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The 2004 Hot List

HOT 20 INTERNATIONAL OPENINGS
THE BEST OVERSEAS COURSES BUILT IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS

Arabella Golf Club, Arabella Country Estate, South Africa
(Peter Matkovich, 1999)

The Country Club Course, Sandy Lane, Barbados
(Tom Fazio, 2001)

Devlin Course, St. Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa, Scotland
(Bruce Devlin and Gene Sarazen, 2002)

Doonbeg Golf Club, Ireland
(Greg Norman, 2002)

Dye Fore, Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
(Pete Dye, 2003)

Faldo Course, Mission Hills, China
(Nick Faldo, 1999)

Four Seasons Resort, Great Exuma at Emerald Bay, Bahamas
(Greg Norman, 2003)

Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand
(David Harman, 2001)

Kingsbarns Golf Links, Scotland
(Kyle Phillips, 2000)

Kintyre Course, The Westin Turnberry Resort, Scotland
(Donald Steel, 2001)

The Links Course, Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, South Africa
(Gary Player, 2000)

The Lynx at Kingswood Park, Canada
(Graham Cooke and Darrell Huxham, 2001)

Montgomerie Course, Carton House Golf Club, Ireland
(Colin Montgomerie, 2003)

Moonah Links, The National Golf Club, Australia
(Greg Norman, 2000)

Nine Bridges Golf Resort, South Korea
(Ronald Fream and David Dale, 2001)

Ocean Dunes Golf Club, Vietnam
(Nick Faldo, 2003)

Palm Island Golf Club, China
(Jack Nicklaus II, 1999)

PGA Golf de Catalunya, Spain
(Angel Gallardo, 1999)

Torrance Course, St. Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa, Scotland
(Sam Torrance and Gene Sarazen, 2001)

The White Witch, the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Jamaica
(Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, 2000)

HOT 2004 U.S. OPENINGS
Atunyote Golf Club, Turning Stone Resort, Verona, New York: When this stern 7,324-yard Tom Fazio course opens this summer, it'll join the existing Rick Smith layout and last year's lauded Robert Trent Jones Jr. track to make this one of the most golf-rich resorts in the Northeast. (800-771-7711; turning-stone.com)

Bandon Trails, Bandon, Oregon: Granted, Bandon's furiously anticipated third course, by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, isn't scheduled to officially open until next spring, but owner Mike Keiser told T+L GOLF that the first nine holes could be ready for limited play this fall—a lovely justification for a trip to America's newest public-golf mecca. (888-345-6008; bandondunesgolf.com)

Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, Mission Viejo, California: It may occupy the fringes of L.A., but this rolling 7,038-yard Tom Lehman layout abutting Trabuco Creek and the Ladera Open Space Reserve is anything but urban. It feels more like a stunning throwback to a time when Southern California was full of wide-open spaces—and fantastic sites for golf courses. (949-364-1881; arroyotrabuco.com)

Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina: This Donald Ross classic is getting a lovingly conceived restoration by Ross aficionado John Fought. When the course—and its additional 300 yards—is unveiled this October, expect Pine Needles to again be hailed as the masterpiece that it is. (800-747-7272; pineneedles-midpines.com)

TPC of Louisiana, New Orleans: When this splendid new track opened in April just across the river from New Orleans, it confirmed one thing: No one is better than Pete Dye at turning marshy, Low Country land into a championship course. If you actually needed one more reason to visit New Orleans, here it is. (866-665-2872; tpc.com)

Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles: In 2002, Donald Trump bought the cliffside Ocean Trails Golf Club in the L.A. suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes (which had lost three holes to a landslide in 1999) and commissioned original designer Pete Dye to relaunch it as a full eighteen this June. When it opens, the course will claim to be the only layout on the West Coast featuring ocean views from every hole—and if that sounds like a direct shot at Pebble Beach, that's The Donald for you. (310-303-3240; oceantrails.com)

HOT COLLEGE PERK
One of the more enriching courses now being offered at select American universities just may be the college golf course. From luring alumni back to campus to bringing a new breed of undergrads to the game, "a university has so many good uses for a golf course," says Jerry Rawls, that he donated $8.6 million to his alma mater, Texas Tech, to build one—thereby hitching his name to the course the way other donors see theirs etched on biology buildings. Good investment. Tech's Rawls Course, by Tom Doak, was hailed as one of the nation's premier public tracks when it opened last year.

It's far from alone. Over the last fifteen years, academies and private alumni groups have hired top architects to create layouts to rival the most famous college courses at Stanford, Yale and Ohio State. Among the newcomers are courses at Notre Dame (Coore and Crenshaw), Oklahoma State (Fazio), Arizona State (Dye), the University of Arizona (RTJ Jr.) and the University of Alabama (Gil Hanse). More recently, Dye was commissioned by an alumnus to begin renovating the Virginia Tech course. Graduate school, anyone?

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