11 new golf courses we’re excited to see open in 2022


An overview of the Lido at Sand Valley in Wisconsin.

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Finish the old, make way for the new, eyes wide open for the year to come.

Because there’s not too much golf, here’s a look at 11 course openings we can’t wait to see in 2022.

CABOT ST. LUCY

St. LUCIA

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, set out to do their thing on a gorgeous stretch of Caribbean coastline. If the prospect of this project, the latest from the development team behind Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia, isn’t enough to get your pulse rolling, this first image should do the trick.

Cabot Saint Lucia arrives.

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Views should do the trick.

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LANDMAND GOLF CLUB

Homer, NE

From the start of Sweetens Cove, their beloved nine-hole course in Tennessee, everything has been crafted in the name of the game for design duo Rob Collins and Tad King. Although the name is a riff on Lanman, the Danish word for farmer (lan-man), the land itself also deserves marquee billing. Located on rugged terrain in southwestern Nebraska, the site has been compared in its scale and wilderness to an inland Cruden Bay. Adding to the good news: although Landmand has a group of founding members, most of his time will be spent in public play.

BRAMBLES

Middletown, California

It just happened: development isn’t easy in Northern California. Years in the making, this members-only Coore-Crenshaw design just north of Napa Valley is now nearly complete, on a site dotted with scrub oaks, with an out-and-back route and open views giving way in the distance views of Mount St. Helena.

THE NORTH COURSE AT CORICA PARK

Alameda, California

Why should private club members have all the fun? If the front nine of the north course, which opened last fall, is any indication, the back nine should be a study in creative fun. Marc Logan, an Australian-born agronomist who doubles as an architect, handled the design, shaping wide and exuberant fairways, expansive greens and dramatic bunkers on a course meant to be played firm and fast. This closing nine represents the final phase of a dramatic overhaul of Corica Park, a 45-hole facility that is increasingly recognized as one of the nation’s finest showcases of municipal golf.

Coric.

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COMPORTA DUNES

Comporta, Portugal

For the well-travelled golfer, golfing ground zero in Portugal has long been the Algarve, on the country’s south coast. But in recent years the momentum has shifted north, closer to Lisbon. Long delayed, first by financial problems and then by Covid-19, this David McLay Kidd design sits near the Alentejo coast, about an hour south of the capital, the green fingers of its fairways s stretching across a landscape of sand and pine trees.

BAR RUN GOLF COURSE

Roseburg, OR

Built on an old gravel mine, Bar Run takes its name from “river bar”, the raised layers of sediment deposited by the currents of a river. In this case, the South Umpqua River, which frames this sporty design by Dan Hixson (who also designed the inventive reversible course at Silvies Valley Ranch in eastern Oregon). After nine holes of play previewed this fall, the 18 are almost ready, on a property that will also house an RV park.

LOST RAIL GOLF CLUB

Omaha, NE

Nebraska is a bustling frontier of American golf, but many of its renowned courses, including Sand Hills, the Prairie Club and Dismal River, are remote. Lost Rail is 30 minutes from downtown Omaha. Designed by former Fazio Design partner Scott Hoffman, the routing traverses a landscape that ranges from rolling pastures to steep ravine-carved terrain. A note: going to the course is not the same thing as registering for it. Lost Rail will be private.

BLACK DESERT RESORT GOLF COURSE

Ivins, UT

Although it approximates the red rock of St. George and Sion, Tom Weiskopf’s design moves through a darker, more austere landscape of lava beds and scruffy desert vegetation. At 7,200 yards the course is very long, but as part of a complex it is more about width, with landing zones on most holes ranging from 70 to 100 yards.

THE LIDO

Nekoosa, Wis.

The lure of the Lido, a long-lost Macdonald-Raynor masterpiece on the shores of Long Island, inspired two projects. The first, Ballyshear, a tribute to the Lido by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, opened to members this fall in Thailand. For in-state golfers, however, the easiest trip will be the Sand Barrens of central Wisconsin, where Chris and Mike Keizer Jr. (the siblings behind Sand Valley), commissioned Tom Doak to build a faithful reproduction , a clone of the original. , complete with all the jig holes but minus the ocean. Thirteen holes will be open to members on July 1 and 18 in the fall for members and resort guests. (Note: Although the course is private, limited hours will be reserved for Sand Valley resort guests.)

Sand Valley Lido.

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Te Arai, New Zealand

These days have not been easy for traveling in New Zealand. But here is a good incentive to make it work. Designed by Coore and Crenshaw, the South Course is the first of two links planned for Te Arai, just over an hour’s drive from Auckland (Tom Doak is working on his brother, the North Course). Here, we literally use the term “links”: sandy land along the water, bouncing fescue grass. You can almost smell the breeze and taste the salt spray.

SIAM COUNTRY CLUB BANGKOK

Bangkok, Thailand

Although most gambling in Thailand comes from tourists and expats, national interest is on the rise. Siam Country Club aims to tap into this young and growing market. Developed by owner Siam Motors Group and designed by former Coore/Crenshaw shaper Toby Cobb, the course eschews water-laden target golf in favor of more classic features. Think turtle-backed greens, grass-covered bunkers and broad-shouldered fairways with plenty of movement. The par-3 18th hole should make for a memorable finish, with a large, crumpled putting surface guarded to the left by a deep, potted bunker dubbed “Big Ass”.

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A golf, food and travel writer, Josh Sens has been a contributor to GOLF Magazine since 2004 and now contributes to all GOLF platforms. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Sportswriting. He is also co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of Are We Have Any Fun Yet: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.

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