This year marks a renaissance in golf; after a 112-year absence from the Olympic Games, athletes from across the globe will tee off in Rio de Janeiro this summer. And as golf’s profile has risen, its players are looking for links that are new, updated and have more amenities. From renowned (and renewed) courses that wow; to fun-infused greens; and extraordinary designs garnering attention from critics, these seven establishments are shaking old standards and changing how the game of golf is played.
BLUEJACK NATIONAL, MONTGOMERY, TX
Just outside of Houston at the private golf club Bluejack National, you’ll find the first U.S. course Tiger Woods designed, which formally opened in June. Yes, it has a famous designer and professional look and feel. For instance, pine trees and oaks surrounding a strategic course full of elevation changes comparable to Augusta. But the course is player- and family-friendly, jettisoning a dress code and adding a 10-hole practice course that’s ideal for kids.