Golf development is sizzling throughout the south and southeastern United States.

Florida and South Carolina are red hot with new course construction. Georgia and Tennessee are warming up, and even Alabama recently debuted its first new course in nearly 20 years, the Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-designed Wicker Point on Lake Martin. It was only a matter of time before Texas jumped into the fire.

For a state of its geographic and demographic heft, Texas lags behind its peers when it comes to great architecture. Currently only three venues rank among America’s 100 Greatest and Second 100 Greatest Courses—Whispering Pines (No. 51), Dallas National (83) and Bluejack National (139)—and the average score of the top 10 courses in the state on our most recent rankings is just 59.0203 compared to New York (64.7365), California (63.7652) and Florida (60.7452).

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