Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World - 2005 - How We Do It

Our 100-strong rating panel includes major championship winners, Ryder Cup players, architects, leading amateurs, administrators and others respected for their golf knowledge. Each is asked to assign a letter vote, from A+ to F-, to each of the 575 nominated courses they have played. A's are reserved for the world's top 10 courses, F's for those that don't deserve to be on the ballot. Write-ins are permitted. Consideration is given for strategic design, playability, setting, tradition, condition, examination, etc. The panelist determines the importance of the criteria in each case.

Votes for courses played during the past five years are weighted 1.5 times those that have not. Architects cannot vote on their own designs. Once the panel's nearly 25,000 votes are received, letter grades are translated into numbers. Finally, we simply do the math by dividing a course's total by the number of panelists voting on it. The result is the most respected ranking in the world.

The 100 members of the panel

  • George Bedard, Canada
  • Judy Bell, Colorado
  • Prakash Bhandari, India
  • Michael Bonallack, Scotland
  • Niall M. Cameron, Bahamas
  • Malcolm Campbell, Scotland
  • Steve Carr, England
  • Paul D. Caruso, Jr., Montana
  • Bob Charles, New Zealand
  • David M. Clarke, New York
  • Tom Clasby, California
  • Tom Crow, California
  • Robert E. Cupp, Georgia
  • Bob Currey, Massachusetts
  • Gordon Dalgleish, Georgia
  • Michael R. Davis, New Jersey
  • John R. Dempsey, North Carolina
  • Tom Doak, Michigan
  • Luke Donald, England
  • Joann Dost, California
  • James J. Dunne III, New York
  • Pete Dye, Florida
  • David B. Fay, New Jersey
  • Jim Finegan, Pennsylvania
  • Marvin A. French, Arizona
  • Dana Fry, Ohio
  • Jim Furyk, Florida
  • Gary A. Galyean, Florida
  • Sergio Garcia, Spain
  • Christopher Goodwin, Canada
  • Kendra Graham, New Jersey
  • John Harris, Minnesota
  • Gary Hart, Arizona
  • Philippe P. Hermann, Switzerland
  • Alan Heuer, New York
  • Arthur Hills, Ohio
  • Richard Hills, England
  • Bill Hogan, Texas
  • John Hopkins, Wales
  • Tony Jacklin, England
  • Peter Jacobsen, Oregon
  • Terry Jastrow, California
  • Rees Jones, New Jersey
  • Bill Jones III, Georgia
  • Sunil Kappagoda, Connecticut
  • Taizo Kawata, Japan
  • James Keegan, Colorado
  • Ortwin Klang, Germany
  • Norman Klaparda, California
  • Samm Klaparda, California
  • Mike Klemme, Oklahoma
  • Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., Wisconsin
  • Laurence C. Lambrecht, Rhode Island
  • Jeffrey Lewis, New York
  • David Mackintosh, Argentina
  • Joe Marengi, Texas
  • Peter G. Mathieson, England
  • Thomas McBroom, Canada
  • Peter McEvoy, England
  • Thomas J. Meeks, Indiana
  • Brian Morgan, Scotland
  • Ran Morrissett, North Carolina
  • Jay Mottola, New York
  • Jack Nicklaus, Florida
  • Frank Nobilo, New Zealand
  • David S. Nolan, New York
  • Michael O'Bryon, Florida
  • Kazuyuki Ohashi, Japan
  • Kazunori Ohtsuka, Japan
  • Peter Oosterhuis, Arizona
  • Arnold Palmer, Pennsylvania
  • John Paramor, England
  • Harrie P.W. Perkins, Texas
  • Hal Phillips, Maine
  • Gary Player, South Africa
  • Tom Ramsey, Australia
  • Luke Reese, Illinois
  • Ron Riemer, Illinois
  • Cabell Robinson, Spain
  • Justin Rose, England
  • Michael C. Roseto, New Jersey
  • Lorne Rubenstein, Canada
  • Pat Ruddy, Ireland
  • Mitsutaka Sado, Japan
  • Isao Sato, Japan
  • Bill Shean, Illinois
  • David V. Smith, California
  • Annika Sorenstam, Sweden
  • Donald Steel, England
  • George Sweda, Ohio
  • Charles H. Tadge, Ohio
  • Oliver A. Thompson, Ohio
  • Sho Tobari, Japan
  • Daniel C. Ulmer, Jr., Kentucky
  • Fred Vuich, Pennsylvania
  • Karrie Webb, Australia
  • Tom Weiskopf, Arizona
  • Christopher P. Wightman, New Jersey
  • Michael Wolveridge, Australia
  • Walter Woods, Scotland

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