In this game, not everyone gets a trophy.
GOLF Magazine unveils its Top 100 Courses in the U.S. and World every two years, and later this week we'll pull back the curtain on the 2017-18 lists. (We'll publish the Top 100 in the World ranking on Wednesday and the Top 100 in the U.S list Thursday, along with plenty of other ranking-related goodies.)
To whet your whistles, here's a peek at the courses that just barely missed the cut.
While Harbour Town, site of the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage, found a spot in our Top 100 in the U.S. list, it just missed on the World ranking, coming in at No. 101. The same goes for Royal Melbourne's East course in Australia (102nd) and Rye in England (103rd).
As for the 15 that just missed out on the Top 100 in the U.S. list, 2017 PGA Championship venue Quail Hollow came closest, checking in at 101st. Behind it was another former PGA venue, Crooked Stick in Indiana, while White Bear Yacht Club in the Twin Cities suburbs came in at 103.
The process of compiling these rankings is no game of darts. Our panel, led by our courses guru and Top 100 Chairman Joe Passov, has more than 100 international members. It includes course architects, major-championship winners, golf journalists and even some devotees who have played each and every Top 100 course in the World. Panelists evaluate a list of roughly 500 tracks to create their rankings and a points system determines the final lineup. (Owners aren't allowed to vote for their properties, and architects can't vote for their original designs.)
Here's a look at the courses that just missed out this time around:
BUBBLE COURSES: TOP 100 IN THE WORLD
101. Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
102. Royal Melbourne (East), Melbourne, Australia
103. Rye, Camber, England
104. Bandon Trails, Bandon, Ore.
105. Streamsong Resort (Red), Streamsong, Fla.
106. Royal Aberdeen (Balgownie), Aberdeen, Scotland
107. Valley Club of Montecito, Montecito, Calif.
108. Peachtree, Atlanta, Ga.
109. Old Sandwich, Plymouth, Mass.
110. Medinah (No. 3), Medinah, Ill.
111. Sand Valley, Nekoosa, Wis.
112. Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz, Calif.
113. Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach, Calif.
114. Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
115. Yeamans Hall, Hanahan, S.C.
BUBBLE COURSES: TOP 100 IN THE U.S.
101. Quail Hollow, Charlotte, N.C.
102. Crooked Stick, Carmel, Ind.
103. White Bear Yacht Club, White Bear Lake, Minn.
104. The Country Club, Pepper Pike, Ohio
105. Country Club of Fairfield, Fairfield, Conn.
106. Lawsonia (Links), Green Lake, Wis.
107. Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands), Duluth, Ga.
108. Wykagyl, New Rochelle, N.Y.
109. Oak Tree National, Edmond, Okla.
110. The Kingsley Club, Kingsley, Mich.
111. Gamble Sands, Brewster, Wash.
112. Canterbury, Cleveland, Ohio
113. Kapalua (Plantation), Maui, Hawaii
114. Wannamoisett, Rumford, R.I.
115. Colorado Golf Club, Parker, Colo.