New Course Review

New Course Review

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A state-by-state guide to the most notable debuts and redesigns

Course of the Month

Roco Ki

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (resort).

Opening: October

—Derek Duncan

This inspired Nick Faldo design takes its name from a Taino Indian phrase for “honoring the land,” and the designation is apt. Spread across 2,500 acres originally settled by the dominant pre-Columbian tribe on the island that came to be known as Hispaniola, the course gambols from the Atlantic headlands through mangrove forests and an elevated sawgrass plain before returning to the bluffs overlooking the sea. The par-three seventeenth recalls the seventh at Pebble Beach: Buffeted by wind and surf, it’s a downhill pitch to a perilous peninsula green. Not to be outdone, the par-five eighteenth leaps twice across ocean chasms. The course is the first of several planned for the Westin Roco Ki Beach & Golf Resort, scheduled to open in spring 2009.

Architect

Nick Faldo.

Yardage

7,075.

Par

72.

Green Fees

$225–$400.

Tee Times

888-476-2654, rocoki.com.

California

Martis Camp, Truckee (private). Opened: June 28Residents of Martis Camp, an exclusive new Lake Tahoe community between Truckee and the north shore, can opt to have access to this Tom Fazio course (as well as to the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort). Fazio draped flowing fairways onto gradual mountain slopes and cut others through forests of tall ponderosa pine, imbuing many of the holes with a postcard quality. Sugar-white bunkers serve as the primary hazards.

Architect

Tom Fazio.

Yardage

7,707.

Par

7.

Membership Inquiries

530-550-3200, martiscamp.com.


Iowa

The Preserve at Honey Creek Resort, Moravia (resort).

Opened: August

Located in the newly developed Honey Creek State Park, this southern Iowa resort boasts a mostly open course near Rathbun Lake. The sixteenth and eighteenth holes each have fairways divided by bunker complexes; in both cases, the shorter line of attack bears the greater degree of risk.

Architect

Kevin Norby.

Yardage

6,987.

Par

72.

Green Fees

$47–$59.

Tee Times

877-677-3344, honeycreekresort.com.

New Hampshire

Mount Washington Course, Bretton Woods (resort).

Opened: August

Brian Silva reconstructed this 1915 Donald Ross layout at the venerable Mount Washington Resort using the master’s original hole-by-hole sketches. Among other things, the renderings instruct that bunkers, or “pits,” be dug up to five feet deep and mounds be built to precise though varying heights. The restored course also includes features that were drafted but never built, such as a Principal’s Nose–style bunker complex.

Architect

Brian Silva.

Yardage

6,974.

Par

72.

Green Fee

125.

Tee Times

603-278-4653, mountwashingtonresort.com.

Texas

Sherman Hills Golf Club, Sherman (public).

Opened: August

Prone to Texas winds that can wreak havoc on mis-hit shots, this daily-fee course an hour north of Dallas demands ball control above all. The sloping fairways on the hilly, rocky site are flanked by stands of bur oak and black walnut. Post Oak Creek and its various tributaries lace through the second nine, and holes thirteen through fifteen amble through a lovely pecan orchard.

Architect

Cal Olson.

Yardage

7,550.

Par

7.

Green Fee

$65.

Tee Times

903-870-9336, shermanhillstx.net.


Utah

Sand Hollow Resort, St. George (resort).

Opened: August

This John Fought layout adjacent to Sand Hollow State Park in southern Utah begins with several holes that rim a massive sandstone outcropping. The second nine features five holes suspended on imposing red-rock cliffs over the desert, yielding views of distant striated mesas and the Kolob Canyons of Zion National Park. In addition to his championship eighteen, Fought designed a Scottish links–inspired nine-hole walking course with double greens, pot bunkers and a low rock wall bisecting some of the holes—perfect for a casual round.

Architect

John Fought.

Yardage

7,200.

Par

72.

Green Fees

$100–$125.

Tee Times

435-656-4653, sandhollowresort.com.

Washington

Palouse Ridge Golf Club, Pullman (public).

Opened: August

Set amid 315 acres of verdant, rippling hillsides on the edge of campus, Washington State University’s new course has been designed in the hope that it will someday host the NCAA Championship. The holes cascade through ridges and valleys and come in a variety of lengths, from the 630-yard par-five tenth, which requires three strong shots, to the 369-yard fifteenth, a drivable downhill par four.

Architect

John Harbottle III.

Yardage

7,335.

Par

72.

Green Fees

$26–$9.

Tee Times

509-335-4342, palouseridge.com


International: Canada

Valley Course at Bear Mountain Resort, Victoria (resort).

Opening: October

Steve Nicklaus designed this demanding tree-lined layout to complement his father’s Mountain Course at this scenic resort on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The routing traverses abrupt elevation changes (most of them mercifully downhill), skirting rock outcroppings, crossing streams, and leapfrogging large swaths of wetlands and prairie grasses.

Architect

Steve Nicklaus.

Yardage

7,083.

Par

71.

Green Fees

$130–$145.

Tee Times

888-533-2327, bearmountain.ca.


In a nod to Bandon Dunes in Oregon, the owner of Barnbougle Dunes has hired Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to design a second course at the Tasmanian seaside resort. The forthcoming links, scheduled to open in 2010, will be adjacent to Barnbougle’s celebrated original eighteen, by Tom Doak and Mike Clayton. The first three courses at Bandon (a fourth is on the way) were each laid out by a different architect: David McLay Kidd, Doak and the Coore-Crenshaw team… . Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford, who codesigned Rustic Canyon Golf Course in Southern California, are collaborating again to create a course at Querencia, the exclusive community in Los Cabos, Mexico. Ground will be broken this fall, and the layout is to open in late 2009.

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