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Golfweek’s Best: Resort Courses, 2016

Pelican Hill GC
Pelican Hill GC ((Ocean North) )

Location, opened

Architect(s)

Avg. rating

1. (2) Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1919

Douglas Grant, Jack Neville

Avg. rating: 8.98


2. (1) Pacific Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 2001

Tom Doak

Avg. rating: 8.88


3. (3) Pinehurst No. 2

Pinehurst, N.C., 1903

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 8.49


4. (5) Old Macdonald

Bandon, Ore., 2010

Tom Doak, Jim Urbina

Avg. rating: 8.42


5. (4) Whistling Straits (Straits)

Mosel, Wis., 1997

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 8.40


6. (6) Bandon Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 1999

David McLay Kidd

Avg. rating: 8.24


7. (7) Shadow Creek GC

North Las Vegas, Nev., 1990

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 8.07


8. (8) Ocean Course

Kiawah Island, S.C., 1991

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.93


9. (10) TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium)

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 1981

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.79


10. (9) Bandon Trails

Bandon, Ore., 2005

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 7.76


11. (11) Spyglass Hill GC

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1966

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 7.71


12. (12) Streamsong (Red)

Streamsong, Fla., 2012

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 7.57


13. (13) Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Island, S.C., 1970

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.37


14. (15) Fallen Oak GC

Saucier, Miss., 2006

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 7.32


15. (14) Streamsong (Blue)

Streamsong, Fla., 2012

Tom Doak

Avg. rating: 7.29


16. (16) Kapalua GC (Plantation)

Lahaina, Hawaii, 1991

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 7.26


17. (17) Blackwolf Run (River)

Mosel, Wis., 1988

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.20


18. (NR) Gamble Sands

Brewster, Wash., 2014

David McLay Kidd

Avg. rating: 7.06


19. (19) Sea Island GC (Seaside)

St. Simons Island, Ga., 2000

C.H. Alison, H.S. Colt, Tom Fazio, Joe Lee

Avg. rating: 7.05


20. (21) The Prairie Club (Dunes)

Valentine, Neb., 2010

Tom Lehman

Avg. rating: 7.04


21. (20) Omni Homestead Resort (Cascades)

Hot Springs, Va., 1923

William S. Flynn

Avg. rating: 7.03


22. (18) Mid Pines Club

Southern Pines, N.C., 1921

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.92


23. (27) Trump National Doral (Blue Monster)

Doral, Fla., 1962

Gil Hanse, Dick Wilson

Avg. rating: 6.87


24. (29) Greenbrier GC (Old White TPC)

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., 1915

Lester George, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor

Avg. rating: 6.87


25. (26) Dunes Golf & Beach Club

Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1949

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.85


26. (24) Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

Pawleys Island, S.C., 1994

Michael Strantz

Avg. rating: 6.85


27. (22) Pine Needles CC

Southern Pines, N.C., 1927

John Fought, Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.82


28. (31) Erin Hills GC

Hartford, Wis., 2006

Dana Fry, Michael Hurdzan

Avg. rating: 6.77


29. (36) CordeValle

San Martin, Calif., 2000

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.75


30. (25) May River Course at Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton, S.C., 2004

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.73


31. (33) Linville GC

Linville, N.C., 1924

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.71


32. (28) French Lick Resort (Pete Dye)

French Lick, Ind., 2009

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.70


33. (30) We-Ko-Pa GC (Saguaro)

Fountain Hills, Ariz., 2006

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 6.70


34. (34) Highland Course at Primland

Meadows of Dan, Va., 2007

Donald Steel

Avg. rating: 6.69


35. (35) Whistling Straits (Irish)

Mosel, Wis., 1999

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.67


36. (32) Manele GC

Lanai, Hawaii, 1993

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.66


37. (38) Pronghorn (Nicklaus)

Bend, Ore., 2004

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.63


38. (51) Ritz-Carlton GC at Dove Mountain (Saguaro & Tortolita)

Marana, Ariz., 2009

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.61


39. (43) Salish Cliffs

Shelton, Wash., 2011

Gene Bates

Avg. rating: 6.56


40. (44) Atlantic City CC

Northfield, N.J., 1923

Tom Doak, William S. Flynn

Avg. rating: 6.55


41. (41) Crystal Springs Resort (Ballyowen)

Hamburg, N.J., 1998

Roger Rulewich

Avg. rating: 6.54


42. (45) Barona Creek Golf Club

Lakeside, Calif., 2000

Gary Roger Baird, Todd Eckenrode

Avg. rating: 6.53

43. (40) Wilderness at Fortune Bay

Tower, Minn., 2004

Jeff Brauer

Avg. rating: 6.53


44. (50) Broadmoor CC (East)

Colorado Springs, Colo., 1918

Robert Trent Jones Sr., Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.52


45. (39) Pine Dunes Resort & GC

Frankston, Texas, 2001

Jay Morrish

Avg. rating: 6.51


46. (23) Cape Cod National

Brewster, Mass., 1987

Mark Mungeam, Brian Silva

Avg. rating: 6.50


47. (NR) Full Cry at Keswick Hall and GC

Charlottesville, Va., 2014

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.48


48. (46) Reynolds Plantation (Oconee)

Greensboro, Ga., 2000

Rees Jones

Avg. rating: 6.46


49. (48) Innisbrook GC (Copperhead)

Palm Harbor, Fla., 1974

Lawrence Packard

Avg. rating: 6.46


50. (52) Pinehurst No. 8

Pinehurst, N.C., 1995

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.44


51. (54) Bay Hill Club & Lodge

Orlando, Fla., 1961

Arnold Palmer, Dick Wilson

Avg. rating: 6.44


52. (49) Golden Horseshoe GC (Gold)

Williamsburg, Va., 1965

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.43


53. (47) Tobacco Road

Sanford, N.C., 1998

Michael Strantz

Avg. rating: 6.43


54. (53) PGA West (Stadium)

La Quinta, Calif., 1986

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.43


55. (61) Sand Hollow GC (Championship)

St. George, Utah, 2008

John Fought, Andy Staples

Avg. rating: 6.42


56. (63) Osprey Meadows GC

Donnelly, Idaho, 2006

Robert Trent Jones Jr., Bruce Charlton

Avg. rating: 6.42


57. (56) Links at Spanish Bay

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1987

Robert Trent Jones Jr., Sandy Tatum, Tom Watson

Avg. rating: 6.42


58. (59) Wolf Creek GC

Mesquite, Nev., 2000

Dennis Ryder

Avg. rating: 6.41


59. (55) Nemacolin Woodlands (Mystic Rock)

Farmington, Pa., 1995

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.40


60. (60) Mauna Kea Beach Hotel GC

Kamuela, Hawaii, 1966

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.39


61. (64) Wynn GC

Las Vegas, 2005

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.33


62. (42) Princeville Makai GC

Princeville, Hawaii, 1971

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.28


63. (57) Camp Creek

Panama City Beach, Fla., 2001

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.27


64. (84) Pelican Hill GC (Ocean North)

Newport Coast, Calif., 1993

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.27


65. (75) Paiute GC (The Wolf)

Las Vegas, 2001

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.27


66. (58) Ocean Course at Hammock Beach

Palm Coast, Fla., 2000

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.27


67. (76) Bald Head Island Club

Bald Head Island, N.C., 1974

Tim Cate, George Cobb

Avg. rating: 6.26


68. (71) Lodestone GC

McHenry, Md., 2010

Hale Irwin, Todd Schoeder

Avg. rating: 6.25


69. (70) We-Ko-Pa GC (Cholla)

Fountain Hills, Ariz., 2001

Scott Miller

Avg. rating: 6.25


70. (66) French Lick Resort (Ross)

French Lick, Ind., 1917

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.24


71. (NR) Reflection Bay GC at Lake Las Vegas Resort

Las Vegas, 1998

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.24


72. (69) Red Sky (Fazio)

Wolcott, Colo., 2003

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.23


73. (62) The Wilderness Club of Montana

Eureka, Mont., 2009

Nick Faldo

Avg. rating: 6.22


74. (94) The Prairie Club (Pines)

Valentine, Neb., 2010

Graham Marsh

Avg. rating: 6.22


75. (73) Stonewall Resort

Roanoke, W.Va., 2003

Arnold Palmer

Avg. rating: 6.21


76. (65) PGA National (Champion)

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 1981

Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.21


77. (78) Troon North (Pinnacle)

Scottsdale, Ariz., 1996

Tom Weiskopf

Avg. rating: 6.19


78. (NR) TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks)

San Antonio, 2010

Greg Norman

Avg. rating: 6.19


79. (93) Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons)

Austin, Texas, 2001

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.19


80. (87) Pelican Hill GC (Ocean South)

Newport Coast, Calif., 1992

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.18


81. (79) Troon North (Monument)

Scottsdale, Ariz., 1990

Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf

Avg. rating: 6.16


82. (72) Omni Bedford Springs (Old)

Bedford, Pa., 1923

Ron Forse, Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast

Avg. rating: 6.15


83. (67) Sawgrass CC

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 1974

Ed Seay

Avg. rating: 6.15


84. (77) Whitetail GC

McCall, Idaho, 2001

Andy North

Avg. rating: 6.12


85. (86) Pinehurst No. 4

Pinehurst, N.C., 1917

Donald Ross; Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.12


86. (81) Ak-Chin Southern Dunes GC

Maricopa, Ariz., 2002

Brian Curley, Lee Schmidt

Avg. rating: 6.11


87. (80) Sandia Golf Club

Albuquerque, N.M., 2005

Scott Miller

Avg. rating: 6.11


88. (NR) Lake of Isles (North)

North Stonington, Conn., 2005

Rees Jones

Avg. rating: 6.11


89. (88) Sagamore GC

Bolton Landing, N.Y., 1928

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.10


90. (90) Lakewood Shores Resort (Gailes)

Oscoda, Mich., 1992

Kevin Aldridge

Avg. rating: 6.10


91. (82) Turtle Bay Resort (Arnold Palmer)

Kahuku, Hawaii, 1992

Arnold Palmer

Avg. rating: 6.10


92. (68) Black Jack’s Crossing GC

Lajitas, Texas, 2012

Lanny Wadkins

Avg. rating: 6.10


93. (92) Sunriver (Crosswater)

Sunriver, Ore., 1995

Bob Cupp, John Fought

Avg. rating: 6.09


94. (96) Ventana Canyon (Mountain)

Tucson, Ariz., 1987

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.08


95. (89) TimberStone GC

Iron Mountain, Mich., 1995

Jerry Matthews

Avg. rating: 6.08


96. (95) Firekeeper GC

Mayetta, Kan., 2011

Jeff Brauer, Notah Begay III

Avg. rating: 6.08


97. (74) Grand National (Links)

Opelika, Ala., 1993

Robert Trent Jones Jr., Roger Rulewich

Avg. rating: 6.06


98. (83) Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (Poipu Bay)

Kauai, Hawaii, 1991

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.06


99. (91) Treetops (Signature)

Gaylord, Mich., 1993

Rick Smith

Avg. rating: 6.05


100. (99) Circling Raven

Worley, Idaho, 2003

Gene Bates

Avg. rating: 6.05

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Orlando, Fla., 1997

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Park Hyatt Aviara GC

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Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay


PGA Golf Club (Dye)

Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1999

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Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1999

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Glenview, Ill., 2001

Tom Fazio


The International GC (Oaks)

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Asheville, N.C., 1926

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Naples, Fla., 1999

Greg Norman


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Irving, Texas, 1983

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Aventura, Fla., 1971

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