Best New International Golf Courses 2008

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Lubker Golf Resort.
Kevin Murray/Hunter PR

1. Lubker Golf
Resort Djursland, Denmark
0114538-408000; $87-$130; lubker.com

Scandinavia’s answer to Valderrama is this flawlessly
conditioned 27-hole Robert Trent Jones II design in the Jutland
region of Denmark, three hours from Copenhagen. Of the three
nines, Sand and Sky form the premier pairing, while Forest is a
less challenging loop. Lead architect Bruce Charlton employed
a variety of bold bunkering styles to create strategic interest
throughout, but what sends scores soaring is the heavily
contoured greens and their surrounds, which make par saves a
heroic endeavor. With numerous wetlands in play (and a Viking
graveyard alongside the course), Lubker will entertain and
challenge, but its remarkable course conditioning sets it apart.

Runner Up: The Castle Course at St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Scotland
011-44-1334-466-666; $130-$190; standrews.org.uk

No course polarized our panelists more than the new
seventh course in St. Andrews. This David McLay Kidd
design features epic scale, incredible views of bay, beach
and town, and some of the most challenging, thrilling golf in
the game’s homeland. Still, some panelists feel strongly that
the greens are too severely contoured and that the dune-like
fairway knobs are almost anti-strategic. The majority of
our panelists who have played the Castle have had strong
reactions — for and against — but nearly everyone agrees that
with a bit more seasoning it may well claim a place among
golf’s most cherished courses.


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