREENS FEES: $25$45. TEE TIMES: 386-424-2192.
Long Shadow Golf Club, Madison
(semiprivate). Opening: October
Owner Paul Donnelly assisted ESPN golf commentator Charlie Rymer and Mike Young with the design on this central Georgia site. Clusters of oak and pine border a few of the holes, but the interior architecture suggests the old country—prodigious rippled fairways; a liberal scattering of deep sod-faced bunkers; and enormous angled greens.
Architects: Mike Young and Charlie Rymer. YARDAGE: 7,472. PAR: 72. GREENS FEES: TBA. TEE TIMES: 706-752-0100, morgancountydowns.com.
TPC of Louisiana Avondale (public). Reopened: July 15
Yet another step in New Orleans's recovery is the reopening of this course a half-hour south of the French Quarter. The TPC staff has resodded and reassembled Pete Dye's broken architecture after Hurricane Katrina uprooted nearly 1,500 cypress trees on the property and left water standing for almost two weeks over 30 percent of the course.
ARCHITECT: Pete Dye. YARDAGE: 7,520. PAR: 72. GREENS FEES: $95$125. TEE TIMES: 504-436-8721, tpc.com.
The Oaks Golf Club, Pass Christian (public). Reopened: July
Hurricane Katrina turned the area surrounding this course, a full five miles from the Gulf of Mexico, into inhospitable beachfront property. Hoping to provide an avenue of recreation for the laborers rebuilding the demolished region, the club has worked fast to reopen, clearing thousands of downed trees and reconstructing its notable steep-faced bunkers.
ARCHITECT: Chris Cole. YARDAGE: 6,885. PAR: 72. GREENS FEES: $39$49. TEE TIMES: 228-452-0909, theoaksgolfclub.com.