The par-5 fifteenth hole at The Prairie Club's Dunes Course in Valentine, Nebraska. The Dunes Course was Golf Digest's "Overnight Destination of the Year." Click the image to enlarge. Photograph by Stephen Szurlej-- Christian...
The Best New Private winner is tightly forested, lay-of-the-land Pikewood National Golf Club in Morgantown, W.Va., designed by a couple of amateur architects, John R. Raese and J. Robert Gwynne. See the other Best New Private Courses of 2009.
The Best New Canadian winner is Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club north of Merritt, British Columbia, a collaboration by Canadian designer Rod Whitman and former superintendent Armen Suny. See the other Best New Canadian Courses of 2009.
Charlotte Country Club: This Donald Ross layout was reinvigorated by Ron Prichard, a designer who has spent a quarter-century in relative anonymity, specializing in classic course reclamation. See the other Best New Remodeled Courses of 2009.
Our Best Remodel of 2008, the Old Course at Saucon Valley in Pennsylvania, follows in the tradition of its predecessors, Brookside in Canton, Ohio, Stanwich in Connecticut and The Greenbrier's Old White Course in West Virginia. All were solid layouts before, merely enhanced and improved.