Breaking Down the Top 100

1 of 9 Bob Atkins
Best of the best While our panelists are out and about, they notice more than just the best overall courses. Here are a few of their favorite things. Best Views 1. Cypress Point, California 2. Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand 3. Royal County Down, Northern Ireland Thirty courses received nominations; Pebble Beach missed tying for third by one vote. Cypress Point was a runaway winner. Left: Royal County Down
2 of 9 John & Jeannine Henebry
Best Bunkers 1. Royal Melbourne (West), Australia 2. Oakmont, Pennsylvania 3. Sand Hills, Nebraska Twenty-eight courses were nominated; Pacific Dunes and Pine Valley tied for fourth, one vote behind Sand Hills. Left: Royal Melbourne (West)
3 of 9 Evan Schiller
Best Par 3s 1. Cypress Point, California 2. Pine Valley, New Jersey 3. Pacific Dunes, Oregon Cypress Point received more votes than any other course in any other category. Augusta National finished a close fourth. Left: Pacific Dunes
4 of 9 Fred Vuich
Best Clubhouse Atmosphere 1. Castle Pines, Colorado 2. Winged Foot, New York 3. Pine Valley, New Jersey Forty-four different courses were nominated; the four-way tie for fourth included Seminole, Sunningdale, The Golf Club and the Royal & Ancient Left: Winged Foot
5 of 9 Joann Dost
Best Walks 1. Cypress Point, California 2. Royal County Down, Northern Ireland 3. Pebble Beach, California Thirty-six courses were nominated, with Cypress dominating again. The remote Links at Cape Breton Highlands, New South Wales, Pacific Dunes, The Old Course at St. Andrews, Pine Valley and Fishers Island rounded out the top 10. Left: Pebble Beach
6 of 9 Lou Capozzola/SI
Best Opening Hole 1. Machrihanish, Scotland 2. National Golf Links of America, New York 3. Pine Valley, New Jersey The Mac won this category in a landslide. 31 courses received votes; Augusta National finished fourth. Left: National Golf Links of America
7 of 9 Fred Vuich
Best Closing Hole 1. Pebble Beach, California 2. Shinnecock Hills, New York 3. Oakmont, Pennsylvania Pebble Beach lapped the field here; of the 23 courses that were nominated, 13 received more than one vote. Left: Oakmont
8 of 9 John & Jeannine Henebry
Best Course You'll Need a Map to Find 1. Sand Hills, Nebraska 2. Pine Valley, New Jersey 3. Morfontaine, France Perhaps we should issue road atlases to our panelists, as 42 different courses received nominations, though only six garnered more than one vote. Left: Pine Valley
9 of 9 Fred Vuich
Best Hole to Earn Bragging Rights Via an Eagle or Ace 1. Cypress Point #16, California 2. Augusta National #12, Georgia 3. TPC Sawgrass (Stadium), #17, Florida Twenty-five holes received votes, 13 of them with multiple nominations. Highest rated among the par-4s and 5s was Pebble Beach, #18, which placed fourth and Augusta National, #13, which placed fifth. Left: Augusta National