Golf Travel

The Breaking Eighty World Top 100

on November 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm

During the last two years I’ve been fortunate enough to play a number of actually good golf programs everywhere in the world.

I’ve taken hundreds of pictures, played hundreds of holes, and started to have a a lot better understanding of what makes a great golf course.

I’ve also been capable of type opinions about which programs I take pleasure in probably the most.

There’s a really distinct (and at occasions, fairly giant) distinction between what I take pleasure in and what constitutes a very good course by traditional requirements.

When you take a look at most of the “top 100” lists from major publications you’ll in lots of instances see an enormous slant in the direction of troublesome, championship golf programs with numerous historic pedigree.

Often, those courses are worthy of being as extremely ranked as they’re. Nevertheless, does that mean that some of them have been my favorite courses to play?

Not precisely.

The fun thing about this listing, is that I get to determine what get’s ranked where, and why. That is the Breaking 80 Top 100 Golf Programs listing for 2017.



This isn’t an inventory of which courses I feel are one of the best from an architectural stand level. If I have been score them for say GolfWeek or Golf Digest I might rank them very in another way based mostly on their architectural merits.

With this record I asked myself one easy question:

Which courses would I take pleasure in enjoying probably the most?

I went by means of and requested myself over and again and again “would you rather play course #1 or course #2” – this record is predicated on these answers.

As much as attainable, I attempted to throw out exclusivity and pedigree. As an example in all honesty, when you advised me I might go play Tobacco Street or Oakland Hills – I’d in all probability nonetheless select Oakland Hills – yet I’ve Tobacco Street ranked larger.

This results in the question “How on earth could you have Tobacco Road ranked higher than Oakland Hills??”


When creating this listing, I took under consideration the whole lot from course problem, strategic shot values, surroundings and private affinity – but there’s one rating factor that may all the time stay paramount for me.


How a lot enjoyable did I’ve enjoying the course? Was there numerous variety? Was each hole distinct and hold me entertained throughout the round?

I mean in any case, that’s what golf is supposed to be about right? Having fun?

This is the reason in many instances you’ll discover very extremely ranked programs (by conventional measures) which might be far superior from an architectural standpoint, not rating as excessive as different courses.

That stated, in some instances, a lot of the fun might be derived from the exclusivity, location, or history of a course.

It’s Getting More durable…

Palms down my 2018 prime golf programs record has been by far the toughest to write down over the 5 years that I’ve been doing it.

There are a number of reasons for this.

One is that yearly I’m enjoying increasingly golf. At first it was straightforward to push out a number of of the mediocre courses, but now, there are very good courses not on this record. And in some instances, I pushed out “better” course as a result of, I simply didn’t take pleasure in it as much as a few of the ones I left on the record.

I spent plenty of time this yr reviewing previous photographs, movies, journal entries, and weblog posts to refresh my reminiscence on a number of the courses where it’s been a couple of years since I’ve performed them.

The second is that the controversy surrounding my listing final yr, continues to be recent in my mind.

Lengthy story brief, I used to be referred to as a bunch of names, and hammered over a few of the gadgets on this listing from people who know much more about golf programs than me.

Frankly, I discover it superb that for one thing as subjective as an inventory of favorite golf programs, so many individuals have been daring enough to tell me just how flawed I was.

A couple things to remember when you read this record:

  1. Relating to favorite golf courses (not the greatest), nobody is flawed. Everyone likes various things, and that’s one of many issues that makes this recreation so nice.
  2. It’s just golf. In case you get worked up reading this listing, then meaning you’ve in all probability performed numerous these programs. In that case, you’re an extremely privileged human being. Be grateful for that (I do know I definitely am), and recognize that none of that is life or dying, or even near it. So smile, and be glad that you simply’ve been fortunate enough to travel to play cool golf programs.

Now that you simply understand a bit about my unconventional ranking strategy, let’s get on with it.

Take into account, a number of the ones in the direction of the underside are definitely not “best in the world” – however keep in mind, this listing is predicated on programs that I’ve performed.

I’ll be releasing ten new programs on this record over the subsequent ten days, so take pleasure in, and maintain checking again!

100) Stonewall Hyperlinks (North Course) – Philadelphia, PA

Debuting at number 100, is likely one of the programs I’ve most just lately played. We had our Eighty Membership championship at Stonewall final month, and each programs have been spectacular.

The North Course, or “Udder Course” because it was named has some unbelievable holes, nice use of elevation, and is a perfect praise to its sister down the street.

#99: Aronimink Golf Club – Newtown Square, PA

The par 3, 8th at Aronimink

Aronimink was the last round we performed on our June Philadelphia swing in 2016. It was a race towards time from flood like weather that didn’t hit till I was pulling out of the gate on the airport that night time.

Aronimink is a lovely club and one of many hardest programs you’ll find. By now you must know long, basic, championship golf just isn’t essentially my most popular fashion. But Aronimink had some enjoyable holes, and in the event you’re enjoying from the right tees, it’s a particular deal with.

I’d anticipate this to rank larger now that Hanse has accomplished his restoration – I just haven’t played it since then. Also cool to see them lastly get their major with the 2027 PGA Championship.

#98: Salish Cliffs – Shelton, Washington

Salish Cliffs hole 16

I was completely stunned by Salish Cliffs. From the opening with a reachable par 5, brief par 4, after which lengthy downhill par 3 – I knew this was going to be a fun spherical.

It stayed fascinating throughout, and is certainly value taking the time to play in case you’re heading to Chambers Bay. In many ways it felt sort of like a public version of Gozzer Ranch.

Full Recap: Salish Cliffs and Chambers Bay: The Good Golf Getaway

#97: Previous Oaks Country Club – Purchase, NY

The 3rd hole at Old Oaks

I used to be alleged to go play Yale, but we pulled an audible the morning of and went to Previous Oaks as an alternative.

Man what a place. Stately, large, and…utterly unknown?

Most people I’ve talked to have by no means heard of it. It’s too dangerous because it’s a very underrated Tillinghast monitor. This may need been the spherical once I realized I much want Tillie’s programs to Ross’.

#96: Garden City Mens Club – Garden City, NY

Garden City Hole 14

On the subject of exclusivity, it doesn’t get rather more so than Backyard Metropolis. The expertise was unimaginable, and the company great. But the day I performed it was early within the season and the course was nonetheless coming back from the winter and wasn’t in the perfect shape.

Would love to expertise it once more to raised respect it’s subtleties.

#95: Pinehurst #2 – Pinehurst, NC

Pinehurst 2 - Hole 9

You’re in all probability considering, “how on earth is this so low?!”. The actuality of Pinehurst #2? It’s an extended, troublesome golf course. It’s value doing as soon as as a bucket record item, however at $450/spherical, there are other courses within the area which are immensely more fulfilling. Those Ross greens are pretty spectacular although.

Notice: Keep in mind, that is the ranking for my favorites, not my opinion of which are the greatest!

Full Recap: How I Shot My Greatest Round Ever on Pinehurst #2

#94: Waverley Country Club – Portland, OR

The par 3, 14th

Waverley is about on some of the lovely items of land for golf in the state of Oregon. Only a few places I’ve played examine with the end on 16-18.

There’s really one thing special about this membership that you simply don’t see typically in Oregon. It feels prefer it’d be more at house with the Golden Age clubs of the Northeast. If there’s one place I hope to be a member at in the future, that is it.

Full Recap: Waverley Nation Club

#93: Turnberry (Ailsa Course) – Ayrshire, Scotland

The Ailsa Course at Turnberry is one of the best golf courses in Scotland and the world.

I’ve talked to a lot of people who say Turnberry is their favourite course. Anyplace.

While I completely enjoyed my round, there were many other courses in Scotland that I most popular.

From what I hear though, the current rework has made some unbelievable modifications and 9-11 are even better than they already have been.

Full Recap: Turnberry (Ailsa) – The Most Scenic Open Rota Course in Scotland?

#92: Streamsong (Purple Course) – Bowling Inexperienced, FL

Streamsong Red Hole 1

Individuals typically ask me what I thought of Streamsong. Brief reply? The programs there are nice!

However there’s all the time a caveat…it didn’t meet my expectations.

It had been talked up for so lengthy and been spoken so extremely of, I feel my expectations have been approach too excessive.

I found the Purple to have a incredible opening set of holes, but after the first six, I discovered there to be more of a mixture of great holes, and a few that have been a bit more forgettable.

#91: Atlantic Golf Membership – Bridgehampton, NY

Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, New York

One of the first of the “new” ultra exclusive programs in the Hamptons, Atlantic was built within the early 90s and is a beast of a course. That being stated, it’s long and exhausting while still being fascinating and enjoyable.

We had the entire course to ourselves the day we played, and considering we performed Maidstone in the morning, it was really probably the most memorable 36 holes days I’ve had.

#90: Ayodhya Hyperlinks – Bangkok, Thailand

Ayodhya Links Hole #12

Ayodhya Links is a course that I by no means thought I might get to play, however the tales around it are pretty fascinating.

First off, your complete course was misplaced to a flood in 2011. They rebuilt and reworked the whole course from the ground up, and in 2015 (and once more in 2017) it was named one of the Top 100 Programs within the World by Golf Magazine – a lot to the chagrin of many notable raters who didn’t consider it ought to be there.

Thank you to the gesture of a very type pal, I was capable of play the course, and I discovered it to be fairly good. The technique, circumstances, and selection was all there in spades.

#89: Hawk’s Ridge Golf Club – Ball Floor, GA

Hawks Ridge Golf Club

On this yr’s trip right down to the Masters I was capable of sneak in a couple of rounds of golf earlier than hand, and the primary one of many trip was Hawk’s Ridge with my buddy Drew, certainly one of our Eighty Membership members.

The course reminded me plenty of my residence monitor, Pumpkin Ridge (each are Bob Cupp designs), and I discovered myself actually enjoying the routing. There were definitely some memorable holes, and while the grass was dormant whereas I was there – it performed nice. Rumor has it John Smoltz used to helicopter in to de-stress on recreation days before he pitched for the Braves.

#88: Atlantic Metropolis Nation Membership – Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey

The 4th hole at Atlantic City CC

Atlantic City Nation Membership, on prime of being the start place of the term “birdie” was one of the largest surprises of the yr for me.

A few of the inland holes have been a bit extra pedestrian, however the ones out close to the water like three and four, and for much of the back 9 are about nearly as good as it will get.

This is one which’s well worth the two hour drive from NYC to go visit should you ever end up within the space.

#87: Gulph Mills Golf Membership – King of Prussia, PA

Gulph Mills Hole 6

Golf Journal lately claimed that Gulph Mills was the toughest tee time to get within the state of Pennsylvania – that’s saying something.

I found the course to have nice variety, was in good condition, and regardless of a brutally scorching day, had a incredible round. Sticking it shut for a birdie on the par 3 sixth was undoubtedly a highlight.

#86: Essex County Club – Manchester-by-the-sea, MA

Anybody eager to know why Essex County is so good, needs to easily take a look at the truth that Donald Ross lived on the course for a lot of years. I found the again 9 to be the higher of the two, with elevation change that was harking back to Yale at occasions and some splendidly enjoyable semi blind photographs.

#85: Medinah #3 – Chicago, IL

Medinah #3 is one of the most historic top 100 golf courses in the US.

Iconic par 3.

Some of the well-known championship venues in golf, Medinah #three has some nice holes, however by the top turned a bit lengthy and repetitive. The pars 3s, whereas all wonderful, began to feel comparable by #17, and with a rating over a 100, I took fairly the beating.

#84: Chambers Bay – Tacoma, Washington

Chambers is one other course that many people love to hate after the debacle that was the 2015 US Open. Nevertheless, the variability, the enjoyable holes, and the views make this a course that may be exhausting to not take pleasure in. You’ll undoubtedly hit a number of golf photographs there you gained’t see anyplace else.

Full Recap: Salish Cliffs and Chambers Bay: The Good Golf Getaway

#83: Olympic Membership (Lake Course) – San Francisco, CA

The Lake Course at the Olympic Club is one of the top 100 golf courses in the US and has hosted 5 US Open Championships

Let’s not be mistaken, the Olympic Club is exhausting. It forces you to maneuver the ball in each path potential, and be on prime of your placing recreation within the process. It’s really a championship course, and while I found a number of the holes to feel a bit of acquainted by the top, there’s little question it’s a place I take pleasure in getting beat up when given the opportunity.

To not be missed: the burger dog, and the lads’s locker room.

#82: Portmarnock Golf Membership – Dublin, Eire

Portmarnock Golf Club

Portmarnock was one of the particular rounds of golf I had last yr. We had the course to ourselves, and the very fact it was on January 3rd, and we truly have been capable of get it in without any main weather was a implausible shock.

This is one I imagine may transfer up the listing with a number of extra plays. It has a unbelievable routing, and the history on the club is unparalleled.

#81: Forest Dunes Golf Club – Rosscommon, MI

Forest Dunes is one of the best golf courses in the United States

Now that’s a sunrise

Forest Dunes is within the middle of nowhere. But the Weiskopf format is well worth the journey. It’s in a lovely region of the nation, and you will get some awesome keep and play offers within the fall. And there has never been a better time to go considering they only opened their new Doak reverisble routing referred to as The Loop, which was just named greatest new publuc course by Golf Digest.

#80: Trump Nationwide Bedminster -Bedminster Township, NJ

Trump National Bedminster Hole 16

I wasn’t anticipating to love this course much, however considering at one point Mr. Trump claimed it was the best course on the planet (identical to every different course he owns), I used to be excited to play it.

As to be expected the conditioning was impeccable, and whereas it was definitely a troublesome check of golf, I assumed it had a pleasant variety and was fun to play. I’ve discovered I’ve an affinity for modern parkland type courses, and regardless of being slightly bit ball busting, it was a very gratifying spherical.

#79: Machrihanish Golf Membership – Campbeltown, Scotland

Machrihanish Hole 8

Machrihanish Hole 8

I do know people who say that Machrihanish is certainly one of their very favourite courses on the planet. Don’t get me mistaken, there are some world class holes there. The opening tee shot is second to none, and it’s as true a hyperlinks check as you’ll ever find.

However in comparison with some other prime Scottish programs most of the holes blended together for me, which keeps this from cracking the top 50.

#78: Previous Macdonald – Bandon, Oregon

“Short” at Previous Mac also has the one of the largest greens you’ll ever see.

Don’t get me improper I love Previous Macdonald, and Golf Digest even ranked it because the #2 most fun course within the nation! Nevertheless, while a really pleasant course with an fascinating story (the hommage to CB Macdonald) the brutally lengthy stretch of 9-12 leaves a sour taste in my mouth every time I play it.

#77: The Nation Club (Clyde/Squirrel) – Brookline, Mass

The approach on hole 11 at The Country Club

The strategy on hole 11 at The Nation Club

That is one other one which the purists will totally hate on me for. The Country Club is among the most exclusive courses in the nation, and enjoying it was such a special deal with. Should you requested me to rank it based mostly on the design and structure – it’d be prime 50 on the earth.

But for a way much I enjoyed it? It’s not quite as high. I loved the again 9 far more than the entrance, but in addition my experience was skewed having performed off season in some fairly nasty climate.

#76: Scioto Nation Club – Columbus, Ohio

The common golfer won’t comprehend it, however Columbus is a scorching mattress of world class golf. Flying a bit more beneath the radar subsequent to some pretty heavy hitters is Jack Nicklaus’ childhood course the place he discovered to golf: Scioto.

Scioto is Championship course that really has some tooth – but apart from the very fact I obtained food poisoning the day of my round there – I actually enjoyed it. Memorable par 3s, and palms down among the best, and busiest country clubs I’ve been to.

Full Recap: 2017 Ohio Golf Journey

#75: Carnoustie Golf Links – Carnoustie, Scotland

Carnoustie Hole 18

Carnoustie is type of akin to Bethpage Black right here within the states. It’s lengthy, exhausting, public, and has kind of a no frills vibe going for it. Whereas not almost as scenic as a few of it’s other Scottish neighbors, I loved my spherical here more than anticipated – and the history is second to none. Just be prepared for a beating.

Full Recap: Carnoustie Golf Membership

#74: Cascata Golf Club – Boulder City, NV

Cascata Golf Club

When it was built, Cascata was Caesar’s reply to MGM’s Shadow Creek. Whereas not quite the transformation that Shadow was it’s a dramatic course with tons of great elevation, and the Vegas price ticket to go together with.

That stated, all the things concerning the experience is first fee, and for those who don’t really feel like blowing one other 400 bucks on the blackjack desk, this might be an amazing various.

#73: Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course) – Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Athletic Club

Atlanta Athletic Club unfortunately obtained the designation of what might have been my highest score of the yr. Pretty positive I didn;t break 100. But there wasn’t a lot to complain about considering the conditioning was good, there were many memorable (and scenic) holes, and it’s obtained history rivaled by very few in the South.

Hopefully next time I’m capable of make it again and play the Club’s other course, as I’ve heard nothing however good issues.

#72: Stonewall (Previous Course) – Philadelphia, PA

18th Green at Stonewall Old

I consider the Previous Course at Stonewall was Tom Doak’s first personal design, and it’s clear why it helped put him on the map. Great elevation change, a pleasant variety of holes, and an exquisite setting all mix to make this one of many best programs in the Philadelphia space.

#71: Valhalla Golf Membership – Louisville, KY

Valhalla Golf Club

After our round at Double Eagle Club was canceled resulting from climate, we have been capable of lineup a tee time at Valhalla on brief notice. In a stroke of luck, our very first Eighty Membership member occurred to be on the town, and we have been capable of take pleasure in a particularly gratifying spherical on the Club.

I found Valhalla to have a more fascinating routing than anticipated, and the course really exceeded my expectations. It wasn’t troublesome to remember each hole, and it strikes a terrific stability of an gratifying members course, and a stern check for the pros.

#70: Spyglass Hill – Monterey, CA

The third at Spyglass Hill

The third at Spyglass Hill

Anything on the Monterey Peninsula is going to have some cache, and Spyglass Hill is not any exception. The greater, more brutal brother to Pebble Seashore may the most effective opening 5 holes in golf, or at the least it must be up there.

Nevertheless after that I discovered it to get a little less fascinating, and the inland holes turned more hit or miss. It’s one of many harder programs you’ll play, and I used to be just a little battered by the top.

A bit recap from the last journey:

#69: Sentosa Golf Club (Serapong Course) – Singapore

Sentosa Golf Club Serapong Course

I didn’t have overly excessive expectations for the Serapong Course, however I used to be pleasantly stunned at how much I loved it. Specifically the opening 7 holes is among the better stretches of golf I’ve had in current reminiscence.

The back nine didn’t quite have the views and drama of the front, however challenging bunkering, and an excellent routing, helps this break into the highest 100 this yr.

#68: Tetherow Golf Club – Bend, Oregon

Tetherow Golf Club in Bend, Oregon is one of the best golf courses in the US.

The sixth at Tetherow in Bend, Oregon.

The actual opposite of Pronghorn, Tetherow is likely one of the most original courses on the planet. It’s within the high desert, but the fescue grass has it enjoying like a hyperlinks course. It’s extremely excessive on the fun issue, and the greens can depart you some really terrifying putts. I take pleasure in it each time I head out, and with the work they’ve been doing there, it’s solely getting better.

Full Recap: Tetherow: The Most Polarizing Course in Oregon

#67: Dormie Club – North Carolina

The short par 4, 3rd hole at The Dormie Club.

The brief par four, third hole at The Dormie Club.

Dormie Membership has had a tumultuous historical past, however I’m simply glad to see they’re still in business because it’s probably the greatest courses in the Pinehurst space. However not only are they surviving, however with the Dormie Network, a national membership that provides access to 5 programs, it’s future appears brighter than it has in years.

Go play it when you nonetheless can before it goes totally personal within the subsequent yr or so.

Full Recap: The Dormie Club

#66: Wolf Creek – Mesquite, Nevada

Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, Nevada is one of the top 100 public courses in america.

That is like the Six Flags of golf courses. Up, down, left, proper – you gained’t find many programs rival this for just flat out enjoyable and unique experience. You pretty much need to take a cart, and you’ll play holes that whereas not all the time probably the most strategic, might very properly offer you vertigo. That is a type of “must play at least once” sort programs.

Full Recap: Wolf Creek Golf Club

#65: Plainfield Country Membership – Edison, NJ

The 9th at Plainfield

The 9th at Plainfield

Residence of 2016’s Barclays, Plainfield is a incredible Donald Ross format. It starts to frame on the “long, championship style” programs that aren’t all the time my favorite, however I actually loved my spherical out right here – particularly the again 9. 11 is certainly one of my favorite par 3s within the nation.

Recap: Photograph Tour of 2015 NYC Street Journey

#64: Rolling Inexperienced Country Club – Springfield, PA

Rolling Green Golf Club Hole 3

Rolling Green had some nice par 3s. This is the 3rd.

During my journey to Philly a couple years ago, Rolling Green was the course I didn’t know an entire lot about, and subsequent to placed like Merion, Aronimink, and Philly Cricket – I wasn’t completely giddy about enjoying it.

After the round though? Wow. Nice selection, plenty of elevation, and a few actually enjoyable and distinctive holes. It’s straightforward to see why it was chosen to host the 2017 US Lady’s Novice.

#63: Huntingdon Valley Nation Membership – Huntingdon Valley, PA

Huntingdon Valley Hole 10

Huntingdon Valley was the first cease in last yr’s Eighty Club event in Philly, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. We performed the Toomey/Flynn nines, which have incredible elevation change, a handful of fantastic brief pars 4s, and top-of-the-line clubhouse views you’ll discover.

It’s a sleeper within the stacked world of Philadelphia golf, and one I’d love to play once more.

#62: Eugene Country Club – Eugene, Oregon

For years Eugene Nation Membership has been ranked as by Golf Digest as the most effective non-Bandon course in Oregon.

There are 15 courses on that record, and up till final yr I’d played 14 of them. Pretty unhappy considering I grew up in Eugene, and my sister used to work here.

However, it was well worth the wait. The course has a few of the greatest par 3s within the nation, and one of the crucial serene parkland settings I’ve performed.

#61: Quaker Ridge Golf Club – Scarsdale, NY

Quaker Ridge

You higher deliver your A recreation whenever you show up at Quaker, because it isn’t going to take it straightforward on you. For me the course stands out for it’s memorable par 3s and some brutal bunkering that may take it’s toll in case your photographs are a bit off.

This may in all probability be ranked greater have been it not for the first eight holes that each one had out of bounds on the proper. As someone with a bent to slice, this undoubtedly affected my enjoyment of the course a bit. Look to see this rating improve as I master that baby draw 🙂

#60: Camargo Club – Cincinnati, OH

Camargo Club Short Hole

One of many easiest collections of template par 3s I’ve ever performed. Camargo Club is actually particular on the earth of golf. It’s understated, quiet, and it doesn’t have to be loud or flashy to let the world know simply how good it’s. It was my first Raynor, and is the kind of course that I can only imagine having fun with increasingly with extra plays.

#59: The Golf Membership – New Albany, OH

The Golf Club Hole 3

The all world, third hole at The Golf Club

Teeing it up at The Golf Club was probably the most pure experiences I’ve had on a golf course. You pull by way of the gates and you’re transported to another secluded world. A world the place no one will hassle you, where you almost all the time have the course to your self, and the place Pete Dye displayed some of his best possible (and earliest) work.

#58: Streamsong (Blue Course) – Bowling Green, FL

Streamsong Blue Hole 1

Whereas it’s often Streamsong Purple that will get the nod as one of the best of the three programs, personally I most popular Tom Doak’s Blue Course. It’s massive, it’s bold, it’s fun – and in the event you’re not in your recreation, you’ll in all probability have an extended day.

#57: Oakland Hills (South Course) – Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Oakland Hills Country Club is one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the US

The 11th was my favourite gap at Oakland Hills

There aren’t many major tournaments Oakland Hills hasn’t hosted. This struck a greater stability of problem and gap selection, than say Medinah or Olympic – and the greens are a number of the slickest I’ve ever putted on.

Full Recap: Oakland Hills (South Course)

#56: Winged Foot (West Course) – Mamaroneck, NY

Winged Foot West Hole 9

After having the great fortune of enjoying the East Course last yr, to be invited again to play the West this yr was an actual treat (thanks Chris!).

We had an absolute Chamber of Commerce day, and the West may need been probably the most well-manicured course I’ve ever played. It was precisely as I expected, lengthy and challenging, however frankly I feel I most popular the quirkier East Course.

Full Recap: Winged Foot Golf Membership: The Best 36 Hole Club within the Country?

#55: Bethpage (Black Course) – Farmingdale, NY

Bethpage Black Hole 4

What many think about Tillinghast’s greatest work, barely cracks my prime three of his. Bethpage is one other course everybody ought to play no less than once, as a consequence of it’s accessibility and growing lore within the golf historical past books. Anticipate plenty of sand, extraordinarily troublesome tough, and a brutal stroll that may depart you begging for extra.

Full Recap: Bethpage Black

#54: Mid Ocean Membership – Bermuda

Mid Ocean Club Hole 18

Dwelling on the west coast of the US, Bermuda wasn’t precisely on the highest of my listing of places to visit. Nevertheless, after visiting for our first annual Eighty Membership Breaking Bermuda occasion final yr, I’m so glad I went.

The CB Macdonald Mid Ocean Club is phenomenal. It has the templates, it has the views, and everyone I met there’s so laid again and chill – it’s exactly the kind of place you’d wish to be a member at and play again and again.

#53: Galloway Nationwide – Absecon, NJ

The 17th at Galloway National

The 17th at Galloway Nationwide

On the outskirts of Atlantic Metropolis, Galloway is a course that’s largely flown underneath the radar. It was in absolutely good shape, and whereas it’s one of the harder programs I’ve played, I still discovered it very pleasant and filled with memorable holes.

With a second play for an Eighty Membership event this summer time, it reaffirmed just how much I take pleasure in this course.

The brief par 4 12th, and par 3 17th are two particularly that basically stand out.

#52: St. Andrews (Previous Course) – St. Andrews, Scotland

The Old Course at St. Andrews during sunrise

From an structure stand point, the Previous Course is likely one of the biggest (if not the best) courses on the planet. From a historical past stand level? It’s unparalleled.

Any golfer will get goosebumps whenever you stand on the first tee. However I feel this can be a course that takes many plays and/or a lot of research to really understand its greatness (outdoors of its obvious importance in the historical past of golf).

The course itself isn’t overly scenic, and it’s fairly flat. When you have been to take a mean golfer and have them play The Previous Course, and say, Tobacco Street (without understanding anything about both), I’d be prepared to guess at the least half of them would select the latter as their favourite.

#51: The Valley Club of Montecito – Montecito, CA

Valley Club of Montecito Hole 14

Searching on the par three 14th, with #1 and the clubhouse within the background

Enjoying at The Valley Membership is a very special expertise. The club itself has the most effective vibes I’ve ever seen. The membership is more laid again than you’d anticipate, and the Clubhouse is among the all time greats. Things get even higher when you hit the course. An almost unique Mackenzie design exhibits off a singular routing, wonderful bunkering, and a course that gained’t overwhelm you with problem – in the easiest way potential.

#50: The Creek Club – Locust Valley, NY

The Creek Club Hole 16

Before my spherical at The Creek, I admittedly didn’t know an entire lot about it – and I’m glad I didn’t. The surprises stored coming around every turn, leading to a very memorable expertise.

The view going over the crest on 5 is one among golf’s all time nice reveals.

Some may knock it for a weak opener, however I truly found the first 5 holes (save for a reasonably weak Eden hole) to be excellent – and issues only acquired higher from there. I can solely imagine how good it’s now that Hanse has finished some restoration work.

#49: Pronghorn (Nicklaus Course) – Bend, Oregon

This starts one of my favorite stretches of holes anywhere 12-15.

This begins one in every of my favorite stretches of holes anyplace 12-15.

This was the course that began it all for me. My very first prime 100 public course I performed. I really like Bend and Pronghorn. The course has a couple of of my favourite holes in Oregon (12-15) and is a treat to play every time I’ve the chance.

To not be missed on a visit to Central Oregon

Full Recap: Pronghorn (Nicklaus Course)

#48: Trump Worldwide Golf Club – Aberdeenshire, Scotland

14 from the information.

This may need been the longest, hardest, most troublesome stroll of my life. – partially because of the torrential wind and rain, I’m positive. But I discovered this to be a harder walk than each brutes like Yale and Bethpage Black.

I was stunned by simply how good Trump’s course here actually was. It had a contemporary take on hyperlinks golf that stored issues fascinating and fun, even if I assumed my lungs have been going to offer out at occasions.

Full Recap: Trump International Scotland

#47: Erin Hills – Hartford, Wisconsin

Erin Hills Hole 3

Host of the 2017 US Open, Erin Hills is one other very troublesome walk, and the course, which may be stretched out to over eight,000 yards is not any slouch either. There are some wonderful keep and play offers, and in case you stay in the midwest, this can be a should play.

Full Recap: Erin Hills: House of the 2017 US Open

#46: Bandon Preserve – Bandon, Oregon

Some think the 2nd at Bandon Preserve is the best on the course.

Some assume the 2nd at Bandon Preserve is the most effective on the course.

This is the one course on this listing that isn’t a full 18 gap course, however it’s so good that I had to embrace it. Any one among of the 13 holes on Bandon’s par three course would make for an incredible hole on any of the larger courses.

But to grab a bunch of pals, some beers, and set out in 30mph winds? Now that’s fun that is only topped by maybe a day on the Sheep Ranch (might it RIP).

#45: Crosswater Golf Club – Sunriver, Oregon

Crosswater Hole 6

I often play Crosswater a couple of occasions a yr, and adore it every time. It has a strong number of holes, forcing you to be very strategic at occasions (4th hole with extremely shallow inexperienced), and to flat out bomb it at others (687 yard par 5, 12th). Whereas I do wish there have been a bit extra elevation at occasions, is underrated in PNW golf – particularly for those who catch one in every of their $99/night time keep and play deals.

Full Recap: Crosswater Golf Membership

#44: Pumpkin Ridge (Witch Hollow) – North Plains, Oregon

The scary 2nd shot on the short par 5, 14th at Witch Hollow.

The scary 2nd shot on the brief par 5, 14th at Witch Hollow.

I may be slightly biased on this one, considering it’s my residence course – however the setting and variety right here is completely beautiful. The par 5 14th is likely one of the greatest brief par 5s on the earth, and while it might not have the length to host a modern day US Open, it’s a course that may still challenge a number of the greatest gamers on the planet, which it does on the regular season finale which is hosted right here.

#43: Banff Springs Golf Course – Banff, Alberta

Banff Springs Hole 14

I’ve performed golf in some pretty spectacular locations. Pebble, Ballyneal, the Maldives – but Banff Springs might have probably the most dramatic backdrop for golf I’ve ever seen. Towering peaks round every nook, and in contrast to many programs in superb settings – the course is each bit nearly as good because the scenery.

#42: Ballyneal Golf Club – Holyoke, CO

Ballyneal Golf Club Hole 4

Ballyneal is close to probably the most distant golf course I’ve ever performed. I imply, it’s on the market – but I mean that in one of the simplest ways attainable.

It’s the last word vacation spot club, and luckily, their golf course makes each second of the journey value it. It looks like a links course in the midst of nowhere, and that’s because, properly, that’s primarily what it’s.

There are not any tee bins at Ballyneal, so each round feels very very similar to a recreation of “choose your own adventure.”

#41: California Golf Club of San Francisco – San Francisco, CA

Obligatory shot of Cal Club. The bunkers here were insane.

Obligatory shot of Cal Membership. The bunkers right here have been insane.

Cal Membership as most individuals affectionately name it, has a few of the most brutal (and delightful) bunkering I’ve ever seen – no surprise, contemplating Alistair Mackenzie helped with them. This course has flown underneath the radar, however it’s among the many greatest programs in a state filled with phenomenal golf.

#40: Myopia Hunt Membership – Hamilton, Massachusetts

The 12th at Myopia Hunt outside of Boston.

The 12th at Myopia Hunt outdoors of Boston.

Strolling off the extremely unique brief par four, first gap, I knew I used to be going to love this course. It goes up, it goes down, it goes brief, it goes long. It’s tradition and history is deep and the course itself is extraordinarily special.

With that stated, it seemed on almost each gap drives I assumed have been fairly good ended up in bunkers I didn’t know have been there 🙂

#39: Pronghorn (Fazio Course) – Bend, Oregon

The 8th hole on the Fazio Golf Course at Pronghorn outside of Bend, Oregon

This was from the women tees, however had a particularly cool angle of the cave.

The Fazio course at Pronghorn will get little or no play, and as such is in immaculate situation. Its views of the Three Sisters mountains are unparalleled, and the par three 8th over an historic lava tube is among the greatest and most original par 3s you’ll ever play.

Full Recap: Pronghorn (Fazio Course)

#38: Colorado Golf Club – Parker, CO

Colorado Golf Club Hole 2

I knew I was going to like Colorado Golf Club before I even set foot on the property. It’s Coore Crenshaw on a ravishing piece of land, and some incredibly distinctive holes.

CGC can also be the most effective match play courses I’ve ever played, and it has some wonderful danger reward brief par 4s and par 5s.

#37: Blackwolf Run (River Course) – Kohler, Wisconsin

5th hole on the River Course at Blackwolf Run

One of the fun tee photographs in all of golf.

Once I consider the River Course, the primary phrase that comes to mind is enjoyable. Dye makes use of bunkers and water, to weave you through a tapestry of various landscapes, and he provides you a number of options on each hole – with the perfect instance of this being the three distinct fairway choices on the par 4, 9th.

Full Recap: Blackwolf Run (River Course)

#36: Tobacco Street – Sanford, North Carolina

Tobacco Road Hole 9

This may be probably the most controversial course here, it’s very a lot a like it or hate it course. Personally? I like it. It’s distinctive, rebellious, and features one unique hole after one other. It’s so good, I’m still making an attempt to convince a few of my golfing buddies to fly across the nation to play it with me. And at underneath $100 a spherical most of the time? It’s top-of-the-line values right here.

Full Recap: Tobacco Street

#35: Philly Cricket Club (Wissahickon Course) – Philadelphia, PA

Philly Cricket Club hole 18

The unbelievable 18th at Philly Cricket Club.

Probably except Pinehurst #2 or Sleepy Hollow, I’m unsure there was a extra celebrated restoration in America than the Tillinghast designed Wissahickon course. It’s simply so good.  You’re engaged throughout the spherical, and there isn’t a weak gap on the property.

#34: Kingsbarns – Fife, Scotland

The 15th at Kingsbarns

The 15th at Kingsbarns

Once I played Kingsbarns the Scottish fog was out in full drive (as have been the flashing pink steerage lights) – but that didn’t maintain me from immensely enjoying the course. Kyle Phillips did an incredible job of blending previous and new, and making a course that’s some of the enjoyable and satisfying anyplace.

#33: Sleepy Hollow Nation Membership – Scarborough, NY

Sleepy Hollow Hole #16

Sleepy Hole has just lately been utterly reworked again to it’s former glory Gil Hanse – and it’s a sight to behold. Most individuals have seen the phenomenally par three 16th, but until you’ve played it you don’t understand simply how good the land, views, and curiosity of the holes are.

It’s 100% deserving of all of the reward it’s been getting during the last couple of years.

#32: Pacific Dunes – Bandon, Oregon

It may be short, but it's also one of the most scenic par 3s in golf!

It might be brief, nevertheless it’s also some of the scenic par 3s in golf!

Another one that you simply may anticipate to be larger. I really like Bandon and I really like Pacific Dunes, but having played the course 3 occasions now I just don’t like it fairly as a lot as many other individuals do. That being stated, there’s no denying it’s a completely world class course.

#31: Riviera Nation Membership – Los Angeles, CA

Riviera Country Club Hole 9

Picture good view on 9.

There are specific golf equipment who have a greatness you could’t fairly quantify or determine with out experiencing it. I discovered Riviera to be a type of golf equipment. In case you’re a diehard about golf course architecture, this is a type of “must study” courses. As every part from concept to execution is a masterclass in golf course design.

It’s troublesome but playable, robust but truthful, and the Redan 4th is among the hardest par 3s I’ve performed. Merely put, whereas I used to be not sure going into it, Riviera is every bit nearly as good as it is made out to be.

#30: Gleneagles (Kings Course) – Gleneagles, Scotland

The 5th at Gleneagles Kings Course

There have been a handful of massive surprises in 2016, however none have been as huge as the Kings Course. This was literally a matter of “we have some time, where in Scotland can we drive and go play a round?”

We randomly selected Gleneagles, and virtually played the Centenary course as an alternative. What a mistake that may have been. The Kings course was incredibly numerous, with unbelievable long holes, brief holes, broad fairways, slender fairways – it made you assume throughout the whole spherical.

We barely acquired the entire thing in earlier than darkish, and I’m amazed this course doesn’t get more attention than it doe s-  it was that good.

#29: Atlanta Nation Membership – Marietta, GA

Atlanta Country Club Hole 18

Hole 18 at Atlanta Country Club at Sundown with a pair eagle putts.

Arms down, the primary greatest surprise of 2017. I arranged a tee time at Atlanta Country Membership on brief notice whereas down for the Masters after a pair other scheduled rounds fell via.

I didn’t know an entire lot about it, however had heard nothing but good issues. The means the course weaves by means of a canyon makes for a singular setting, and I felt like I had strategic selections to make on almost every hole. Extremely underrated and price enjoying when in the space.

#28: The Course at Yale – New Haven, Connecticut

Yale Hole #9 Biarritz

The famed Biarritz hole at Yale

How Golf Digest doesn’t have this as a prime 100 course is totally past me. The conditioning may be lacking compared to many different programs, however the high quality and diversity of the holes is completely unimaginable.

#27: TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Seashore, FL

The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

The world famous island inexperienced, hole 17

I favored TPC Sawgrass much greater than I anticipated to. While it’s all the time in Top 100 lists and in the Top 10 of the most effective public programs, I haven’t met many people who really raved about it.

But I assumed it was a implausible check of golf that whereas difficult, was also really satisfying. The water wasn’t as penal as I anticipated it to be, the greens we’re arms down the fastest I’ve ever putted on, and regardless what anybody says, the 17th is actually a bucket record gap.

Take a look at: TPC Sawgrass Evaluation

#26: Winged Foot (East) – Mamaroneck, NY

Winged Foot East Hole #3

The par 3 third at Winged Foot East

To be totally trustworthy, I really didn’t assume I was going to like Winged Foot East. I assumed it was going to be an extended, exhausting championship course that while great for the professionals, can be a brutal and tedious for someone like me.

Boy was I improper. Winged Foot had memorable par 3s, nice danger reward brief par 4s and was one an actual deal with to experience the history of the Club.

Full Recap: Winged Foot Golf Membership: The Best 36 Hole Membership within the Nation?

#25: Whistling Straits – Kohler, Wisconsin

Whistling Straits Hole 6 Approach

One of the well known, and highly ranked public courses within the country, Whistling Straits is grand in every sense of the word. Every of the four par 3s rests on the banks of Lake Michigan, and if the views don’t distract you and kill your round, the almost 1,000 bunkers on the course most probably will.

Full Recap: Whistling Straits

#24: Arcadia Bluffs – Arcadia, Michigan

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club in Michigan is one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in America

The 11th at Arcadia

Is Arcadia Bluffs probably the most strategic course? Nope. Is it a holy grail to quality golf structure? Ha, not a chance. However this is a type of courses, the place the the general expertise and enjoyable issue make you overlook about all of that. I can keep in mind each hole on the course, the views are second to none, and there aren’t many rounds the place I’ve had extra enjoyable than here.

And yes, personally, I take pleasure in it greater than that other course throughout the lake 🙂

Full Evaluate: Arcadia Bluffs

#23: Estancia Membership – Scottsdale, AZ

Estancia Club Scottsdale

In the event you ask anyone lately to call their favorite architect, I’d be stunned if 1 in 10 have been to say Tom Fazio.

But, as I’ve played increasingly more of his top-tier courses, I regularly discover myself counting them among my favorites. It’d be fascinating to add up what number of of each architect are on my record, nevertheless it wouldn’t surprise me if he tops the listing.

Estancia is beautiful, fun, and the entire experience is a memorable one. It’s not exhausting to see why it’s persistently ranked among the greatest in Arizona.

#22: Pasatiempo – Santa Cruz, California

Pasatiempo Hole 8 Small

Pasatiempo was my first Mackenzie course, and is another one Golf Digest didn’t have ranked extremely. While there may be a number of pedestrian holes, most of the time the course is world class with a few of the greatest bunkering I’ve ever seen.

16 is definitely one of many prime 5 green complexes I’ve seen. In all probability probably the most underrated course by conventional measures that’s on my record.

#21: Loch Lomond – Alexandria, Scotland

The spectacular par 3, 5th at Loch Lomond Golf Club

The spectacular par 3, fifth.

There’s no denying that a part of the attract of Loch Lomond is that it’s so onerous to get an invitation to play. Next to Merion, it was in all probability my most anticipated round of 2016, and it didn’t disappoint.

The setting right on Loch Lomond and inside the national park is spectacular, and I discovered the course to be partaking all through. I wasn’t anticipating to love the inland holes as a lot as I did, both.

It’s turning into fairly clear that I’m an enormous fan of recent parkland courses – and this could be the most effective example I’ve performed.

Full Recap: Loch Lomond: The Most Personal Membership in Europe

#20: Hudson Nationwide – Croton-on-Hudson, New York

Hudson National Hole 10

Apparently I’ve a factor for giant downhill holes, as #5 at Hudson Nationwide is the epitome of this. Hudson was the primary prime personal I performed in the NYC space and I enjoyed it immensely. Fazio created a singular, and enjoyable course that makes use of elevation change to create a true adventure of a golf course.

Full Assessment: Hudson National

#19: The Golf Membership at Black Rock – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Black Rock Waterfalls

If that’s not an thrilling strategy shot, I don’t know what is.

This was the primary prime 100 course I ever played, and is another one the place I might see purists cringe – however there’s no denying the course is incredibly fun and scenic at the similar time.

The par 4 11th hole with an strategy in between two waterfalls is among the most original holes you’ll ever play, and there’s at the very least 3 or 4 different holes that might be in rivalry for a prime 100 holes record.

After another play this previous summer time, I used to be reminded why I take pleasure in this golf course a lot.

Full Recap: The Golf Membership at Black Rock

#18: Bandon Dunes – Bandon, Oregon

Now that's a golf hole.

Now that’s a golf gap.

I used to have Pacific Dunes ranked forward of Bandon, but having performed them both a number of occasions since, I just maintain discovering myself enjoying Bandon Dunes more. The ebb and circulate of the course from inland to water always keeps you entertained and excited for the subsequent leg of the journey.

Full Recap: Bandon Dunes

#17: Gozzer Ranch Golf & Lake Membership – Coeur d’Alene, ID

Gozzer Ranch Hole 12

This summer time I used to be capable of play Gozzer Ranch for this primary time, and it 100% met my admittedly excessive expectations. Every part about Coeur D’Alene is laid again and has a very enjoyable vibe. Gozzer felt the identical method, and it just happened to do it with world class infinity greens and views for days.

#16: Somerset Hills – Bernardsville, New Jersey

Somerset Hills Hole 12 2 Small

Whenever you consider Tillinghast you consider ball busting programs like Bethpage Black. Somerset is rather more subdued and pleasant – and I liked it. From the gorgeous and extreme #2 redan hole, I was hooked.

Integrating options of the land, just like the previous horse race monitor on the property make it all of the extra particular.

Thank you Tim, Alex, and John for considered one of my greatest golf days I’ve had.

Full Recap: Photograph Tour of 2015 NYC Trip

#15: Diamante Dunes – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Diamante Dunes is the #1 Cabo San Lucas golf course.

Standing back behind tees on 15. Quite probably my favourite golf photograph I’ve ever taken.

Diamante is the highest ranked course in Mexico, and for good cause. It’s primarily a links experience in the desert, and was in contrast to anything I’ve experienced earlier than. The views have been superb, and the “all-inclusive” environment makes for a gluttonous, but incredibly rewarding experience.

I also took my favorite golf photograph I’ve ever taken here.

Full Recap: Diamante Dunes

#14: San Francisco Golf Club – San Francisco, CA

The par 3 11th at San Francisco

The par 3 11th at San Francisco

This proves I don’t identical to trendy designs. SFGC was one of the crucial particular experiences I’ve ever had on a golf course. It’s one in every of Tillinghast’s earliest designs, and just like Somerset Hills, stands out as being fairly a bit totally different than his other work.

It took me two years to get on the course, but a really huge thank you to the 2 people who helped make this happen. I sincerely hope we will do it once more in the future, and that I can discover a approach to return the favor!

#13: Cruden Bay – Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Cruden Bay Hole 14 Green

You need to speak about adventure golf? It doesn’t get rather more adventurous than this. It’s superb this course was constructed so long ago, because it has so many options that I really like within the more trendy programs I play – you realize except for therefore many blind photographs.

There are few issues as rewarding in golf because the view from the ninth tee field after the hike to rise up there.

#12: Maidstone Club – East Hampton, New York

The 14th at Maidstone is unreal.

The 14th at Maidstone is unreal.

That is another one that hardly makes the minimize for Golf Digest. I’ve heard complaints that it has a weak opening and a weak end – but I didn’t assume so. I assumed the course eased you into the round superbly, and then smacked you within the face with some world class holes.

It’s not overly lengthy or troublesome by at this time’s standards, however it had just the correct quantity of character and quirk to make me fall in love with it.

Full Recap: 2015 NYC Golf Street Trip

#11: Boston Golf Club – Hingham, Massachusetts

Pretty much the whole course looks like this: dramatic.

Pretty much the entire course seems like this: dramatic.

My Boston whirlwind a couple years back was fun as a result of we acquired to play four of the perfect programs within the city (read: country): Essex County, Myopia, Boston, and The Nation Membership. Everyone we talked to had a special opinion on how these ranked. I knew I might love Boston. I like trendy course designs, and Hanse did an unimaginable job crafting memorable and strategic holes.

#5, “Shipwrecked,” is perhaps probably the most unique brief par four I’ve ever performed – and if you recognize me, you understand I really like brief par 4s!

Also, thank you Jeff for bringing me along in your Boston whirlwind – wanting ahead to the subsequent one!

#10: Fishers Island Club – Fishers Island, NY

Consider it or not, this was one of many much less foggy durations of time.

Fishers Island wins the award for one of the harder courses to get to, as after your drive or practice journey to New London, you board a 45 minute ferry to the island – and another 10 minute drive to the Membership.

You’re rewarded on your expedition nevertheless with the crown jewel of architect Seth Raynor’s repertoire. It’s one of the scenic programs on the planet, and has some wonderful template holes – together with a Double Plateau that is one among my favourite greens on the earth.

#9: Muirfield Village – Dublin, OH

The 2nd at Muirfield Village

The 2nd at Muirfield Village

“Jack’s Place” was so much greater than I assumed it will be. It felt like “Augusta Jr.” with regard to all the things from infrastructure to conditioning, and while a brutal problem I discovered the course to be more enjoyable and different in it’s routing than I’d anticipated. Every hole led to a new shock, which had me saying “oh, now this is cool.” And that’s an indication of a superb course in my ebook.

#8: Citadel Stuart – Inverness, Scotland

Castle Stuart Hole 17

Citadel Stuart was considered one of only two golf programs from 2016 to make it into the top 10, and for rattling good purpose.

It’s trendy links at it’s best. Infinity greens, danger reward par 5s, and a handful of dramatic holes you simply gained’t see anyplace else.

I’d be curious to play a few of the hyperlinks courses that I’ve ranked above it once more, as a result of it will not shock me to see this rise even larger in the future.

#7: North Berwick – East Lothian, Scotland

North Berwick is one of the most historic golf courses in Scotland, and one of the top 100 in the world.

This is perhaps my favorite inexperienced on the earth.

Typically ignored by many on Scotland trips in favor for Open Rota programs, North Berwick is one that should by no means be missed. It’s house to the unique redan inexperienced, and at just over 6400 yards gained’t scare anyone with its length.

Nevertheless, the quirkiness of the course made me fall in love with it. The 16th psuedo-biarritz inexperienced may be my favourite inexperienced on the earth, and the 13th green tucked behind a stone wall is something you gained’t discover anyplace else.

Full Recap: North Berwick

#6: Los Angeles Nation Membership (North Course) – Los Angeles, CA

LACC North Hole 4

LACC North Hole four

While unfortunately we have been only capable of expertise LACC on one of many wettest LA days on document – it didn’t dampen the expertise of among the best golf programs I’ve ever performed. The routing is genius, and all the time leaves you a bit of disoriented as to the place you’re on the property. The holes are memorable, and the devilish little tongue on the brief par three, 15th – is among the coolest pin places I’ve seen on a golf course – making it solely 78 yards lengthy.

#5: Bandon Trails – Bandon, Oregon

I love the 17th at Trails

I really like the 17th at Trails

In my previous prime 25 record of a pair years in the past, Bandon Trails was the outright winner. Which many have been shocked by as historically it’s the lowest ranked of the 4 courses at Bandon. My rationale? It’s probably the most unique.

Tons of of programs have ocean.

Only a few weave dunes, meadows, and forest collectively in a approach that flows so nicely. And as for 14? I don’t hate it as much as everybody else. Just calls for a special strategy!

Full Recap: How I Broke 80 at Bandon Dunes in the Coolest Method Potential

#four: Royal Dornoch – Dornoch, Scotland

The par 3, 10th at Dornoch

The par three, 10th at Dornoch

What’s there to say about Dornoch? It’s one of the oldest courses on the planet, and the extra courses I play, the more I see course designers which were heavily influenced by the course. Tom Watson as soon as stated it’s “the most fun he’s ever had on a golf course.”

For me, it’s not arduous to see why. It’s a little bit of a trek to get there, but completely value it.

Full Recap: Royal Dornoch

#three: Merion Golf Club (East) – Ardmore, PA

Merion Hole 13

To place it merely, Merion has the whole lot I look for in a golf course. Unique, fun holes. A bevy of brief par 4s, and does all of this whereas nonetheless being strategic, and providing a true challenge and check of golf.

I knew before I played Merion would either shoot to the highest of the record, or I’d find it wasn’t my type and would contemplate it overrated.

Luckily on this case, it was completely the previous that prevailed.

#2: National Golf Links of America – Southhampton, NY


Deciding on #1 vs #2 was in all probability probably the most troublesome determination I had to make with this record. NGLA is likely one of the most particular places I’ve ever been. The course is one world class hole after one other, and the setting is about nearly as good as it will get.

Depending on the day this could very properly take the highest spot, but on this present day it simply barely will get edged out.

#1: Pebble Seashore – Monterey Peninsula, California

The iconic 7th at Pebble.

The iconic 7th at Pebble.

I ought to preface this by saying, I had lowered my expectations for Pebble after listening to so many people say it’s overrated.

I’m sorry, Pebble Seashore is a completely phenomenal golf course. Not only are the water holes unique and delightful, however even the inland ones (with one or two exceptions) have been still world class.

Someone just lately advised me Pebble seashore was boring. In case you assume Pebble Seashore is boring, I can’t think about what course you’d say is fun.

For me, I’ve but to see a better combo of fun and excellence in structure and design. It’s that good.

Full Recap: Pebble Seashore, a Camaro, and an MVP

Thanks for tuning in to this years Top 100! It’s been fun receiving so many messages together with your ideas and own preferences.


+Sean Ogle helps individuals construct companies they will run from anyplace on the planet. Oh, and whereas he’s traveling around doing that, he additionally golfs as a lot as humanly potential in his quest to interrupt eighty for the primary time ever.

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