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Grand Reserve Golf Club, Bunnell (public). Opening: January

Bringing a much-needed affordable option to an area south of St. Augustine that's full of private clubs and pricey resorts, this project was resurrected after construction stalled eight years ago on a layout designed by veteran architect Bill Amick. The course, redesigned by Mike Beebe, stretches through dense sections of pine, cypress and wax myrtle, and its low-profile holes flirt with wetlands.

Architect: Mike Beebe. Yardage: 6,500. Par: 72. Green Fee: $40. Tee Times: 386-313-2966, capstonegolf.net.

Juliette Falls, Ocala (semiprivate). Opened: October

The broad, rolling topography and the sections of massive live oaks that outline this upscale course will surprise players who are unfamiliar with this part of north-central Florida. Waste areas and large cross bunkers cut into the lines of play to create strategic shot values. The eighth green is benched into the side of what was once a phosphate-mining pit.

Architect: John Sanford. Yardage: 7,239. Par: 72. Green Fee: $125. Tee Times: 352-522-0309, juliettefalls.com.

Georgia

Brunswick Country Club, Brunswick (private). Opened: November

Because they grew up playing the course, the restoration of this 1939 Donald Ross design in southeast Georgia became a sentimental project for Mark Love and Davis Love III. Their work turned into an archeological discovery when the original green pads were unearthed beneath decades of accumulated topsoil. As a young player, Davis could never figure out why certain putts broke the way they did. But once the greens were stripped bare, he could see the "invisible" influence in the form of Ross's canny knobs and ridges.

Architect: Love Golf Design. Yardage: 6,800. Par: 72. Membership Inquiries: 912-264-4377, brunswickcountryclub.com.

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