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America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses The game’s oldest ranking, established in 1966- By Golf Digest

by   |   December 4, 2011
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By: Golf Digest
Photo By Stephen Szurlej
May 2011

The biennial 2011 ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Courses is ready for its close-up. And for the first time in the list’s history, it has something completely different: 101 courses. We had a tie at No. 100, which left us no choice but to make room for an odd number of courses for the first time. Established in 1966, the game’s oldest ranking, this list is considered the leading symbol of golf-course excellence and integrity.

* 2009 RANK IN PARENTHESES
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INDEPENDENT CHECK: Golf Digest retained PricewaterhouseCoopers to oversee the tabulation of our rankings of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses and Best in State.

Rank* Course Name Yards Par Points
1. (1) AUGUSTA NATIONAL G.C.Augusta, Ga. / Alister Mackenzie & Bobby Jones (1933) 7,435 72 72.87
2. (2) PINE VALLEY G.C.Pine Valley, N.J. / George Crump & H.S. Colt (1918) 7,057 70 72.49
3. (3) SHINNECOCK HILLS G.C.Southampton, N.Y. / William Flynn (1931) 7,041 70 69.36
4. (5) OAKMONT C.C.Oakmont, Pa. / Henry Fownes (1903) 7,255 71 69.01
5. (4) CYPRESS POINT CLUBPebble Beach / Alister Mackenzie & Robert Hunter (1928) 6,525 72 69.00
6. (6) PEBBLE BEACH G. LINKSPebble Beach / Jack Neville & Douglas Grant (1919) 6,828 72 68.56
7. (7) MERION G.C. (East)Ardmore, Pa. / Hugh Wilson (1912) 6,886 70 68.54
8. (8) WINGED FOOT G.C. (West)Mamaroneck, N.Y. / A.W. Tillinghast (1923) 7,258 72 66.81
9. (13) SAND HILLS G.C.Mullen, Neb. / Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (1994) 7,089 71 66.70
10. (15) NATIONAL G. LINKS OF AMERICASouthampton, N.Y. / C.B. Macdonald (1911) 6,935 72 66.62
11. (9) FISHERS ISLAND CLUBFishers Island, N.Y. Seth Raynor & Charles Banks (1926) 6,566 72 66.50
12. (16) CRYSTAL DOWNS C.C.Frankfort, Mich. / Alister Mackenzie & Perry Maxwell (1931) 6,518 70 66.22
13. (10) SEMINOLE G.C.Juno Beach, Fla. / Donald Ross (1929) 6,836 72 66.17
14. (New) THE ALOTIAN CLUBRoland, Ark. / Tom Fazio (2004) 7,480 72 65.88
15. (14) PACIFIC DUNESBandon, Ore. / Tom Doak (2001) 6,633 71 65.86
16. (18) THE COUNTRY CLUB (Clyde/Squirrel)Brookline, Mass. / Willie Campbell (1895) / Alex Campbell (1902) 7,033 71 65.85
T17. (12) CHICAGO G.C.Wheaton, Ill. / C.B. Macdonald (1894) Seth Raynor (1923) 6,846 70 65.75
T17. (22) WHISTLING STRAITS (Straits)Haven, Wis. / Pete Dye (1998) 7,362 72 65.75
19. (19) MUIRFIELD VILLAGE G.C.Dublin, Ohio / Jack Nicklaus & Desmond Muirhead (1974) 7,366 72 65.65
20. (17) WADE HAMPTON G.C.Cashiers, N.C. / Tom Fazio (1987) 7,218 72 65.51
21. (11) OAK HILL C.C. (East)Rochester, N.Y. / Donald Ross (1925) 7,145 71 65.47
22. (31) RIVIERA C.C.Pacific Palisades, Calif. / George C. Thomas Jr. & W.P. Bell (1926)/td> 7,298 71 65.05
23. (20) MEDINAH C.C. (No. 3)Medinah, Ill. / Tom Bendelow (1928) 7,561 72 65.01
24. (23) OAKLAND HILLS C.C. (South)Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Donald Ross (1918) 7,445 72 64.98
25. (21) PRAIRIE DUNES C.C.Hutchinson, Kan. / Perry Maxwell (1937), Press Maxwell (1957) 6,759 70 64.96
26. (25) THE OCEAN COURSEKiawah Island, S.C. / Pete Dye (1991) 7,356 72 64.88
27. (26) THE OLYMPIC CLUB (Lake)San Francisco / Sam Whiting (1924) 7,112 71 64.79
28. (33)BANDON DUNESBandon, Ore. / David McLay Kidd (1999) 6,732 72 64.27
T 29. (28) CASTLE PINES G.C.Castle Rock, Colo. / Jack Nicklaus (1981) 7,696 72 64.18
T29. (38) THE HONORS COURSEOoltewah, Tenn. / Pete Dye (1983) 7,450 72 64.18
31. (41) SHADOW CREEKNorth Las Vegas, Nev. / Tom Fazio (1990) 7,560 72 64.15
32. (30) BALTUSROL G.C. (Lower)Springfield, N.J. / A.W. Tillinghast (1922) 7,400 72 64.07
33. (36) SAN FRANCISCO G.C.San Francisco / A.W. Tillinghast (1918) 6,828 71 63.93
34. (New) FRIAR’S HEAD G.C.Baiting Hollow, N.Y. / Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2002) 6,846 71 63.79
35. (24) VICTORIA NATIONAL G.C.Newburgh, Ind. / Tom Fazio (1998) 7,239 72 63.77
36. (29) BETHPAGE STATE PARK (Black)Farmingdale, N.Y. / Joseph H. Burbeck & A.W. Tillinghast (1936) 7,468 71 63.70
37. (32) PINEHURST RESORT (No. 2)Pinehurst, N.C. / Donald Ross (1935) 7,491 72 63.60
38. (34) SOUTHERN HILLS C.C.Tulsa, Okla. / Perry Maxwell (1936) 7,150 71 63.52
39. (42) CANYATA G.C.Marshall, Ill. / Bob Lohmann & Mike Benkusky (2004) 7,258 72 63.45
40. (35) THE GOLF CLUBNew Albany, Ohio / Pete Dye (1967) 7,430 72 63.44
41. (45) TPC SAWGRASS (Players Stadium)Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. / Pete Dye (1980) 7,215 72 63.29
42. (27) THE G.C. AT BLACK ROCKCoeur d’Alene, Idaho / Jim Engh (2003) 7,130 72 63.22
43. (60) PEACHTREE G.C.Atlanta / Robert Trent Jones & Bobby Jones (1947) 7,414 72 63.21
44. (39) SEBONACK G.C.Southampton, N.Y. Jack Nicklaus & Tom Doak (2006) 7,534 >72 63.16
45. (57) PETE DYE G.C.Bridgeport, W.Va. / Pete Dye (1994) 7,308 72 63.04
46. (48) KINLOCH G.C.Manakin-Sabot, Va. Lester George & Vinny Giles (2001) 7,203 72 62.96
47. (47) LOS ANGELES C.C. (North)Los Angeles / George C. Thomas Jr. (1921) 7,236 71 62.85
48. (83) EAGLE POINT G.C.Wilmington, N.C. / Tom Fazio (2000) 7,258 72 62.83
49. (49) ARCADIA BLUFFS G.C.Arcadia, Mich. / Rick Smith & Warren Henderson (2000) 7,300 72 62.77
50. (84) SAHALEE C.C. (South/North)Sammamish, Wash. / Ted Robinson (1969) 7,003 72 62.72
51. (64) INTERLACHEN C.C.Edina, Minn. / Willie Watson (1911) 6,975 72 62.67
52. (51) SPYGLASS HILL G. CSE.Pebble Beach / Robert Trent Jones (1966) 6,953 72 62.63
53. (53) GARDEN CITY G.C.Garden City, N.Y. / Devereux Emmet (1899) 6,911 73 62.52
54. (37) BUTLER NATIONAL G.C.Oak Brook, Ill. / George Fazio & Tom Fazio (1974) 7,523 71 62.49
55. (77) LAUREL VALLEY G.C.Ligonier, Pa. / Dick Wilson (1959) 7,327 72 62.43
56. (40) INVERNESS CLUBToledo, Ohio / Donald Ross (1919) 7,255 71 62.37
57. (52) MILWAUKEE C.C.River Hills, Wis. H.S. Colt & C.H. Alison (1929) 7,094 72 62.31
58. (46) RICH HARVEST LINKSSugar Grove, Ill. Jerry Rich & Greg Martin (1999) 7,687 72 62.26
59. (59) DALLAS NATIONAL G.C.Dallas / Tom Fazio (2002) 7,372 72 62.17
60. (43) OLYMPIA FIELDS C.C. (North)Olympia Fields, Ill. / Willie Park Jr. (1922) 7,205 70 62.16
61. (69) EAST LAKE G.C.Atlanta / Donald Ross (1915) 7,374 72 62.10
62. (82) THE ESTANCIA CLUBScottsdale / Tom Fazio (1995) 7,314 72 62.05
63. (80) BANDON TRAILS Bandon, Ore. / Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2005) 6,765 71 62.01
T64. (56) DOUBLE EAGLE CLUBGalena, Ohio / Jay Morrish & Tom Weiskopf (1992) 7,175 72 61.96
T64. (58) KITTANSETT CLUB Marion, Mass. / William Flynn & Frederic Hood (1922) 6,811 71 61.96
66. (61) SCIOTO C.C.Columbus, Ohio / Donald Ross (1916) 7,106 71 61.94
67. (54) CHERRY HILLS C.C.Cherry Hills Village, Colo. / William Flynn (1923) 7,348 72 63.22
68. (78) THE PRESERVE G.C.Carmel, Calif. / Tom Fazio, J. Michael Poellot & Sandy Tatum (2000) 7,067 72 61.89
69. (93) SYCAMORE HILLS G.C.Fort Wayne, Ind. / Jack Nicklaus (1989) 7,340 >72 61.85
70. (55) FOREST HIGHLANDS G.C. (Canyon)Flagstaff, Ariz. / Jay Morrish & Tom Weiskopf (1988) 7,007 71 61.82
71. (99) BLACKWOLF RUN (River)Kohler, Wis. / Pete Dye (1990) 7,404 72 61.81
72. (50) SHOAL CREEK Shoal Creek, Ala. / Jack Nicklaus (1977) 7,234 72 61.79
73. (44) THE QUARRY AT LA QUINTA La Quinta, Calif. / Tom Fazio (1994) 7,083 72 61.72
74. (New) MOUNTAINTOP G. & LAKE CLUBCashiers, N.C. / Tom Fazio (2006) 7,127 70 61.69
75. (63) FLINT HILLS NATIONAL G.C.Andover, Kan. / Tom Fazio (1997) 6,946 71 61.62
76. (71) PLAINFIELD C.C.Plainfield, N.J. / Donald Ross (1921) 7,125 72 61.59
77. (66) CONGRESSIONAL C.C. (Blue)Bethesda, Md. / Robert Trent Jones (1962) 7,278 72 61.58
78. (76) ARONIMINK G.C.Newtown Square, Pa. / Donald Ross (1928) 7,190 70 61.57
T79. (92) CALUSA PINES G.C.Naples, Fla. / Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry (2001) 7,200 72 61.55
T79. (72) MONTEREY PENINSULA C.C. (Shore)Pebble Beach /Mike Strantz (2004) 6,956 72 61.55
81. (87) SAGE VALLEY G.C.Graniteville, S.C. / Tom Fazio (2001) 7,331 72 61.46
82. (79) MAYACAMA G.C.Santa Rosa, Calif. / Jack Nicklaus (2001) 6,785 72 61.44
83. (94) HUDSON NATIONAL G.C.Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. / Tom Fazio (1996) 7,122 70 61.43
84. (95) VALHALLA G.C.Louisville / Jack Nicklaus (1986) 7,540/td> 72 61.36
85. (62) EUGENE C.C.Eugene, Ore. / Robert Trent Jones (1967) 7,020 72 61.34
86. (91) HAZELTINE NATIONAL G.C.Chaska, Minn. / Robert Trent Jones (1962) 7,674 72 61.30
87. (New) DIAMOND CREEK G.C.Banner Elk, N.C. / Tom Fazio (2003) 7,175 70 61.24
88. (New) KAPALUA (Plantation)Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii / Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (1991) 7,263 73 61.19
T89. (New) BOSTON G.C.Hingham, Mass. / Gil Hanse (2004) 7,062 71 61.17
T89. (New) OLD SANDWICH G.C.Plymouth, Mass. / Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2005) 6,908 71 61.17
91. (70) GALLOWAY NATIONAL G.C.Galloway, N.J. / Tom Fazio (1995) 7,104 71 61.16
92. (74) SHOREACRESLake Bluff, Ill. / Seth Raynor (1921) 6,527 71 61.08
T93. (86) MAIDSTONE CLUBEast Hampton, N.Y. / Willie Park Jr. & Jack Park (1924) 6,423 72 61.07
T93. (88) SOMERSET HILLS C.C.Bernardsville, N.J. / A.W. Tillinghast (1918) 6,659 >71 61.07
95. (New) BALLYNEAL G. & HUNT CLUBHolyoke, Colo. / Tom Doak (2006) 7,147 71 61.06
96. (100) CROOKED STICK G.C.Carmel, Ind. / Pete Dye (1964) 7,516 72 61.00
T97. (67) THE PRINCE COURSEPrinceville, Kauai, Hawaii / Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1990) 7,309 72 60.96
T97. (65) WINGED FOOT G.C. (East)Mamaroneck, N.Y. / A.W. Tillinghast (1923) 6,792 72 60.96
99. (New) FOREST DUNES G.CRoscommon, Mich. / Tom Weiskopf (2002) 7,104 72 60.93
T100. (75) HARBOUR TOWN G. LINKSHilton Head Is. / Pete Dye & Jack Nicklaus (1969) 6,973 71 60.91
T100. (97) OCEAN FOREST G.C.60.91 Sea Island, Ga. / Rees Jones (1995) 7,321 72 60.91

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4 Comments

  1. AJ

    December 30, 2012 at 12:05 am

    SO neat to see a course from my hometown Flagstaff on this list. Love golfing at Forest Highlands and it is an amazing course. Well deserved spot on the list.

  2. Qwerty

    February 21, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Don’t get me wrong, Sahalee is a great 27 holes but it is grossly over rated. imo it should not make the top 100. For pure shot value I’d put it 4th in the state of WA.

  3. Stephen Davis

    February 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I am curious on how someone becomes a Golf Digest course rater. Any idea?

  4. Gifted Golfer

    February 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for the information. I am going to research some of these golf courses.

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