Skip to content

These 6 new (or new-look!) golf programs have us giddy for 2023

  • by

Lido, CB MacDonald’s long-lost Lengthy Island masterpiece, has been reproduced in central Wisconsin.

Peter Flory

GOLF’s newest listing of High 100 Programs within the US gives a snapshot of the sport’s greatest taking part in grounds. However the panorama of golf is continually evolving, and it is destined to look totally different the subsequent time our rankings roll round, with new programs constructed and previous ones up to date. Within the spirit of anticipation, listed here are 6 programs we’re excited to see within the yr forward.

1. Lake Merced Golf Membership, San Francisco, Calif.

San Francisco is fertile floor for golf, particularly alongside the town’s outer flank, which is house to a constellation of marquee programs that rivals any metropolitan-area cluster in the US. Right here, the Olympic Membership (No. 60 on GOLF’s US High 100) and Harding Park (host website of the 2020 PGA Championship) sit aspect by aspect, simply across the nook from San Francisco Golf Membership (No. 23) and a brief skip up the freeway from the California Golf Membership of San Francisco (No. 27).

In these aggressive environment, Lake Merced Golf Membership has earned its share of headlines as an LPGA Tour cease (amongst different big-time tournaments) however it’s now primed for a star flip untied at any aggressive occasion.

Nelly Korda lets one fly at Lake Merced.

Getty Pictures

Simply final month, too late for GOLF’s High 100 voting however not too late to earn year-end raves, Lake Merced accomplished a restoration of its Golden Age design. Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner dealt with the redo, sifting by means of the layered historical past of a course that was initially routed by Willie Locke within the early Nineteen Twenties however extensively reworked lower than 5 years later by Alister MacKenzie, who eliminated greater than 100 bunkers, transformed all of the inexperienced surrounds and constructed a brand new gap — then the seventeenth — that aficionados price amongst his biggest par-3s. Within the early Sixties, when the development of a freeway anchored on the course, Robert Muir Grave made substantial adjustments to accommodate the membership’s shifting property traces. Rees Jones adopted with tweaks in 1996. Over time, MacKenzie’s imprint had grown so faint that many Lake Merced members have been unaware that he’d ever touched the property.

The Hanse-Wagner refresh has been rightly described as a “hybrid” restoration, with parts of the course re-routed, new holes added, sight traces formed, bunkers shifted, greens reshaped and observe grounds relocated — all within the service of reclaiming what Wagner calls “the MacKenzie vibe.” MacKenzie’s well-known par-3 has been introduced again as properly, taking part in because the thirteenth within the new routing.

All through its historical past, Lake Merced has been identified for having probably the most various and welcoming membership of any non-public membership in San Francisco. In its revived artistry, it appears each bit the equal of its neighbors, too.

2. The Brambles, Middletown, Calif.

Golf’s model of a Samuel Beckett play, this Invoice Coore-Ben Crenshaw design, simply north of the Napa Valley, has stored structure buffs ready, and ready. However all of the holes now formed and seeded, this yr, actually, we are able to financial institution on its arrival, on a scrub-oak dotted website, with a chic out-and-back routing that offers option to distant views of Mt. St. Helena .

3. The Lido Golf Membership, Nekoosa, Wis.

Do not name it an homage. This course is a clone. A trustworthy duplicate of the Lido, CB MacDonald’s long-lost Lengthy Island masterpiece, reproduced in central Wisconsin, simply throughout the street from Sand Valley. Tom Doak is dealing with the work on behalf of the Keiser brothers, Michael and Chris, who will function the Lido as a semi-private membership, with a tranche of tee occasions put aside for Sand Valley company. 9 holes opened this fall for preview play, however the entire shebang shall be prepared in 2023.

4. Misplaced Rail Golf Membership, Omaha, Neb.

Nebraska is a bustling frontier of American golf, however a lot of its programs, together with the Prairie Membership, Sand Hills, Dismal River and Cap Rock, are distant. Misplaced Rail is half-hour from downtown, on a panorama that ranges from rolling pasture to craggy, ravine-spliced ​​terrain. Opened to its members this previous fall, the membership wasn’t prepared for GOLF’s US High 100 poll, however just a few of our spies noticed it and got here away impressed.

5. Omni PGA Frisco Resort, Frisco, Tex.

Go small or go house, mentioned nobody ever. Located on a sprawling complicated that additionally homes the PGA of America’s resplendent new headquarters, this Omni resort can have two 18-hole programs, the Fields Ranch West Course and the Fields Ranch East Course, expansive layouts constructed with huge ambitions. The previous, by Beau Welling, rollicks over gently rolling former ranch land whereas the latter, by Gil Hanse, was conceived as a match check and has already been tapped to host each males’s and girls’s majors. Each programs are slated to open this spring.

The Giul Hanse design at Fields Ranch East.

Courtesy Omni Accommodations & Resorts

6. The Tree Farm, Batesburg, SC

Keep in mind when Zac Blair was hellbent on constructing the Buck Membership, in Utah? He’ll return to that sometime. For now, although, the PGA Tour journeyman-cum-architecture geek is able to lower the ribbon on the Tree Farm, on a parcel he acquired some 40 minutes northeast of Augusta Nationwide. Blair, 31, at first thought of dealing with the design himself. However he quickly wised up, enlisting Tom Doak to do the routing, and hiring Kye Goalby for the day-to-day work, on rumpled, character-rich land as soon as carpeted in pines.

josh sen

Josh Sens Contributor

A golf, meals and journey author, Josh Sens has been a GOLF Journal contributor since 2004 and now contributes throughout all of GOLF’s platforms. His work has been anthologized in The Greatest American Sportswriting. He’s additionally the co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of Are We Having Any Enjoyable But: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *