As 2020 brings a new decade, why not try a new golfing destination? Golf courses are constantly evolving, and designers are finding innovative ways to up the visual stimuli while keeping courses challenging at heart, and truly bring golf into the 21st century.
Here are the new courses awaiting you, and the designs hitting the scene in 2020.
Payne’s Valley at Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri USA
Payne’s Valley is due to be the first public access course designed by Tiger Woods and his architecture firm, TGR Design. The walkable 19-hole design pays tribute to the late Payne Stewart, an Ozarks-native and World Golf Hall of Fame member. Payne's Valley is due to make a statement with its inviting layout, pristine water features and vast fairways and greens. While the exact opening date is yet to be announced the course is expected to open in 2020.
Ozarks National at Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri USA
Winner of the Best New Public Golf Course in America by Golf Digest, the design of the Ozarks National course is a fitting tribute to the beautiful region it is situated in. The course was designed by world-renowned golf course architect team Coore & Crenshaw and tests players' skills with its demanding layout.
This is not your average run-of-the-mill experience, with unique features such as a wooden bridge stretching 400 meters, and a 13th hole towering 60 ft above a beautiful flowing creek. The course is set to open in April 2019.
Vattanac Golf Resort, Cambodia
Vattanac Golf Resort is currently in the midst of its development. Both the existing East Course and the soon to be unveiled West Course, are shrouded in Cambodian culture. The grounds are boldly accented with scale models of famous historical sites. Think grand, beautiful temples with carved faces, all surrounded by lush vegetation.
The 7,467-yard, par-72 championship East Course was designed by Sir Nick Faldo and uncovered in May 2019. The layout is a balanced combination of water features, elevation changes, and bunker complexes.
Dubai Hills Golf Club by Jumeirah, Dubai
Dubai Hills Golf Club by Jumeirah opened its doors to golfers in October 2019 and already gained a strong reputation as one of the best golf courses in Dubai. A year later, the course was named the World’s Best New Golf Course at the 2019 World Golf Awards.
Contoured, undulating greens feel as if they follow the flow of the desert dunes surrounding providing strategic shot options. The scenic surroundings of the golf course offers not only a view of the grand city skyline of Dubai, but also flourishing greenery, valleys, and lakes. The 18-hole par-72 championship course utilizes 21st century technology for a smooth experience and is sure to satisfy any level of player.
Hoiana Shores, Vietnam
The newly opened Hoiana Shores Golf Club is located on the sparkling shores of the Eastern Sea, and a short drive from Hoi An, an enchanting place known as the ‘City of Lanterns’.
This is the first design by Robert Trent Jones Jr’s in Vietnam and offers masterful precision and opulent artistry. The ethereal shoreline location provides captivating views of the Cham Islands, and with 18 holes spread over 7,004 yards, this par 71 design is a must-visit.
Black Rocks Golf Belitung, Indonesia
The name ‘Black Rocks’ isn’t given at random. In this picturesque course located on the island of Belitung, this new layout is adorned with dominating, naturally formed black rocks. The rocks make a striking statement to the layout and remind players of the unique location of the golf course.
Being only 100m from the shore players might even end up looking for their ball in the crystal blue waters of Tanjung Tinggi Beach. The 18-hole championship layout was designed by Ronald W. Fream, rolls over a staggering 7,900 yards, and is an exhilarating challenge for golfers of all levels. The course opened in June 2019 and is a must visit Indonesian gem.
Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai
The Arabian Ranches course was was designed in 1991 by Open Champion Ian Baker-Finch and launched in 2004. After six months of renovations, the beautiful desert championship course has now been given a new lease of life. The redesigned green complexes make all the difference, inducing a pristine feel, reminiscent of the courses' early days.
In addition to spruced up green complexes, the practice putting green has also been renovated, along with an enhanced driving range. The renovations promise a completely new experience and a surprising difference in play.
Rumanza Golf Course, Pakistan
The Rumanza Golf Course is still in its construction stage but has already been described as monumental in both size and importance. The course was designed by Sir Nick Faldo who has proactively been ensuring that each stage of this Faldo signature course is created with excellence.
The land itself is flat and agricultural with fruit trees, cereal crops, mango trees, and orange trees habitual throughout. These elements should add unique features to the course, which is planned to have a links-like feel. This highly anticipated course is set to be completed in 2020.