New Top 100 Courses List
By mustang6560 on 8/2/11
Golf Magazine released its biennial Top 100 Courses in the U.S. and World and once again, I haven't played any of them.

It should come as no surprise for two reasons: 1) only a handful of courses in my area made the list and 2) I can't really afford to pay $100+ for a green fee at my age. But, I'm actually surprised that so few courses from the Dirty South (Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia) made the list. Regardless, the courses that DID make the list are very deserving and I congratulate each one of them.

Nos. 1-9 in the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. remain unchanged from the 2009 list with Pine Valley coming in as the best course in the U.S. and the world. Has anyone had the opportunity to play Pine Valley? If so, please let me know what makes this course so special.

Of the all the new courses added to the list, I've heard the most about Old Macdonald in Oregon. It received high marks from the moment it was unveiled to the world last year as the fourth course at the Bandon Dunes Resort. I would love to plan a trip to Oregon to play all four courses (oobgolf round trip anyone?).

Has anyone played a course in either Top 100 list?

Top 100 Courses in the U.S.

Top 100 Courses in the World


[ comments ]
Dazinkster says:
Love the designer of the Old Course at St Andrews. Simply says "nature" :)
SD Charlie says:
Should be playing Torrey Pines South in the next couple weeks. I've played the North Course quite a few times, and it's supposedly more scenic. I love playing Torrey Pines, except for the brutally deep rough!
gpickin says:
None... but now I have a list of ones in california I should try and cross off my list.
All I have to do is win the lottery and we're in business.
bkuehn1952 says:
I have had the good fortune to play 5 of the top "World" 100 (Pebble Beach, Pinehurst No. 2, Ballybunion Old, Oakland Hills-South and Waterville). Throw in Torrey Pines South and Spyglass Hill from the USA list for a total of 7 from both lists.

Personally, these lists seem sort of ridiculous. Many of the voters have never seen, much less played these courses. I think Pine Valley always wins because no one has ever played there but the voters always hear what a great place it is.
gpickin says:
Well, New Zealand has 2 courses, maybe I can play one or two or them when I am there in September.
dartboss04 says:
sadly, i have not played any...probably can get off at yale...they also have the list of best public courses by state (link below)...i use this in CT and Mass as they are more realistic...i've played 4 of the 5 CT courses and will be playing the last one this saturday...they all seem to have lived up to the hype...,28136
dartboss04 says:
the top 100 must be awesome, because i don't how you get much better than lake of isles (north or south) in ledyard ct...especially during the fall...
falcon50driver says:
Torrey Pines, Shadow Creek, Hilton Head, and Cabo Del Sol from the list. But, as bkuehn1952 said, there are a lot of courses that aren't on this list that in my opinion are better than the 4 that I know about. For instance, I've played all the courses in Cabo except the newest one, Diamante, and Cabo Del Sol's $355 fee is probably the only reason it made the list. A course in Kansas made the list, but none in Costa Rica? Most dramatic hole I ever played was at the Four Seasons Resort on the Island of Nevis, next to St Kitts. Tee box overlooking a fairway 200 feet below, then a cart ride down a winding trail through dense jungle full of screaming tropical birds and monkeys emerging as if coming out of a black tunnel to the fairway below. Best I ever played.
Goodlow20 says:
Had the good fortune to play Harbour Town, Ocean Course (Kiawah), Olympia Fields and Cog Hill while in college. But those were experiences I would enjoy much more today. I am scheduled to play Medinah in September for an outing.
thetomwalsh says:
Ocean Course - Kiawah and Congressional Blue.
The Ocean Course remains the most fantastic golf experience I've ever had.
wrhall02 says:
Torrey Pines S, for $22.

The rest are likely above my payscale.
perlguy9 says:
The Ocean Course at Kiawah was terrifying and beautiful all at once. Looking forward to watching the 2012 PGA.
clutchputter says:
Played Cog Hill #4 once and World Woods. World Woods is off the beaten path about 50 minutes north of Tampa, but with the summer rates, has to be one of the best golf values anywhere.
bducharm says:
I have played 3 in the top 10 in the US - Pebble, Oakmont, and Pinehurst #2. The remaining 90 I have played 3 as well.
sv677 says:
I haven't played the top 100 in the US. Most of these are either extremely private or ridiculously expensive. I have played a few of the world courses and can't believe Carnoustie is ranked as low as 21st. It is a fantastic course.
dottomm says:
Wow. I just noticed how many of these US top 100 are Alister McKenzie designed. I'll be playing one of his courses this Saturday. The lesser known Northwoods. Set among the ancient redwoods in Monte Rio, CA. Beautiful course. Only 9-holes though. Never played any on the list, though there are few in my area. Someday I'll drop the cash to play Pebble Beach, Spyglass and Pasatiempo.
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