NO PRESSURE: Native Scot David McLay Kidd has received one of the choicest assignments in golf from the St. Andrews Links Trust: Designing the seventh course at the "home of golf." Kidd, who designed the critically acclaimed Bandon Dunes in Oregon, will shape a 200-acre waterfront parcel a mile from the town center. The course isn't expected to open until 2006 at the earliest, giving American tourists plenty of time to get in line.
KIAWAH RENOVATIONS: Already a course in Golf Digest's Places To Play, The
Ocean Course at Kiawah Island reopened in September after renovations that should make it even more memorable. Under the direction of original designer Pete Dye, seven holes were modified and each green was resurfaced with TifEagle Bermuda. But the most striking changes were made to the 18th hole, where Dye moved the green away from the clubhouse and toward the ocean. Now, your approach shot on the 445-yard par 4 will be almost straight toward the ocean (and into the wind).
OPEN ACCESS: Nonresidents always had a tough time getting on Torrey Pines South. After a Rees Jones tuneup and U.S. Open buzz, the lines have gotten even longer. But spring for the $150 Advance Tee Time Package at www.torreypinesgolfcourse.com and you can guarantee a tee time, plus get a three-hole playing lesson.