Golfweek's Best: Top 100 Classic Courses in USA

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Golfweek's Best: Top 100 Classic Courses in USA

Golfweek's Best

Golfweek's Best: Top 100 Classic Courses in USA

(Note: This list originally appeared in the April 10, 2017 issue of Golfweek.) 

Here is a list of the top 100 courses in the United State built before 1960 according to Golfweek’s Raters, listed with the Golfweek Rater number, location, year opened and designer.

1. (1) Pine Valley 9.60

Pine Valley, N.J.; 1919; Harry S. Colt, George Crump; p

2. (2) Cypress Point Club 9.59

Pebble Beach, Calif.; 1928; Alister MacKenzie; p

3. (3) Shinnecock Hills 9.38

Southampton, N.Y.; 1931; William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey; p

4. (5) Augusta National 9.32

Augusta, Ga.; 1932; Bobby Jones, Alister MacKenzie; p

5. (4) National Golf Links of America 9.22

Southampton, N.Y.; 1911; Charles Blair Macdonald; p

6. (6) Oakmont 9.08

Oakmont, Pa.; 1903; Henry Fownes; p

7. (7) Merion Golf Club (East) 8.94

Ardmore, Pa.; 1912; Hugh Wilson; p

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8. (8) Pebble Beach Golf Links 8.92

Pebble Beach, Calif.; 1919; D. Grant, Jack Neville; r

9. (9) Fishers Island GC 8.75

Fishers Island, N.Y.; 1927; Seth Raynor; p

10. (10) Chicago GC 8.72

Wheaton, Ill.; 1894; Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor; p

11. (11) Crystal Downs 8.65

Frankfort, Mich.; 1931; Alister MacKenzie, Perry Maxwell; p

12. (12) Prairie Dunes CC 8.65

Hutchinson, Kan.; 1937; Perry Maxwell, Press Maxwell; p

13. (13) Seminole GC 8.48

North Palm Beach, Fla.; 1929; Donald Ross; p

14. (14) Pinehurst No. 2 8.43

Pinehurst, N.C.; 1903; Donald Ross; r

15. (15) San Francisco GC 8.41

San Francisco, Calif.; 1915; A.W. Tillinghast; p

16. (16) Los Angeles CC (North) 8.40

Los Angeles, Calif.; 1927; William P. Bell, Herbert Fowler, George C. Thomas, Jr.; p

17. (17) Winged Foot GC (West) 8.34

Mamaroneck, N.Y.; 1923; A.W. Tillinghast; p

18. (20) Riviera CC 8.08

Pacific Palisades, Calif.; 1927; William P. Bell, George C. Thomas, Jr.; p

19. (18) Camargo Club 8.08

Indian Hill, Ohio; 1921; Seth Raynor; p

20. (21) Shoreacres 8.02

Lake Bluff, Ill.; 1921; Seth Raynor; p

21. (19) Oakland Hills (South) 8.01

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; 1918; Donald Ross; p

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22. (26) The Country Club (Composite) 8.00

Brookline, Mass.; 1895; Willie Campbell, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey; p

23. (27) Old Town Club 7.98

Winston-Salem, N.C.; 1939; Perry Maxwell; p

24. (22) Bethpage State Park (Black) 7.97

Farmingdale, N.Y.; 1935; A.W. Tillinghast; d

25. (23) Peachtree 7.97

Atlanta 1948; Robert Trent Jones Sr., Bobby Jones; p

26. (24) Plainfield CC 7.95

Plainfield, N.J.; 1921; Donald Ross; p

27. (25) Somerset Hills CC 7.91

Bernardsville, N.J.; 1918; A.W. Tillinghast; p

28. (28) Garden City GC 7.83

Garden City, N.Y.; 1901; Devereux Emmet, Walter J. Travis; p

29. (29) Myopia Hunt Club 7.77

Hamilton, Mass.; 1896; Herbert Leeds; p

30. (30) Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon) 7.77

Flourtown, Pa.; 1922; A.W. Tillinghast; p

31. (31) Olympic Club (Lake) 7.77

San Francisco; 1929; William Watson, Sam Whiting; p

32. (35) Winged Foot GC (East) 7.75

Mamaroneck, N.Y.; 1923; A.W. Tillinghast; p

33. (32) Southern Hills 7.73

Tulsa, Okla.; 1936; Perry Maxwell; p

34. (33) Quaker Ridge 7.69

Scarsdale, N.Y.; 1926; A.W. Tillinghast; p

35. (34) Pasatiempo 7.66

Santa Cruz, Calif.; 1929; Alister MacKenzie; d

36. (36) Maidstone Club 7.64

East Hampton, N.Y.; 1899; Willie Park Jr., William H.  Tucker; p

37. (37) California GC 7.63

South San Francisco, Calif.; 1926; A. Vernon Macan, Alister MacKenzie, Kyle Phillips; p

38. (38) Valley Club of Montecito 7.60

Santa Barbara, Calif.; 1928; Robert Hunter, Alister MacKenzie; p

39. (40) Baltimore CC (East) 7.59

Timonium, Md.; 1926; A.W. Tillinghast; p

40. (47) Eastward Ho! 7.58

Chatham, Mass.; 1922; Herbert Fowler; p

41. (42) Piping Rock 7.57

Locust Valley, N.Y.; 1913; Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor; p

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42. (45) Baltusrol GC (Lower) 7.52

Springfield, N.J.; 1922; A.W. Tillinghast; p

43. (39) Newport CC 7.51

Newport, R.I.; 1915; Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast; p

44. (43) Wannamoisett 7.5

Rumford, R.I.; 1916; Donald Ross; p

45. (46) Kittansett Club 7.49

Marion, Mass.; 1922; William S. Flynn, Fred Hood; p

46. (44) Yeaman’s Hall Club 7.48

Charleston, S.C.; 1925; Seth Raynor; p

47. (51) Olympia Fields CC (North) 7.46

Olympia Fields, Ill.; 1922; Willie Park Jr.; p

48. (50) Milwaukee CC 7.44

Milwaukee, Wis.; 1929; Charles H.  Alison; p

49. (48) The Course at Yale 7.43

New Haven, Conn.; 1926; Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor; p

50. (49) Essex County Club 7.42

Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.; 1917; Donald Ross; p

51. (56) Scioto 7.42

Columbus, Ohio; 1916; Donald Ross; p

52. (64) Ridgewood CC (Championship) 7.40

Paramus, N.J.; 1929; A.W. Tillinghast; p

53. (41) Inverness Club 7.39

Toledo, Ohio; 1919; Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast, George Fazio & Tom Fazio; p

54. (52) Baltusrol GC (Upper) 7.38

Springfield, N.J.; 1922; A.W. Tillinghast; p

55. (53) Interlachen 7.38

Edina, Minn.; 1919; Donald Ross, William Watson; p

56. (58) Aronimink 7.38

Newtown Square, Pa.; 1928; Donald Ross; p

57. (55) Sleepy Hollow 7.37

Scarborough-on-Hudson, N.Y.; 1914; Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor; p

58. (59) Canterbury 7.37

Beachwood, Ohio; 1922; Herbert Strong; p

59. (62) Brookside 7.36

Canton, Ohio; 1922; Donald Ross; p

60. (60) Lawsonia (Links) 7.36

Green Lake, Wis.; 1929; William B. Langford, Theodore J. Moreau; d

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61. (57) Colonial 7.35

Fort Worth, Texas; 1935; John Bredemus, Perry Maxwell; p

62. (54) Oak Hill (East) 7.33

Pittsford, N.Y.; 1924; Tom Fazio, George Fazio, Donald Ross; p

63. (63) Lancaster CC 7.32

Lancaster, Pa. ; 1920; William S. Flynn, David Gordon, William Gordon; p

64. (61) St. Louis CC 7.3

St. Louis, Mo.; 1914; Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor; p

65. (76) Salem CC 7.28

Peabody, Mass.; 1925; Donald Ross; p

66. * Old Elm 7.26

Fort Sheridan, Ill.; 1913; Harry S. Colt, Donald Ross; p

67. (69) Fox Chapel 7.26

Pittsburgh, Pa.; 1925; Charles Banks, Seth Raynor; p

68. (74) Laurel Valley GC 7.26

Ligonier, Pa.; 1959; Dick Wilson; p

69. (67) Mountain Lake 7.24

Lake Wales, Fla.; 1917; Seth Raynor; p

70. (65) NCR CC (South) 7.24

Kettering, Ohio; 1954; Dick Wilson; p

71. (68) Augusta CC 7.23

Augusta, Ga.; 1927; Donald Ross; p

72. (71) White Bear Yacht Club 7.23

White Bear Lake, Minn.; 1916; Donald Ross; p

73. (72) Bel-Air CC 7.21

Los Angeles; 1927; William P. Bell, George C. Thomas, Jr.; p

74. (66) East Lake GC 7.19

Atlanta; 1915; George Cobb, Rees Jones, Donald Ross; p

75. (70) Congressional CC (Blue) 7.15

Bethesda, Md.; 1924; Devereux Emmet, Rees Jones, Robert Trent Jones Sr.; p

76. (86) Omni Homestead Resort (Cascades) 7.14

Hot Springs, Va.; 1923; William S. Flynn; r

77. (79) Fenway GC 7.14

Scarsdale, N.Y.; 1924; A.W. Tillinghast; p

78. (75) Franklin Hills 7.14

Franklin, Mich.; 1926; Donald Ross; p

79. (78) Creek Club 7.10

Locust Valley, N.Y.; 1925; Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor; p

80. (81) Sankaty Head 7.10

Siasconset, Mass.; 1921; H. Emerson Armstrong; p

81. (90) CC of Scranton 7.09

Scranton, Pa.; 1927; Walter J. Travis; p

82. (91) Roaring Gap Club 7.08

Roaring Gap, N.C.; 1926; Donald Ross; p

83. (85) Kirtland CC 7.08

Willoughby, Ohio; 1921; Charles H. Alison; p

84. (80) Charlotte CC 7.07

Charlotte, N.C.; 1923; Donald Ross; p

85. (84) Medinah No. 3 7.06

Medinah, Ill.; 1928; Tom Bendelow, Roger Packard; p

86. (88) St. George’s G&CC 7.06

Stony Brook, N.Y.; 1917; Devereux Emmet; p

87. ** Moraine CC 7.06

Dayton, Ohio; 1936; Alex Campbell, Dick Wilson; p

88. (77) Holston Hills 7.04

Knoxville, Tenn.; 1928; Donald Ross; p

89. (73) CC of Fairfield 7.03

Fairfield, Conn.; 1914; Seth Raynor, A.W. Tillinghast; p

90. (89) Whitinsville GC 7.02

Whitinsville, Mass.; 1923; Donald Ross; p

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91. (83) Cherry Hills CC 7.02

Englewood, Colo.; 1923; William S. Flynn; p

92. ** Whippoorwill CC 7.02

Armonk, N.Y.; 1925; Charles Banks, Donald Ross; p

93. (87) Skokie CC 7.00

Glencoe, Ill.; 1938; Tom Bendelow, William B. Langford, Theodore J. Moreau, Donald Ross; p

94. * Monterey Peninsula CC (Dunes) 6.99

Pebble Beach, Calif.; 1926; Charles Banks, Robert Hunter, Seth Raynor; p

95. (99) Hollywood GC 6.99

Deal, N.J.; 1913; Walter J. Travis; p

96. (92) Wykagyl CC 6.98

New Rochelle, N.Y.; 1920; Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast; p

97. (93) Minikahda Club 6.98

Minneapolis; 1907; Donald Ross, William Watson; p

98. ** Ekwanok Country C lub 6.96

Manchester, Vt.; 1899; Walter J. Travis; p

99. ** Indian Creek GC 6.96

Miami Beach, Fla.; 1930; William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey; p

100. (96) Monroe GC 6.95

Pittsford, N.Y.; 1923; Donald Ross; p

NR – not ranked

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** returns to list

p – private

r – resort

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