The result? What a challenge to route but his figure-8 routing with the clubhouse in the middle seized on the opportunity to perfection. Eventually it became a site for illegal dumping of toxic waste. (Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images), Tom Fazio has a well-established knack for building waterfalls. There’s some leeway off the tee. To a certain extent, that means the two courses also share the spotlight, which may not be fair to either, as both are standouts. now been in Golfweek’s Top 100 Residential Courses for six years since its opening. Tillinghast, 1924, Seth Raynor, 1924/Tom Fazio and Jackson-Kahn, 2015, Donald Ross, 1919/Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, 2017. A talented greenkeeper pushes the dormant Bermuda fairways to tawny perfection during the winter months (no overseeding here!) Ironic for an architect who built template holes but the best hole on this Seth Raynor design may well be the thoroughly original risk-reward 520-yard par-5 15th, which doglegs left over and around a ravine. The result is a low-profile design that beguiles. The par-5 17th, with its appealing cross hazard, and the long two-shot 18th, where the ground game is the star are as good a 1-2 finishing punch as Doak has ever built. For sheer wonder, it’s hard to top the 15th, a 431-yard par-4 that plays down to a green framed by lake and mountain views. Most notable for those of us who follow golf communities is Golfweek magazine's "Best Residential Courses, 2015" list, which ranks the top 100 and then adds a supplemental list state by state. The result of all this mechanical wizardry? The stretch from 4 to 6 highlights that design thesis. Some grouse that the course’s reputation is built on the club’s exclusivity, which is unfair given that standout holes abound, including the 4th, 6th, 13th and one of the great trio of finishing holes in the sport. Adding to the challenge are the perched greens, which require demanding approaches and deft recovery shots. Under the hand for many years of Ron Forse, this course only improved since Tiger Woods’ historic win over Buddy Marucci for the 1995 U.S. Now, thanks to a slow and thoughtful 20-year restoration by Gil Hanse, the course might actually exceed its reputation. The ability to shape tee balls played to Lee Janzen’s strength when he won the 1998 U.S. Open here. It’s a setting worthy of a National Park, and one of countless photo-ready moments on a course that unspools gracefully at modest elevation, ornamented by creeks and ponds. 3. The shapes and sizes of its bunkers are among the sport’s most diverse and serve as a timely reminder to modern architects that variety is a vital component to great architecture. Strantz said his goal was to make players “dance among the cypress.” But his routing, which opens and ends amid the pines, also takes advantage of a vast expanse of coastline, with fairways fringed by wispy native grasses, and dramatic rock outcrops framing several greens and tees. When the PGA Tour visited in 2020, players compared the course’s pristine conditioning to that of Augusta National’s. Gurgling streams and waterfalls enhance the sense of opulence, and the risk-rewards make for great match-play entertainment. Scattered blow-out bunkers, gigantic natural dunes, smartly contoured greens and Pacific panoramas complete Doak’s first masterpiece. (Photo: Joann Dost), Gil Hanse's team restored George Thomas's classic to perfection in 2010. There are few daunting carries and the greens are huge, so what’s the big deal? First, they made sure that the course looked like it belonged on the same large swath of property as Pinehurst No. Pinehurst (No. For original holes, few courses can compete. The beauty of Oakmont is how it doesn’t doll itself up, and yet to a purist the view from the crest of the hill on 15 is as breathtaking as any in the country. Laurie Auchterlonie won the 1902 U.S. Open here with record scores, owing to the debut of the longer, more durable Haskell ball. The usual quartet of Raynor template one shot holes (Redan, Short, Biarritz, and Eden) are here and rival his best set. Offering a distinction between older courses and newer courses, Golfweek's Top 100 Modern Courses list includes courses built after 1960. 176 m) 2. All Kohler told Dye was "I want the course to look like it's in Ireland." A good stance and easy swing are far from guaranteed in some of these pit-like bunkers, which is the way it should be. Too bad more modern architects are leery to build finishers that reward mind over muscle. Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club, Cashiers 70 7,126 73.9/145 4 4. The home hole, with its call for a draw off the tee and a fade into the green, is a fitting conclusion and the iconic Pinehurst clubhouse in the background doesn’t hurt either. These new accolades come on the heels of The Highland Course landing at No. The only thing missing is yardage markers, but only because the club doesn’t believe in them. Nowhere is this truer than on the par-5, par-3, par-5 finish, a rousing stage for settling bets. The rankings below reflect where these courses fall among the top 30 Campus Courses in the United States. Recent clearing has helped to highlight the stunning nature of the cypress trees that line this hillside overlooking Lake Merced. The members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on our 10 criteria. (Photo: LC Lambrecht), Unusual for Florida, this is a pure, secluded golf club with no homes. The rest of the place is pure Hawaii. Five copper domes on the low-slung clubhouse mimic the island’s five volcanos, while the short par-4 14th has a split fairway that invites you to play over or around a mini-crater’s dormant rim. (Getty Images), When it opened in the early 1920s, Cherry Hills was a ground-breaking design that featured America’s first par-5 island green. (Photo: Keyur Khamar/PGA Tour), A modern classic with a starchy, old-school vibe, Old Sandwich occupies choice ground in the pine hills of eastern Massachusetts, where the land begins to elbow toward Cape Cod. Charms and challenges abound, from the long, uphill par-3 3rd to the par-4 16th, a humpbacked dogleg with a second shot that plays over a chasm to a wild and winning three-tiered green. For the 2014 U.S. Open, a Coore-Crenshaw restoration brought back the tawny-edged fairways and native areas last seen in the 1940s. True, the Great Depression commenced during construction but the grace with which the holes flow across the property is a tribute to the hands-on, slow-build process. Ross spent much personal time on this design and it manifests itself with a stunning collection of par-4s headlined by the 6th, 7th, 15th, 17th and 18th. (LC Lambrecht), Marrying classic Seth Raynor design with coastal South Carolina topography, Yeamans presents a charming tour of Redan, Biarritz and Road holes woven through marshland and magnificent live oaks. (Photo: Evan Schiller), The joy of a well-run club can’t be overstated, and The Honors also enjoys one of the country’s standout pairings of head professional and greenkeeper. You won’t find ball washers, tee markers or yardages at Wolf Point, but there are camels and a private airstrip. Possibly the most underrated course in America and its greatest golfing value. The Eden. Bunkers were reshaped and relocated, fairways were widened and re-shaped and a natural barranca was brought back into play as a strategic hazard. Great attention has been paid to the mow lines, with short tight fairway grass on the high side of the entrance to all the greens. Golfweek's Best 2021: Top 200 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. 1. The new drainage system allows for faster putting surfaces — expect higher scores (and better sightlines) at the 2023 PGA Championship. The cadence of the holes and the ever-changing asks of the player add to the experience. To state … In apple-orchard country in Eastern Washington, Kidd shaped fairways as wide as airstrips, but he gave them ample movement while adding contours that steer borderline shots away from trouble. Yet what emerged, courtesy of George Thomas and Billy Bell, is one of the game’s strategic design marvels. Architect David McLay Kidd, once known as a staunch defender of par, intentionally softened his approach here, following his grand success at the equally player friendly Gamble Sands. Pine Valley, NJ. Below is their current list with an * marking the public access courses. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), The 59th-ranked course on our Top 100 U.S. list was, according to Alister MacKenzie, the finest course he ever built. (May 2019 - April 2021) GOLFWEEK Top 100 PUBLIC Golf Courses in AMERICA: Golfweek's list of the best courses that don't require a membership or knowing the right person. From a presentation perspective, few courses are as dialed-in. Keith Foster’s inspired 2015 renovation restored Tillinghast’s vision, modernized the greensand put this Maryland horse country gem back on our list. ALABAMA. Thomas’s famous quote — "Strategy is the soul of the game" — manifests itself at Riv. A combination of strong breezes, thick fescue roughs, undulating terrain and fiendishly contoured greens make this one of the harder courses relative to its tight par of 70 in the Top 100. Macan, 1926/Alister MacKenzie, 1928/Kyle Phillips, 2007, C.B. Opens and the 1999 Ryder Cup. Sylacauga (No. Rock Creek Cattle Co. From two of Fazio’s all-time finest short two-shotters (the 3rd and 15th) to two of his best long ones (the 6th and 11th) this design excels. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Conceived by Jack Nicklaus in 1966 to be his hometown equivalent of Bobby Jones' Augusta National, this 1974 collaboration with Desmond Muirhead was an instant smash, both for its strategic design and flawless conditioning. Working with the original Raynor routing, wunderkinds Tim Jackson and David Kahn brought to fore the rugged features of a forest-meets-sea landscape on a reborn course that boasts majestic dunes, expansive sandy wastes and greens of wildly varied size and contour. 57744 Round Lake Rd. (Photo: Patrick Koenig) (*Tied for 87th with Wolf Point), Built as a wealthy rancher’s private playground, “The Saint Andrews of Texas” is one of the world’s most exclusive courses with only six hundred or so people having ever played it. What hasn’t changed: the clubby atmosphere on the patio, that stunning walk over golf’s most famous suspension bridge and a back nine showcasing what Ken Venturi called some of the best long par-3s in the world. Wade Hampton Golf Club. Add in its fescue fairways and the site’s broad slopes and you have a course whose asks change daily. The only other top-10 public-access course in the state is No. Holes are framed instead by gorse, native grasses and a smattering of dead trees known as “snags.” Several of these ghostly sentinels stand astride the par-5 1st hole, which bends over a ridge and toward the water for one of the game’s most stirring ocean reveals. Everything old is new again. The dirty secret at Winged Foot is that more than a few consider the 13th and 17th as the best par-3s on the property, an outlandish claim until you play them. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), This low-key 1926 Seth Raynor creation in suburban Cincinnati dishes out deep bunkers and huge, squared-off greens on a property laced with valleys and ravines. It was a major investment but justified by being both my anniversary and the penultimate round of my own Top 100 challenge. Scramblers best test their games elsewhere. Quiet rounds are guaranteed. Tweet. 3 on its South Carolina “Best Courses You Can Play” list. After building Ridgewood, Tillinghast played it regularly as a member, and his granddaughters said it was his favorite course of all he designed. After finishing the shortened 2020 season as the top ranked team, the Pepperdine Waves earn the pre-spring No. (Photo: Christian Hafer), This high-rollers’ redoubt, 20 minutes from the Strip, is both a work of architecture and a feat of engineering. A lot of work went into reconnecting the course to the ground and wiping away extraneous movement that had been added over the decades since Ross’s passing. Today, the famous Tudor clubhouse overlooks a course with larger greens and more treacherous bunkers that is once again the “supreme test” Ross intended. The Black is one of the great routings, highlighted by the masterful way Tillinghast placed the fairways and greens from the 2nd hole in a valley all the way through the dogleg left 9th. Amateur, a U.S. Women’s Open and two recent PGA Tour events. Macdonald flair that, well, even Macdonald would appreciate. Fescue fairways help the ground-game options flourish. (Photo: Dave Samson), Several of Coore & Crenshaw’s finest designs are located at hard-to-access private clubs but many of their works thankfully are available to the public, often courtesy of Mike Keiser. (Photo: Larry Lambrecht), Count members of the local high school team among the lucky few who enjoy access to this private Shangri-La, which was designed by David McLay Kidd on behalf of Charles Schwab and investment giant George Roberts. For a course famed for its difficulty, what gets lost in the shuffle is the brilliance of its short par-4s. Phone: (920) 565-6050. Recent tree-planting and narrowing of corridors stands in contrast to that shared vision and is at odds with what has transpired at other Golden Age cornerstone designs this century, proving what a tough position ANGC finds itself in continuing to test the world’s best players in golf’s most anticipated event. Holes 8 through 12 are an epic stretch that ends with a par-3 over the Milwaukee River. Pine Valley. Both nines feature terrific green complexes and play from the stunning Norman Revival clubhouse, where Byron Nelson once worked as an assistant pro. (Photo: Jon Cavalier), Even in the golf-rich Buckeye state, this course has long held a special place, including hosting the 1945 PGA Championship won by Bryon Nelson. The view from the 1st tee of the 18 foot-deep greenside bunker tells you this is going to be different, though nothing really prepares you for such a one-off hole as the elegant 12th with its long fallaway green. How did MacKenzie get the best from the land? Over the years, the Lower has played host to four U.S. Hard to find better playing angles. Greens are sizable and rumpled, too, with tightly mown runoffs where putter is often the wiser choice than wedge. Ocean views stun the senses, along with bluff-top sand dunes sprinkled with Scotch broom and gorse bushes, coastal pines, crashing surf, wind-whipped tall native grasses and stacked sod bunkers. He's a top 60 prospect. Among architecture buffs, Piping Rock’s Knoll 13th with its raised green that falls off starkly on all sides remains its finest iteration. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Though Spyglass Hill just slipped off the list, Robert Trent Jones’s work is still represented by Peachtree’s strong showing. It was time to revert to what had worked so well at Bandon and place a renewed emphasis on fun. With the greens now Stimping in the 10 to 10.5 range, balls are releasing across the rumpled ground and players are delighting in finding creative ways to use banks and punchbowl features to work their shots close. Golfweek's Best. 1918. Mission accomplished. Great architects had tinkered with Bel-Air over the years, but Tom Doak’s recent restoration took out the modern gimmicks and more than 30 bunkers, bringing Bel-Air back much closer to its original design. Carved out of rolling sand hills hard by the Snake River, the Dunes Course has it all — sweeping vistas, rolling fairways, enormous bunkers and imaginative green complexes. Hole Nos. Steam shovels shaped its most spectacular features, including some of the boldest putting complexes on the planet. N8501 Hwy Ls. Over the years, the course’s original wonder faded as bunkers grew in and green complexes shrank. In 2010, five years after Strantz’s death from cancer, his work gained even greater recognition when the Shore Course joined the rota of the AT&T Championship. (Photo: Chris Condon/Getty Images), Neither as long nor as tough as its illustrious West sibling, the East enjoys its own devoted fanbase for its variety and the encouraging manner in which ground game options are now presented. Rumor has it a boxcar was buried under the 7th green to create the dramatic 20-foot drop-off. This design stirs passion even more so than its fabled sibling. We also have Golfweek’s Best 2020: Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play. (For courses with a number preceding the (m) or (c), that is where the course ranks on Golfweek’s Best lists for top 200 modern and classic courses in the U.S.) *New or returning to the rankings. It’s here! The famous par-4 11th, where Bobby Jones clinched the 1930 Grand Slam, is slashed by a creek, while the par-4 16th demands a shot over an abandoned stone quarry. Central features in the form of either bunkers or grassed-over mounds make the course a tactical delight off the tee, while the greens, from its famous island green on the beach at the 3rd to the built-up knob at 16, make for an elusive set to hit in regulation. Click here to email questions about the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. (Photo: Getty Images), Tom Fazio at his absolute best. The Keowee Vineyards course has. We almost feel guilty finally sharing the secret. 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