by By Sarah J.F. Braley | July 01, 2009

■ The 250-room Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, opens this fall near Tucson, Ariz. Already welcoming players is the 27-hole Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, one of the latest layouts from Jack Nicklaus, with a 50,000-square-foot clubhouse.

■ Opening Oct. 1 are the 497-room Waldorf Astoria Orlando, the 1,000-room Hilton Bonnet Creek and their shared Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, designed by Rees Jones. The resorts will have a total 150,000 square feet of meeting space.

■ The Doral Golf Resort & Club in Miami recently debuted the Jim McLean Signature Course, formerly the Silver Course. The layout has been lengthened to more than 7,100 yards.

■ Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily, Italy, opened this month with 203 rooms, a conference center and a golf course designed by Kyle Phillips, who created Scotland's Kingsbarns Golf Links.

■ The Old Macdonald Golf Course, the fourth layout at the celebrated Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., has opened for limited play this summer.