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10 Favorite Recent Discoveries

by Tom Doak
Tom Doak, principal architect of Renaissance Design, has designed such world famous courses as Pacific Dunes and Cape Kidnappers. In 1996, he published the highly provocative "Confidential Guide to Golf Course Architecture," a review of more than 800 golf courses around the world. He excluded his own designs from this list.

Bandon Dunes:
If David Kidd hadn’t done so well in front of me with this design on the Oregon coast, I never would have gotten to build my own best course at Pacific Dunes.

Mike Strantz’s first solo design on Pawleys Island, S.C., and possibly the most interesting and fun course I have seen on a flat site.

A great Tillinghast course lying in obscurity just a couple of miles from Winged Foot in the Westchester suburb of Scarsdale.

Friars Head:
Designed by the team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, it is the only course in this list which would get a "9" on the Doak scale, even if the club on Long Island pretends not to care.

Wild Horse:
Some think of it as a poor man’s version of that other great Nebraska course, Sand Hills, but it stands on its own merits as the best affordable course in America.

A bit short for scratch players at 6,100 yards, but golfers should still take time out to play it when they go to Royal Dornoch for a swing through the Scottish Highlands.

Cabo del Sol (Ocean):
My favorite Jack Nicklaus course, it has several fine holes away from the ocean, too.

Kauri Cliffs:
The most beautiful coastal views from any golf course on earth, and quite a test when the wind blows.

An authentic modern links down the road from St. Andrews with a lot of cool little contouring that wasn’t there to start.

Small greens and great bunkering. But it gets no respect in the Melbourne Sandbelt because Dr. MacKenzie did not make a stop there.

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