Annika returns to the mountains, setting her latest golf course design at the base of some of the world’s best skiing, the Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, British Columbia, Canada.
To be named The Golf Club at Red Mountain, the 18-hole, 7,071-yard par 71 will break ground in the spring of 2009. Red marks Annika’s fourth course design worldwide and her first from scratch in North America. She will team up with Thomas McBroom, Canada’s premier golf course architect, on the design.
Red will be defined by a distinct 18-hole adventure – a concept consistent with the game’s early courses such as St. Andrews and Ballybunion. Among the many eco-friendly design features: the holes all fit naturally into the topography so that very little earth moving will be required, thereby minimizing environmental disruption and creating a course that feels and looks distinctly natural.
The sitting of the clubhouse has been carefully selected on a high bench overlooking the 18th green in the foreground and the Red Mountain ski resort in the background. The view in a single glance provides a vivid snapshot of the whole resort. The heart of course’s routing – specifically holes seven through 18 – features holes seven through 13 winding their way up the narrow valley in a northerly direction, then turning south again at hole 13, ascending the summit peak at hole 17 and finishing with a flourish at the spectacular downhill 18th returning back to the clubhouse. Holes one through six are laid out on the east-facing slope descending down the hill toward Highway 3. Its signature hole is No. 8, where a stream – one of four creeks or streams at Red – parallels the entire hole from tee to green, bringing natural water into play on both the first and second shot.