The Best New Golf Courses of 2016

Olympic Golf Course, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The consensus choice for Best New Course of 2016 is the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro’s upscale Barra da Tijuca district. Designed by our 2016 Architect of the Year, Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, with LPGA Hall-of-Famer Amy Alcott consulting, the Olympic layout wowed the world with its remarkable versatility, playability and strategy-infused, links-like holes.

Mossy Oak, West Point, MS

The Rio Olympic follow-up by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner is another medal winner, earning Honorable Mention as the Best New U.S. Course You Can Play. Routed along the rolling Mississippi Black Prairie, the course plays firm and fast and is loaded with variety and shot options. A low-key, handsome palette of mature oaks and native grasses in a meadow setting add to the aesthetic appeal.

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