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Thursday, March 8, 2012


To publish its 2012 Best Courses issue on March 9. The 16th annual edition features the rankings of Golfweek's Best Classic and Modern courses, as well as a state-by-state listing of the country's best public-access courses.
 

Here is the Top Courses for Mexico and the Carribbian:

 

1. Cap Cana (Punta Espada)

Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, 2008

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 7.81

 

2. Querencia

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 2000

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 7.71

 

3. Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog)

La Romana, Dominican Republic, 1970

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.51

 

4. Mid Ocean Club

Tucker’s Town, Bermuda, 1923

Charles Blair Macdonald

Avg. rating: 7.42

 

5. Royal Westmoreland

St. James, Barbados, 1994

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 7.40

 

6. Cabo del Sol (Ocean)

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 1994

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 7.31

 

7. Vista Vallarata Golf Club (Nicklaus)

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2001

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 7.20

 

8. Playa Grande

Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic, 1996

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 7.00

 

9. Corales Golf Club

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 2010

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.81

 

10. Trump International Golf Club (International)

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, 2005

Tom Kite

Avg. rating: 6.80

 

11. Sandy Lane (Green Monkey)

St. James, Barbados, 2004

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.80

 

12. Apes Hill Club

St. James, Barbados, 2009

Chris Cole, Jeff Potts

Avg. rating: 6.67

 

13. Dunes Course at Diamante

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 2009

Davis Love III

Avg. rating: 6.62

 

14. Four Seasons Golf Club Punta Mita (Pacifico)

Punta Mita, Mexico, 2008

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.60

 

15. El Dorado Golf & Beach Club

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 1999

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.65

 

16. Iberostar Playa Paraiso

Maya Riviera, Mexico, 2005

P.B. Dye

Avg. rating: 6.63

 

17. Abaco Club on Winding Bay

Abaco, Bahamas, 2006

Donald Steel

Avg. rating: 6.63

 

18. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (Bahia)

Punta Mita, Mexico, 2009

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.60

 

19. Vista Vallarta (Weiskopf)

Vista Vallarta, Mexico, 2001

Tom Weiskopf

Avg. rating: 6.58

 

20. Mayakoba (El Camaleon)

Maya Riviera, Mexico, 2006

Greg Norman

Avg. rating: 6.57

 

21. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 2004

Arnold Palmer

Avg. rating: 6.50

 

22. Port Royal

Southampton, Bermuda, 1970

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.48

 

23. Casa de Campo (Dye Fore)

La Romana, Dominican Republic, 2003

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.46

 

24. Reserva Conchal

Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 1996

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.43

 

25. Ritz-Carlton Resort (White Witch)

St. James, Jamaica, 2000

Robert von Hagge

Avg. rating: 6.39

 

26. Trump International Golf Club at Raffles Resort

Canouan Island, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, 2002

Jim Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.39

 

27. Sandy Lane (The Country Club)

St. James, Barbados, 2004

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.38

 

28. Puerto Los Cabos (Norman/Nicklaus)

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 2008

Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman

Avg. rating: 6.37

 

29. CuisinArt Golf Club

Anguilla, British West Indies, 2006

Greg Norman

Avg. rating: 6.25

 

30. Blue Shark

West Providence Island, Bahamas, 2008

Greg Norman

Avg. rating: 6.17

 

31. Trump International GC Puerto Rico (Championship)

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, 2007

Tom Kite

Avg. rating: 6.10

 

32. Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort (Lucayan)

Freeport, Bahamas, 1962

Dick Wilson

Avg. rating: 6.10

 

33. Cabo del Sol (Desert)

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 1998

Tom Weiskopf

Avg. rating: 6.08

 

34. Tryall Golf & Beach Club

Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1958

Ralph Plummer

Avg. rating: 6.06

 

35. Santa Barbara Plantation (Old Quarry)

Nieuwpoort, Curacao, 2010

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.06

 

36. Tucker’s Point

Harrington Sound, Bermuda, 2002

Charles Banks, Roger Rulewich

Avg. rating: 6.04

 

37. Moon Palace (Lakes & Jungle)

Maya Riviera, Mexico, 2002

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.00

 

38. Casa de Campo (La Romana)

La Romana, Dominican Republic, 1985

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.00

 

39. Palmas del Mar (Flamboyan)

Humacao, Puerto Rico, 1998

Rees Jones

Avg. rating: 6.00

 

40. One & Only Palmilla (Mountain & Arroyo)

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 1993

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 5.97

 

41. Rose Hall Resort & Spa (Cinnamon Hill)

Montego Bay, 2001

Robert von Hagge

Avg. rating: 5.95

 

42. Royal Isabela

Isabela, Puerto Rico, 2011

David Pfaff

Avg. rating: 5.90

 

43. Ocean Club

Paradise Island, Bahamas, 2000

Tom Weiskopf

Avg. rating: 5.89

 

44. Playacar Spa & Golf Club

Playa del Carmen, Mexico, 1994

Robert von Hagge

Avg. rating: 5.86

 

45. Tierra del Sol

Oranjestad, Aruba, 1995

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 5.70

 

46. Club Campestre

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 2008

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 5.68

 

47. Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, 2007

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 5.65

 

48. Dorado Beach (West)

Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, 1966

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 5.64

 

49. Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort (Reef)

Freeport, Bahamas, 2000

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 5.63

 

50. Dorado Beach (Sugarcane)

Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, 1971

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 5.63


Thursday, March 31, 2011


 Augusta National is No. 1 again in Golf Digest's biennial ranking of "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses," beating out Pine Valley Golf Club by a fraction of a point.

The most peculiar change about this year's list is the title. Because of a tie for 100th place between two South Carolina resorts (Harbour Town and Ocean Forest) there actually are 101 courses on the list.

Augusta National has been No. 1 on the last two lists. The only other time in the last decade that Pine Valley didn't top the list was in 2001, when Pebble Beach beat out the private New Jersey club.

The Full Top 10:
1. Augusta National,
2. Pine Valley,
3. Shinnecock Hills,
4. Oakmont,
5. Cypress Point,
6. Pebble Beach,
7. Merion,
8. Winged Foot,
9. Sand Hills and
10. National Golf Links.

Of the nine courses not in the previous ranking, the highest-rated was The Alotian Club in Arkansas at No. 14.

Golf Digest has produced "America's 100 Greatest" list since 1966. The package, which also includes the 100 best public courses and a ranking for each state, appears in the May issue of the magazine, which will be available from April 5.


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Monday, August 30, 2010


Here is a History of the # 1 Golf Ranking since 1986.
 
 

 

 


 

Bernhard Langer: 06/04/86 – 20/04/86  3 WEEKS

The Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986 with Germany’s best on top of the world, coupling wins in Europe in the year leading up to the launch of the rankings with major success at the Masters Tournament a year previously in April 1985.

 

Greg Norman: 14/09/86 – 15/11/87 62 WEEKS

Australia’s finest golfing export began over a decade of World Ranking dominance in 1986 with his first spell as number one. Wins on the PGA Tour and in Europe were coupled with a maiden Major title at The Open leaving ‘The Great White Shark’ on top.

 

Seve Ballesteros: 27/04/86 – 07/09/86  20 WEEKS

One of Europe’s all time greats the Spaniard was already winning around the world. With Majors and numerous other wins in the build up to 1986 he found himself on top here in the first of a few spells as world number one.

 

Seve Ballesteros: 22/11/87 1 WEEK

Six wins in Europe during 1986 were not enough for this Spanish great to retake the top spot from his Australian rival. However, solid play in ’87 and a win in Europe were enough to see him return to number one. However his return, although sweet, was awfully short with only a week back at the summit.

 

Greg Norman: 29/11/87 – 23/10/88  48 WEEKS

‘The Shark’ did not take long to bite back at Ballesteros, only relinquishing his crown to the Spaniard for a week as he returned to the number one spot in November 1987. He would remain there for the best part of a year with wins either side of the Atlantic and back in his native Australia as he established himself as one of the game’s greats.

 

Greg Norman: 06/11/88  1 WEEK

In what was an epic see-saw battle between Norman and Seve the Australian returned once again to the top of the golfing world. However this time it would be him tasting the bitter medicine that he had so regularly dished out to his Spanish challenger remaining on top for a solitary week.

 

Seve Ballesteros: 30/10/88 1 WEEK 

 The Spaniard’s second spell of a week as number one came on the back of four wins in Europe, one in America and his fifth Major title and third Open Championship. This really was a spell worthy of being ranked best in the world but once again was only good enough for a week on top.

 

Seve Ballesteros: 13/11/88 – 19/03/89 19 WEEKS

 In his penultimate spell as the world’s best the swashbuckling Spaniard’s fine play in 1988 was finally enough to see him stay atop the rankings for longer than a week. This must have been welcome relief for Seve who would have enjoyed keeping Norman at bay for a least a little while.

 

Greg Norman: 26/03/89 1 WEEK

In a reversal of fortunes Norman was once again only able to surpass Seve for a solitary week as number one, continuing the form that saw him become one of the game’s leading players.

 

Seve Ballesteros: 02/04/89 – 13/08/89 20 WEEKS

Back on top, the Spaniard was once again number one in the world, although this would be the last time he would find himself at the summit of the game. Two victories in Europe in this period kept him on top but it would now be time for Seve to pass the World Ranking baton onto his other European counterparts after a total of 61 weeks as the world’s best golfer.

 

Greg Norman: 02/08/89 – 26/08/90 54 WEEKS

The Australian great once again returned to the top of the game in the summer of 1989 having lost a play-off to Mark Calcavecchia at the Open Championship a month earlier. Three wins in America kept him as the best in the game but he would soon face a number of new challengers for his top spot.

 

Nick Faldo: 02/09/90 – 07/10/90  6 WEEKS

Europe’s most successful player entered the fray in 1990, taking Seve’s mantle as title challenger to Norman’s ranking dominance. Faldo had been winning in Europe for over a decade, including two Majors, but 1990 saw him win his second Masters and Open Championship titles and finally take his place atop the rankings.

 

Greg Norman: 14/10/90 – 27/01/91 16 WEEKS

Norman once again returned to the top in the winter of 1990 for his sixth spell as world number one. There were no wins during this period but his always consistent play saw him overtake Faldo at the pinnacle of the game.

 

Nick Faldo: 03/02/91 – 31/03/91  9 WEEKS

England’s leading player re-took the number one ranking early in the year as the two jostled for supremacy. Some may question the fashion of the period looking at the picture to the right, but there was no questioning Faldo’s play, as he was once again found himself ranked as the world’s best.

 

Ian Woosnam: 07/04/91 – 15/03/92 50 WEEKS

Only the fifth player to reach the number one ranking, the diminutive Welshman played with huge heart. He had already racked up over ten wins in Europe by now and on the back of his first PGA Tour triumph Woosnam headed to Augusta National where he claimed his one and only Major title. Further wins followed in Europe and saw Wales’ best golfer stay on top of the world for almost a year, the longest period achieved by anyone other than Greg Norman at this time

 

Fred Couples: 22/03/92 1 WEEK

Two wins in March backed up a further two the previous year and saw the amenable fans’ favourite attain number one status. This spell only lasted a week but the American would return almost immediately on the back of his first Major success.

 

Nick Faldo: 29/03/92  1 WEEK

The Englishman leapfrogged Couples for a single week in March. His third spell as number one was definitely short lived but it would not be his last visit to the top of the game.

 

Fred Couples: 05/04/92 – 12/07/92 15 WEEKS

The long, lazy action of Couples was always great to watch and it reaped great rewards in 1992. He returned to the number one spot sporting the green jacket that signifies Masters success, but this would be Fred’s final trip to the top with a total of 16 weeks as number one.

 

Nick Faldo: 19/07/92 – 30/01/94 81 WEEKS

The fifth of six Major titles was the catalyst for a spell of World Ranking dominance by one of the game’s all-time greats as he spent a year and a half on top of the world. The Open Championship title in the summer of 1992 was coupled with a further five victories and saw Europe’s most successful ever golfer prove his credentials as such. This would be Faldo’s final spell as number one, spending a total of 97 weeks at the pinnacle of the game and guaranteeing him status as one of its best.

 

Greg Norman: 06/02/94 – 07/08/94  27 WEEKS

After over three years Norman once again returned to the spot he had held so dominantly during a number of spells since 1986. It was Norman’s second Open Championship victory in 1993 that laid the foundation for another surge to the top in a period that also saw him pick up the Players’ Championship.

 

Nick Price: 14/08/94 – 11/06/95 44 WEEKS

The seventh visitor to the top of the game came off the back of consecutive Major Championship victories at the Open and PGA Championships. This was backed up by four other victories on the PGA Tour and saw him become the world’s best for a few months short of a year.

 

Greg Norman: 18/06/95 – 13/04/97 96 WEEKS

The Australian returned to the top of the game in 1995 after wins in Europe and America both before and during a period where he dominated the ranking as number one for a then record 96 weeks. Norman was nearing the end of his dominance but would still have a role to play in the battle for top spot in the years to come.

 

Tom Lehman: 20/04/97 1 WEEK 

Almost a year after his break through Major triumph the American rose to the top of the game in April 1997. However he would only be there a week, never to return to such heady heights on the ranking.

 

Greg Norman: 27/04/97 – 08/06/97 7 WEEKS

Another trip to the game’s summit saw Norman spend almost another two months as number one as a new breed of young challengers were emerging to take him on at his own game.

 

Tiger Woods: 15/06/97 1 WEEK

The birth of a legend, June 1997 saw Tiger’s first trip to number one. Few would have expected the dominance which was to follow as he dipped his toe in the waters of number one status. It would not be long before he returned to the summit.

 

Ernie Els: 22/06/97 1 WEEK

In a year of number one debutants US Open specialist Ernie Els took the top spot a week after his second victory in that championship. But as Tiger the week before, he could only hang on for a solitary week.

 

Greg Norman: 29/06/97 1 WEEK

In a rich period for world ranking competition, Norman was the third consecutive number one to only hold the illustrious tag for a week. This would be the Australian’s penultimate trip to the top before handing over his crown to a certain T. Woods.

 

Greg Norman: 07/09/97 – 04/01/98  18 WEEKS

After almost 14 years in and around the top spot on the ranking this would be the ‘Great White Shark’s’ final stint as number one. In total he spent an incredible 331 weeks at number one in the ranking and held the record at the time for the most consecutive weeks at the summit with a run of 91.

 

Tiger Woods: 06/07/97 – 31/08/97 9 WEEKS

In his second taste of top spot, Woods held on for a little longer but was yet to realise the dominance that was soon to follow. 1997 saw his record win at the Masters Tournament as well as three other PGA Tour victories that gave him the number one ranking.

 

Tiger Woods: 11/01/98 – 05/04/98 13 WEEKS

Woods once again dipped in to the top spot for a few months as his four wins in 1997 and one at the start of 1998 were enough to keep the others at bay.

 

Ernie Els: 12/04/98 – 03/05/98 4 WEEKS 

 The ‘Big Easy’ once again found himself as world number one in 1998 with a month atop the rankings. Wins at home and at Arnold Palmer’s tournament at Bay Hill were sufficient for the South African to go top once more.

 

Tiger Woods: 10/05/98 1 WEEK

Woods clawed his way to the top of the ranking, but once again it was only for a week after victory at the Bell South Classic on the PGA Tour.

 

Ernie Els: 17/05/98 –07/06/98 4 WEEKS  This was Ernie’s final trip to the top of the game so far, as he was one of the few to taste number one status with the game moving closer towards the era of Tiger striped dominance.

 

Tiger Woods: 14/06/98 –21/03/99  41 WEEKS

Finally one of the game’s greats realised his potential in topping the rankings for the best part of a year. Wins in Europe and in his native California saw Tiger get a taste of the kind of dominance he would wield in the coming years.

 

David Duval: 28/03/99 –27/06/99  14 WEEKS

This would be Tiger’s final challenger for the top spot for some five years. Duval coupled four wins on the PGA Tour in 1998 with a similar feat in the first four months of the following season, including the Players’ Championship, to topple Woods and claim the number one ranking.

 

Tiger Woods: 04/07/99 – 01/08/99  5 WEEKS

A first Memorial title at the tournament started by Jack Nicklaus alongside another PGA Tour win in the months of June and July saw Tiger reclaim top spot for just over a month. It would be later in August that he would start a period of ranking dominance never seen before.

 

David Duval: 08/08/99  1 WEEK

This would be this Americans last trip to the top of the ranking with a solitary week giving him a total of 15 as the best player in the game. He would win on the PGA Tour and claim an Open title in the years to come but these were not enough to topple the mighty Tiger.

 

Tiger Woods: 15/08/99 – 29/08/04  264 WEEKS

Until now the record for consecutive weeks at number one was Greg Norman’s 96 from 1995-97 but Tiger would obliterate this record with unprecedented dominance of the ranking. In this time he would claim seven major titles, eight WGC wins, 15 other PGA Tour victories and three European Tour tournaments.

 

Vijay Singh: 06/09/04 – 27/02/05  26 WEEKS

As he turned 40 the Big Fijian really hit his stride winning nine times on the PGA Tour in 2004 including his third Major title at the PGA Championship. A further win in Hawaii at the Sony Open in early 2005 would keep him atop the ranking for 26 weeks before Tiger bit back at him.

 

Tiger Woods: 06/03/05 – 13/03/05 2 WEEKS

 A win at Doral in March saw Tiger return to the top step of the golfing world, but for a mere two weeks, before his Fijian challenger reclaimed the number one spot.

 

Vijay Singh: 20/03/05 – 03/04/05 3 WEEKS

More solid play from Fiji’s best golfer saw him leapfrog Tiger once more to add another three weeks onto his world number one total.

 

Tiger Woods: 10/04/05 – 15/05/05 6 WEEKS

With his fourth Masters victory Tiger was back on top for another six weeks. There would only be one more interruption from Singh before another unprecedented spell of dominance from one of the game’s all time greats.

 

Vijay Singh: 22/05/05 – 05/06/05  3 WEEKS

A further two wins in April and May at the Shell Houston Open and Wachovia Championship saw Singh climb back to the top of the game. It would be the Fijian’s final trip to number one, amassing a total of 32 weeks at number one across three spells at the top of the ranking. He would go on to win many more tournaments in the years to come but this was not enough to get him back above the ever impressive Woods.

 

Tiger Woods: 12/06/05 – Present*  270 WEEKS*

After returning to the top of the game Woods once again began a spell of unrivalled brilliance. Six Major titles, eight WGCs, 12 other PGA Tour wins and three European victories to date have kept him on top for even longer than his previous brilliant best.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Even with the recent less than stellar play of Tiger Woods. He has been able to hold on to the # 1 World Ranking. That shows us how far ahead Tiger was of everyone else when his troubles started.

Official World Golf Ranking for week ending August 15, 2010

 

Pos Player/Country Pts Avg Pts Tot Ev Pld Pts Lost Pts Won
1 Tiger Woods USA 9.57 382.73 40 273.70 69.75
2 Phil Mickelson USA 9.08 390.28 43 199.52 226.59
3 Lee Westwood Eng 8.87 443.73 50 173.31 273.95
4 Steve Stricker USA 7.37 309.71 42 157.56 167.10
5 Martin Kaymer Deu 6.70 348.64 52 134.40 250.02
6 Jim Furyk USA 6.69 307.89 46 146.97 178.43
7 Rory McIlroy Nir 5.98 346.94 58 135.51 205.29
8 Ernie Els Zaf 5.64 321.53 57 130.53 233.22
9 Paul Casey Eng 5.60 246.32 44 145.49 156.17
10 Luke Donald Eng 5.32 255.40 48 75.73 201.16
11 Ian Poulter Eng 5.03 236.39 47 131.67 132.11
12 Hunter Mahan USA 4.84 247.08 51 93.18 177.44
13 Graeme McDowell Nir 4.82 260.20 54 79.63 198.55
14 Anthony Kim USA 4.61 207.25 45 124.22 149.19
15 Zach Johnson USA 4.44 230.99 52 98.12 140.26
16 Retief Goosen Zaf 4.34 242.90 56 125.86 140.40
17 Robert Allenby Aus 4.18 238.39 57 122.47 130.47
18 Padraig Harrington Irl 4.16 224.78 54 171.74 102.22
19 Louis Oosthuizen Zaf 4.11 221.94 54 54.68 193.96
20 Sean O'Hair USA 3.98 199.15 50 110.82 99.11
21 Edoardo Molinari Ita 3.89 210.05 54 48.19 141.46
22 Matt Kuchar USA 3.88 198.09 51 63.51 153.41
23 Justin Rose Eng 3.88 213.59 55 61.02 172.63
24 Dustin Johnson USA 3.87 197.51 51 75.82 151.36
25 Camilo Villegas Col 3.74 198.46 53 133.30 148.84
26 Bubba Watson USA 3.74 179.32 48 49.82 151.67
27 Tim Clark Zaf 3.72 204.56 55 89.91 146.05
28 Ross Fisher Eng 3.70 188.76 51 106.73 89.86
29 Robert Karlsson Swe 3.55 145.63 41 106.10 119.98
30 Henrik Stenson Swe 3.53 169.53 48 141.57 60.66
31 Nick Watney USA 3.53 187.07 53 83.86 112.71
32 Charl Schwartzel Zaf 3.48 201.79 58 76.50 163.53
33 Lucas Glover USA 3.47 173.34 50 97.58 67.26
34 Rickie Fowler USA 3.37 134.85 40 17.07 124.29
35 Y.E. Yang Kor 3.35 190.77 57 82.81 96.89
36 Geoff Ogilvy Aus 3.27 163.58 50 135.85 76.92
37 Stewart Cink USA 3.22 154.38 48 106.70 63.77
38 Francesco Molinari Ita 3.19 181.60 57 74.27 111.66
39 Miguel A Jimenez Esp 3.16 173.78 55 87.75 131.17
40 Bo Van Pelt USA 2.97 172.50 58 37.54 142.46
41 Kenny Perry USA 2.96 148.19 50 145.47 48.19
42 Angel Cabrera Arg 2.94 144.17 49 88.03 57.51
43 Alvaro Quiros Esp 2.86 162.98 57 80.48 119.78
44 Ryan Moore USA 2.86 151.50 53 54.85 89.05
45 Adam Scott Aus 2.83 135.78 48 64.30 70.18
46 Jeff Overton USA 2.80 162.33 58 31.61 136.75
47 Ben Crane USA 2.77 146.76 53 51.86 123.15
48 K.J. Choi Kor 2.69 139.73 52 57.71 119.81
49 Peter Hanson Swe 2.66 138.22 52 67.80 89.34
50 Scott Verplank USA 2.53 124.05 49 52.48 74.27
51 Sergio Garcia Esp 2.47 131.07 53 169.93 58.15
52 Rhys Davies Wal 2.46 142.57 58 34.43 113.13
53 J.B. Holmes USA 2.44 124.24 51 48.53 107.62
54 Ryo Ishikawa Jpn 2.36 137.14 58 75.44 48.44
55 Jason Day Aus 2.27 106.59 47 27.77 80.78
56 Kevin Na USA 2.21 117.03 53 59.51 68.52
57 Yuta Ikeda Jpn 2.17 106.45 49 46.93 38.59
58 Heath Slocum USA 2.14 124.14 58 56.77 70.14
59 Thongchai Jaidee Tha 2.11 122.65 58 72.77 70.54
60 Liang Wen-Chong Chn 2.10 96.45 46 39.93 55.82
61 Ricky Barnes USA 2.08 114.38 55 26.24 95.72
62 Ryan Palmer USA 2.07 111.80 54 32.87 111.22
63 Oliver Wilson Eng 2.06 107.11 52 77.72 51.62
64 Bryce Molder USA 2.04 108.31 53 36.06 69.07
65 Kim Kyung-Tae Kor 2.01 102.58 51 26.09 61.32
66 Jason Dufner USA 2.00 108.09 54 44.44 52.45
67 Brian Gay USA 1.99 115.50 58 79.42 52.62
68 Michael Sim Aus 1.99 85.42 43 44.30 33.70
69 Hiroyuki Fujita Jpn 1.94 106.46 55 49.99 56.53
70 Simon Dyson Eng 1.91 110.74 58 64.51 32.27
71 David Toms USA 1.90 92.95 49 62.55 35.53
72 Stephen Marino USA 1.87 108.70 58 62.52 65.70
73 Tetsuji Hiratsuka Jpn 1.86 107.97 58 27.20 78.52
74 Fredrik Andersson Hed Swe 1.85 87.13 47 12.09 73.22
75 Soren Kjeldsen Dnk 1.85 100.09 54 80.40 34.08
76 Vijay Singh Fji 1.85 87.04 47 121.67 56.78
77 Brian Davis Eng 1.85 107.24 58 41.72 76.78
78 Davis Love-III USA 1.84 94.01 51 53.76 60.47
79 Soren Hansen Dnk 1.83 95.09 52 71.62 39.10
80 Rory Sabbatini Zaf 1.82 105.36 58 63.87 59.92
81 Toru Taniguchi Jpn 1.81 75.84 42 23.33 50.17
82 Anders Hansen Dnk 1.78 90.99 51 63.35 25.90
83 Stephen Gallacher Sco 1.77 74.49 42 13.38 72.94
84 Shane Lowry Irl 1.76 70.49 40 23.43 44.69
85 Stephen Ames Can 1.74 81.78 47 58.14 39.73
86 Brandt Snedeker USA 1.73 91.73 53 48.02 60.23
87 Jason Bohn USA 1.72 79.21 46 30.81 57.14
88 Bill Haas USA 1.68 92.54 55 35.75 75.51
89 David Horsey Eng 1.68 89.14 53 30.92 77.24
90 Chris Wood Eng 1.67 83.65 50 39.18 50.16
91 Danny Willett Eng 1.63 73.49 45 24.48 50.64
92 Marc Leishman Aus 1.63 94.68 58 44.30 51.58
93 Fredrik Jacobson Swe 1.63 74.92 46 41.48 51.75
94 Stuart Appleby Aus 1.63 94.43 58 50.12 64.50
95 Ross McGowan Eng 1.60 84.97 53 46.38 22.39
96 Simon Khan Eng 1.59 85.76 54 13.28 75.88
97 Justin Leonard USA 1.59 82.43 52 75.62 33.40
98 Koumei Oda Jpn 1.58 82.32 52 40.37 31.25
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Thursday, August 5, 2010


September Issue Of Golf Magazine Features 2010 Edition Of The "Top-100 Courses You Can Play"

Tom Doak's Pacific Dunes Again Edges out Pebble Beach Golf Links for the top ranking - List Debuts August 5
 

(New York, Aug. 4, 2010) - Golf Magazine (www.GOLF.com) celebrates public golf courses in its September issue with the release of the 2010 Top-100 Courses You Can Play - a highly anticipated biennial ranking of the top courses across the country where membership is not a requirement to play. Pacific Dunes, Tom Doak's Links-style masterpiece in Bandon, Ore., again edged out Pebble Beach Golf Links for the top spot on the list, which hits newsstands Aug. 5.

"The second course to open at Oregon's Bandon Dunes Resort, this 2001 Tom Doak design has run neck and neck for the past six years with the course it replaced, Pebble Beach," said Joe Passov, Golf Magazine's Course Rankings and Architecture Editor about No. 1 Pacific Dunes. "But even after Pebble took center stage this year by hosting the U.S. Open, it couldn't knock Pacific from the top."

The 2010 edition of Top 100 Courses You Can Play has hosted 14 PGA TOUR major championships, including the last two U.S. Opens and the PGA Championship next week; 16 courses were designed by the Joneses - Robert Trent Jones Sr., Jr./II and Rees - 13 by Tom Fazio and 10 by Pete Dye; 67 of the courses you can play for greens fees of $100 or less; and if you're a traveling golfer, California has to be on your list as 10 courses land on the list from The Golden State.

Seven courses were first-time selections to the list, including Old Macdonald, the newest Doak/Jim Urbina design at the ethereal plot of land known as Bandon, Ore., which was the highest debut of the bunch at No. 10. "The fourth championship course at Bandon Dunes Resort pays tribute to the design style of pioneering American architect Charles Blair Macdonald," Passov said of Old Macdonald. "Many already consider Old Macdonald to be the most fun Bandon course to play, thanks to its massive fairways and to its emphasis on strategy." Thanks to Rees Jones redesigns, two old favorites return to the list - Cog Hill Golf Club (No. 4) at No. 16 and Mauna Kea Golf Course at No. 19.

The Top 100 Courses You Can Play was compiled through input from Golf Magazine's World Course Ranking Panel (which can be found at Golf.com), the Golf Magazine editorial staff, industry insiders and the magazine's network of "course spies" in the field.


Notes on Top 100 Courses You Can Play:

Seven courses make their debut! The following courses have earned first-time recognition on the Golf Magazine list:

#10 Old Macdonald, Bandon, Ore., a new Tom Doak/Jim Urbina design that joins its neighbors Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails inside the top-15.
 

#16 The highest "new" course on this year's list, Cog Hill Golf Club (No. 4) in Lemont, Ill. is an old favorite that earned its spot after a recent redesign by architect Rees Jones.
 

#19 Mauna Kea Golf Course, Kamuela, Big Island, Hi. Like Cog Hill, Mauna Kea also benefited from Jones' hand in a redesign. Clearly, Jones' efforts paid off, as both courses claim top-20 status.
 

#45 Forest Dunes Golf Club, Roscommon, Mich.
#80 French Lick Resort, French Lick, Ind.
#87 Southern Dunes Golf Club, Maricopa, Ariz.
#97 Tobacco Road Golf Club, Sanford., N.C.

• By championship:
• Has hosted 14 Total PGA TOUR Major Championships,
• 10 U.S. Opens,
• 4 PGA Championships,
• 11 U.S. Women's Opens,
• 13 U.S. Amateurs,
• 3 U.S. Senior Opens,
• 3 Ryder Cups
The events span well more than 100 years, from the 1901 U.S. Amateur to next week's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

• Affordable: 67 of the top 100 courses can be played for $100 or less, 15 for $50 or less.

• Totals by state:
• 10, California
• 7, Arizona
• 6, South Carolina, Florida and Oregon, including Nos. 1, 5, 10 and 15

• By designer:
• Keeping up with the Joneses: In total, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Jr./II and Rees have their stamp on 16 of the top-100: Sr. and Rees with six apiece (sharing one redesign), and Jr./II with five.
• Hendersonville, N.C.-based architect Tom Fazio has 13 designs on the list.
• Carmel, Indiana's Pete Dye, has 10, five of which are inside the top 15 (Nos. 3, 4, 9, 12 and 14).
• Rees Jones was the biggest upward mover. With the two redesigns at Cog Hill and Mauna Kea, he jumped from four designs on the list, to six.




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