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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Nation's best modern, classic and state-by-state course rankings among items featured
 
ORLANDO, Fla., (March 11, 2010) - Golfweek magazine, the publication preferred by serious golfers, has just released its highly anticipated 2010 Best Courses issue, which is devoted to honoring the nation's greatest layouts. The March 12 issue features Golfweek's Best Classic and Modern Courses lists ¬- marking the fourteenth year the magazine has ranked golf courses from each era - as well as a state-by-state listing of the country's best public-access courses.

Sand Hills Golf Club (Mullen, Neb.), Pacific Dunes (Bandon, Ore.) and the Straits Course at Whistling Straits (Mosel, Wis.) continue to lead the Modern list, remaining unchanged from last year. This year's Classic list, however, saw Pine Valley Golf Club (Pine Valley, N.J.) edging out Cypress Point Club (Pebble Beach, Calif.) for the top spot, while Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (Southampton, N.Y.) held onto its No. 3 ranking.

"This year, we note the considerable presence of high-quality courses that are accessible to everyday golfers, whether as resorts or daily-fee layouts," said Bradley S. Klein, national director of Golfweek's Best Courses rating program. "All told, eight of the top 100 Classic courses are public access, including three U.S. Open sites: Pebble Beach (No. 8), Pinehurst No. 2 (No. 15) and Bethpage State Park (Black-No. 19). On the Modern list, there are 30 public access layouts, led by Pacific Dunes (No. 2), Whistling Straits (No. 3) and Bandon Dunes (No. 4). That's very strong evidence that public golf in the U.S. enjoys a strong architectural identity."

In addition to these popular standouts, the 2010 Modern list features five new layouts, making it the smallest rookie class in the ranking's 14-year history. And on the Classic list, Palmetto Club (Aiken, S.C.) represents the only newcomer, breaking onto the list at No. 97.

The Golfweek's Best Courses program annually identifies the best courses from two distinctly different eras: pre- and post-1960. The exclusive system acknowledges that prior to 1960 - the year that separates Classic from Modern - most course designers relied on native contours for course features. After 1960, as the game became more popular, designers began to utilize high-tech engineering and advanced mechanical means to transform the landscape to suit their design.

Visit Top100.Golfweek.com/GolfweeksBest to view the complete list of Golfweek's Best Courses.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Source.- Golfweek's Best - Classic courses
Built before 1960
No. (2006 rank) Raters avg.
1. (1) Cypress Point Club (p) 9.64
Pebble Beach, Calif.
Alister MacKenzie, 1928
2. (2) Pine Valley Golf Club (p) 9.19
Pine Valley, N.J.
George Crump and Harry S. Colt, 1919
3. (4) Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (p) 9.15
Southampton, N.Y.
Charles Blair Macdonald  
and Seth Raynor, 1916;
Howard C. Toomey  
and William S. Flynn, 1931
4. (7) Merion Golf Club (East) (p) 9.08
Ardmore, Pa.
Hugh Wilson, 1912  
5. (5) Pebble Beach Golf Links (r) 9.07
Pebble Beach, Calif.
Douglas Grant and Jack Neville, 1919
6. (6) Oakmont Country Club (p) 9.04
Oakmont, Pa.
Henry Fownes, 1903
7. (8) National Golf Links of America (p) 8.98
Southampton, N.Y.
Charles Blair Macdonald, 1911
8. (9) Crystal Downs Country Club (p) 8.83
Frankfort, Mich.
Alister MacKenzie and Perry Maxwell, 1931
9. (10) Prairie Dunes Country Club (p) 8.82
Hutchinson, Kan.
Perry Maxwell, 1937; Press Maxwell, 1957
10. (3) Augusta National Golf Club (p) 8.75
Augusta, Ga.
Robert (Bobby) Tyre Jones
and Alister MacKenzie, 1932
11. (13) Pinehurst No. 2 (r) 8.74
Pinehurst, N.C.
Donald Ross, 1903-46
12. (12) Fishers Island Golf Club (p) 8.62
Fishers Island, N.Y.
Seth Raynor, 1926  
13. (13) San Francisco Golf Club (p) 8.57
San Francisco
A.W. Tillinghast, 1915
14. (11) Chicago Golf Club (p) 8.47
Wheaton, Ill.
Charles Blair Macdonald, 1894;  
Seth Raynor, 1923
15. (15) Seminole Golf Club (p) 8.36
Juno Beach, Fla.
Donald Ross, 1929
16. (17) Oakland Hills Country Club (South) (p) 8.24
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Donald Ross, 1918; Robert Trent Jones, 1951
17. (16) Winged Foot Golf Club (West) (p) 8.18
Mamaroneck, N.Y.
A.W. Tillinghast, 1923
18. (18) Los Angeles Country Club (North) (p) 8.11
Los Angeles
Herbert Fowler, 1921; George C. Thomas Jr.  
and William P. Bell, 1927  
19. (20) Garden City Golf Club (p) 8.1
Garden City, N.Y.
Devereux Emmet, 1901; Walter J. Travis, 1926
20. (19) The Olympic Club (Lake) (p) 8.04
San Francisco
Willie Watson and Sam Whiting, 1929
21. (22) The Country Club (Composite) (p) 8.03
Brookline, Mass.
Willie Campbell, 1895; Howard C. Toomey  
and William S. Flynn, 1931
22. (21) Bethpage State Park (Black) (d) 8.02
Farmingdale, N.Y.
A.W. Tillinghast, 1935
23. (26) Camargo Club (p) 7.91
Indian Hill, Ohio
Seth Raynor, 1921
24. (23) Riviera Country Club (p) 7.89
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
George C. Thomas Jr. and William P. Bell, 1927
25. (25) Southern Hills Country Club (p) 7.88
Tulsa, Okla.
Perry Maxwell, 1936
26. (24) Wannamoisett Country Club (p) 7.82
Rumford, R.I.
Donald Ross, 1916  
27. (27) Shoreacres Golf Club (p) 7.71
Lake Bluff, Ill.  
Seth Raynor, 1921
28. (28) Plainfield Country Club (p) 7.7
Plainfield, N.J.
Donald Ross, 1921
29. (31) Somerset Hills Country Club (p) 7.64
Bernardsville, N.J.
A.W. Tillinghast, 1919
30. (30) Oak Hill Country Club (East) (p) 7.6
Pittsford, N.Y.
Donald Ross, 1924; George and Tom Fazio, 1979
31. (32) Baltimore Country Club (East) (p) 7.58
Timonium, Md.
A.W. Tillinghast, 1926
32. (33) Pasatiempo Golf Club (d) 7.56
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Alister MacKenzie, 1929  
33. (36) Myopia Hunt Club (p) 7.55
Hamilton, Mass.
Herbert Leeds, 1896  
34. (29) Quaker Ridge Golf Club (p) 7.54
Scarsdale, N.Y.
A.W. Tillinghast, 1926
35. (35) Maidstone Club (p) 7.53
East Hampton, N.Y.
William H. Tucker, 1899; Willie Park Jr., 1925
36. (38) Winged Foot Golf Club (East) (p) 7.51
Mamaroneck, N.Y.
A.W. Tillinghast, 1923
37. (37) Inverness Club (p) 7.5
Toledo, Ohio
Donald Ross, 1919; George and Tom Fazio, 1979
38. (40) Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower) (p) 7.48
Springfield, N.J.
A.W. Tillinghast, 1922
39. (41) Olympia Fields Country Club (North) (p ) 7.47
Olympia Fields, Ill.
Willie Park Jr., 1922
40. (45) Valley Club of Montecito (p) 7.45
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter, 1928
41. (39) Peachtree Golf Club (p) 7.44
Atlanta
Robert (Bobby) Tyre Jones  
and Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1948  
42. (42) Yeamans Hall Club (p) 7.44
Charleston, S.C.
Seth Raynor, 1925
43. (43) White Bear Yacht Club (p) 7.44
White Bear Lake, Minn.
Donald Ross, 1916
44. (46) Salem Country Club (p) 7.42
Peabody, Mass.
Donald Ross, 1925
45. (60) The Course at Yale (p) 7.37
New Haven, Conn.
Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor, 1926
46. (44) Homestead Resort (Cascades) (r) 7.35
Hot Springs, Va.
William S. Flynn, 1923
47. (49) Piping Rock (p) 7.31
Locust Valley, N.Y.
Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor, 1913
48. (50) Colonial Country Club (p) 7.29
Fort Worth, Texas
John Bredemus, 1935; Perry Maxwell, 1940
49. (47) Newport Country Club (p) 7.29
Newport, R.I.
Donald Ross, 1915; A.W. Tillinghast, 1924  
50. (51) Holston Hills Country Club (p) 7.29
Knoxville, Tenn.
Donald Ross, 1928
51. (53) Scioto Country Club (p) 7.28
Columbus, Ohio
Donald Ross, 1916  
52. (48) East Lake Golf Club (p) 7.27
Atlanta
Donald Ross, 1915; George Cobb, 1960;  
Rees Jones, 1994  
53. (54) Milwaukee Country Club (p) 7.21
Milwaukee
Charles H. Alison and Harry S. Colt, 1929
54. (52) Aronimink Golf Club (p) 7.21
Newtown Square, Pa.
Donald Ross, 1928
55. (61) Lawsonia Golf Club (Links) (d) 7.18
Green Lake, Wis.
William B. Langford and Theodore J. Moreau, 1929
56. (58) Cherry Hills Country Club (p) 7.18
Englewood, Colo.
William S. Flynn, 1923
57. (56) Interlachen Country Club (p) 7.17
Edina, Minn.
Willie Watson, 1911; Donald Ross, 1919
58. (62) Kittansett Club (p) 7.14
Marion, Mass.
Fred Hood, 1922
59. (55) Country Club of Fairfield (p) 7.13
Fairfield, Conn.
Seth Raynor, 1914; A.W. Tillinghast, 1925
60. (59) Fenway Golf Club (p) 7.11
Scarsdale, N.Y.
A.W. Tillinghast, 1924


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