Best New Private Golf Courses 2010

Tuesday December 7th, 2010
Huntsman Springs Golf Club in Driggs, Idaho.
Larry Lambrecht

1. Huntsman Springs
Driggs, Idaho
7,877 yards, par 72
huntsmansprings.com
Designer: David McLay Kidd

David McLay Kidd moved mountains of dirt—more than 4 million cubic yards—in the shadows of the Grand Tetons to transform a unremarkable high-desert tract into a visual feast.

Split fairways, humps and hollows, integrated wetlands and 153 fescueedged bunkers highlight the wild 320-acre spread, along with gargantuan yet playable greens.

Billionaire chemical magnate and anti-cancer crusader Jon M. Huntsman of Utah commissioned this residential layout in eastern Idaho, 45 minutes west of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and he was wise to recruit Kidd.

The Scottish designer not only established a variety of options off the tees, he also created channels for the mountain runoff. It's a welcome return to form for Kidd.

2. The Patriot Golf Club
Owasso, Okla.
7,112 yards, par 72
patriotgolfclub.com
Designer: Robert Trent Jones II

3. The Dormie Club
West End, N.C.
6,988 yards, par 71
dormieclub.com
Designers: Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw

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