With nods to some of the world's storied golf courses, these 10 newer tracks are very much a part of the sport's future.All golf lovers have either already experienced or long to tee it up at the true classics of the sport. No lover of the game feels his golfing career is complete until he has played along the Pacific sea mist of Pebble Beach, paid homage to the birthplace of golf at St Andrews, or sampled the Donald Ross masterpiece at Pinehurst No. 2.
While it’s true that real classics never go out of style, especially in the game of golf, a new year also brings out a list of new golf classics. Here’s a collection of sublime golf destinations, all available for public play, all opened within the last 20 years or so — youngsters in the world of golf.
Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Oregon (Tom Doak, 2001). This is part of a wonderful American golf destination, with 85 holes of golf including a new 18-hole design, Old MacDonald, and 13-hole par 3, Bandon Preserve, which opened in the last year.
But par 71 Pacific Dunes is clearly first among equals. This course jumps to the top of the new classics list because of its sheer challenge and beauty. Its position among the Oregon cliffs, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is amazingly scenic. The near-constant wind makes it famously challenging, and the combination of back-to-back par 3s on holes 10 and 11 make it spectacularly fun.
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Trump International golf links, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (Dr. Martin Hawtree, 2012). The newest classic on the list opened in July 2012, but will soon rocket up the international best course ratings.
With a last name of Trump, as in Donald, little was expected of the layout except another overblown tribute to its owner. But all tributes truly belong to the course, designed by English architect Dr. Martin Hawtree and located on the same glorious linksland which produced Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay. The start of the course, with five tee markers on most holes, is wonderful, with dunes surrounding the par 5 followed by an elevated second-hole tee box.
Like most true classics, great hole follows good hole, which follows another great one, with Hawtree using visual stimulation and intimidation on most layouts to confound and astound golfers. The par-5 18th hole has 18 deep pot bunkers, a fitting end to a wonderful challenge.