Best New Private Golf Courses 2009

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Red Ledges Golf Course in Heber City, Utah.
Douglas Burke/Courtesy of Troon Golf

1. Red Ledges Golf Club
Heber City, Utah
7,653 yards, par 72
redledges.com

The 200th U.S. course
from Jack Nicklaus is another
winner. Meandering through
Utah’s signature red rock
landforms 45 minutes
southeast of Salt Lake City,
Red Ledges combines typical
Nicklaus hallmarks (visual
intimidation, supreme
challenge) with atypical
touches (jagged-edge
bunkers, a blind shot here
and there, carom-inducing
contours and greens laced
with false fronts).

Toss
in stunning views of Mt.
Timpanogos and the Heber
Valley — most memorably
from the 203-yard par-3
9th — and you’ve got a
ledge that’s worth the climb.

2. Wilderness Club
Eureka, Mont.
7,207 yards, par 72
thewildernessclub.com
Designers: Nick Faldo/Schmidt-Curley

3. Ballyhack Golf Club
Roanoke, Va.
7,294 yards, par 72
ballyhackgolfclub.com
Designer: Lester George

4. Victory Ranch
Park City, Utah
7,599 yards, par 72
victoryranchclub.com
Designer: Rees Jones

5. Shooting Star of Jackson Hole
Teton Village, Wyo.
7,550 yards, par 72
shootingstarjh.com
Designer: Tom Fazio

Honorable Mentions
Clear Creek Tahoe
Carson City, Nev.
6,868 yards, par 70
clearcreektahoe.com
Designers: Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw

Westhaven Golf Club

Franklin, Tenn.
6,968 yards, par 72
golfwesthaven.com
Designer: Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest & Associates