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New and renovated courses returning to the roster in 2015/16

New and renovated courses returning to the roster in 2015/16

New and renovated courses returning to the roster in 2015/16

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There are 11 “new courses” on the PGA Tour for 2015/16.  

Some of them are brand new and have never been played by the Tour.  Some have been renovated and so fit into the category of “new.”  And then some haven’t hosted a tournament for some time and are making a glorious comeback.  Thanks to Tom Cunniff of Links Magazine for compiling this interesting list!

As the 2015/16 season gets underway this week at the Frys.com Open in Napa and there are a number of courses this year that are new, renovated, or returning to the roster.

New and renovated courses returning to the roster in 2015/16

PGA West (TPC Stadium)
La Quinta, Calif.


The one and only time Pete Dye’s seminal design was part of the CareerBuilder Challenge, which will forever be known just as “The Hope” to many, was way back in 1987, so it’s exciting to see this infamous course back in the rota Jan. 21–24. Setting out to build the hardest course he could, Dye succeeded and then some. Expect to see the amateurs eviscerated.

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New and renovated courses returning to the roster in 2015/16

Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead)
Palm Harbor, Fla.

One of tour players favorite courses is even better after a six-month renovation that includes the re-grassing of fairways and roughs, the reshaping of bunkers, and the rebuilding of greens with TifEagle Bermuda. Host of the Valspar Championship March 10–13, the surprisingly hilly (for Florida) layout reopens to resort guests Nov. 1.

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New and renovated courses returning to the roster in 2015/16

(Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

Austin Country Club
Austin, Tex.

The WGC-Dell Match Play moves to the hometown of the new sponsor March 23–27 and this historic club that dates to 1899 and was the longtime home of Harvey Penick. Backdropped by Pennybacker Bridge, the Pete Dye design opened in 1984 with most of the front nine playing along Lake Austin and the backside more elevated (the nines will be reversed for the event).

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(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Oakmont Country Club
Oakmont, Penn.

The U.S. Open returns to Oakmont June 16–19 for a record ninth time, marking a distinct return to the quintessential U.S. Open test of fairways and greens after last year’s British Open-like contest at Chambers Bay. With 210 bunkers, including the iconic “Church Pews” (above), and super-slick greens always kept in tournament-ready condition, Oakmont is perhaps the most difficult course in America.

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Royal Troon Golf Club (Old)
Ayshire, Scotland

This legendary links on the west coast of Scotland hosts the Open Championship for the ninth time July 14–17, including Arnold Palmer’s celebrated 1962 victory and Tom Watson’s 20 years later. It’s home to the shortest hole in the Open rota, the 123-yard “Postage Stamp” 8th, where any shot that doesn’t find the green will be returned to sender.

To check out the other 5 courses that make up this list, go here!

Source: Links Magazine  Tom Cunneff

Pictures : LC Lambrecht

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