Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

January 23, 2017
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GOLF Magazine's biennial Top 100 Courses in the World Rankings are determined by a 100-strong international panel whose members include major-championship winners, architects, journalists and a cadre of connoisseurs who have played all of the world's top 100 courses. Panelists evaluate a ballot of 493 courses. Although there are no set-in-stone criteria they must follow, we have confidence in their sense of what constitutes "greatness" in a course. These are the best courses in the United States. See below for more information about each course. 1. Pine Valley Pine Valley, N.J. George Crump/H.S. Colt, 1918 2. Cypress Point Pebble Beach, Calif. Alister MacKenzie, 1928 3. Augusta National Augusta, Ga. Alister MacKenzie/Bobby Jones, 1933 4. Shinnecock Hills Southampton, N.Y. William Flynn, 1931 5. Pebble Beach Pebble Beach, Calif. Jack Neville/Douglas Grant, 1919 6. Oakmont Oakmont, Pa. Henry Fownes, 1903 7. National Golf Links of America Southampton, N.Y. C.B. Macdonald, 1911 8. Merion (East) Ardmore, Pa. Hugh Wilson, 1912 9. Sand Hills Mullen, Neb. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 1994 10. Pinehurst (No. 2) Pinehurst, N.C. Donald Ross, 1907 11. Fishers Island Fishers Island, N.Y. Seth Raynor, 1926 12. Seminole Juno Beach, Fla. Donald Ross, 1929 13. Winged Foot (West) Mamaroneck, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1923 14. Pacific Dunes Bandon, Ore. Tom Doak, 2001 15. Crystal Downs Frankfort, Mich. Alister MacKenzie/Perry Maxwell, 1932 16. San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. A.W. Tillinghast, 1918 17. Chicago Wheaton, Ill. C.B. Macdonald, 1895/Seth Raynor, 1923 18. Prairie Dunes Hutchinson, Kan. Perry Maxwell, 1937/Press Maxwell, 1957 19. Riviera Pacific Palisades, Calif. George C. Thomas Jr./Billy Bell Sr., 1926 20. Los Angeles (North) Los Angeles, Calif. George C. Thomas Jr., 1921 21. Friar's Head Baiting Hollow, N.Y. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2003 22. The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel) Brookline, Mass. Willie Campbell, 1895/Rees Jones, 1985 23. Oakland Hills (South) Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Donald Ross, 1917/Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1950 24. Bethpage (Black) Farmingdale, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1936 25. Kiawah Island (Ocean) Kiawah Island, S.C. Pete Dye, 1991 26. Garden City Golf Club Garden City, N.Y. Devereux Emmet, 1899/Walter Travis, 1906 27. Whistling Straits (Straits) Kohler, Wis. Pete Dye, 1998 28. Muirfield Village Dublin, Ohio Jack Nicklaus/Desmond Muirhead, 1974 29. TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Pete Dye, 1980 30. Shoreacres Lake Bluff, Ill. Seth Raynor, 1921 31. Camargo Indian Hill, Ohio Seth Raynor, 1921 32. Baltusrol (Lower) Springfield, N.J. A.W. Tillinghast, 1922 33. Olympic (Lake) San Francisco, Calif. Sam Whiting, 1927 34. Southern Hills Tulsa, Okla. Perry Maxwell, 1936 35. Bandon Dunes Bandon, Ore. David McLay Kidd, 1999 36. Maidstone East Hampton, N.Y. Willie Park Jr., 1924 37. Oak Hill (East) Rochester, N.Y. Donald Ross, 1923 38. Somerset Hills Bernardsville, N.J. A.W. Tillinghast, 1918 39. The Golf Club New Albany, Ohio Pete Dye, 1967 40. Quaker Ridge Scarsdale, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1926 41. Ballyneal Holyoke, Colo. Tom Doak, 2006 42. Inverness Toledo, Ohio Donald Ross, 1919 43. California Golf Club of S.F. S. San Francisco, Calif. A.V. Macan, 1926/A. MacKenzie, 1928/Kyle Phillips, 2007 44. Winged Foot (East) Mamaroneck, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1923 45. Harbour Town Hilton Head Island, S.C. Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus, 1969 46. Medinah (No. 3) Medinah, Ill. Tom Bendelow, 1928 47. Streamsong (Red) Streamsong, Fla. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2012 48. Old Macdonald Bandon, Ore. Tom Doak/Jim Urbina, 2010 49. Old Sandwich Plymouth, Mass. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2004 50. Bandon Trails Bandon, Ore. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2005 51. Plainfield Plainfield, N.J. Donald Ross, 1921 52. Wade Hampton Cashiers, N.C. Tom Fazio, 1987 53. Pasatiempo Santa Cruz, Calif. Alister MacKenzie, 1929 54. Yale University New Haven, Conn. C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor, 1926 55. The Honors Course Ooltewah, Tenn. Pete Dye, 1983 56. Streamsong (Blue) Streamsong, Fla. Tom Doak, 2012 57. Piping Rock Locust Valley, N.Y. C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor, 1913 58. Spyglass Hill Pebble Beach, Calif. Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1966 59. Sebonack Southampton, N.Y. Jack Nicklaus/Tom Doak, 2006 60. Yeamans Hall Hanahan, S.C. Seth Raynor, 1925 61. Rock Creek Cattle Company Deer Lodge, Mont. Tom Doak, 2008 62. Valley Club of Montecito Montecito, Calif. Alister MacKenzie, 1929 63. Congressional (Blue) Bethesda, Md. D. Emmet, 1924/Robert T. Jones Sr., 1962/Rees Jones, 2011 64. Baltusrol (Upper) Springfield, N.J. A.W. Tillinghast, 1922 65. Newport Newport, R.I. Willie Davis, 1894/A.W. Tillinghast, 1923 66. Shadow Creek North Las Vegas, Nev. Tom Fazio/Steve Wynn, 1990 67. Essex County Club Manchester, Mass. Donald Ross, 1917 68. Eastward Ho! Chatham, Mass. Herbert Fowler, 1922 69. Myopia Hunt Club South Hamilton, Mass. Herbert Leeds, 1896 70. Peachtree Atlanta, Ga. Robert Trent Jones Sr./Bobby Jones, 1948 71. Nanea Kailua-Kona, Hawaii David McLay Kidd, 2003 72. Cherry Hills Cherry Hills Village, Colo. William Flynn, 1923 73. The Creek Club Locust Valley, N.Y. C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor, 1923 74. Kittansett Marion, Mass. William Flynn/Fred Hood, 1922 75. Milwaukee River Hills, Wisc. H.S. Colt/C.H. Alison, 1929 76. Chambers Bay University Place, Wash. Robert Trent Jones II, 2007 77. Monterey Peninsula (Shore) Pebble Beach, Calif. Bob Baldock, 1961/Mike Strantz, 2004 78. Old Town Club Winston-Salem, N.C. Perry Maxwell, 1939 79. Ridgewood (West/East) Paramus, N.J. A.W. Tillinghast, 1929 80. East Lake Atlanta, Ga. Tom Bendelow, 1908/Donald Ross, 1913/Rees Jones, 1994 81. Gozzer Ranch Harrison, Idaho Tom Fazio, 2007 82. Interlachen Edina, Minn. Willie Watson, 1911/Donald Ross, 1921 83. Trump National (Old) Bedminster, N.J. Tom Fazio, 2004 84. Hazeltine National Chaska, Minn. Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1962/Rees Jones, 1990 85. Scioto Columbus, Ohio Donald Ross, 1916 86. Boston Golf Club Hingham, Mass. Gil Hanse, 2005 87. Olympia Fields (North) Olympia Fields, Ill. Willie Park Jr., 1922 88. Calusa Pines Naples, Fla. Michael Hurdzan/Dana Fry, 2001 89. Baltimore (Five Farms East) Lutherville, Md. A.W. Tillinghast, 1926 90. Bel-Air Los Angeles, Calif. George C. Thomas Jr./Billy Bell Sr., 1926 91. Colonial Fort Worth, Texas John Bredemus, 1935/Perry Maxwell, 1940 92. Trump National Doral (Blue Monster) Miami, Fla. Dick Wilson, 1962/Gil Hanse, 2014 93. Mountain Lake Lake Wales, Fla. Seth Raynor, 1916 94. Blackwolf Run (River) Kohler, Wis. Pete Dye, 1988 95. Fox Chapel Pittsburgh, Pa. Seth Raynor, 1925 96. Bellerive St. Louis, Mo. Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1959/Rees Jones, 2007 97. Country Club of Fairfield Fairfield, Conn. Seth Raynor, 1920 98. Crooked Stick Carmel, Ind. Pete Dye, 1964 99. Torrey Pines (South) La Jolla, Calif. Billy Bell Jr., 1957/Rees Jones, 2001 100. Aronimink Newtown Square, Pa. Donald Ross, 1928