(Down 15), Better known to English speakers as The Hague, The Netherlands' highest-ranking course is a Morrison and Alison collaboration that plays across chaotically heaving fairways amid substantial dunes that set the tone for a remarkable — and taxing — lay-of-the-land journey. Welcome to Golf World’s Top 100 Golf Courses Ireland: an established and comprehensive ranking of the best golf courses in Ireland. When you discover the design plays as good as it looks, you have something special. Though Montana’s rocky conditions made for a tough build, the result is wide fairways that flow over the tumbling land with a grace and ease that is hard to fathom. (Photo: Chris Condon/Getty Images), Venue of the 2004, '10 and '15 PGA Championships, this 1998 Pete Dye design on Lake Michigan was once a poker table-flat military training base in World War II. (New), Some sniff at the artificiality of a course being hewn from a swamp, yet that’s also what makes the Stadium Course stand out from the crowd. Throw in a wonderful routing that hopscotches from one island of turf to the next across the rolling, sandy landscape and you have a course that hasn’t budged from the No. Enkel golfbanen met een par van 30 en hoger zijn hierin meegenomen. The next hole, a dogleg right, calls for a fade. UK Top 100 Golf Courses - Media Published. 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. Highlights include wide fairways, wild and woolly bunkers and panoramic views of Moray Firth and the Scottish Highlands. 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. Add to this the splendid contouring of the greens and the rich variety of approach shots that you play into those greens. Scramblers best test their games elsewhere. (Up 4), Thanks to a 25-year-long restoration effort with meticulous attention to detail, Somerset Hills has reached the point where it joins Winged Foot and San Francisco GC as exemplars of Tillinghast's enormous talent. His own sense of aesthetics complemented the rustic site’s color palette of browns, rusts and tans. Current count is 95 out of 100. One of those bunkers, in the left-center of the 18th fairway, cost Adam Scott the 2012 Open. (Photo: Courtesy Myopia Hunt Club). Though the course is barely 30 years old, it already has an illustrious history of hosting famous events, none more so than the drama-filled 1991 "War by the Shore" Ryder Cup. We launched our first Golf World Top 100 in 1989 – an anecdotal list of our favourite golf courses in Continental Europe. (Photo: Christian Hafer), This unconventional Doak delight catapulted him into the spotlight. I’m on somewhat of a quest to play the top ten golf co... ​US South Atlantic Division Best in State Rankings 2020, Gil Hanse's recreation of the lost Lido​ to open in 2021, Review of the Month October 2020 – Canyata, US East North Central Division Best in State Rankings 2020, ​US West North Central Division Best in State Rankings 2020, Review of the Month September 2020 – Barnbougle Lost Farm. Spanning 19 countries, expect plenty of historic courses with enduring charm, but also some jaw-dropping modern masterpieces . In this release we’re reviewing the eight states of Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Tom Weiskopf cites the primary appeal: "The continuous change in direction from hole to hole leads to different winds, great balance and maximum variety." The Clyde/Squirrel combo was used for the 1913 Open when local lad Francis Ouimet stunned the big, bad Brits. His hard work is just now reaching fruition. In this Best in State refresh, we take a closer look at the golf-rich states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, where we’ve increased our coverage by more than 25% to a total of 295 golf courses. The two Royals of Porthcawl and St David’s are perennially located near the top of the national rankings but there are plenty of other excellent courses, many of them hugging the long Welsh coastline, and these should also be sought out and savoured. Tillinghast may have crafted his most gorgeous collection of bunkers at this low-key Bay Area hideaway that avoids publicity as steadfastly as its neighbor the Olympic Club embraces it. Our brand-new list features 11 courses that jumped inside this year’s Top 100, reflecting changing trends and a revamped ranking. Some critics of rankings grumble that hosting a major unduly elevates a course. Littlestone Golf club is a tight, compact and fast-running links golf course that’s extremely enjoyable for golfers of all abilities. The exposed, gorgeous par-3 4th that juts out to the tip of Sally's Point invites comparisons to Pebble Beach's 7th. This year marks the course’s continued, impressive rise in the rankings as it now cracks the top 50 — and it doesn’t seem finished yet. As proof of their magical skills, look no further than Riv’s 311-yard, par-4 10th. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Modern architecture did itself no favors by pursuing holes that constantly scream at the golfer, because at some point the golfer goes tone deaf. Only Mike Keiser would have approved of such an unusual sequence and this course helped modern architecture break free from some certain design shackles that had constrained designers over the past five decades. When you layer on Colt’s improvements (such as moving the 12th green high and to the left), you end up with one of the game’s most noble inland courses. (Photo: Larry Lambrecht), Donald Ross's chef d'oeuvre rolls spaciously through tall longleaf pines in the Carolina Sandhills with holes culminating with legendary inverted-saucer greens. Littlestone Golf Club is ranked number 64 in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses England, and is one of the best golf courses in Kent. Both intended for Augusta National to reflect the spirit and strategic options of the Old Course at St. Andrews, the course that they admired most. Lakes, creeks and wooded slopes not only contribute to the beauty and variety, but are seamlessly integrated into the design. Seeing a 6,431-yard, par-69 course like Swinley Forest be embraced as an epitome of great design is a powerful message. (No change), Venue for five U.S. For the 2014 U.S. Open, a Coore-Crenshaw restoration brought back the tawny-edged fairways and native areas last seen in the 1940s. There are plenty to pick from here, including the 1st, 4th, 8th, 10th and the love-it-or-hate-it 18th, but the hole everyone needs to see at least once in their life is the famous downhill Biarritz 9th. (Down 1), Ever confident in his own work, Alister MacKenzie was quick to praise the talent of others. Geoff Ogilvy didn't fare much better in 2006, when his five-over total took home the trophy. This remote Old Tom Morris design entrances more for its ambience than for its challenge. Does anything in golf compare with that final stroll up the par-5 18th as it curves left around Carmel Bay? Forced carries over ravines, greens set along ridge-tops and the influence of Pages Creek add to the challenge. (Down 5), Nine Bridges's appeal starts with its tranquil setting, with holes etched into pine-clad, rolling topography in the shadows of Mount Halla, Korea's tallest mountain. "I love the way it plays firm and fast-running, the way the bunkering frames and almost intrudes into the putting surfaces and the brilliance of the bunkering style with the native scrubby look. How did MacKenzie get the best from the land? Welcome to Top 100 Golf Courses - the website totally dedicated to the world's very best golf courses. (Up 12), Roughly 200 bunkers menace this rugged links that has hosted Open Championships since 1926. The iconic par-3 16th, which extends into the churning Pacific, is perhaps the most dramatic and photographed hole in the game, but there are endless other highlights — from heaving dunes to jagged coastline — that golfers won’t soon forget. The Alcatraz hole at PGA West’s Stadium course. It's not a pretty course in the conventional sense, as there are no lighthouses, mountains or wild majestic undulations. Four months after starting our state revisions at the Pacific, we’ve now reached the Atlantic. The more the world speeds up, the more people appreciate clubs like Swinley where calm reigns supreme. 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. One par-3 is tiny, at 115 yards; the others measure 236, 246 and 256 yards. What our latest Top 100 Courses in the U.S. list reveals about the state of course design By: Ran Morrissett November 2, 2020 National Golf Links of America (No. Following events such as the 2004 Ryder Cup and 2008 PGA Championship won by Padraig Harrington, the brilliant Donald Ross routing and beguiling green contouring has restored its status to "great," as opposed to "hard." Most of the new upper end golf courses in central Ohio have been north of Columbus. (Photo: Evan Schiller), Because of its remote location, Crystal Downs was once overlooked but that changed when Tom Doak introduced the course to Ben Crenshaw in the 1980s. Eric Apperly added this hole in 1937. Known for its enchanting opening hole that demands a drive over the beach, Machrihanish provides a gleeful romp through shaggy sandhills on the front nine. Colt, 1895/Tom Simpson/Herbert Tippet/Guy Campbell, 1907, Davis Love III/Mark Love, 2010/Paul Cowley, 2016, Donald Ross, 1917/Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1950, C.B. Even with no rough, the runner-up could muster only one under par over four rounds. For the lucky few who get to play here, they enjoy one of the best walks in the sport as MacKenzie effortlessly transports the player around the diverse property. (Down 34), This 1999 Kyle Phillips design 15 miles from the Old Course has earned the respect of links fans, who can be a tough bunch as they generally travel to the United Kingdom to play courses that are 100-plus years old. The middle of the back nine has some of the finest green contours of any links. GOLF’s list of the Top 100 courses in the U.S. for 2020/2021 features 30 states, with New York, California, New Jersey and Massachusetts leading the way. Golf Monthly's Top 100 is the only list produced by golfers, for golfers. Tillinghast design this way: "There are probably six hard holes, six really hard holes and six impossible holes." Opens and the 1999 Ryder Cup. (Up 14), A herculean building effort by Raynor, Yale embodies the maxim that a world-class course must possess — you guessed it — world-class holes. Macdonald/Seth Raynor, 1913/A.W. WATCH EXPLANATION VIDEO Home of the Players Championship since 1982, the design has evolved into a handsome battleground (however you feel about the towering clubhouse), highlighting Pete Dye’s talent for envisioning something from nothing. It will slowly release its secrets and in uncovering them you will start to see golf as it was, is and can be. The design itself stands up to the aesthetics. (Photo: Jim Krajicek), Harry Vardon left us much more than six Open wins and a grip. Littlestone Golf Club. The result is a low-profile design that beguiles. Great public golf can be found in every corner of the United States. From the ocean views of … Opens? Top 100 Golf Course Rankings: Each Year it Gets Harder. (Down 53), Preeminent Canadian architect Stanley Thompson hit his professional peak at this quiet club near downtown Toronto. (Photo: LC Lambrecht), Blend the towering dunes of Ballybunion, the relentless challenge of Carnoustie and the legendary bombast of Donald Trump and you'd have a potential Open site for the ages. Why wouldn't they, given the classic Seth Raynor design that tracks along the island’s northeast edge, the delightful tumbling terrain and the spectacular views of Long Island Sound. Short by modern day technology, it's still visually demanding, visually impressive.” (Down 2), Hale Irwin survived the 1974 "Massacre at Winged Foot" U.S. Open to win at seven over par. Koninklijke Haagsche (Royal Hague). The four-year-old design is already acknowledged as the Southern Hemisphere's premier links. Others might relish the shelf green at the 9th that poses similar intriguing questions as the 12th at the Old Course. Lost Farm is a tour de force. A die-hard New Yorker remarked, “It’s enough to make one want to live New Jersey.” (Photo: Russell Kirk), Newly minted as Canada's top-ranked course, this four-year-old Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design towers more than 100 feet above the Gulf of St. Lawrence, inspiring Pebble Beach-like awe. Dating to 1916, the course was made over by A.W. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Bandon's original course is a David McLay Kidd design draped atop craggy headlands above the Pacific. (Down 4), “Kingston Heath offers perhaps the best collection of par-3s without water in the world,” Greg Norman says. We feature the best fifty Welsh golf courses and a few of these world-class layouts should be on every golfer’s “must-play” list. As always, we want to hear your views on our golf course and resorts rankings. Engineers might be one of the most fun golf courses anywhere. (Up 14), A Boston Brahmin society haunt for more than 100 years, this tree-lined design has played host to three U.S. Each year we publish three lists that are the foundation of our course-ratings program: Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses, Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses, Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play, state by state.We also have Golfweek’s Best 2020: Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play. A master router, Colt incorporated them in every possible manner. Heathland golf around London is famous for all sorts of reasons but the strength of its par-5s isn’t one of them. Colt design that maximizes its setting in the high dunes along the Irish Sea. Ebert's restoration efforts have just been unveiled and once again, sand is a dominant theme. Frighteningly contoured, pear-shaped greens, cavernous bunkers and a procession of rugged par-4s define the trouble here. Tillinghast layout. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), The layout's signature hole is the 195-yard, par-3 6th, which demands a stout carry over an inlet of Cape Banks — but it wasn't Alister MacKenzie's handiwork. Adding to the pleasure of its romantic location is an exceptional set of Willie and John Park greens, many of which feature dramatic false fronts. There are plenty of familiar names on this year’s list of Top 100 Courses in the World. Two of the New’s par-5s — the 6th and 13th — are exceptions and anchor each nine. Recent clearing has helped to highlight the stunning nature of the cypress trees that line this hillside overlooking Lake Merced. Be careful of its short par-4s: the 4th, 9th and 14th all tempt with driver off the tee — and punish rash tactics. Bunkers were reshaped and relocated, fairways were widened and re-shaped and a natural barranca was brought back into play as a strategic hazard. In the memorability department, however, it takes a backseat to the par-4 13th, The Pit, whose green sits directly behind a low stone wall. (Down 4), 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. Credit architects H.S. (Down 1), Accessible by ferry or air, this exclusive retreat off the Connecticut coast is populated by the oldest of the Old Money crowd, many of whom still enjoy hoofing it. Add it all up — and throw in the Kintyre Peninsula wind — and you have a place that lures people back time and time again. To view our map of the best golf courses in Ireland, click here. Hard to imagine that the professionals now try to drive the sliver of green at 14 but that’s how the game has changed. (Up 7), One of the world's top 10 when it comes to views, each nine at Cape Kidnappers boasts a sequence of staggeringly dramatic holes. One of the earliest inland courses that established a new standard in design came here at Sunningdale just after the turn of the last century. Holes such as the par-5 14th call to mind an East Coast version of Cypress Point. (Photo: Larry Lambrecht), This Southwest Ireland gem is wedged between huge sandhills and the Atlantic Ocean. Same applies here, with Pine Valley’s only benchmark being itself. (Up 3), Lahinch charms with titanic sandhills and stunning views of both the Atlantic Ocean and of the Cliffs of Moher. A superb set of par-5s is but one of the highlights. (New), Waterville's slithering par-5 11th, hemmed in by dune ridges and its seaside par-3 17th, with a back tee isolated by dense vegetation and backdropped by MacGillycuddy's Reeks, are both world-class. (Photo: Channing Benjamin), Tara Iti jumped onto our World list in 2017 as one of our highest debuting courses ever. Scattered blow-out bunkers, gigantic natural dunes, smartly contoured greens and Pacific panoramas complete Doak’s first masterpiece. Top 100 Golf Courses Welcome to the most prestigious and most definitive ranking of the best golf courses and resorts in Great Britain, Ireland and around the world! (Photo: Nile Young), H.S. Firm, rumpled, fescue fairways, coastal breezes and endless views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence make it abundantly clear why Nova Scotia is the Latin name for “New Scotland.” Whitman’s talent for adding micro-contours in and around the greens is unsurpassed but are overlooked here because the views are so spectacular. The water is 10 miles both north and south, so sea breezes are a frequent companion. Tillinghast in 1926 and Gil Hanse’s restoration this past decade has the course at peak. Opens since 1986, most recently in 2018, this is William Flynn’s undisputed design masterpiece. Some even trumpet it as Tilly’s finest design for regular play. In short, Merion has everything, including newly installed sub-air and irrigation systems that lend more control over the firmness and speed of the playing surfaces. Welcome to Golf World’s Top 100 Golf Resorts in the Uk & Ireland: Your ultimate guide to the very best Golf Resort experiences in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Fescue fairways help the ground-game options flourish. Even in calm conditions, the mix of short grass, sprawling bunkers and cypress trees provide constant photo opportunities that captivate. Location: Littlestone, New Romney, Kent Designer: William Purves, James Braid, Alister Mackenzie. (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. Are the 3rd, 4th and 5th holes as intoxicating as any three consecutive holes on this list? Alison introduced to Hirono in the early 1930s, so similar traps built on any course since are known as “Alisons.” Originally, the course bore a sandy, scrubby appearance, but heavy tree planting changed Hirono's character over the years. Few golfers get to experience this posh coastal retreat and they were rewarded with first-time views of what is arguably the finest site on which Donald Ross ever worked. The North Carolina Golf Panel’s ranking of the state’s top 100 courses includes public, private and semi-private venues and is based on reviews by its 150 members, which include professional and amateur golfers, coaches and business leaders. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), The Japanese had never seen the kind of deep, strategically placed bunkers that architect C.H. The short par-4 4th, reachable par-5 11th and the long par-4 14th rank among Dye’s all-time best. Don't be fooled by its diminutive length of 6,518 yards from the tips. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam are among those who won Irish Opens at this low-profile but character-filled Dublin-area links. (Photo: Andy Johnson/The Fried Egg), Gil Hanse's team restored George Thomas's classic to perfection in 2010. (New), 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. Modern architects, take note! Legendary golf writer Bernard Darwin summed it up nicely when he opined, “The National Links is a truly great course; even as I write I feel my allegiance to Westward Ho!, to Hoylake, to St. Andrews tottering to its fall.” (Photo: William Tyler Smith), This 1889 Old Tom Morris creation is one of the most handsome tests in the world. That’s great architecture. Laurie Auchterlonie won the 1902 U.S. Open here with record scores, owing to the debut of the longer, more durable Haskell ball. The emphasis on variety and strategy became the foundation for strategic designs that followed, including Augusta National. The Perth course keeps on keeping on, but is now amid a period of further upgrade that should see a ranking change on the 2022 list. 50. What helped Myopia jump up the list was recent restoration work whereby trees came down, and fairways were expanded/reconnected to Herbert Leeds’s fabulous pit bunkers. On a "difficulty" scale of 1 to 10, Jack Nicklaus once rated the West course a 12. Even today, no more thrilling, spectacular stretch exists than holes 4 through 10. It will be the first new rankings to be published in almost three years since the March 2018 issue of Golf Digest magazine. Raves all around for how this course now looks and plays. Arguably America’s premier urban design, LACC North hosted the 2017 Walker Cup and design afficionados can’t wait for the highly anticipated 2023 U.S. Open. One of the best is this property, where Colt teased a diverse collection of holes from the rolling landscape. The usual quartet of Raynor template one shot holes (Redan, Short, Biarritz, and Eden) are here and rival his best set. Some par-4s are short, others are monsters. T77. Winged Foot, Cabot, Bandon, Sunningdale or here? Maidstone has struck the perfect balance. Macdonald flair that, well, even Macdonald would appreciate. (Down 4), This 14-time British Open host dates to 1887. of which measure more than 420 yards, and a famously diabolical group of five par-3s that have this 6,503-yard course weighing in yard for yard as one of the most difficult on our list. The par-5 4th and its iconic cross-bunkering is a world-beater. First established in 1966, the biennial 2019-20 ranking of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses is ready for its close-up I'm also a fan of the often very wide fairways that reward positioning and of the mix of long and short par-4s. Mission accomplished. (LC Lambrecht), This cult classic is a personal favorite of both Pete Dye and Tom Doak. For shotmaking options and memorable individual holes that require a blend of power and finesse, the Stadium Course has few peers. That said, Gil Hanse’s recent, stunning expansion of all the green pads has brought back an element of creativity with which few parkland courses can contend, all of which was on display at the 2020 U.S. Open won by Bryson DeChambeau. Situated 23 miles north of Aberdeen, Cruden Bay offers many novel features, including the par-4 14th, with its funnel-shaped bathtub green and the dramatic par-3 4th, which overlooks the Water of Cruden and the fishing village of Port Erroll. This is the 8th edition of the Top 100 for England, … (Photo: Keyur Khamar/PGA Tour), From London’s heathland to the cliffs of Northern Ireland to sandy sites in the Netherlands, Colt enjoyed many fine sites in Europe over his extended career. His placement of the green sites — some on knobs or plateaus, some at ground level and the magnificent 10th green at the hole’s low point beyond a hillock define the challenge. Gone too are the clean edged bunkers that never looked at home on a Maxwell design. (Up 26), This Westchester County course has always enjoyed a spectacular component to it, courtesy of breathtaking views of the Hudson River. As Alister MacKenzie must have felt about his 1928 design, it's almost inconceivable that land this stunning was made available for golf. Opens averaged nearly 324, or 81 strokes per round. Macan, 1926/Alister MacKenzie, 1928/Kyle Phillips, 2007, Harry Vardon, 1905/H.S. (New), The companion to Barnbougle Dunes yields a Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design that differs from its Tasmanian sibling in that its huge dunes run both parallel and perpendicular to the ocean, so holes play up and over the dunes, as well as between them. (Up 1), Its stark, open-plain setting is the definition of a heathland and as a test of character and shotmaking, Walton Heath has few peers. Architecture buffs are likely to be just as captivated by the playing angles at the short two shot 14th with its Road Hole green complex. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), Golf in the United Kingdom started along its coastline on linksland but as the sport became popular, people wanted courses nearer to where they lived. (Photo: Courtesy), Developers Ben Cowan-Dewar and Mike Keiser handed over a rolling plot of coastal Nova Scotia terrain to Canadian architect Rod Whitman. This is the most authoritative list of the finest courses in mainland Europe, by the most widely-travelled panel. What follows are 12 par-4s, 10 (!) Garden City’s tilted greens, like the 10th and 15th, are lay-of-the-land architecture at its highest form. Isn’t that the very measure of design greatness? Who knew inland golf could be this exciting? There's internal out-of-bounds all over the lot. Fun fact: The winning score at its four U.S. Stay in touch with us, and let us know how we can serve you better. Seth Raynor retooled his mentor C.B. Old Tom Morris' 1893 design, coupled with Alister MacKenzie's 1927 enhancements, including the 9th green, and Martin Hawtree's 2003 push into the big dunes, proves an irresistible combination of beauty, challenge and fun. Kudos to Kyle Phillips as the seamless melding of flat farmland and Old World links contours is quite the design accomplishment. It has played host to 10 Opens, most recently Jordan Spieth's remarkable win in 2017. With approximately 2,300 golf facilities in Canada, those courses that crack the Top 100 represent the top four percentile in the country. (Photo: Larry Lambrecht), What makes Merion so distinctive is its remarkable variety. The question is answered at the 1st, with a green that follows the natural contours and slopes away from the player. So how do you properly evaluate this course? Its opener is one of the most distinctive in golf, with a stone wall and railway flush along the right side. Known as the Duel Hole, the drop-shot par-3 7th may be the course’s most famous hole but its par-4s, like the 2nd, 10th and 12th, deserve equal acclaim. The game’s best front nine includes the 217-yard, par-3 4th and the blind par-4 9th with its views of the Irish Sea, the Mountains of Mourne and the red-brick steeple of the Slieve Donard Hotel. (Down 2), The only Irish course to host The Open is perennially ranked in the world's top-15 courses, thanks to a superior 1929 H.S. (Down 14), With this land on the east side of the Ohoopee River where sand accumulated for centuries, Hanse finally got a dream site upon which to build an original design. (Photo: Evan Schiller), This 16-time Open venue was never more testing or memorable than in 2013, when Phil Mickelson rode his 3-wood to victory. 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. (Up 2), Though Spyglass Hill just slipped off the list, Robert Trent Jones’s work is still represented by Peachtree’s strong showing. (Down 7), Ben Hogan called this course a "monster" in capturing the 1951 U.S. Open, thanks to a severe course setup and alterations by Robert Trent Jones Sr. (New), One of Pete Dye's early masterworks, this rural retreat in suburban Columbus is where Jack Nicklaus first learned about design, as an unpaid consultant. The standout on the back is the 14th, with its valley fairway and glorious North Sea vistas. Voor deze Top-50 is alleen het cijfer voor de golfbaan meegenomen. 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. This list represents the 2020 list from Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Golf Courses. The recently expanded greens have created a plethora of new hole locations around the greens’ perimeters, and the player’s chess match with the clever design is more intense than ever. (Up 2), The value of a good architect is highlighted here in technicolor. What a delight that the Maxwells got to work with this special site as their soft touch on the land is a must-study for any architect. (Up 1), Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw moved only teaspoons of dirt to construct the most natural, hew-to-the-land layout built since World War II. The course’s most famous hole is also its most feared, the 650-yard, par-5 15th which falls away on both sides of the fairway and which sports a horizon green perched precariously on a bluff overlooking the sea. The most memorable seaside tests are the par-4 4th and 5th, the par-3 12th and the drivable par-4 16th, each with eye-popping scenery and enjoyable risk/rewards. 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. Maintaining coastal dunes is an art form: expose too much sand and it blows away; cover it up and you lose a sense of place.
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