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. Princeville Resort (Prince) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1990, Kauai, HI)*

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. Chambers Bay Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2007, University Place, WA)*
  3. Merion Golf Club (East) (Hugh Wilson 1912, Ardmore, PA)
  4. Oakmont Country Club (Henry Fownes 1903, Oakmont, PA)
  5. Shinnecock Hills (William Flynn 1937, Southampton, NY)
  6. Muirfield Village Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1974, Dublin, OH)
  7. Manele Golf Course (Jack Nicklaus 1993, Lanai, HI)*
  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. Pacific Dunes Golf Course (Tom Doak 2001, Bandon, OR)*

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

Courses 21-30

  1. Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore) (Seth Raynor/Jack Neville/Bob Baldock 1964, Mike Strantz 2004, Pebble Beach, CA)
  2. The Country Club (Willie Campbell 1895/Rees Jones 1988, Brookline, MA)
  3. Bandon Dunes Golf Course (David McLay Kidd 1999, Bandon, OR)*
  4. Riviera Country Club (George Thomas 1926, Pacific Palisades, CA)
  5. Los Angeles Country Club (North) (George Thomas 1921, Los Angeles, CA)
  6. Sleepy Hollow Country Club (C.B. Macdonald 1914, Scarborough, NY)
  7. Royal Portrush Golf Club (Dunluce) (Harry S. Colt 1929, Portrush, N.IE)*
  8. Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean) (Pete Dye 1991, Kiawah Island, SC)*
  9. Kapalua Resort (Plantation) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1991, Maui, HI)*
  10. The Course at Yale (C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor 1926, New Haven, CT)

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

Courses 31-40

  1. The Prairie Club (Dunes) (Tom Lehman and Chris Brands, Valentine, NE)*
  2. Ballyneal Golf Club (Tom Doak 2005, Holyoke, CO)
  3. Crystal Downs Country Club (Alister Mackenzie 1931, Frankfort, MI)
  4. Kinloch Golf Club (Lester George and Vinny Giles 2001, Manakin-Sabot, VA)
  5. Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club (Tom Fazio 2007, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  6. Boston Golf Club (Gil Hanse 2005, Hingham, MA)
  7. Kingsley Club (Mike DeVries 2001, Kingsley, MI)
  8. Tobacco Road Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Sanford, NC)*
  9. Sand Hills Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1995, Mullen, NE)
  10. Bethpage State Park (Black) (A.W. Tillinghast 1936, Farmingdale, NY)*

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

Courses 41-50

  1. Whistling Straits (Straits) (Pete Dye 1998, Sheboygan, WI)*
  2. The Club at Black Rock (Jim Engh 2003, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  3. Whispering Pines Golf Club (Chet Williams 2000, Trinity, TX)
  4. Erin Hills Golf Course (Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten 2006, Hartford, WI)*
  5. Maidstone Club (West) (Willie Park Jr. 1891, East Hampton, NY)
  6. Shadow Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1989, North Las Vegas, NV)*
  7. Nanea Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2003, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  8. Sebonack Golf Club (Tom Doak/Jack Nicklaus 2006, Southampton, NY)
  9. Castle Pines Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1981, Castle Rock, CO)
  10. Atlanta Country Club (Willard Byrd 1965 with modifications by Bob Cupp/Jack Nicklaus/Mick Riley, Marietta, GA)

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

Courses 51-60

  1. The Honors Course (Pete Dye 1983, Ooltewah, TN)
  2. Makai Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1971/2010, Princeville, Kauai, HI)*
  3. Mauna Kea Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1965, Kohala Coast, HI)*
  4. Peachtree Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr 1948, Atlanta, GA)
  5. Waterville Golf Links (John A. Mulcahy, Claude Harmon, and Eddie Hackett 1973, Waterville, IE)*
  6. Omaha Country Club (Langford and Moreau 1927, Perry Maxwell 1951, Keith Foster 2007)
  7. Lahinch Golf Club (Alister Mackenzie 1928, Lahinch, IE)*
  8. Bayonne Golf Club (Eric Bergstol 2006, Bayonne, NJ)
  9. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club (Ken Dye 2000, Sandia Park, NM)*
  10. Rich Harvest Farms (Jerry Rich/Greg Martin 1998, Sugar Grove, IL)

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. Prairie Dunes Country Club (Perry Maxwell 1937, Hutchinson, KS)
  3. The Kirtland Country Club (H.S. Colt and C. H. Alison 1921, Willoughby, OH)
  4. Oak Hill Country Club (East) (Donald Ross 1925, Rochester, NY)
  5. Shoreacres Golf Club (Seth Raynor 1921, Lake Bluff, IL)
  6. County Sligo Golf Club aka Rosses Point (Harry S. Colt 1927, Sligo, IE)*
  7. Milwaukee Country Club (H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison 1929, River Hills, WI)
  8. Victoria National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1998, Newburgh, IN)
  9. Old Sandwich Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2004, Plymouth, MA)
  10. Bandon Trails (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2005, Bandon, OR)*

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

Courses 71-80

  1. The Reserve at Moonlight Basin (Jack Nicklaus 2016, Big Sky, MT)
  2. Dismal River Golf Club (Red) (Tom Doak 2013, Mullen, NE)
  3. Dismal River Golf Club (White) (Jack Nicklaus 2006, Mullen, NE)
  4. Pinehurst Resort No.2 (Donald Ross 1907/Crenshaw&Coore 2010, Pinehurst, NC)*
  5. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) (H.S. Colt and Charles Alison 1928/Tom Fazio 1999, Sea Island, GA)
  6. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) (Pete Dye 1980, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)*
  7. Spyglass Hill Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1966, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  8. Hawks Ridge Golf Club (Bob Cupp 1999, Ball Ground, GA)
  9. Enniscrone Golf Club (Eddie Hackett 1974, Enniscrone, IE)*
  10. The Standard Club (Arthur Hills 1987/Mike Riley 2005, Johns Creek, GA)

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

Courses 81-90

  1. Old Macdonald (Tom Doak/Jim Urbina 2010, Bandon, OR)*
  2. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course (George Fazio 1968, Stateline, NV)*
  3. Interlachen Country Club (Donald Ross 1921/William Watson 1911, Edina, MN)
  4. Hudson National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1996, Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
  5. Cabot Links (Rod Whitman 2012, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada)*
  6. Cape Breton Highland Links (Stanley Thompson 1941/Ian Andrew 2015, Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada)*
  7. Club at Hokuli'a (Jack Nicklaus 2002, Kealakekua, HI)
  8. Dormie Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2010, West End, NC)*
  9. Fox Chapel Golf Club (Seth Raynor 1923, Pittsburgh, PA)
  10. Quaker Ridge Golf Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1918, Scarsdale, NY)

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

Courses 91-100

  1. Plainfield Country Club (Donald Ross 1921, Plainfield, NJ)
  2. Winged Foot Golf Club (West) (A.W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)
  3. Robert Trent Jones Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1991, Gainesville, VA)
  4. Pete Dye Golf Club (Pete Dye 1994, Bridgeport, WV)
  5. Congressional Country Club (Blue) (Devereux Emmet 1924/Donald Ross 1930s/Robert Trent Jones 1957/Rees Jones 2008, Bethesda, MD)
  6. Southern Hills Country Club (Perry Maxwell 1936, Tulsa, OK)
  7. Pasatiempo Golf Club (Alister MacKenzie 1929, Santa Cruz, CA)*
  8. Pronghorn Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2004, Bend, OR)
  9. Rock Creek Idaho Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 2012, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  10. The European Club (Pat Ruddy 1987, Brittas Bay, IE)*

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

The Next 100

  1. Sand Hollow Resort (Championship) (John Fought 2008, Hurricane, UT)*
  2. Somerset Hills Country Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1917, Bernardsville, NJ)
  3. Kittansett Club (William Flynn 1922, Marion, MA)
  4. Kukui'ula GOlf Club (Tom Weiskopf 2011, Poipu, HI)
  5. Estancia Club (Tom Fazio 1995, Scottsdale, AZ)
  6. Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands) (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1964/Rees Jones 1995/2005, Johns Creek, GA)
  7. Mayacama Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2001, Santa Rosa, CA)
  8. Lahontan Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 1998, Truckee, CA)
  9. Victory Ranch Golf Club (Rees Jones 2009, Woodland, UT)
  10. Ocean Forest Golf Club (Rees Jones 1995, Sea Island, GA)
  11. Kohanaiki Golf Club (Rees Jones 2013, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  12. SouthShore Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1996, Henderson, NV)
  13. Wolf Creek Golf Club (Dennis Ryder 2000, Mesquite, NV)*
  14. Poipu Bay Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1991, Koloa, HI)*
  15. Stone Canyon Golf Club (Jay Morrish 2000, Oro Valley, AZ)
  16. Forest Creek Golf Club (North) (Tom Fazio 2002, Pinehurst, NC)
  17. Snake River Sporting Club (Tom Weiskopf 2006, Jackson, WY)
  18. The Club at Spanish Peaks (Tom Weiskopf 2007, Big Sky, MT)
  19. Spanish Oaks Golf Club (Bobby Weed 2006, Bee Cave, TX)
  20. Garden City Golf Club (Devereux Emmet 1899, Garden City, NY)
  21. Olympia Fields (North) (Willie Park Jr. 1922, Olympia Fields, IL)
  22. Butler National Golf Club (George Fazio 1974/Tom Fazio 1988-2000/2005, Oak Brook, IL)
  23. Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower) (A.W. Tillinghast 1922, Springfield, NJ)
  24. San Francisco Golf Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1915, San Francisco, CA)
  25. Oakland Hills Country Club (South) (Donald Ross 1918, Bloomfield, MI)
  26. Olympic Club (Lake) (Sam Whiting 1927, San Francisco, CA)
  27. The Preserve Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2000, Carmel, CA)
  28. Streamsong Resort (Blue) (Tom Doak 2012, Streamsong, FL)*
  29. Aldarra Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Fall City, WA)
  30. Sherwood Country Club (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Thousand Oaks, CA)
  31. Tidewater Golf Club (Ken Tomlinson 1990, North Myrtle Beach, SC)*
  32. Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (Jack Nicklaus 1988, Lihue, Kauai, HI)*
  33. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club (Mike Strantz 1994, Pawleys Island, SC)*
  34. True Blue Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Pawleys Island, SC)*
  35. Glenwild Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Park City, UT)
  36. Pronghorn Golf Club (Fazio) (Tom Fazio 2006, Bend, OR)
  37. Desert Highlands Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1983, Scottsdale, AZ)
  38. Boot Ranch Golf Club (Hal Sutton 2006, Fredericksburg, TX)
  39. Piping Rock Club (C.B. Macdonald 1912, Locust Valley, NY)
  40. Sanctuary Golf Club (Jim Engh 1997, Sedalia, CO)
  41. Worlds Woods (Pine Barrens) (Tom Fazio 1993, Brooksville, FL)
  42. Valhalla Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1986, Louisville, KY)
  43. Wine Valley Golf Club (Dan Hixson 2009, Walla Walla, WA)*
  44. The Wilderness Club (Nick Faldo 2009, Eureka, MT)*
  45. Dallas National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2002, Dallas, TX)
  46. Blackwolf Run (River) (Pete Dye 1988, Kohler, WI)*
  47. Medinah Country Club (No. 3) (Tom Bendelow 1928,. Medinah, IL)
  48. Carne Golf Links (Eddie Hackett 1992 and Jim Engh/Ally McIntosh 2013, Belmullet, IE)*
  49. Atlantic Golf Club (Rees Jones 1992, Bridgehampton, NY)
  50. The Club at Ravenna (Jay Morrish 2007, Littleton, CO)
  51. Lakota Canyon Ranch (Jim Engh 2004, New Castle, CO)*
  52. Karsten Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1994, Stillwater, OK)*
  53. Sycamore Hills Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Fort Wayne, IN)
  54. Clear Creek Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2009, Carson City, NV)
  55. Kiawah Island Club (Cassique) (Tom Watson 2000, Kiawah Island, SC)
  56. County Louth Golf Club aka Baltray (Tom SImpson 1938, Louth, IE)*
  57. Aronimink Golf Club (Donald Ross 1928, Newtown Square, PA)
  58. Lochinvar Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1980, Houston, TX)
  59. Philadelphia Country Club (Spring/Mill) (William Flynn 1927, Gladwyne, PA)
  60. The Links at Crowbush (Thomas McBroom 1994, St. Peters, PEI, Canada)*
  61. Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (Jack Nicklaus 1999, Desert Mountain, AZ)
  62. Desert Mountain (Geronimo) (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Desert Mountain, AZ)
  63. We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro) (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2006, Fort McDowell, AZ)*
  64. We-Ko-Pa (Cholla) (Scott Miller 2001, Fort McDowell, AZ)*
  65. Salish Cliffs Golf Club (Gene Bates 2011, Shelton, WA)
  66. Cirlcing Raven Golf Club (Gene Bates 2003, Worley, ID)
  67. Redlands Mesa Golf Club (Jim Engh 2001, Grand Junction, CO)*
  68. Black Sheep Golf Club (David Esler 2002, Sugar Grove, IL)
  69. Dunes Golf and Beach Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1948, Myrtle Beach, SC)*
  70. Columbia Country Club (Herbert H. Barker 1911, Chevy Chase, MD)
  71. Links at Spanish Bay (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1987, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  72. The Creek at Qualchan (William Robinson 1992, Spokane, WA)*
  73. Laurel Valley Golf Club (Dick Wilson 1959, Ligonier, PA)
  74. The Creek Club (C.B. Macdonald 1925, Locust Valley, NY)
  75. Concession Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2006, Bradenton, FL)
  76. Golf Club of Georgia (Lakeside) (Arthur Hills 1991, Alpharetta, GA)
  77. Windsong Farm Golf Club (John Fought 2004, Independence, MN)
  78. Summit Rock Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2012, Horseshoe Bay, TX)
  79. Gamble Sands Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2014, Brewster, WA)*
  80. The K Club (Arnold Palmer 1991, Straffan, IE)*
  81. Hazeltine National Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1962, Chaska, MN)
  82. Bulle Rock (Pete Dye 1998, Havre de Grace, MD)*
  83. Cog Hill Golf & Country Club (Dubsdread) (Dick Wilson 1964, Lemont, IL)*
  84. The Country Club (Ralph Plummber 1960, Salt Lake City, UT)
  85. Eagle Point Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2000, Wilmington, NC)
  86. Headwaters at Teton Springs (Gary Stephenson 2004, Victor, ID)*
  87. Eugene Country Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1967, Eugene, OR)
  88. Trump International Doonbeg (Greg Norman 2002, Doonbeg, IE)*
  89. The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1999, Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
  90. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (Jack Nicklaus 2003, Sheboygan Falls, WI)*
  91. Shepherd's Rock Golf Club (Pete Dye 2017, Farmington, PA)*
  92. Mystic Rock Golf Club (Pete Dye 1995, Farmington, PA)*
  93. Black Horse Golf Club (Edwin Carnes 1964/Gene Bates 2008, Seaside, CA)*
  94. Southern Highlands Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr. 1999, Las Vegas, NV)
  95. Shooting Star (Tom Fazio 2009, Jackson, WY)
  96. Minikahda Club (Donald Ross 1917 Minneapolis, MN)
  97. Troon Country Club (Tom Weiskopf 1986, Scottsdale, AZ)
  98. Cherry Hills Country Club (William Flynn 1922, Englewood, CO)
  99. Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper) (A. W. Tillinghast 1922, Springfield, NJ)
  100. Winged Foot Golf Club (East) (A. W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)