Our 15th biennial edition of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. and the World celebrates consistency and tradition, with the top 12 courses on our World list retaining their 2009 rankings.
Pine Valley repeated as No. 1, actually widening its lead over runner-up Cypress Point. Other stalwarts advanced with the help of inspired renovations. Pinehurst No. 2 snuck into the U.S. top 10 thanks to a bold restoration that dramatically altered its look and playability. And Los Angeles Country Club's North course climbed 13 spots on our World list following a brilliant retro reworking of greens, bunkers, width and strategy.
Further down the World list a handful of newcomers make their debuts, including a quartet of seaside layouts that span the globe: Castle Stuart in Scotland, Diamante in Mexico, Old Macdonald in Oregon and Barnbougle Lost Farm in Australia. What other designs made the cut in the game's most respected course rankings? Click on the links below to find out.