Planting your peg on the first tee of a great new course is like waking up on Christmas morning. You may have some idea about the gifts that await, but the surprise is half the fun. As each hole unfolds, it’s akin to unwrapping one present at a time. Each hole, and course, is different, and that’s what makes it so enjoyable. As the calendar year comes to a close, GOLF.com will unveil its best of the best when it comes to new courses of 2018. Check the December 2018 issue of GOLF magazine for the full lineup.Hanse peeled away layers of convention to craft a 22-hole layout atop a rolling, forested, lakeside property that was once an onion farm. Eighteen holes form the traditional layout; the extra holes, including a few that criss-cross each other—à la many ancient Scottish links—will be the basis of an alternate, par-69 “Whiskey Route” track of 5,600 yards that should be ideal for members seeking to walk a second round in a day.