The golf course, constantly evolving, today bears witness to an architectural renaissance. Inspired by masters of the past, contemporary designers such as Tom Doak, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw, Gil Hanse, and Tom Fazio have brought joy back to the heart of the game.
This philosophy extends beyond the courses, influencing the development of new properties. With the rise in popularity post-COVID, stay and play golf resorts offer enriching experiences, redefining the golf landscape.
In this article, let's discover 10 remarkable courses opening in 2023, each offering a unique experience in the world of golf.
1. Panther National
Panther National, located in Florida, is notable for its iconic mounds and hills. Designed by Max Strang, the course highlights environmental modernism, skillfully linking design and sustainability. Designed by Jack Nicklaus and Justin Thomas, the course offers strategic challenges, created by modifying the terrain for a captivating experience.
2. Point Hardy Golf Club in Cabot St. Lucia
Point Hardy Golf Club in Cabot St. Lucia, opened in December, features 18 holes with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, this Caribbean course required the movement of volcanic rocks to create a golf course beautifully integrated into its island environment.
3. Recreated Lido at Sand Valley
The Sand Valley Lido recreation project, led by Tom Doak with the help of golf historian Peter Flory, offers a unique experience. The result of painstaking work to match CB Macdonald's original design, this course, open to members and visitors staying at Sand Valley Golf Resort, embodies a renaissance of classic golf.
4. The Park in West Palm Beach
The Park in West Palm Beach, designed by Gil Hanse, revolutionized the old West Palm Beach Course. The course retains features such as sand-based turf and lack of water hazards, but with the addition of a technologically advanced driving range and lighted short course, it is attracting a new generation of golfers .
5. Omni PGA Frisco Resort
The Omni PGA Frisco Resort in Texas is at the heart of an ambitious plan by the PGA of America. With two 18-hole courses, state-of-the-art practice facilities and varied activities, the resort aims to make the resort experience accessible to everyone. Designed by Beau Welling, the new West course combines professional challenge and friendliness for novice golfers.
6. Te Arai Links in New Zealand
Te Arai Links in New Zealand offers an unforgettable visual experience with its coastal terrain, pine trees, sand dunes, and views of the Pacific Ocean. The Te Arai South and Te Arai North courses, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and Tom Doak respectively, combine tree-lined privacy and coastal grandeur, positioning this destination as a premier golfing paradise.
7. Black Desert Resort in Utah
The Black Desert Resort in Utah, although new, has already distinguished itself by hosting renowned championships. Designed by Phil Smith and Tom Weiskopf, the 18-hole course, nestled in a landscape of red rocks and black lava field, offers a challenge to both professionals and amateurs. With comprehensive facilities, this immense resort offers an exceptional golf and resort experience.
8. Terras da Comporta in Portugal
Two hours from Lisbon, Terras da Comporta in Portugal offers an ambitious project with an 18-hole course designed by David McLay-Kidd. The vast fairways, fine sand areas, and oversized bunkers offer a unique experience. In the future, this course will be the focal point of an all-inclusive resort, comprising 250 villas and two 5-star hotels, all built in modern wooden structures.
9. The Chain in Florida
The Chain in Florida represents an innovative trend by offering a short 19-hole course, where golfers can choose their own adventure. The design, based on chains of draglines reminiscent of local mining history, adds to the unique experience. Located in Streamsong, this course is part of the desire to make golf more accessible.
10. Old Barnwell in South Carolina
Old Barnwell, South Carolina, much more than just a private golf club, embodies Nick Schreiber's vision. Focused on connecting people through golf, the club features a course that offers an interesting test for all skill levels. With community initiatives and future projects, Old Barnwell stands out for its unique culture and commitment to diversity.
Written by Yeazzy.