Golf Courses: What’s New 2016 and Beyond
Ailsa Course, Trump Turnberry (Scotland)-Renovations and enhancements by English architect Martin Ebert were completed June 1st. The highlights include: Moving the tee up on the 18th hole onto the seawall; creating a very long par 3 ninth hole with a tee shot over the cliffs; developing a new green complex at the 10th hole near the water’s edge and creating an all new par 3 No. 11 hole with a carry over rocky inlets and a small beach.
Royal Portrush (Ireland)-Work is nearing completion at the Dunluce Links to develop two new holes for the course. The existing holes 17 and 18 will accommodate the spectator village for the Open Championship in 2019. The new 7th hole will a long par 5 about 600 yards and the new 8th will be a dogleg left par 4. Additional changes include enhancing the greens on No. 2 and No. 8 holes.
Cabot Cliffs (Nova Scotia, Canada)-Officially opened on June 7th, this gem is already being compared to revered layouts like Cypress Point and Kapalua. Perched on cliffs that rise 110 feet above the water, the setting is spectacular. Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the course has a crescendo finish with holes 16,17 and 18 requiring shots over cliffs.
Ocean Course at Sea Pines Resort (Hilton Head Island)-Slated to re-open Fall 2016, the Ocean Course is receiving a $10 million overhaul. Originally designed by George Cobb and the first course built on Hilton Head Island in 1962, the Ocean Course is being totally revamped by Davis Love III and his design team. Love is a 5-time champion of the RBC Heritage, which is contested at Sea Pines’ Harbour Town Golf Links.
Streamsong Black (Polk County, Florida)-Gil Hanse is designed the popular Florida resort’s third course, Streamsong Black, which is expected to open in 2017.
TPC Colorado-Scheduled to open in spring 2018 near Fort Collins, this championship layout will be set along the banks of Lonetree, McNeil and Welch Reservoirs with stunning views of Long’s Peak and the entire Front Range. Stacked-sod pot bunkers and fescue-lined fairways will give the course a Scottish-style feel. It’s designed by Arthur Schaupeter.