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Gary Van Sickle
December 10, 2001
Golf courses are like mountains: There's always one more to conquer. In the last year 524 tracks, 87% of them public, opened in the U.S. Here are my favorites from that group, plus one from overseas.
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December 10, 2001

Van's Top 10 New Public Courses

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9. Raptor Bay Golf Club
Bonita Springs, Fla. Are U-turns legal in Florida? Raymond Floyd, who was ripped for adding new sand bunkers and enlarging die existing ones at Doral's Blue Monster, made a U-turn at Raptor Bay. The course has no sand bunkers, only waste areas filled with crushed coquina shells. With lots of elevated greens and swales, Raymundo would like to introduce you to the art of chipping. Greens fee: $110 to $190.

10. The Glen Club
Glenview, Ill. The old Glenview Naval Air Base course was as flat as a runway. After pouring in $27 million, adding 4,000 trees and moving 2.4 million cubic yards of earth, the Tom Fazio design has die best par-3s in die state and is home to die Illinois Golf Hall of Fame. Greens fee: $110 to $135.

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