2009 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses

Golfweek's Best Classic Courses

Golfweek's Best Classic Courses

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

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