best golfers endure
But the world’s best
courses? Not so
enjoy bursts of publicity when hosting
Tiger, Phil and Co., but most toil
quietly, verdant masterpieces played — and critiqued — by a fortunate few.
That is why our biannual ranking of the
Top 100 Courses in the U.S. and the World
is so meaningful. Whether you agree
with the results or not, these are the most
thorough and respected rankings in golf — and a banner celebration of the greatest
courses on the planet.
Pine Valley remains the undisputed king of
the rankings, topping both the U.S. and World
lists, but this year 14 newcomers have made
the breakthrough. One of them — Chambers
Bay in Washington State — cracked our World
Top 100 despite being newer than some of the
balls in your bag.
The first-timers represent
a staggering variety of imagination and
destinations, spanning the globe from Portugal
to the Monterey Peninsula. Congratulations to
each, and welcome to the club.