2022 BEST NEW PUBLIC COURSE
Golf Digest Best New Public Course Runner-Up
Each year, Golf Digest panelists travel the U.S. and Canada to play Best New, Best Renovation and Best Transformation candidate courses, along with every other course listed in our rankings. For a course to be eligible to win a Best New category it must receive a minimum of 15 evaluations. This can be a challenge when courses open or reopen late in the cycle, as the Best New Public Course winner Landmand Golf Club did in 2022, leaving a small window of time to get panelists there to see them. The requirement nevertheless remains.
Mandating a minimum number of evaluations, however, ensures that the Best New results are based on actual course scores and a baseline level of consensus. In other words, people who have actually played and evaluated the nominees determine the winners, not editors or a panel of writers compiling lists of notable new and renovated courses they haven’t seen. These results are determined by experience, not hearsay or photo-gazing.
This category is for a course built on new land, or over existing courses where there is an entirely new design, new holes and routings, and new ownership and branding.
Fox Hills Golf Course, Watford City, N.D. — With acclaimed courses like The Links of North Dakota, Minot Country Club and Bully Pulpit within driving distance, western North Dakota is an unsung golf destination. Reason to travel there got even more convincing with the opening of Fox Hills, a once simple nine-hole layout that Kevin Norby stripped down and rebuilt into an expansive 18-hole course that rides the rolling prairie hills into large greens that can be approached equally well through the air or under the wind along the ground.
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