We've all heard of the Englishman who went up a hill but came down a mountain. The golf equivalent is Donald Steel, the British architect who created one of the most testing new resort courses in America on some unforgiving terrain.
The Highland Course at Primland Resort is a beautiful brute. Yet, the toughest task of all is finding it. Ranked No. 62 in our Top 100 Courses You Can Play, this three-year-old is wedged into the forested slopes of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, just above the North Carolina border town of Mt. Airy. If you want peace and quiet, you'll find it here, on a 2,850-foot mountain surrounded by 12,000 acres of nature's finest. Dense woods, deep bunkers, closely mown green surrounds and a network of ravines provide plenty of challenge.
New is a handsome 26-room lodge, comprised of rooms and suites, fine and casual dining, and upscale, rustic amenities. Rooms start at $225 per night. Note: The course is closed from November 1 through April.