Golf is all about tradition.
The classic courses immediately spring to mind, like the recently re-crowned Royal Melbourne, Barnbougle Dunes or Cape Kidnappers. Or, for those who feel like travelling (and manage to pull the right strings), it’s the St Andrews’ and the Augustus’ of the world that instil excitement.
Because golf is so steeped in history, it’s easy to forget about innovation beyond what we already know. But, each year, there are new and exciting things happening in the world of golf that deserve our attention and this includes brand new courses.
We’ve picked some of our favourites new golf courses to play in 2018.
In our backyard
- Millbrook Resort – New Zealand
New Zealand’s Millbrook Resort is set to become the proud owner of a new nine holes in 2018. Since 2014, when the club acquired new farm land next door, a new short course has been in the works. It’s recently been approved by the Queenstown Lakes District Council, so things can really get moving.
These new holes will be designed by golf course architect Scott Macpherson and former New Zealand golf professional Greg Turner, who were responsible for the original Coronet nine at the resort. The new holes will take this course up to the full 18, the second full course for Millbrook Resort.
In the USA
- Copper Rock Golf Course – Utah
When you think of Utah, you might conjure up images of Mormons worshipping in Salt Lake City or perhaps the Utah Jazz, when really it is a very underrated golfing state. Not far from Vegas, the next boys trip should include a few rounds of golf at some of the states’ best, including Sand Hollow and Coral Canyon.
Newcomer Copper Rock is being designed and built by Dale Beddo, an experienced golf course developer from the region, and this course will be joining the other red rock style courses in the south-west of the state. Copper Rock is touted as a social course, with wide corridors and back tees, with the total course measuring just over 6 kilometres in length.
3. Pinehurst No. 4 Course – North Carolina
While technically Pinehurst No. 4 is a re-opening, not a brand-new course, it’s worth a mention because it’s golf course royalty.
Pinehurst Resort have announced that Hanse Golf Design will redesign Pinehurst No. 4. According to their website, they aim to “further restore the original character and spirit to the Pinehurst golf experience. Hanse’s design and routing, which seeks to create a landscape similar to Pinehurst No. 2, will include exposed sand and native wire grass, wider fairways and natural topography.”
Work on the project began in October last year and the course will be closed until it reopens in Autumn of 2018.
“We think this approach will create a more authentic, visually interesting golf course and one that feels in tune with its unique surrounds,” says Hanse.
Around the world
- Regnum Ankara Golf Estate – Turkey
Turkey might lack the sandbelts of a more traditional links golf region like in Scotland, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t giving golfers something to talk about. The Regnum Ankara Golf Estate will be the first full-sized course in the Ankara area, designed by architect Tim Lobb and opening in 2018.
“The site covers 200 hectares of lovely rolling terrain,” Lobb told Golf Course Architecture. “There are some strong valleys which we will incorporate into the routing. With a view of Ankara in the distance and surrounded by mountain ranges, the area is certainly breathtaking.”
- Mill Creek Country Club – Russia
Located about forty-five minutes outside of St Petersburg, the new Mill Creek Country Club development is bigger than Ben Hur and only opened a few months ago, so is fresh and waiting. Designed by European Golf Design, the 6.5 kilometre, par 72 course is part of the new multi-use residential development and includes much more than just the golf course.
There are diverse practice facilities, a three-hole academy course as well as multiple eighteen-hole and nine-hole layouts available for play. The unique concept has led Mill Creek’s owner, Sergey Borisov, to dub it ‘Kaleidoscope Golf’.
The 280-hectare property is surrounded by forest, has a high water table and deep, sandy soils. There are 50 hectares of lakes, which look great, but also caused the golf course to be raised above the water table due to the millions of tonnes of sand the lakes generated.