CEOs Rank Top Golf Courses
By mustang6560 on 4/5/11
One of the perks of being a CEO is you get to play some really nice golf courses.

To find out what courses rank among the best in the world, CNN Money asked several CEO's to name their favorite golf course.
As CEO of TaylorMade Golf, the sport's leading equipment maker, Mark King enjoys access to the world's great courses. But his current favorite is Pebble Beach.

And why not? The seaside course commands breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean near Carmel, where waves break against rocky cliffs as squadrons of pelicans glide down the shore and sea otters float in the kelp beds.
I would actually like to see an annual ranking of the Top 100 golf courses in the USA and the world according to the CEO's of the Fortune 500 companies.

They say most business deals are made on the golf course and you know you don't bring potential partners to the local muni to close a deal. So you know they have played several nice courses in their time. Plus, CEOs and other C-level executives not only make good money, they also are well connected. At the end of the day, it's who you know that gets you on the most exclusive golf courses in the world.

Done right, I think the top 100 courses voted for by CEO's could actually hold some credence. I know I would be interested to see how their ranking would compare to Golf Digest's Top 100.

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mustang6560 says:
Golf Digest just released it's biennial top 100 golf courses in America:
bkuehn1952 says:
Lists are just a way to fill up space in the magazines. Many of the raters have never seen, much less played, all the courses on the list. I recall one rater's comment a few year's ago that Crystal Downs (Frankfort, MI) could not possibly be better than [fill in the blank], although, the rater admitted he had never seen or played Crystal Downs.

Are the courses on the list great - probably. Unfortunately, you and I are unlikely to play very many of them. Are they the 100 greatest? Doubtful.
Kickntrue says:
@bkuehn1952- I agree that situation probably accounts for as much as anything. If you play Bethpage Black as a single getting hooked up with a couple jerks and it rains and you shoot a 110- you're likely to not think the course much better than a local muni where you get hooked up randomly with a celebrity or just good people and play great. While courses are obviously different- in the end 400 yards of grass is 400 yards.
jcstoll says:
Sure, playing a "top 100" course does not guarantee a great time, and sure, us poor slobs are unlikely to play very many of them, but it's still somewhat fun to see those few courses on the list you have actually played. The lists also tell you what courses are actually accessible, and can give you ideas about those you might want to plan a trip for.
wrhall02 says:
I liked another list better, the Top 100 course you can play (it was linked on oob many moons ago). Most courses where still above my pay grade, but was a bit more realistic "dream list." Pebble was #1 on that list as well.
mustang6560 says:
@wrhall02- I totally agree the "best" ranking is the Top 100 You Can Play. I still think it would be interesting to see a ranking system rated by the top businessmen though.
dartboss04 says:
@wrhall02 - definitely...i don't mind the list of the top 100 courses, but if i probably will never play them...who cares?...

golf week actually puts out a yearly list of courses you can play by state...i used that to come up with a wish list for my area...
wrhall02 says:
Agree @mustang, the CEO's list would be an interesting read.

Thanks @dartboss.
windowsurfer says:
Planning a bully trip here this July: North Dakota
1. Links of North Dakota, Ray (No. 97 m)
2. Hawktree, Bismarck (m)
3. Bully Pulpit, Medora (m)
jrbizzle says:
Yeah, the public Top 100 lists still have a number of great courses. In any given year, Michigan usually has 8 or so courses on it. One of them (Eagle Eye #53) is right down the road and I've played it a few times. I'm playing another later this year (Sheperd's Hollow). Most of them are up in northern Michigan, my father and I are going to try and play one a year while he still has a decent game (he's 65).

I also have a Top 50 list for just the state of Michigan and I've played about 12 of those. I've found my scores don't really balloon too badly at these courses, because I focus and approach the game much more intelligently - mostly because you have to. Actually the first time I legit broke 90 (no mulligans, every penalty enforced) was at a course in Northern Michigan that regularly ranks in the Top 20 within the state.
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