New Hampshire-based architect Brian Silva is one of golf’s experts at restoring classic courses — Seminole, Augusta Country Club and St. Louis Country Club, among them — but Old Marsh proves he can also craft memorable originals.
Opened during the summer, the 6,598-yard, par-71 layout is in Wells, Maine, a few miles south of the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport. Silva channeled the style of C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor here, sculpting giant fairways and huge, elevated, rolling greens. The 380-yard, par-4 2nd, the 410-yard, par-4 5th, and the 215-yard 17th, with a pond to the left and a massive green, are standouts.
If you’re a fan of strategic design, Old Marsh will have you skipping that lobster dinner for a second round.