2009 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses

Golfweek's Best Classic Courses
Golfweek's Best Classic Courses

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

THE CLASSICS before 1960

No.      Name              Raters avg.
1.         Cypress Point Club  9.54
(No. 1 in 2008; p) Pebble Beach, Calif.
1928, Alister MacKenzie

2.         Pine Valley Golf Club           9.50
(2; p) Pine Valley, N.J.
1919, Harry S. Colt, George Crump

3.         Shinnecock Hills Golf Club  9.22
(3; p) Southampton, N.Y.
1931, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey

4.         Merion Golf Club (East)      9.11
(5; p) Ardmore, Pa.
1912, Hugh Wilson

5.         Oakmont Country Club       9.01  
(6; p) Oakmont, Pa.
1903, Henry Fownes

6.         National Golf Links of America      9.01
(7; p) Southampton, N.Y.
1911, Charles Blair Macdonald

7.         Pebble Beach Golf Links     9.00
(4; r) Pebble Beach, Calif.
1919, Douglas Grant, Jack Neville

8.         Crystal Downs          8.90
(8; p) Frankfort, Mich.
1931, Alister MacKenzie, Perry Maxwell

9.         Augusta National Golf Club            8.87
(10; p) Augusta, Ga.
1932, Bobby Jones, Alister MacKenzie

10.      Prairie Dunes Country Club            8.65
(9; p) Hutchinson, Kan.
1937, Perry Maxwell; Press Maxwell (1957)

11.      Fishers Island Golf Club      8.65  
(12; p) Fishers Island, N.Y.
1926, Seth Raynor

12.      San Francisco Golf Club        8.59
(13; p) San Francisco
1915, A.W. Tillinghast

13.      Chicago Golf Club     8.56
(15; p) Wheaton, Ill.
1894, C.B. Macdonald; Seth Raynor (1923)

14.      Pinehurst No. 2         8.49
(11; r) Pinehurst, N.C.
1903-46, Donald Ross

15.      Seminole Golf Club  8.45
(14; p) North Palm Beach, Fla.
1929, Donald Ross

16.      Winged Foot Golf Club (West)       8.30
(17; p) Mamaroneck, N.Y.
1923, A.W. Tillinghast

17.      Oakland Hills CC (South)    8.14
(16; p) Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
1918, Donald Ross; Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1951)

18.      Bethpage State Park (Black)         8.09
(22; d) Farmingdale, N.Y.
1935, A.W. Tillinghast; Rees Jones (2002)

19.      Garden City Golf Club          8.08
(19; p) Garden City, N.Y.
1899, Devereux Emmet; Walter J. Travis (1909)

20.      Los Angeles CC (North)      8.02
(18; p) Los Angeles
1927, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas Jr.; Herbert Fowler (1921)

21.      The Olympic Club (Lake)    8.01
(20; p) San Francisco
1929, Willie Watson, Sam Whiting

22.      Camargo Club           7.95
(25; p) Indian Hill, Ohio
1921, Seth Raynor

23.      The Country Club (Composite)     7.94
(21; p) Brookline, Mass.
1895, William Campbell; Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn (1931)

24.      Riviera Country Club           7.93
(24; p) Pacific Palisades, Calif.
1927, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas Jr.

25.      Southern Hills Country Club          7.93
(23; p) Tulsa, Okla.
1936, Perry Maxwell

26.      Wannamoisett Country Club           7.86
(26; p) Rumford, R.I.
1916, Donald Ross

27.      Shoreacres Golf Club           7.77
(27; p) Lake Bluff, Ill.
1921, Seth Raynor

28.      Plainfield Country Club       7.69
(28; p) Plainfield, N.J.
1921, Donald Ross

29.      Pasatiempo Golf Club          7.65
(31; d) Santa Cruz, Calif.
1929, Alister MacKenzie

30.      Somerset Hills Country Club         7.64
(29; p) Bernardsville, N.J.
1919, A.W. Tillinghast

31.      Myopia Hunt Club    7.58
(32; p) Hamilton, Mass.
1896, Herbert Leeds

32.      Maidstone Club        7.57
(37; p) East Hampton, N.Y.
1899, William H. Tucker; Willie Park Jr. (1925)

33.      Peachtree Golf Club 7.57
(34; p) Atlanta
1948, Bobby Jones, Robert Trent Jones Sr.

34.      Winged Foot Golf Club (East)        7.53
(33; p) Mamaroneck, N.Y.
1923, A.W. Tillinghast

35.      Oak Hill Country Club (East)         7.53
(30; p) Pittsford, N.Y.
1924, Donald Ross; Tom Fazio, George Fazio (1979)

36.      Inverness Club         7.53
(36; p) Toledo, Ohio
1919, Donald Ross; Tom Fazio, George Fazio (1979)

37.      Quaker Ridge            7.51
(35; p) Scarsdale, N.Y.
1926, A.W. Tillinghast

38.      Yeamans Hall Club  7.51
(40; p) Charleston, S.C.
1925, Seth Raynor

39.      Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower)           7.49
(39; p) Springfield, N.J.
1922, A.W. Tillinghast

40.      Valley Club of Montecito    7.45
(41; p) Santa Barbara, Calif.
1928, Robert Hunter, Alister MacKenzie

41.      Olympia Fields C.C. (North)          7.45
(42; p) Olympia Fields, Ill.
1922, Willie Park Jr.

42.      Baltimore Country Club (East)     7.44
(38; p) Timonium, Md.
1926, A.W. Tillinghast

43.      Salem Country Club            7.42
(43; p) Peabody, Mass.
1925, Donald Ross

44.      The Course at Yale  7.39
(44; p) New Haven, Conn.
1926, C.B. Macdonald, Seth Raynor

45.      Newport Country Club        7.37
(47; p) Newport, R.I.
1915, Donald Ross; A.W. Tillinghast (1924)

46.      Piping Rock    7.36
(52; p) Locust Valley, N.Y.
1913, C.B. Macdonald, Seth Raynor

47.      Homestead Resort (Cascades)    7.32
(45; r) Hot Springs, Va.
1923, William S. Flynn

48.      Milwaukee Country Club     7.32
(57; p) Milwaukee
1929, Charles H. Alison, Harry S. Colt

49.      Colonial Country Club         7.30
(53; p) Fort Worth, Texas
1935, John Bredemus; Perry Maxwell (1940)

50.      Scioto Country Club            7.29
(49; p) Columbus, Ohio
1916, Donald Ross

51.      East Lake Golf Club  7.28
(48; p) Atlanta
1915, Donald Ross, George Cobb (1960), Rees Jones (1994)

52.      Interlachen Country Club   7.27
(51; p) Edina, Minn.
1911, Donald Ross; Willie Watson (1919)

53.      Holston Hills Country Club 7.27
(54; p) Knoxville, Tenn.
1928, Donald Ross

54.      White Bear Yacht Club        7.22
(46; p) White Bear Lake, Minn.
1916, Donald Ross

55.      Medinah Country Club (No. 3)       7.18
(55; p) Medinah, Ill.
1928, Tom Bendelow; Roger Packard (1986), Rees Jones (2004)

56.      Aronimink Golf Club   7.17
(59; p) Newtown Square, Pa.
1928, Donald Ross

57.      Cherry Hills Country Club   7.17
(50; p) Englewood, Colo.
1923, William S. Flynn

58.      Lawsonia Golf Club (Links)            7.17
(58; d) Green Lake, Wis.
1929, William B. Langford, Theodore J. Moreau

59.      Kittansett Club         7.15
(61; p) Marion, Mass.
1922, Fred Hood

60.      California Golf Club  7.11
(NR; p) South San Francisco, Calif.
1926, Vernon Macan; Alister MacKenzie, Kyle Philips (2007)

61.      Essex County Club  7.10
(62; p) Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.
1917, Donald Ross

62.      Fenway Golf Club     7.10
(60; p) Scarsdale, N.Y.
1924, A.W. Tillinghast

63.      NCR Country Club (South) 7.10
(65; p) Kettering, Ohio
1954, Dick Wilson

64.      Pine Needles Country Club            7.10
(67; r) Southern Pines, N.C.
1927, Donald Ross

65.      Lancaster Country Club      7.03
(72; p) Lancaster, Pa.
1930, William S. Flynn; David Gordon, William Gordon (1959)

66.      Franklin Hills Country Club            7.02
(63; p) Franklin, Mich.
1926, Donald Ross

67.      Brookside Country Club      6.98
(64; p) Canton, Ohio
1922, Donald Ross

68.      Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper)            6.97
(68; p) Springfield, N.J.
1922, A.W. Tillinghast

69.      Huntingdon Valley CC         6.97
(69; p) Abingdon, Pa.
1927, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey

70.      Mountain Lake          6.96
(66; p) Lake Wales, Fla.
1917, Seth Raynor

71.      St. Louis Country Club        6.96
(74; p) St. Louis
1914, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor

72.      Ekwanok Country Club        6.95
(82; p) Manchester, Vt.
1899, Walter J. Travis; John Duncan Dunn (1927) 

73.      Whippoorwill Country Club            6.93
(76; p) Armonk, N.Y.
1925, Donald Ross; Charles Banks (1929)

74.      Congressional CC (Blue)    6.93
(70; p) Bethesda, Md.
1924, Devereux Emmet; Donald Ross (1930), Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1959), Rees Jones (1989)

75.      Indianwood C.C. (Old)        6.91
(84; p) Lake Orion, Mich.
1928, William Connellan, Wilfred Reid

76.      Fox Chapel Golf Club           6.91
(73; p) Pittsburgh
1925, Charles Banks, Seth Raynor

77.      Country Club of Fairfield    6.89
(56; p) Fairfield, Conn.
1914, Seth Raynor; A.W. Tillinghast (1925)

78.      The Minikahda Club 6.89
(71; p) Minneapolis  
1907, Willie Watson; Donald Ross (1917)

79.      Philadelphia CC (Spring Mill)         6.89
(75; p) Gladwyne, Pa.
1927, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey

80.      Lehigh Country Club            6.88
(81; p) Allentown, Pa.
1928, Howard C. Toomey

81.      Taconic Golf Club     6.88
(89; p) Williamstown, Mass.
1927, Wayne Stiles, John Van Kleek

82.      Bel-Air Country Club           6.84
(77; p) Los Angeles
1927, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas Jr.

83.      Ridgewood CC (East/West)          6.83
(88; p) Paramus, N.J.
1929, A.W. Tillinghast

84.      Northland Country Club      6.82
(87; p) Duluth, Minn.
1927, Donald Ross

85.      Old Town Club           6.81
(86; p) Winston-Salem, N.C.
1939, Perry Maxwell

86.      Creek Club     6.79
(85; p) Locust Valley, N.Y.
1925, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor

87.      Eastward Ho!            6.78
(80; p) Chatham, Mass.
1922, Herbert Fowler

88.      Canterbury Golf Club           6.78
(98; p) Beachwood, Ohio
1922, Herbert Strong

89.      Hollywood Golf Club            6.77
(83; p) Deal, N.J.
1917, Walter J. Travis, Dick Wilson

90.      Skokie Country Club            6.76
(78; p) Glencoe, Ill.
1904, Tom Bendelow; Donald Ross (1915); William B. Langford, Theodore J. Moreau (1938)

91.      Sankaty Head Golf Club      6.73
(NR; p) Siasconset, Mass.
1921, H. Emerson Armstrong

92.      Rolling Green Golf Course   6.72
(96; p) Springfield, Pa.
1926, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey

93.      Brook Hollow Country Club            6.71
(92; p) Dallas
1921, A.W. Tillinghast

94.      Dunes Golf & Beach Club    6.70
(94; r) Myrtle Beach, S.C.
1949, Robert Trent Jones Sr.         

95.      Augusta Country Club         6.69
(95; p) Augusta, Ga.
1927, Donald Ross

96.      Point O’Woods G&CC           6.66
(93; p) Benton Harbor, Mich.
1958, Robert Trent Jones Sr.         

97.      Champions GC (Cypress Creek)   6.65
(90; p) Houston
1959, Ralph Plummer

98.      Engineers Club         6.65
(79; p) Roslyn, N.Y.
1918, Herbert Strong

99.      Beverly Country Club          6.62
(91; p) Chicago
1916, Donald Ross

100.    Sunnehanna Country Club 6.61
(99; p) Johnstown, Pa.
1921, A.W. Tillinghast

>> d–daily fee; p–private; r–resort;
NR–not ranked
Note: Ties broken through decimal points