Golf Inc. announces Development of the Year winners

  • The 9th hole at the New Course at Les Bordes

Golf Inc.’s annual Development of the Year competition recognizes the best new daily fee/resort and private club courses that have opened during the past year around the globe. This year, the competition recognizes five winners.

Capturing “the heart and soul of the French countryside,” according to one judge, the New Course at Les Bordes Golf Club was awarded first place in this year’s competition. Designed by renowned course architect Gil Hanse and built by contractor SOL Golf, the course, which opened in July 2021, is Hanse’s first in Europe.

“Following 30 years of prestige and accolades with the Old Course by Robert Von Hagge, we’re thrilled Gil Hanse’s New Course further elevates the world-class legacy of Les Bordes Golf Club,” said Max Binda, CEO of Les Bordes. “It is an idyllic destination for passionate golfers from across the globe to enjoy unforgettable courses, luxury amenities and genuine camaraderie, all while being surrounded by a serene and secluded setting amid lush nature in France’s famed Loire Valley.”

The remaining winners were The International Olympic Academy Golf Course and The Hills Course at Navarino Hills in Messinia, Greece, second place; and Fox Hills Golf Course in Watford City, North Dakota, third place. Honorable mentions went to Sterling Grove Golf & Country Club in Surprise, Arizona; and Sailfish Sands Golf Course in Stuart, Florida.

Judging was based on how well the project realized the vision of the development team, as well as course aesthetics, environmental and economic sustainability, course routing, land use and improved playability. Winners were chosen through blind judging.

Judges were Jason Sloan, director/project manager for Frontier Golf and Golf Course Builders Association of America board member; and Ron Cutlip of Cutlip Golf Design, which focuses on course design, construction and development.

For additional details on the winning courses, check out the full feature in the latest issue of Golf Inc. magazine.

Development of the Year Winners

Clubhouse interior at Les Bordes

New Course at Les Bordes Golf Club

Saint-Laurent-Nouan, France
Owner/ Developer: RoundShield LLC
Architect: Gil Hanse, Hanse Golf Design
Contractor: SOL Golf
Cost: Not disclosed

“Design is about creating a unique experience, and in that regard, this golf development has hit it out of the of the park, including the building architecture, golf course architecture and non-golf activities.” — Jason Sloan

“The golf course design and routing capture the heart and soul of the French countryside, blending the course with the natural features . . . The golf course features and fairway were shaped for world class play.” — Ron Cutlip

The International Olympic Academy Golf Course and The Hills Course at Navarino Hills

Messinia, Greece
Owner/Developer: Panorama S.A.
Architect: Jose Maria Olazabal, Olazabal Design
Contractor: A.P. Maragakis Green Projects S.A.
Cost: €50 million

Fox Hills Golf Course

Watford City, North Dakota
Owner/Developer: Watford City, North Dakota
Architect: Kevin Norby, Norby Golf Course Design
Contractor: Landscapes Unlimited
Cost: $8.4 million

Sterling Grove Golf & Country Club

Surprise, Arizona
Owner/Developer: Toll Brothers
Architect: Chris Cochran of Nicklaus Design
Contractor: Tom Bush, Heritage Links
Cost: $12 million

Sailfish Sands Golf Course
Stuart, Florida
Owner/Developer: Martin County
Architect: John Sanford, Sanford Ferris Golf Design
Contractor: TDI Golf / XGD Group of Companies
Cost: $10 million +

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