Ive caddied for raters from golfweek, golfworld, and golf digest. I believe rankings are purely subjective, and that in a lot of cases as has been said already that history, designer, views, how one played, and overall experience impact these raters who are just normal golfers the same way. I love asking for their hidden gems and true opinions on the big boys. Things that have stood out to me about mainly Long Island:
1) Friars Head was generally overrated because Ken laid out the white glove treatment, and raters were afraid of not being invited back if they rated it poorly. One guy said if you removed the coore and Crenshaw hype as of recent or the exclusivity it wouldn't crack the top 50. (Personally I love the course, it's challenging and fun. Brilliant mix of holes. Not a fan of 1, 10, 16, and 18, but 13 might be one of the best par 4s on li- and the last met golfer had it in their dream 18-yet 15 gets all the love because of the view. However, I don't think it's 7th in ny, let alone 17th in the us, but that's just me)
2)The Bridge is hurt in the rankings because of its culture which is super lax and guys dislike of Rees Jones. (I love this course, and actually felt the same way aside from Rees jones because architects names really don't matter to me. Great course and a great test.)
3)One rater-If you lied to someone that didn't know any better that ngla was Southampton cc that it would be treated as average as Southampton is currently. The rest- aside from Shinny, none better in ny. (I think this is the most overated course myself. I wonder myself if everyone is so consumed with its history. Come and tear me up for this
4)Shinny is sometimes in worse shape than some high end munis. (My personal favorite course. I laughed at this one because I played it and thought the same. There were huge rocks on the top dressed fairways the one time.)
5)If you said sabonack was purely a Nicklaus course without doak, it would get no accolades by the architect snobs. (The one I haven't played)
6)Fishers is an average raynor like bellport cc or Southampton on an unbelievable piece of property. Your spellbound by the beauty and not the average golf course that it is. (Totally disagreed with this guy. Maybe I was just spellbound by the beauty but I found it brilliant. Coolest thing was how they really only watered the tee boxes and by the green so it really played firm and fast. Unique compared to the overwatered courses we are all used too.)
Edited by Caddykev, 19 June 2017 - 09:33 PM.