Newport Dunes Golf Club in Port Aransas, Texas, just opened this autumn, but the Arnold Palmer-designed course is already being recognized as one of the few true links courses in the United States. It has no trees and lots of wind and roll, making it a must-play destination for links course lovers.
The par-71 golf course stretches to 6,985 yards from the championship tees and plays through the sand dunes of the Texas coast. It will be sure to challenge any golfer with a warm Gulf breeze, fast and rolling greens, and deep stacked and walled bunkers.
“The signature holes are Nos. 13, 14, and 15,” Palmer said. “These holes are located along the Gulf of Mexico and are routed through natural sand dunes. Each of the holes offers views of the beach and the ocean. The course is designed in the true links style, with pot bunkers that are very similar to the classic courses such as St. Andrews.
“The courses are very windy, with native dunes grasses that contribute to the Scottish feel,” Palmer continued. “The differences between Scotland and this course are that the fairways are wider here and the entire course is planted with paspalum, mowed at fairway height with no rough. We feel this will help the high-handicap players and in general make the course enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels.”
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