Innsbrook Golf and Boating, Merry Hill (semiprivate). Soft opening: October (course will open to the public in April)
Water is the prevailing theme at this course on North Carolina's Inner Banks. Some holes curve around ponds while others back up against Salmon Creek, which flows into Albemarle Sound. Several par threes, including the fourteenth and seventeenth, play along these watery edges.
Architect: Arnold Palmer Design. Yardage: 7,463. Par: 72. Green Fees: $59–$69. Tee Times: 800-482-9012, innsbrookgolfandboat.com.
Founders Club at Pawleys Island, Pawleys Island (public). Opening: February
The former Sea Gull course, one of the first to open on Pawleys Island, near Myrtle Beach, has been leveled and rebuilt as the Founders Club, the latest addition to South Carolina's Waccamaw Golf Trail. The new look is inspired by Pine Valley: A quarter-million cubic yards of earth have been moved to enhance already significant elevation changes and create waste areas of pine and scrub.
Architect: Thomas Walker. Yardage: 7,007. Par: 72. Green Fees: $90–$160. Tee Times: 800-833-6337, classicgolfgroup.com.
Haig Point, Daufuskie Island (private). Opened: November
Rees Jones has returned to this quiet Lowcountry island to revamp the Signature course, which he first designed twenty-one years ago. He focused on bringing the course up to contemporary standards by adding new championship tees, rebuilding the greens to their original sizes and adding or repositioning bunkers to accentuate modern shotmaking angles. To open up views of Calibogue Sound, he removed dozens of trees.
Architect: Rees Jones. Yardage: 7,350. Par: 72. Membership Inquiries: 843-686-2000, haigpoint.com.