1. Huntsman Springs
7,877 yards, par 72
Designer: David McLay Kidd
David McLay Kidd moved mountains of
dirt—more than 4 million cubic yards—in
the shadows of the Grand Tetons to transform
a unremarkable high-desert tract into
a visual feast.
Split fairways, humps and hollows,
integrated wetlands and 153 fescueedged
bunkers highlight the wild 320-acre
spread, along with gargantuan yet playable
Billionaire chemical magnate and
anti-cancer crusader Jon M. Huntsman of
Utah commissioned this residential layout
in eastern Idaho, 45 minutes west of Jackson
Hole, Wyo., and he was wise to recruit Kidd.
The Scottish designer not only established
a variety of options off the tees, he also created
channels for the mountain runoff. It’s
a welcome return to form for Kidd.
2. The Patriot Golf Club
7,112 yards, par 72
Designer: Robert Trent Jones II
3. The Dormie Club
West End, N.C.
6,988 yards, par 71
Designers: Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw