Courses

171. Spring Creek Ranch Golf Club Jack Nicklaus (2000) A chance meeting during a hunting trip led Memphis eye surgeon Dr. David Meyer to hire Jack Nicklaus to design a private 18 holes on land 40 miles southeast of downtown Memphis. What particularly intrigued Nicklaus about the project was that Meyer wanted no homesites on
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166. The Stone Canyon Club Jay Morrish (2000) The Stone Canyon Club, which climbs the slopes of the Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson, is considered the consummate desert design of the late golf architect Jay Morrish. Restricted by Arizona law to 90 acres of grass, Morrish’s routing demands forced carries over barrancas off several tees,
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159. Eugene Country Club Robert Trent Jones (1967) / John Harbottle (2010) Eugene Country Club has occupied the same site since H.C. Egan laid out the original course in 1924. But in the 1960s, Robert Trent Jones was retained to upgrade the facility. Trent Jones totally remodeled the 18, reversing the direction of most holes,
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172. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) Tom Fazio (1999) The Sea Island resort continues to credit famed British golf architect H.S. Colt for its Seaside design, but in truth the present Seaside Course is purely Tom Fazio, who incorporated a nine originally designed by Colt (previously called the Seaside Nine) along with a nine (the
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86. The Valley Club of Montecito Alister MacKenzie & Robert Hunter (1929)/Todd Eckenrode (2013) The Valley Club is routed like an hourglass, with a wide variety of holes, including the third (hard against a barranca), the downright mountainous 10th, the gorgeous canyon-carry 14th and broad, serpentine 15th. Fairways are generous, but the slant of greens
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Since 1966, Golf Digest’s biennial ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses has been considered the gold standard in the golf community. Our most comprehensive, detailed presentation of our rankings can be seen below, which includes bonus photos of every 100 Greatest course on this year’s ranking, comments from our course-ranking panelists, plus additional write-ups
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78. Kittansett Club William Flynn & Frederic Hood (1922)/Gil Hanse (2012) Only recently, with the discovery of some original blueprints, has it been conclusively established that the ocean-side, links-like Kittansett, long thought to be the product of an amateur architect, Frederic Hood, was actually the work of well-known course architect William Flynn, who also designed
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38. The Golf Club Pete Dye (1967)/Pete Dye (R. 2013) The Golf Club, built in 1966, may be the most authentic of Pete Dye’s transition period of design, when he first chose to buck convention and start building lay-of-the-land layouts like those he’d seen during a 1963 tour of Scotland. In doing so, Dye re-introduced
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36. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort David McLay Kidd (1999) Chicago recycled-products mogul Mike Keiser took a gamble when he chose then-tenderfoot architect David McLay Kidd to design a destination daily fee on the remote southwestern coastline of Oregon. But the design Kidd produced, faithful to the links-golf tenets of his native Scotland, proved so popular
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31. The Alotian Club Tom Fazio (2004) The Alotian Club gives us a hint of what Augusta National would have looked like had Bobby Jones established his dream course on even hillier terrain than Augusta. The first tee shot drops 70 feet to a fairway below, with the approach playing back uphill. The tee on
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33. The Olympic Club (Lake) Sam Whiting (1924)/Bill Love (2016) It seems fitting that, in a town where every house is a cliffhanger, every U.S. Open played at Olympic has been one, too. For decades, the Lake was a severe test of golf. Once it was a heavily forested course with canted fairways hampered by
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34. Southern Hills Country Club Perry Maxwell (1936)/Gil Hanse (2018) A product of the Great Depression, funded by Phillips Petroleum money and constructed by hundreds of workers who stood at the gate each morning hoping for a 25-cents-per-hour job that day, Southern Hills is architect Perry Maxwell’s great achievement. Nearly every hole bends left or
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As temperatures dip to the low 40s (or lower) in some areas of the country, those best prepared for the less-than-balmy conditions have a chance to be 1 up on the first tee, perhaps more. So as golfers in the Northeast and Midwest get ready for their annual Turkey Shoots, there are a few things
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The golf “buddies trip” is a tradition as old as the game itself—a group of friends plan a trip to a golf destination where they will play more golf in a long weekend than they thought humanly possible, and pair it with great food, activities and camaraderie. The golf professionals at the American Club Resort
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SEWAILO GOLF CLUBTucson For those who don’t love the grit of the typical Arizona course, I recommend this one, an amenity of the Casino del Sol resort. Like Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, it’s a desert floor reshaped into hills and valleys with lots of waterscapes; generous, plush turfgrass; and hillsides of flowers. Strategically designed
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Golf Digest is aware of fewer than two dozen individuals who have played every course on our ranking of America’s 100 Greatest. They ticked them off over lifetimes largely well spent, and the grillrooms of this country have heard their stories. All are or were Golf Digest course-rating panelists—the card-carrying, often quite tan, pencil-wielding, low-handicap
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Bandon Dunes and Central Wisconsin aren’t the only enormous sand boxes of golf in America. In the southwest corner of Utah, in the shadow of Zion National Park, lies a sandbelt of rich, red, pulverized silica atop which half a dozen four-star golf courses have blossomed in the past quarter-century. This is where a seam
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Arcadia Bluffs, Michigan: Oct. 10-Nov. 12Shoulder-season green fees at Bluffs (above), No. 13 on America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, drop to $90. That compares with $195 in the summer. The new South Course can be played for $75, down from $125 in peak months. RELATED: More information on Arcadia Bluffs Cabot Links, Nova Scotia: Oct.
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Great golf courses are easy. Design, conditioning, simple beauty. The ingredients that comprise our best courses, whether by feel or by scientific criteria, are firmly established. The tricky part is everything else; the vast middle tier of quirky, scruffy-around-the-edges layouts that feature just enough redemptive qualities to draw people back. What “best of” lists they
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It’s tough to fathom that one of the best course architects in American history did not start designing courses until, as a 32-year-old, A.W. Tillinghast was asked to help build what is now the Shawnee Inn Golf Course in the Poconos. A Philadelphia socialite, like other world-class Golden Age designers from Philadelphia including George Thomas,
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