■ 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.
French Lick, Indiana
The French Lick Resort, already home to a fabulous reconstruction of a Donald Ross course and the nine-hole Valley Links, this spring opened a challenging 8,100-yard Pete Dye hilltop layout.
Golfers of all abilities are welcomed by the course's five sets of tees.
Accommodations and meeting space are plentiful at the resort. The 443-room French Lick Hotel offers a 109,000-square-foot conference center, including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom, plus a 60,000-square-foot sports and exhibits complex with a driving range and tennis courts. The 243-room Baden Springs Hotel offers another 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Two spas combine for 42,000 square feet of relaxation.