2011 Golfweek's Best Classic Courses

No. 86 Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club.

No. Name

Raters avg.

(2010 rating) Location

Year, Architect

Note: d–daily fee; p–private; r–resort; * First time in top 100; Returned to list


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1. Pine Valley Golf Club

9.57

(No. 1 in 2010, p) Pine Valley, N.J.

1919, George Crump, Harry S. Colt


2. Cypress Point Club

9.48

(2, p) Pebble Beach, Calif.

1928, Alister MacKenzie


3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

9.32

(3, p) Southampton, N.Y.

1931, Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn


4. National Golf Links of America

9.13

(4, p) Southampton, N.Y.

1911, Charles Blair Macdonald


5. Merion Golf Club (East)

9.04

(5, p) Ardmore, Pa.

1912, Hugh Wilson


6. Oakmont Country Club

9.01

(6, p) Oakmont, Pa.

1903, Henry Fownes


7. Fishers Island Golf Club

8.96

(10, p) Fishers Island, N.Y.

1917, Seth Raynor


8. Crystal Downs

8.82

(7, p) Frankfort, Mich.

1931, Alister MacKenzie, Perry Maxwell


9. Pebble Beach Golf Links

8.80

(8, r) Pebble Beach, Calif.

1919, Douglas Grant, Jack Neville


10. Augusta National Golf Club

8.69

(9, p) Augusta, Ga.

1932, Bobby Jones, Alister MacKenzie


11. San Francisco Golf Club

8.60

(11, p) San Francisco

1915, A.W. Tillinghast


12. Prairie Dunes Country Club

8.59

(13, p) Hutchinson, Kan.

1937, Perry Maxwell; Press Maxwell (1957)


13. Chicago Golf Club

8.55

(12, p) Wheaton, Ill.

1923, Seth Raynor; Charles Blair Macdonald (1894)


14. Seminole Golf Club

8.51

(14, p) North Palm Beach, Fla.

1929, Donald Ross


15. Los Angeles Country Club (North)

8.47

(21, p) Los Angeles

1927, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas Jr.; Herbert Fowler (1921)


16. Winged Foot Golf Club (West)

8.45

(16, p) Mamaroneck, N.Y.

1923, A.W. Tillinghast


17. Pinehurst Resort No. 2

8.38

(15, r) Pinehurst, N.C.

1903-1946, Donald Ross


18. Garden City Golf Club

8.13

(18, p) Garden City, N.Y.

1899, Devereux Emmet; Walter J. Travis (1909)


19. Oakland Hills Country Club (South)

8.12

(17, p) Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

1918, Donald Ross; Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1950)


20. Riviera Country Club

8.11

(23, p) Pacific Palisades, Calif.

1927, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas Jr.


21. Bethpage State Park (Black)

8.07

(19, d) Farmingdale, N.Y.

1935, A.W. Tillinghast


22. The Country Club (Composite)

8.00

(20, p) Brookline, Mass.

1895, Willie Campbell; Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn (1931)


23. Olympic Club (Lake)

7.99

(22, p) San Francisco

1929, Willie Watson, Sam Whiting


24. Camargo Club

7.97

(24, p) Indian Hill, Ohio

1921, Seth Raynor


25. Southern Hills Country Club

7.89

(25, p) Tulsa, Okla.

1936, Perry Maxwell


26. Shoreacres

7.87

(26, p) Lake Bluff, Ill.

1921, Seth Raynor


27. Wannamoisett Country Club

7.81

(27, p) Rumford, R.I.

1916, Donald Ross


28. Plainfield Country Club

7.75

(29, p) Plainfield, N.J.

1921, Donald Ross


29. Pasatiempo Golf Club

7.73

(30, d) Santa Cruz, Calif.

1929, Alister MacKenzie


30. Winged Foot Golf Club (East)

7.71

(33, p) Mamaroneck, N.Y.

1923, A.W. Tillinghast


31. Somerset Hills Country Club

7.65

(28, p) Bernardsville, N.J.

1918, A.W. Tillinghast


32. Myopia Hunt Club

7.63

(32, p) Hamilton, Mass.

1896, Herbert Leeds


33. Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower)

7.58

(36, p) Springfield, N.J.

1922, A.W. Tillinghast


34. Peachtree Golf Club

7.55

(35, p) Atlanta

1948, Bobby Jones, Robert Trent Jones Sr.


35. California Golf Club

7.54

(54, p) South San Francisco, Calif.

1926, A. Vernon Macan; Alister MacKenzie (1928); Kyle Phillips (2007)


36. Valley Club of Montecito

7.54

(41, p) Santa Barbara, Calif.

1928, Robert Hunter, Alister MacKenzie


37. Oak Hill Country Club (East)

7.53

(34, p) Pittsford, N.Y.

1924, Donald Ross; George Fazio, Tom Fazio (1979)


38. Newport Country Club

7.51

(45, p) Newport, R.I.

1915, Donald Ross; A.W. Tillinghast (1924)


39. Yeamans Hall Club

7.51

(39, p) Charleston, S.C.

1925, Seth Raynor


40. Maidstone Club

7.50

(31, p) East Hampton, N.Y.

1899, William H. Tucker; Willie Park Jr. (1925)


41. The Course at Yale

7.49

(47, p) New Haven, Conn.

1926, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


42. Baltimore Country Club (East)

7.48

(40, p) Timonium, Md.

1926, A.W. Tillinghast


43. Quaker Ridge

7.47

(38, p) Scarsdale, N.Y.

1926, A.W. Tillinghast


44. Piping Rock

7.46

(43, p) Locust Valley, N.Y.

1913, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


45. Inverness Club

7.45

(37, p) Toledo, Ohio

1919, Donald Ross; George Fazio, Tom Fazio (1978)


46. Olympia Fields Country Club (North)

7.44

(42, p) Olympia Fields, Ill.

1922, Willie Park Jr.


47. Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper)

7.42

(59, p) Springfield, N.J.

1922, A.W. Tillinghast


48. Milwaukee Country Club

7.39

(44, p) Milwaukee

1929, Harry S. Colt, Charles H. Alison


49. Scioto Country Club

7.38

(48, p) Columbus, Ohio

1916, Donald Ross


50. Colonial Country Club

7.37

(50, p) Fort Worth, Texas

1935, John Bredemus; Perry Maxwell (1940)


51. Salem Country Club

7.37

(46, p) Peabody, Mass.

1925, Donald Ross


52. Interlachen Country Club

7.35

(51, p) Edina, Minn.

1911, Donald Ross; Willie Watson (1919)


53. Homestead Resort (Cascades)

7.34

(49, r) Hot Springs, Va.

1923, William S. Flynn


54. East Lake Golf Club

7.33

(53, p) Atlanta

1915, Donald Ross; George Cobb (1960); Rees Jones (1994)


55. Aronimink Golf Club

7.27

(56, p) Newtown Square, Pa.

1928, Donald Ross


56. Holston Hills Country Club

7.25

(52, p) Knoxville, Tenn.

1928, Donald Ross


57. Kittansett Club

7.23

(55, p) Marion, Mass.

1922, Fred Hood


58. Lawsonia Golf Club (Links)

7.23

(57, d) Green Lake, Wis.

1929, William B. Langford, Theodore J. Moreau


59. Congressional Country Club (Blue)

7.17

(68, p) Bethesda, Md.

1924, Devereux Emmet; Donald Ross (1930); Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1959); Rees Jones (1989)


60. Canterbury Golf Club

7.17

(79, p) Beachwood, Ohio

1922, Herbert Strong


61. White Bear Yacht Club

7.15

(60, p) White Bear Lake, Minn.

1916, Donald Ross


62. Franklin Hills Country Club

7.13

(66, p) Franklin, Mich.

1926, Donald Ross


63. Medinah Country Club (No. 3)

7.13

(62, p) Medinah, Ill.

1928, Tom Bendelow; Roger Packard (1986); Rees Jones (2004)


64. Essex County Club

7.12

(63, p) Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

1917, Donald Ross


65. Fenway Golf Club

7.12

(61, p) Scarsdale, N.Y.

1924, A.W. Tillinghast


66. Lancaster Country Club

7.11

(65, p) Lancaster, Pa.

1920, William S. Flynn, David Gordon, William Gordon (1959)


67. Mountain Lake Country Club

7.11

(67, p) Lake Wales, Fla.

1917, Seth Raynor


68. Cherry Hills Country Club

7.11

(58, p) Englewood, Colo.

1923, William S. Flynn


69. Brookside Country Club

7.10

(74, p) Canton, Ohio

1922, Donald Ross


70. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

7.08

(69, r) Southern Pines, N.C.

1927, Donald Ross


71. NCR Country Club (South)

7.07

(64, p) Kettering, Ohio

1954, Dick Wilson


72. Minikahda Club

6.99

(70, p) Minneapolis

1907, Donald Ross; Willie Watson (1917)


73. St. Louis Country Club

6.98

(75, p) St. Louis

1914, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


74. Huntingdon Valley Country Club

6.97

(72, p) Abingdon, Pa.

1927, Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn


75. Whippoorwill Country Club

6.96

(73, p) Armonk, N.Y.

1925, Donald Ross; Charles Banks (1929)


76. Ekwanok Country Club

6.95

(71, p) Manchester, Vt.

1899, Walter J. Travis; John Duncan Dunn (1927)


77. Indianwood Country Club (Old)

6.93

(77, p) Lake Orion, Mich.

1928, William Connellan, Wilfred Reid


78. Rolling Green Golf Club

6.92

(76, p) Springfield, Pa.

1926, Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn


79. Bel-Air Country Club

6.91

(78, p) Los Angeles

1927, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas Jr.


80. Eastward Ho!

6.91

(88, p) Chatham, Mass.

1922, Herbert Fowler


81. Fox Chapel Golf Club

6.91

(84, p) Pittsburgh

1925, Charles Banks, Seth Raynor


82. Lehigh Country Club

6.90

(81, p) Allentown, Pa.

1928, Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn


83. Taconic Golf Club

6.89

(80, p) Williamstown, Mass.

1927, Wayne Stiles, John Van Kleek


84. Ridgewood Country Club (East/West)

6.89

(85, p) Paramus, N.J.

1929, A.W. Tillinghast


85. *Sleepy Hollow Country Club

6.89

(NR, p) Scarborough-on-Hudson, N.Y.

1914, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


86. *Charlotte Country Club

6.88

(NR, p) Charlotte, N.C.

1923, Donald Ross; Ron Prichard (2008)


87. Sankaty Head Golf Club

6.86

(89, p) Siasconset, Mass.

1921, H. Emerson Armstrong


88. Country Club of Fairfield

6.86

(82, p) Fairfield, Conn.

1914, Seth Raynor; A.W. Tillinghast (1925)


89. Creek Club

6.85

(83, p) Locust Valley, N.Y.

1925, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


90. Old Town Club

6.84

(91, p) Winston-Salem, N.C.

1939, Perry Maxwell


91. Philadelphia Country Club (Spring Mill)

6.83

(86, p) Gladwyne, Pa.

1927, Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn


92. Country Club of Buffalo

6.82

(90, p) Williamsville, N.Y.

1923, Donald Ross


93. Northland Country Club

6.82

(87, p) Duluth, Minn.

1927, Donald Ross


94. Palmetto Club

6.81

(97, p) Aiken, S.C.

1892, Herbert Leeds; Alister MacKenzie (1931)


95. *St. George’s Golf & Country Club

6.80

(NR, p) Stony Brook, N.Y.

1917, Devereux Emmet


96. *Monroe Golf Club

6.80

(NR, p) Pittsford, N.Y.

1923, Donald Ross


97. Moraine Country Club

6.79

(96, p) Dayton, Ohio

1936, Alex Campbell; Dick Wilson (1954)


98. Skokie Country Club

6.78

(92, p) Glencoe, Ill.

1938, William B. Langford, Theodore J. Moreau; Tom Bendelow (1904); Donald Ross (1915)


99. Augusta Country Club

6.76

(NR, p) Augusta, Ga.

1927, Donald Ross


100. *Vesper Country Club

6.75

(NR, p) Tyngsboro, Mass.

1922, Donald Ross


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