With mirroring nines that first climb up onto rolling bluffs before descending back toward the coast, this Coore and Crenshaw design in Saint Lucia was—thanks to the global pandemic—four years in the making. The front and back nines both build to crescendos marked by a series of holes played alongside and over the Caribbean, rivaling the most iconic holes at Pebble Beach. With its grand opening in December, this dramatic course is finally ready for its closeup.
The new iteration of the once-heralded West Palm Beach Golf Course, the West Palm Golf Park features an 18-hole, Gil Hanse–designed course that can be played in three-, six- and nine-hole loops. More notably, “The Park” fosters an inclusive spirit, with youth programs and other initiatives aimed at growing the game. “The premise of the intent is phenomenal,” says Jane Broderick. “To be a high-end facility in the height of the Florida season and pivot to be accessible to all with programing around the under-privileged should be applauded.” Adds Roger Steele: “It’s one of the coolest golf stories in recent history.”
Despite featuring seven holes that incorporate the ocean, the North Course at New Zealand’s Te Arai Links is, in its designer’s opinion, a layout most notable for its inland holes. Tom Doak even goes so far as to draw parallels between that landlocked terrain and the topography at Pine Valley. His new course joins the Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw–designed South Course at what is fast becoming hallowed ground for golfers.
Golf historian Peter Flory’s intricate, computer-aided hole re-creations conspired with Tom Doak’s architectural prowess to bring The Lido back from the dead—albeit in central Wisconsin, nearly 900 miles away from its original location on Long Island. Bernard Darwin once described the original New York course as “a wonder of which will never fade.” Resuscitating this classic, in Brandon Johnson’s estimation, is akin to “cloning the wooly mammoth, as it’s not of the era but now exists in our time.”