LOOK AT RIO AND BEYOND lso conspicuous by its absence is the seaside Castle Stuart Golf Links in Scotland, a Gil HanseMark Parsinen collaboration that had been 87th on our 2014 list. Hanse’s Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro won’t open for public play until after it hosts the Summer Olympics golf in August, so it won’t be up for consideration until our next World 100 is announced, in 2018.
Other just-opened courses that could crack our list include Ocean Dunes on the same island as Cape Wickham; Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic (totally remodelled by Rees Jones); South Cape Golf Course in South Korea, a Kyle Phillips design (whoseYas Links on Persian Gulf sand dunes is No. 46); the Tom Fazio-designed Christophe Harbour on St Kitts; Comporta Dunes, a David McLay Kidd layout in Portugal; and Doak’s Tara Iti in New Zealand.
Not coincidentally, all are adjacent to an ocean.That seems to be the new norm for a world ranking.