Cuscowilla Rated #1 in the 40 Best Real Estate Courses in America
May 1, 2001 EATONTON, GA -- Hurtling to the top of our 2001 America's Best Real Estate Courses list is a subdued Georgia layout, the Golf Club at Cuscowilla, that has stolen the heart of everyone who has played it. The raves for Cuscowilla are not because its holes resemble splashy calendar art. Quite the opposite: The tradition-minded team of Ben Crenshaw and Bille Coore sought a natural look, and so carved scruffy-looking bunkers and curling fairways from alongside Lake Oconee. The developers, in brief, gave the land over to the golf course.
This reasoning -- less emphasis on houses overlooking the fairway, more on the courses -- is now the trend at higher-end developments. Jack Nicklaus's restrained design at Colleton River Plantation in South Carolina served notice on this direction a decade ago. Elsewhere on our list, however -- which is derived from the America's Best Courses list compiled by Golfweek, our sister publication -- are plenty of dramatic layouts, such as Nicklaus's sensational efforts in Snoqualmie, Wash., and Henderson, Nev. Most of our Top 40 are relatively new. The only contribution from the classical period is Florida's Mountain Lake Golf Course, No. 18 on our list and draped with venerable oaks. What does this course have in common with Cuscowilla? As with all our picks, the houses never interfere with the golf.
This article was originally published in the May 2001 issue of Golf & Travel. All rights reserved. Visit us on the web at www.TravelGolf.com. For a subscription and customer service call 1-800-678-9717.