Golfweek's Best: 2012 Casino courses

Nevada’s Shadow Creek still holds the trump card on the casino list.

Nevada’s Shadow Creek still holds the trump card on the casino list.

Golfweek’s Best: Casino Courses 2012

Location,

Opened, Architect(s), Avg. rating


1. Shadow Creek

North Las Vegas, Nev.

1990, Tom Fazio, 8.12


2. Fallen Oak

Saucier, Miss.

2006, Tom Fazio, 7.29


3. We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro)

Fort McDowell, Ariz.

2006, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw, 6.89


4. French Lick Resort (Dye)

French Lick, Ind.

2009, Pete Dye, 6.73


5. The Greenbrier (Old White TPC)

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

1915, C.B. Macdonald, Seth Raynor, Lester George, 6.66


6. Barona Creek

Lakeside, Calif

2000, Gary Roger Baird, Todd Eckenrode, 6.62


7. Cascata

Henderson, Nev.

1999, Rees Jones, 6.54


8. Atlantic City Country Club

Northfield, N.J.

1923, William S. Flynn, Tom Doak, 6.51


9. Wilderness at Fortune Bay

Tower, Minn.

2004, Jeff Brauer, 6.48


10. Salish Cliffs

Shelton, Wash.

2011, Gene Bates, 6.33


11. We-Ko-Pa (Cholla)

Fort McDowell, Ariz.

2001, Scott Miller, 6.31


12. French Lick Resort (Ross)

French Lick, Ind.

1917, Donald Ross, 6.26


13. Edgewood Tahoe

Tahoe, Nev.

1968, George Fazio, 6.11


14. Firekeeper

Mayetta, Kan.

2011, Jeff Brauer, Notah Begay III, 6.07


15. Sandia

Albuquerque, N.M.

2005, Scott Miller, 6.07


16. Wynn Golf Club

Las Vegas

2005, Tom Fazio, 6.02


17. Turning Stone Resort (Kaluhyat)

Verona, N.Y.

2003, Robert Trent Jones Jr., 6.02


18. Turning Stone Resort (Atunyote)

Verona, N.Y.

2004, Tom Fazio, 6.01


19. Talking Stick (North)

Scottsdale, Ariz.

1998, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw, 6.01


20. Chariot Run

Laconia, Ind.

2003, Bill Bergin, 5.99


21. Southern Dunes

Maricopa, Ariz.

2002, Brian Curley, Lee Schmidt, 5.98


22. Circling Raven

Worley, Idaho

2003, Gene Bates, 5.96


23. Meadows at Mystic Lake

Prior Lake, Minn.

2005, Garrett Gill, Paul Miller, 5.95


24. Lake of Isles (North)

North Stonington, Conn.

2005, Rees Jones, 5.86


25. Seneca Hickory Stick

Lewiston, N.Y.

2011, Robert Trent Jones Jr., 5.85


26. Grand Bear

Saucier, Miss.

2000, Jack Nicklaus, 5.85


27. Belterra

Florence, Ind.

2001, Tom Fazio, 5.82


28. Sweetgrass

Harris, Mich.

2008, Paul Albanese, 5.81


29. French Lick Resort (Sultan’s Run)*

Jasper, Ind.

1992, Tim Liddy, 5.80


30. Yocha Dehe

Brooks, Calif.

2008, Brad Bell, 5.77


31. Journey at Pechanga

Temecula, Calif.

2008, Steve Forrest, Arthur Hills, 5.73


32. The Preserve

Vancleave, Miss.

2007, Jerry Pate, 5.71


33. Talking Stick (South)

Scottsdale, Ariz.

1998, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw, 5.70


34. Dancing Rabbit (Azaleas)

Philadelphia, Miss.

1997, Tom Fazio, Jerry Pate, 5.69


35. Spirit Hollow

Burlington, Iowa

2000, Rick Jacobson, 5.66


36. Contraband Bayou GC at L’Auberge

Lake Charles, La.

2005, Tom Fazio, 5.62


37. Mohegan Sun CC at Pautipaug*

Baltic, Conn.

2012, Geoffrey S. Cornish, Robert McNeil, 5.60


38. Dancing Rabbit (Oaks)

Philadelphia, Miss.

1999, Tom Fazio, Jerry Pate, 5.58


39. Apache Stronghold

San Carlos, Ariz.

1999, Tom Doak, 5.57


40. Sevillano Links

Corning, Calif.

2007, Mike Stark, 5.50


41. Turning Stone Resort (Shenendoah)

Verona, N.Y.

1998, Rick Smith, 5.49


42. Blue Top Ridge

Riverside, Iowa

2007, Rees Jones, 5.49


43. Rio Secco

Henderson, Nev.

1997, Rees Jones, 5.48


44. Whirlwind (Devil’s Claw)

Chandler, Ariz.

2000, Gary Panks, 5.44


45. Cherokee Hills

Tulsa, Okla.

1924, Perry Maxwell, Tripp Davis, 5.41


46. Shell Landing

Gautier, Miss.

2002, Davis Love III, 5.39


47. The Greenbrier (Greenbrier)

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

1925, George O’Neil, Jack Nicklaus, 5.35


48. Eagle Falls*

Indio, Calif.

2008, Clive Clark, 5.32


49. Inn of the Mountain Gods

Mescalero, N.M.

1976, Ted Robinson, 5.24


50. Whirlwind (Cattail)

Chandler, Ariz.

2002, Gary Panks, 5.23


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