Best New International Golf Courses 2009

Best New International Golf Courses 2009

Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness, Scotland.
Mark Parsinen/Courtesy Castle Stuart Golf Links

1. Castle Stuart Golf Links
Inverness, Scotland
7,009 yards, par 72

Ten years ago, designer Mark Parsinen and architect
Kyle Phillips took a St. Andrews backdrop and created
the greatest new course in years, Kingsbarns.

A decade
later, Parsinen and another American, Gil Hanse, have
moved north and opened Castle Stuart, the emphatic
winner as the best new course — anywhere — in 2009.

Genuine linksland and spectacular views of Moray Firth
complement a remarkably varied set of holes. Says one
panelist, “In 10 years, a round here will be as coveted as
a round on the Old Course. This place is unbelievable.”

One glimpse and you’ll be hard-pressed to argue.

2. The Faldo Legacy Course (at Roco Ki)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
7,075 yards, par 72
Designer: Nick Faldo

3. Lough Erne Golf Resort (Faldo Course)
Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
7,167 yards, par 72
Designer: Nick Faldo

4. Paraiso del Mar
La Paz, Mexico
7,157 yards, par 72
Designers: Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest

5. Punta Mita (Bahia Course)
Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico
7,035 yards, par 72
Designer: Jack Nicklaus

Honorable Mentions

Westin Bear Mountain Resort (Valley course)
Victoria, B.C., Canada
6,807 yards, par 71
Designer: Nicklaus Design

Fuego Maya at La Reunion Resort
Antigua, Guatemala
7,302 yards, par 72
Designers: Pete and Perry Dye