New courses to watch in 2013 & beyond

Among my Christmas mail recently was information from two of golf’s leading architects; Tom Doak & David McLay Kidd both of whom outlined some of the projects around the world that they and their teams are presently working on. Two of the projects caught my attention as both are in PerryGolf destinations and will once again add another dynamic to the golf experience in their respective region.

Tom Doak is working on a new course named; Tara-iti Golf Club in Mangawhai, New Zealand. From the image it appears to be built on sandy terrain adjacent to the coastline on the east coast of the North Island as you travel between Auckland and Kauri Cliffs on the Bay of Islands. Given the quality of golf course Doak builds, this should be a great addition to the golf scene in New Zealand as it breaks the 3 hour car journey from Auckland to the Bay of Islands.

David McLay Kidd is awaiting final planning approval for a new links course at Bushmills Dunes on the Northern Ireland coastline not far from Royal Portrush.  If and when this course is constructed, it will add yet another terrific links courses in the midst of an extremely vibrant golf area, more than enough courses to keep you busy during a week’s stay.

About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+