Guru's Top 100 Golf Courses

Below is the Gurus list of the top 100 golf courses we've played. What makes a course great is one of the great debates in this fantastic game. The criteria that the Gurus value most include conditioning, fun/wow factor, setting/visuals, architectural merits, and variety. Also taken into consideration, but with less weight, include test of skill, replay power, playability, and routing. Ultimately, playing golf should be fun! Great conditioning, attractive scenary, and exciting shots all contribute to the overall enjoyment of golf. Conversely, little value is given to history, exclusiveness, and tradition. A major consideration is how reproducible the course is. As such, courses that enjoy spectacular/unique settings and terrain tend to rank higher. Courses marked with an * indicate public access courses.

Top 10 Courses

  1. Old Head Golf Links (Ron Kirby, Paddy Merrigan, Liam Higgins, Eddie Hackett, Dr. Joe Carr, and Haulie O'Shea 1997, Kinsale, IE)*
  2. Pine Valley Golf Club (George Crump and H.S. Colt 1918, Clementon, NJ)
  3. Cypress Point Club (Alister MacKenzie 1928, Pebble Beach, CA)
  4. National Golf Links of America (C.B. Macdonald 1908, Southampton, NY)
  5. Cabot Cliffs (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2015, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada)*
  6. Royal County Down Golf Club (Old Tom Morris 1890, Newcastle, N.IE)*
  7. Ballybunion Golf Club (Old) (Tom Simpson 1936, Ballybunion, IE)*
  8. Fishers Island (Seth Raynor 1926, Fishers Island, NY)
  9. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Jack Neville and Douglas Grant 1919, H. Chandler Egan 1929, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  10. Chambers Bay Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2007, University Place, WA)*

Pine Valley Golf Club 5th
Pine Valley Golf Club 5th
Fishers Island 5th
Fishers Island 5th

Courses 11-20

  1. Tralee Golf Club (Arnold Palmer 1984, West Barrow, IE)*
  2. Merion Golf Club (East) (Hugh Wilson 1912, Ardmore, PA)
  3. Oakmont Country Club (Henry Fownes 1903, Oakmont, PA)
  4. Princeville Resort (Prince) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1990, Kauai, HI)*
  5. Shinnecock Hills (William Flynn 1937, Southampton, NY)
  6. Manele Golf Course (Jack Nicklaus 1993, Lanai, HI)*
  7. Pacific Dunes Golf Course (Tom Doak 2001, Bandon, OR)*
  8. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course (Warren Henderson and Rick Smith 2000, Arcadia, MI)*
  9. Streamsong Resort (Red) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2012, Streamsong, FL)*
  10. Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore) (Seth Raynor/Jack Neville/Bob Baldock 1964, Mike Strantz 2004, Pebble Beach, CA)

Chambers Bay 16th
Chambers Bay 16th
The Country Club (Brookline) 3rd
The Country Club (Brookline) 3rd

Courses 21-30

  1. Sleepy Hollow Country Club (C.B. Macdonald 1914, Scarborough, NY)
  2. The Course at Yale (C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor 1926, New Haven, CT)
  3. Tobacco Road Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Sanford, NC)*
  4. The Prairie Club (Dunes) (Tom Lehman and Chris Brands, Valentine, NE)*
  5. Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean) (Pete Dye 1991, Kiawah Island, SC)*
  6. Bandon Dunes Golf Course (David McLay Kidd 1999, Bandon, OR)*
  7. The Country Club (Willie Campbell 1895/Rees Jones 1988, Brookline, MA)
  8. Kinloch Golf Club (Lester George and Vinny Giles 2001, Manakin-Sabot, VA)
  9. Kapalua Resort (Plantation) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1991, Maui, HI)*
  10. Royal Portrush Golf Club (Dunluce) (Harry S. Colt 1929, Portrush, N.IE)*

Ballyneal 8th
Ballyneal 8th
Sand Hills 17th
Sand Hills 17th

Courses 31-40

  1. Crystal Downs Country Club (Alister Mackenzie 1931, Frankfort, MI)
  2. Riviera Country Club (George Thomas 1926, Pacific Palisades, CA)
  3. Los Angeles Country Club (North) (George Thomas 1921, Los Angeles, CA)
  4. Ballyneal Golf Club (Tom Doak 2005, Holyoke, CO)
  5. Sand Hills Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1995, Mullen, NE)
  6. Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club (Tom Fazio 2007, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  7. Boston Golf Club (Gil Hanse 2005, Hingham, MA)
  8. Bethpage State Park (Black) (A.W. Tillinghast 1936, Farmingdale, NY)*
  9. Omaha Country Club (Langford and Moreau 1927, Perry Maxwell 1951, Keith Foster 2007)
  10. Whistling Straits (Straits) (Pete Dye 1998, Sheboygan, WI)*

Maidstone Club (9th)
Maidstone Club 9th
Shoreacres 12th
Shoreacres 12th

Courses 41-50

  1. Kingsley Club (Mike DeVries 2001, Kingsley, MI)
  2. Whispering Pines Golf Club (Chet Williams 2000, Trinity, TX)
  3. Erin Hills Golf Course (Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten 2006, Hartford, WI)*
  4. Prairie Dunes Country Club (Perry Maxwell 1937, Hutchinson, KS)
  5. The Honors Course (Pete Dye 1983, Ooltewah, TN)
  6. Peachtree Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr 1948, Atlanta, GA)
  7. Shadow Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1989, North Las Vegas, NV)*
  8. The Club at Black Rock (Jim Engh 2003, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  9. Makai Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1971/2010, Princeville, Kauai, HI)*
  10. Mauna Kea Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1965, Kohala Coast, HI)*

Bayonee 8th
Bayonne Golf Club 8th
Peachtree 2nd
Peachtree 2nd

Courses 51-60

  1. Sebonack Golf Club (Tom Doak/Jack Nicklaus 2006, Southampton, NY)
  2. Waterville Golf Links (John A. Mulcahy, Claude Harmon, and Eddie Hackett 1973, Waterville, IE)*
  3. Maidstone Club (West) (Willie Park Jr. 1891, East Hampton, NY)
  4. Atlanta Country Club (Willard Byrd 1965 with modifications by Bob Cupp/Jack Nicklaus/Mick Riley, Marietta, GA)
  5. Castle Pines Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1981, Castle Rock, CO)
  6. Lahinch Golf Club (Alister Mackenzie 1928, Lahinch, IE)*
  7. Shoreacres Golf Club (Seth Raynor 1921, Lake Bluff, IL)
  8. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club (Ken Dye 2000, Sandia Park, NM)*
  9. Nanea Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2003, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  10. Bayonne Golf Club (Eric Bergstol 2006, Bayonne, NJ)

TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) 17th
TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) 17th
Castle Pines 11th
Castle Pines 11th

Courses 61-70

  1. Rock Creek Cattle Company (Tom Doak 2008, Deer Lodge, MT)
  2. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) (H.S. Colt and Charles Alison 1928/Tom Fazio 1999, Sea Island, GA)
  3. Victoria National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1998, Newburgh, IN)
  4. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) (Pete Dye 1980, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)*
  5. Rich Harvest Farms (Jerry Rich/Greg Martin 1998, Sugar Grove, IL)
  6. Milwaukee Country Club (H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison 1929, River Hills, WI)
  7. Hawks Ridge Golf Club (Bob Cupp 1999, Ball Ground, GA)
  8. County Sligo Golf Club aka Rosses Point (Harry S. Colt 1927, Sligo, IE)*
  9. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course (George Fazio 1968, Stateline, NV)*
  10. Spyglass Hill Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1966, Pebble Beach, CA)*

Rock Creek Cattle Co. 5th
Rock Creek Cattle Co. 5th
Garden City 13th
Garden City 13th

Courses 71-80

  1. Old Sandwich Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2004, Plymouth, MA)
  2. Old Macdonald (Tom Doak/Jim Urbina 2010, Bandon, OR)*
  3. Dismal River Golf Club (Red) (Tom Doak 2013, Mullen, NE)
  4. Dismal River Golf Club (White) (Jack Nicklaus 2006, Mullen, NE)
  5. Dormie Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2010, West End, NC)*
  6. Bandon Trails (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2005, Bandon, OR)*
  7. Oak Hill Country Club (East) (Donald Ross 1925, Rochester, NY)
  8. The Standard Club (Arthur Hills 1987/Mike Riley 2005, Johns Creek, GA)
  9. Enniscrone Golf Club (Eddie Hackett 1974, Enniscrone, IE)*
  10. Robert Trent Jones Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1991, Gainesville, VA)

The Standard Club 17th
The Standard Club 17th
SouthShore 14th
SouthShore 14th

Courses 81-90

  1. Club at Hokuli'a (Jack Nicklaus 2002, Kealakekua, HI)
  2. Rock Creek Idaho Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 2012, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  3. Kohanaiki Golf Club (Rees Jones 2013, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  4. Kukui'ula GOlf Club (Tom Weiskopf 2011, Poipu, HI)
  5. Pinehurst Resort No.2 (Donald Ross 1907/Crenshaw&Coore 2010, Pinehurst, NC)*
  6. Cabot Links (Rod Whitman 2012, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada)*
  7. Plainfield Country Club (Donald Ross 1921, Plainfield, NJ)
  8. Somerset Hills Country Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1917, Bernardsville, NJ)
  9. Cape Breton Highland Links (Stanley Thompson 1941/Ian Andrew 2015, Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada)*
  10. Lahontan Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 1998, Truckee, CA)

Southern Hills Country Club 18th
Southern Hills Country Club 18th
Winged Foot (West) 9th
Winged Foot (West) 9th

Courses 91-100

  1. SouthShore Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1996, Henderson, NV)
  2. Pronghorn Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2004, Bend, OR)
  3. Sand Hollow Resort (Championship) (John Fought 2008, Hurricane, UT)*
  4. Victory Ranch Golf Club (Rees Jones 2009, Woodland, UT)
  5. Ocean Forest Golf Club (Rees Jones 1995, Sea Island, GA)
  6. Snake River Sporting Club (Tom Weiskopf 2006, Jackson, WY)
  7. The European Club (Pat Ruddy 1987, Brittas Bay, IE)*
  8. Pasatiempo Golf Club (Alister MacKenzie 1929, Santa Cruz, CA)*
  9. Wolf Creek Golf Club (Dennis Ryder 2000, Mesquite, NV)*
  10. Congressional Country Club (Blue) (Devereux Emmet 1924/Donald Ross 1930s/Robert Trent Jones 1957/Rees Jones 2008, Bethesda, MD)

Medinah Country Club
Medinah Country Club
Olympia Fields (North) 3rd
Olympia Fields (North) 3rd

The Next 100

  1. Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands) (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1964/Rees Jones 1995/2005, Johns Creek, GA)
  2. Garden City Golf Club (Devereux Emmet 1899, Garden City, NY)
  3. Quaker Ridge Golf Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1918, Scarsdale, NY)
  4. Kittansett Club (William Flynn 1922, Marion, MA)
  5. Hudson National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1996, Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
  6. Estancia Club (Tom Fazio 1995, Scottsdale, AZ)
  7. Mayacama Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2001, Santa Rosa, CA)
  8. Poipu Bay Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1991, Koloa, HI)*
  9. Stone Canyon Golf Club (Jay Morrish 2000, Oro Valley, AZ)
  10. Winged Foot Golf Club (West) (A.W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)
  11. Southern Hills Country Club (Perry Maxwell 1936, Tulsa, OK)
  12. Olympia Fields (North) (Willie Park Jr. 1922, Olympia Fields, IL)
  13. Forest Creek Golf Club (North) (Tom Fazio 2002, Pinehurst, NC)
  14. Butler National Golf Club (George Fazio 1974/Tom Fazio 1988-2000/2005, Oak Brook, IL)
  15. Spanish Oaks Golf Club (Bobby Weed 2006, Bee Cave, TX)
  16. The Preserve Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2000, Carmel, CA)
  17. Blackwolf Run (River) (Pete Dye 1988, Kohler, WI)*
  18. Streamsong Resort (Blue) (Tom Doak 2012, Streamsong, FL)*
  19. Bandon Preserve (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2012, Bandon, OR)*
  20. Aldarra Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Fall City, WA)
  21. Sherwood Country Club (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Thousand Oaks, CA)
  22. Tidewater Golf Club (Ken Tomlinson 1990, North Myrtle Beach, SC)*
  23. Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (Jack Nicklaus 1988, Lihue, Kauai, HI)*
  24. Worlds Woods (Pine Barrens) (Tom Fazio 1993, Brooksville, FL)
  25. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club (Mike Strantz 1994, Pawleys Island, SC)*
  26. True Blue Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Pawleys Island, SC)*
  27. Pronghorn Golf Club (Fazio) (Tom Fazio 2006, Bend, OR)
  28. Desert Highlands Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1983, Scottsdale, AZ)
  29. Boot Ranch Golf Club (Hal Sutton 2006, Fredericksburg, TX)
  30. Carne Golf Links (Eddie Hackett 1992 and Jim Engh/Ally McIntosh 2013, Belmullet, IE)*
  31. Interlachen Country Club (Donald Ross 1921/William Watson 1911, Edina, MN)
  32. Valhalla Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1986, Louisville, KY)
  33. The Wilderness Club (Nick Faldo 2009, Eureka, MT)*
  34. Wine Valley Golf Club (Dan Hixson 2009, Walla Walla, WA)*
  35. Olympic Club (Lake) (Sam Whiting 1927, San Francisco, CA)
  36. San Francisco Golf Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1915, San Francisco, CA)
  37. Piping Rock Club (C.B. Macdonald 1912, Locust Valley, NY)
  38. Dallas National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2002, Dallas, TX)
  39. Sanctuary Golf Club (Jim Engh 1997, Sedalia, CO)
  40. Oakland Hills Country Club (South) (Donald Ross 1918, Bloomfield, MI)
  41. Medinah Country Club (No. 3) (Tom Bendelow 1928,. Medinah, IL)
  42. Atlantic Golf Club (Rees Jones 1992, Bridgehampton, NY)
  43. Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower) (A.W. Tillinghast 1922, Springfield, NJ)
  44. The Club at Spanish Peaks (Tom Weiskopf 2007, Big Sky, MT)
  45. The Club at Ravenna (Jay Morrish 2007, Littleton, CO)
  46. Lakota Canyon Ranch (Jim Engh 2004, New Castle, CO)*
  47. Glenwild Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Park City, UT)
  48. Clear Creek Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2009, Carson City, NV)
  49. Karsten Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1994, Stillwater, OK)*
  50. Sycamore Hills Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Fort Wayne, IN)
  51. Kiawah Island Club (Cassique) (Tom Watson 2000, Kiawah Island, SC)
  52. County Louth Golf Club aka Baltray (Tom SImpson 1938, Louth, IE)*
  53. Black Sheep Golf Club (David Esler 2002, Sugar Grove, IL)
  54. Links at Spanish Bay (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1987, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  55. Dunes Golf and Beach Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1948, Myrtle Beach, SC)*
  56. We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro) (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2006, Fort McDowell, AZ)*
  57. We-Ko-Pa (Cholla) (Scott Miller 2001, Fort McDowell, AZ)*
  58. Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (Jack Nicklaus 1999, Desert Mountain, AZ)
  59. Desert Mountain (Geronimo) (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Desert Mountain, AZ)
  60. Salish Cliffs Golf Club (Gene Bates 2011, Shelton, WA)
  61. Redlands Mesa Golf Club (Jim Engh 2001, Grand Junction, CO)*
  62. Cirlcing Raven Golf Club (Gene Bates 2003, Worley, ID)
  63. Philadelphia Country Club (Spring/Mill) (William Flynn 1927, Gladwyne, PA)
  64. Columbia Country Club (Herbert H. Barker 1911, Chevy Chase, MD)
  65. The Links at Crowbush (Thomas McBroom 1994, St. Peters, PEI, Canada)*
  66. The Creek at Qualchan (William Robinson 1992, Spokane, WA)*
  67. Laurel Valley Golf Club (Dick Wilson 1959, Ligonier, PA)
  68. Aronimink Golf Club (Donald Ross 1928, Newtown Square, PA)
  69. The Creek Club (C.B. Macdonald 1925, Locust Valley, NY)
  70. Lochinvar Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1980, Houston, TX)
  71. Bulle Rock (Pete Dye 1998, Havre de Grace, MD)*
  72. Concession Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2006, Bradenton, FL)
  73. Golf Club of Georgia (Lakeside) (Arthur Hills 1991, Alpharetta, GA)
  74. Windsong Farm Golf Club (John Fought 2004, Independence, MN)
  75. Summit Rock Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2012, Horseshoe Bay, TX)
  76. The K Club (Arnold Palmer 1991, Straffan, IE)*
  77. Cog Hill Golf & Country Club (Dubsdread) (Dick Wilson 1964, Lemont, IL)*
  78. Hazeltine National Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1962, Chaska, MN)
  79. Trump International Doonbeg (Greg Norman 2002, Doonbeg, IE)*
  80. The Country Club (Ralph Plummber 1960, Salt Lake City, UT)
  81. The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1999, Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
  82. Eagle Point Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2000, Wilmington, NC)
  83. Headwaters at Teton Springs (Gary Stephenson 2004, Victor, ID)*
  84. Eugene Country Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1967, Eugene, OR)
  85. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (Jack Nicklaus 2003, Sheboygan Falls, WI)*
  86. TPC Stonebrae (David McLay Kidd 2007, Hayward, CA)
  87. Shooting Star (Tom Fazio 2009, Jackson, WY)
  88. Southern Highlands Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr. 1999, Las Vegas, NV)
  89. Minikahda Club (Donald Ross 1917 Minneapolis, MN)
  90. Troon Country Club (Tom Weiskopf 1986, Scottsdale, AZ)
  91. Cherry Hills Country Club (William Flynn 1922, Englewood, CO)
  92. Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper) (A. W. Tillinghast 1922, Springfield, NJ)
  93. Winged Foot Golf Club (East) (A. W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)
  94. Hualalai Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1996, Kailua-Kona, HI)*
  95. Whistling Straits (Irish) (Pete Dye 2000, Sheboygan, WI)*
  96. Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside) (Johns Creek, GA)
  97. Carne Golf LInks (Kilmore) (Jim Engh 2013, Belmullet, Ireland)*
  98. Portmarnock Golf Club (William Pickerman and George Ross 1894, Portmarnock, IE)*
  99. Wailea Resort (Gold) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1994, Kihei, Maui, HI)*
  100. Wailea Resort (Emerald) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1994, Kihei, Maui, HI)*