For most golfers, just
the opportunity to be out of the office, fairway wood in hand, can
be enough to make them happy. But give them the opportunity to play
somewhere new and notable, and the grins expand dramatically.
The following is a roundup of fresh or
about-to-open projects -- including the seventh track to debut in
St. Andrews, Scotland, the storied birthplace of the game -- as
well as a few top-notch renovations.
Fallen Oak, part of the
Beau Rivage Resort &
Casino in Biloxi
Beau Rivage Fallen Oak
(228) 386-7444; www.beaurivage.com
One of the hot new layouts in the
country complements the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, which
reopened in 2006 following a $550 million renovation, necessitated
in part by damage brought by Hurricane Katrina. Tom Fazio designed
Fallen Oak, built exclusively for the resort’s guests. The course
runs through 510 acres on the edge of the DeSoto National Forest,
about 15 miles from the hotel.
Even though the track is considered a
coastal layout, it challenges with several elevation changes, and
players have to negotiate stubborn stands of hardwood trees. To
preserve the hushed nature of this Southern site, the course
features 10 bridges and concealed cart paths.
Once the day on the course is finished,
the 1,740-room resort offers 11 dining outlets -- including Todd
English’s Olives -- four bars and an 85,000-square-foot casino. The
property has 50,000 square feet of meeting space; the largest room
is the 17,000-square-foot Magnolia Ballroom.
Bonnet Creek Golf Club
On the outskirts of Walt Disney World,
ground has been broken at the Bonnet Creek development on a
1,000-room Hilton and a 498-room Waldorf=Astoria hotel. These two
properties won’t open until fall 2009, but work on a Rees
Jones-designed golf course, which will surround the
Waldorf=Astoria, began several years ago. Currently called the
Bonnet Creek Golf Course, it should be ready for play by this
“You could almost walk to Epcot from
the golf course,” says Steve Weisser senior designer for Montclair,
N.J.-based Rees Jones Inc.
The two hotels will offer a combined
125,000 square feet of meeting space, 90,000 of which will be in a
dedicated conference center. Included will be a 36,000-square-foot
ballroom. Each hotel also will have its own event space: 25,000
square feet in the Hilton and 11,000 square feet in the
Waldorf=Astoria. For extra relaxation, the complex will offer a