Ten Courses to Watch

Ten Courses to Watch

The Atlantic City Country Club is now open to the public.
Larry Lambrecht

Erin Hills
Erin, Wisc.
Scheduled for an August 2006 opening, this Milwaukee-area layout has blown away the few panelists who have seen it. The USGA has already granted it the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in 2006.

Sunday River
Newry, Maine
Yankee raters assert that this 2005 Robert Trent Jones Jr. design is clearly auperior to his othe Maine masterpiece, Sugarloaf, thanks to roomier fairways.

Marquette (Greywalls)
Marquette, Mich.
A rocky, rugged site on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, views of Lake Superior and an inspired Mike DeVries design catapulted this course into our 2005 Top 10 New Courses You Can Play.

Red Tail
Devens, Mass.
A rolling test routed over land where General Patton once taught warfare tank maneuvers, this superb Brian Silva course is now a battlefield of a different kind.

The Tribute
The Colony, Texas
Word is finally getting out about this 6-year-old British-style links course, courtesy of architect Tripp Davis, who infused the layout with serious shotmaking options.

Coral Canyon
Washington, Utah
This Keith Foster design is the best looking course in Utah’s remote St. George area.

Circling Raven
Coeur d”Alene, Idaho
No floating island green here, but this tranquil, forested gene Bates design is awash in beauty and tough par 3s.

Apache Stronghold
San Carlos, Ariz.
Tom Doak’s desert triumph, an hour from Phoenix on Apache land, has suffered conditioning woes, but is on the mend.

Farm Neck
Oak Bluffs, Mass.
Totally delightful experience with holes on Nantucket Sound, but not easy to get to.

Atlantic City Country Club
Northfield, N.J.
National champions at this 109-year-old classic include Walter Travis and Babe Zaharias, but it only opened to public play this year.

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