Royal County Down (Championship Links)

Newcastle, Co. Down


Golfweek's Top 100 Modern Courses

Offering a distinction between older courses and newer courses, Golfweek's Top 100 Modern Courses list includes courses built after 1960. Below is their current list with an * marking the public access courses. Courses in BOLD have been played by Billy; a total of 77 so far. Courses in italics are scheduled to played this year.

Top 10 Courses

  1. SAND HILLS GOLF CLUB (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 1994, Mullen, NE)
  2. PACIFIC DUNES GOLF COURSE (Tom Doak 2001, Bandon, OR)*
  3. Friar's Head Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2002, Riverhead, NY)
  4. BALLYNEAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Doak 2005, Holyoke, CO)
  5. OLD MACDONALD (Tom Doak 2010, Bandon, OR)*
  6. SEBONACK GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak 2006, Southampton, NY)
  8. BANDON DUNES GOLF COURSE (David McLay Kidd 1999, Bandon, OR)*
  9. SHADOW CREEK GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1990, North Las Vegas, NV)*
  10. Wade Hampton Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1988, Cashiers, NC)
8th Hole at Whistling Straits (Straits)
8th Hole at Whistling Straits (Straits)

Courses 11-20

  1. MUIRFIELD VILLAGE GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead 1974, Dublin, OH)
  2. THE GOLF CLUB (Pete Dye 1967, New Albany, OH)
  3. THE OCEAN COURSE AT KIAWAH ISLAND (Pete Dye 1991, Kiawah Island, SC)*
  4. BANDON TRAILS (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2005, Bandon, OR)
  5. Alotian Club (Tom Fazio 2005, Roland, AK)
  6. PETE DYE GOLF CLUB (Pete Dye 1994, Bridgeport, WV)
  7. ROCK CREEK CATTLE COMPANY (Tom Doak 2008, Deer Lodge, MT)
  8. Pikewood National (Joan Raese and J. Robert Gwynee 2009, Morgantown, WV)
  9. THE HONORS COURSE (Pete Dye 1983, Ooltewah, TN)
  10. OLD SANDWICH GOLF CLUB (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2004, Plymoth, MA)
18th Hole at Muirfield Village
18th Hole at Muirfield Village

Courses 21-30

  1. KINLOCH GOLF CLUB (Lester George and Vinny Giles 2001, Manakin-Sabot, VA)
  2. TPC SAWGRASS (PLAYERS STADIUM) (Pete Dye 1981, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)*
  3. KINGSLEY CLUB (Mike Devries 2001, Kingsley, MI)
  4. WHISPERING PINES GOLF CLUB (Chet Williams 2000, Trinty, TX)
  5. CALUSA PINES GOLF CLUB (Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry 2001, Naples, FL)
  6. BOSTON GOLF CLUB (Gil Hanse 2005, Hingham, MA)
  7. NANEA GOLF CLUB (David McLay Kidd 2004, Kona, HI)
  8. MAMMOTH DUNES (David McLay Kidd 2018, Nekoosa, WI)*
  9. SPYGLASS HILL GOLF COURSE (Robert Trent Jones 1966, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  10. THE ESTANCIA CLUB (Tom Fazio 1995, Scottsdale, AZ)
16th Hole at Calusa Pines
16th Hole at Calusa Pines

Courses 31-40

  1. DISMAL RIVER CLUB (RED) (Tom Doak 2013, Mullen, NE)
  2. GALLOWAY NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1995, Galloway Township, NJ)
  3. SAND VALLEY (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2017, Nekoosa, WI)*
  4. MONTEREY PENINSULA COUNTRY CLUB (SHORE) (Bob Baldock 1961/Mike Strantz 2004, Pebble Beach, CA)
  5. Colorado Golf Club (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw 2007, Parker, CO)
  6. GOZZER RANCH GOLF AND LAKE CLUB (Tom Fazio 2007, Harrison, ID)
  7. STREAMSONG RESORT (RED) (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw 2013, Streamsong, FL)*
  8. STREAMSONG RESORT (BLACK) (Gil Hanse 2017, Streamsong, FL)*
  9. Dunes Club (Dick Nugent 1995, New Buffalo, MI)
  10. DALLAS NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 2002, Dallas, TX)
15th Hole at Gozzer Ranch
15th Hole at Gozzer Ranch

Courses 41-50

  1. OAK TREE NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Pete Dye 1975, Edmond, OK)
  2. GAMBLE SANDS (David McLay Kidd 2014, Brewster, WA)*
  3. HUNTSMAN SPRINGS (David McLay Kidd 2009, Driggs, ID)
  4. ARCADIA BLUFFS GOLF CLUB (Rick Smith and Warren Henderson 2000, Arcadia, MI)*
  5. KAPALUA RESORT (PLANTATION) (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 1991, Kapalua, Maui, HI)*
  6. SHOOTING STAR GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 2009, Teton Village, WY)
  7. BLUEJACK NATIONAL (Tiger Woods 2016, Montgomery, TX)
  8. DESERT FOREST GOLF CLUB (Red Lawrence 1962, Carefree, AZ)
  9. SWEETENS COVE (Rob Collins and Tad Kind 2015, South Pittsburg, TN)
  10. CHAMBERS BAY GOLF CLUB (Robert Trent Jones Jr./Bruce Charlton 2007, University Place, WA)*
9th Hole at Chambers Bay
9th Hole at Chambers Bay

Courses 51-60

  1. OLDE FARM GOLF CLUB (Bobby Weed 2001, Bristol, VA)
  2. Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club (Tom Fazio 2007, Cashiers, NC)
  3. Double Eagle Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish 1991, Galena, OH)
  4. HARBOUR TOWN GOLF LINKS (Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus 1969, Hilton Head Island, SC)*
  5. CASTLE PINES GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus 1981, Castle Rock, CO)
  6. STREAMSONG RESORT (BLUE) (Tom Doak 2013, Streamsong, FL)*
  7. SPRING HILL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1999, Orono, MN)
  8. PRONGHORN GOLF CLUB (FAZIO) (Tom Fazio 2006, Bend, OR)
  9. BUTLER NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (George Fazio and Tom Fazio 1974, Oak Brook, IL)
  10. Quail Hollow Club (George Cobb 1961/Tom Fazio 2003, Charlotte, NC)
6th Hole at Olde Farm
6th Hole at Olde Farm

Courses 61-70

  1. BAYONNE GOLF CLUB (Eric Bergstol 2006, Bayonne, NJ)
  2. Martis Camp Club (Tom Fazio 2007, Truckee, CA)
  3. FALLEN OAK GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 2006, Saucier, MS)*
  4. Shelter Harbor Golf Club (Dana Fry/Michael Hurdzan 2005, Westerly, RI)
  5. MANELE GOLF COURSE (Jack Nicklaus 1993, Lanai, HI)*
  6. MAYACAMA GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus 2001, Santa Rosa, CA)
  7. ATLANTIC GOLF CLUB (Rees Jones 1992, Bridgehampton, NY)
  8. Grandfather Golf and CC (Ellis Mapes 1968, Linville, NC)
  9. THE QUARRY AT LA QUINTA (Tom Fazio 1994, La Quinta, CA)
  10. Sutton Bay (Graham Marsh 2014, Agar, SD)
17th Hole at Manele
17th Hole at Manele

Courses 71-80

  1. BLACK SHEEP GOLF CLUB (David Ester 2002, Sugar Grove, IL)
  2. VICTORIA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1998, Newburgh, IN)
  3. Johns Island West (Tom Fazio 1989, Vero Beach, FL)
  4. ROBERT TRENT JONES GOLF CLUB (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1991, Lake Manassas, VA)
  5. The Rim (Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish 1998, Payson, AZ)
  6. VALHALLA GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus 1986, Louisville, KY)
  7. Long Cove Club (Pete Dye 1982, Hilton Head Island, SC)*
  8. Diamond Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2003, Banner Elk, NC)
  9. CROOKED STICK GOLF CLUB (Pete Dye and Alice Dye 1964, Carmel, IN)
  10. HIDDEN CREEK GOLF CLUB (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw 2002, Egg Harbor Township, NJ)
17th Hole at The Quarry at La Quinta
17th Hole at The Quarry at La Quinta

Courses 81-90

  1. KARSTEN CREEK GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1994, Stillwater, OK)*
  2. Marquette Golf Club (Greywalls) (Mike Devries 2005, Marquette, MI)*
  3. SHOAL CREEK CLUB (Jack Nicklaus 1977, Shoal Creek, AL)
  4. Forest Dunes - The Loop (Red and Black) (Tom Doak 2016, Roscommon, MI)*
  5. PINEHURST NO. 4 (Gil Hanse 2018 remodel, Pinehurst, NC)*
  6. SEA ISLAND GOLF CLUB (SEASIDE) (H.S. Colt and Charles H. Alison 1929/Joe Lee 1970/Tom Fazio 2000, St. Simons Island, GA)*
  7. CLEAR CREEK (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw 2009, Tahoe, NV)
  8. Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw 1998, Eatonton, GA)
  9. BLACKWOLF RUN (RIVER) (Pete Dye 1990, Kohler, WI)*
  10. FOREST HIGHLANDS GOLF CLUB (CANYON) (Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish 1988, Flagstaff, AZ)
16th Hole at Hazeltine National Golf Club
16th Hole at Hazeltine National Golf Club

Courses 91-100

  1. Secession Golf Club (Bruce Devlin 1992, Gibbes Island, SC)
  2. ERIN HILLS (Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, and Ron Whitten 2006, Hartford, WI)*
  3. HAZELTINE NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Robert Trent Jones 1962, Chaska, MN)
  4. MOSSY OAK GOLF CLUB (Gil Hanse 2016, West Point, MS)*
  5. PATRIOT GOLF CLUB (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2010, Owasso, OK)
  6. Jupiter Hills Club (Hills) (George Fazio 2010, Tequesta, FL)
  7. EUGENE COUNTRY CLUB (H. Chandler Egan 1928/Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1967, Eugene, OR)
  8. Austin Golf Club (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2001, Austin, TX)
  9. WILD HORSE GOLF CLUB(Dave Axland and Dan Proctor 1999, Gothenburg, NE)*
  10. Sage Valley Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Graniteville, SC)
17th Hole at Tradition at La Quinta
17th Hole at Tradition at La Quinta

Dropped from the 2018 list

  • OCEAN FOREST GOLF CLUB (Rees Jones 1994, Sea Island, GA)
  • TRADITION AT LA QUINTA (Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay 1998, La Quinta, CA)
  • Trump National Golf Club Bedminster (Old) (Tom Fazio 2004, Bedminster, NJ)
  • The Madison Club (Tom Fazio 2006, La Quinta, CA)

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