6 amazing bucket list golf courses

Cabot Cliffs.

Cabot Cliffs.

1. Cabot Cliffs
Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada
The latest Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw masterpiece. Cabot Cliffs is the sister to the much-lauded Cabot Links. It opens for previews on July 3 having been monikered “Pebble Beach on steroids” due to its sensational routing, with 10 holes directly beside the ocean.
www.cabotlinks.com/golf.

Tiger Woods’ Bluejack National in Texas has hints of Augusta National with towering pines and minimal rough.

Tiger Woods’ Bluejack National in Texas has hints of Augusta National with towering pines and minimal rough.

2. Bluejack National 
Houston, Texas, USA
Hot on the heels of Tiger Woods’ first course design in Mexico comes his second in Texas. “We’re going to have it fast, open and with no rough,” says Woods. “The idea is you can slice and hook it and still find your ball in play.” The course should debut in the autumn.
www.bluejacknational.com

Grand Saint-Emillionnais, set deep in Bordeaux wine country.

Grand Saint-Emillionnais, set deep in Bordeaux wine country.

3. Grand Saint-Emilionnais
Bordeaux, France
The most exciting new course in Europe is a gentile stroll through the Bordeaux countryside. It sounds rather dull until you discover the stroll is revered architect Tom Doak’s first design in Continental Europe and the countryside is awash with huge oaks. It opens this summer. segolfclub.com

TPC at Baha Mar.

TPC at Baha Mar.

4. TPC at Baha Mar
Nassau, The Bahamas
This Jack Nicklaus-designed coastal gem
is the first PGA Tour-owned TPC (Tournament Players Club) in the Caribbean. “Baha Mar will be playable for all skill levels,” says the 18-times major winner. The course is set to open in late March.
www.bahamar.com

The Rio 2016 Olympic Course was a breath of fresh air for players and spectators alike.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Course was a breath of fresh air for players and spectators alike.

5. Rio 2016 Olympic Course
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This Gil Hanse design will host the first Olympic golf events for 112 years in 2016. The visionary Hanse believes the layout  is a “great theatre for golf” that will “remind people of the great courses on the Melbourne sandbelt”. Set to open for play this summer.
www.hansegolfdesign.com

The spectacular Cape Wickham Links in Tasmania.

The spectacular Cape Wickham Links in Tasmania.

6. Cape Wickham Links
King Island, Tasmania
Mike DeVries was so concerned this jaw-dropping site, which includes miles of coastline and Australia’s tallest lighthouse, would cause golfers ‘sensory overload’ that he interspersed the coastal holes with tricky inland tests with spectacular results. Opens in November.
www.capewickham.com.au

Nick Wright