America's Best New Courses Named in Golf Digest

Award's 23rd Straight Year Recognizes the Best in Golf Course Design; 23

States with Courses Included

Dec 06, 2006, 00:00 ET from Golf Digest

    NEW YORK, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- For the 23rd consecutive year, Golf
 Digest has unveiled the results of its survey of America's Best New
 Courses. The latest ranking, which also includes the Best New Canadian
 courses, appears in the January 2007 issue (on newsstands December 12).
     The magazine selected King Carter Golf Club, in Virginia, as America's
 Best New Public Under $75; Osprey Meadows, in the foothills of Idaho, as
 America's Best New Public $75 and Over; The Concession Golf Club, east of
 Sarasota, Fla., as the year's Best New Private Course; and The Stanwich
 Club, in Greenwich, CT, as America's Best New Remodel. (The Remodel
 category was added in 2005 to recognize courses that underwent such
 extensive makeovers that the owners and members consider them new.)
     The full ranking and feature story on America's Best New Courses 2006,
 along with additional course photography not appearing in the magazine, can
 be viewed now at
     More than 165 new and remodeled golf courses nationwide were nominated
 for this year's ranking. Golf Digest has conducted America's Best New
 Courses rankings since 1983. Its panel of more than 800 low-handicap male
 and female golfers nationwide played and evaluated (at their own expense)
 nominated golf courses that opened between May 1, 2005 and April 30, 2006.
 Golf courses were rated on shot values, design variety, memorability,
 resistance to scoring and aesthetics. The average scores for each criterion
 were combined and totaled to determine the winners.
     "It was a season that celebrated authenticity in golf design," said Ron
 Whitten, Golf Digest Senior Editor, Architecture. "America's Best New
 Courses of 2006 reflect what pleasures can result when man and money yield
 to Mother Nature."
     King Carter Golf Club, America's Best New Public Under $75, was
 designed by Joel Weiman (a first time Best New winner, who is the in-house
 course architect of Maryland based contractor McDonald & Sons). Located in
 southeast Virginia, the course was named after the 18th century tobacco
 baron, Robert (King) Carter, who previously owned the land.
     Osprey Meadows, America's Best New Public $75 and Over, was designed by
 Robert Trent Jones Jr. (a five-time Best New Course winner) and Bruce
 Charlton and is located in central Idaho along the 21-mile-long Lake
     The Concession Golf Club, America's Best New Private, was co-designed
 by Jack Nicklaus and British golf legend Tony Jacklin. The course is
 located outside of Sarasota, Fla., and marks Nicklaus' sixth Best New win
 and Jacklin's first.
     The Stanwich Club, America's Best New Remodel, is located in southern
 Connecticut. A longtime member of Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Golf
 Courses (1969-'79 and 1987-2003), Stanwich has been extensively made over
 by Tom Fazio (a 12-time Best New winner-the most of any architect since the
 ranking's inception).
     As part of the America's Best New Courses survey, the magazine also
 recognizes the Best New Canadian courses. The Ridge at Manitou, in Ontario,
 was designed by Thomas McBroom and is this year's winner. This marks
 McBroom's fifth Best New triumph in the Canadian category.
                           AMERICA'S BEST NEW COURSES
                         Golf Digest January 2007 Issue
     Best New Public Under $75
      1. King Carter Golf Club, Irvington, VA; Joel Weiman, designer
      2. Blue Heron Golf Club (Highlands & Lakes Nines), Median, OH; John
         Robinson, designer
      3. Sundance at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, Kewadin, MI; Jerry Matthews,
      4. The Shoals (Schoolmaster), Muscle Shoals, AL; Roger Rulewich and Bobby
         Vaughan, designers
      5. The Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild, Patterson, LA; Rick Baril and
         Robert von Hagge, designers
      6. Juniper Golf Course, Redmond, OR; John Harbottle, designer
      7. Bergamont Golf Club, Oregon, WI; Andy North, designer
      8. The Jewel Golf Club, Lake City, MN; Hale Irwin and Stan Gentry,
      9. Callippe Preserve Golf Course, Pleasanton, CA; Brian Costello,
     10. Mines Golf Course, Grand Rapids, MI; Mike DeVries, designer
     Best New Public $75 and Over
      1. Osprey Meadows, Donnelly, ID; Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Bruce
         Charlton, designers
      2. Bandon Trails, Bandon, OR; Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, designers
      3. Bay Creek Resort & Club (Nicklaus), Cape Charles, VA; Jack Nicklaus,
      4. Northern Bay Golf Resort, Arkdale, WI; Dave Relford and Matt Mootz,
      5. Classic Club, Palm Desert, CA; Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay and Vicki Martz,
      6. Sunday River Golf Club, Newry, ME; Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Ty
         Butler, designers
      7. The Prospector at Suncadia, Cle Elum, WA; Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay and
         Erik Larsen, designers
      8. Bayside Resort Golf Club, Selbyville, DE; Jack Nicklaus, designer
      9. Redstone Golf Club (Tournament Course), Humble, TX; Rees Jones, with
         David Toms, designers
     10. The Meadows at Mystic Lake, Prior Lake, MN; Garrett Gill and Paul
         Miller, designers
     Best New Private
      1. The Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, FL; Jack Nicklaus and Tony
         Jacklin, designers
      2. Forest Creek Golf Club (North Course), Pinehurst, NC; Tom Fazio,
      3. The Club at Carlton Woods (Fazio Course), The Woodlands, TX; Tom
         Fazio, designer
      4. Champions Retreat Golf Club (Bluff & Island Nines), Evans, GA; Jack
         Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay and Harrison Minchew, designers
      5. 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club, Jackson, WY; Rees Jones, designer
      6. Ballyneal, Holyoke, CO; Tom Doak, designer
      7. Tumble Creek Golf Course at Suncadia, Cle Elum, WA; Tom Doak, designer
      8. Daniel island Club (Ralston Creek Course), Daniel Island, SC; Rees
         Jones, designer
      9. Stone Eagle Club, Palm Desert, CA; Tom Doak, designer
     10. Tuhaye Golf Course, Tuhaye, UT; Mark O'Meara and Brit Stenson,
     Best New Remodel
      1. The Stanwich Club, Greenwich, CT; Tom Fazio, designer
      2. The Country Club of Rochester, Rochester, NY; Gil Hanse, designer
      3. Kingsmill Resort & Spa (River Course), Williamsburg, VA; Pete Dye,
      4. Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech, Radford, VA; Pete Dye,
      5. Hermitage Country Club (Manakin Golf Course), Manakin-Sabot, VA; Keith
         Foster, designer

SOURCE Golf Digest