To best utilize ocean frontage, Tom Doak came up with a unorthodox routing that includes four par 3s on the back nine. / 888-345-6008 / Tom Doak (2001) 6,633 yards, Par 71 | Points: 65.1748 The second course built at Bandon Dunes Resort.They reduced the irrigation to mere single rows in fairways to prevent grass from ever returning to the new sandy wastelands. Shadow Creek plays like a musical composition in three movements, with alternating heavy beats and light moments, building to an resounding crescendo. The Monterey Pines are far taller than they appear in photos, too.
Back when Pete Dye was building the course, he was asked to dispose of a huge quantity of sewer sludge from housing developments on Hilton Head, so he dug a big pit to the left of the par-4 16th, had it dumped in there, then covered it with acres of sand.
The late golf writer Charlie Price, who lived on the island, took one look at it and dubbed it a "waste bunker." Actually, that's the sanitized version of what he called it. Kapalua, Maui, HI/ 877-527-2582 / / Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (1991) 7,411 yards, Par 73 | Points: 60.5165 Here's a curious fact: Kapalua's Plantation Course, built on old pineapple fields, is irrigated by the same system used a hundred years ago to water pineapples.
Few remember Shadow Creek started out as a private course. At the urging of "Design Fairness proponent" Arthur Little, owner Mike Keiser installed a set of Royal Blue tee markers at 4,258 yards for beginners and older golfers. What also makes this lakefront layout different than say, Whistling Straits or Bay Harbor, are its distinctive stacked-sod bunkers.
It was Golf Digest's Best New Private Course of 1990. / 888-345-6008 / David Mc Lay Kidd (1999) 6,732 yards, Par 72 | Points: 63.4556 Maybe not as visually mesmerizing as Whistling Straits (which it beat for Best New Upscale Public Course of 1999), but talented golfers consider Bandon Dunes to be the consummate shotmaker's course, as good a total examination of one's game as there is in America. They're not circular pot holes found at most links.
Princeville, Kauai, HI / 800-826-1105 / / Robert Trent Jones (9 1988, A.