2012 Golfweek's Best Classic Courses

The ninth hole at Pinehurst Resort (No. 2).

The ninth hole at Pinehurst Resort (No. 2).

d–daily fee; p–private; r–resort; NR–not ranked

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Note: Ties broken through decimal points

1. Pine Valley Golf Club 9.56

(No. 1 in 2011, p) Pine Valley, N.J.

1919, Harry S. Colt, George Crump


2. Cypress Point Club 9.48

(2, p) Pebble Beach, Calif.

1928, Alister MacKenzie


3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club 9.36

(3, p) Southampton, N.Y.

1931, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey


4. National Golf Links of America 9.29

(4, p) Southampton, N.Y.

1911, Charles Blair Macdonald


5. Oakmont Country Club 9.10

(6, p) Oakmont, Pa.

1903, Henry Fownes


6. Augusta National Golf Club 9.08

(10, p) Augusta, Ga.

1932, Bobby Jones, Alister MacKenzie


7. Merion Golf Club (East) 9.00

(5, p) Ardmore, Pa.

1912, Hugh Wilson


8. Fishers Island Golf Club 8.92

(7, p) Fishers Island, N.Y.

1927, Seth Raynor


9. Pebble Beach Golf Links 8.88

(9, p) Pebble Beach, Calif.

1919, Douglas Grant, Jack Neville


10. Crystal Downs 8.78

(8, p) Frankfort, Mich.

1931, Alister MacKenzie, Perry Maxwell


11. Pinehurst Resort (No. 2) 8.70

(17, r) Pinehurst, N.C.

1903-1946, Donald Ross


12. Chicago Golf Club 8.67

(13, p) Wheaton, Ill.

1923, Seth Raynor; Charles Blair Macdonald (1894)


13. Prairie Dunes Country Club 8.62

(12, p) Hutchinson, Kan.

1937, Perry Maxwell, Press Maxwell (1957)


14. Seminole Golf Club 8.55

(14, p) North Palm Beach, Fla.

1929, Donald Ross


15. San Francisco Golf Club 8.54

(11, p) San Francisco

1915, A.W. Tillinghast


16. Los Angeles CC (North) 8.48

(15, p) Los Angeles

1927, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas Jr., Herbert Fowler (1921)


17. Winged Foot Golf Club (West) 8.41

(16, p) Mamaroneck, N.Y.

1923, A.W. Tillinghast


18. Riviera Country Club 8.14

(20, p) Pacific Palisades, Calif.

1927, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas Jr.


19. Garden City Golf Club 8.04

(18, p) Garden City, N.Y.

1899, Devereux Emmet, Walter J. Travis (1909)


20. Oakland Hills CC (South) 8.00

(19, p) Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

1918, Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1950)


21. Bethpage State Park (Black) 8.00

(21, d) Farmingdale, N.Y.

1935, A.W. Tillinghast


22. Camargo Club 7.99

(24, p) Indian Hill, Ohio

1921, Seth Raynor


23. Olympic Club (Lake) 7.98

(23, p) San Francisco

1929, Willie Watson, Sam Whiting


24. The Country Club (Composite) 7.93

(22, p) Brookline, Mass.

1895, Willie Campbell; William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey (1931)


25. Shoreacres 7.86

(26, p) Lake Bluff, Ill.

1921, Seth Raynor


26. Southern Hills Country Club 7.85

(25, p) Tulsa, Okla.

1936, Perry Maxwell


27. Plainfield Country Club 7.82

(28, p) Plainfield, N.J.

1921, Donald Ross


28. Somerset Hills Country Club 7.78

(31, p) Bernardsville, N.J.

1918, A.W. Tillinghast


29. Wannamoisett Country Club 7.74

(27, p) Rumford, R.I.

1916, Donald Ross


30. Pasatiempo 7.73

(29, d) Santa Cruz, Calif.

1929, Alister MacKenzie


31. Myopia Hunt Club 7.66

(32, p) Hamilton, Mass.

1896, Herbert Leeds


32. Winged Foot Golf Club (East) 7.66

(30, p) Mamaroneck, N.Y.

1923, A.W. Tillinghast


33. Peachtree Golf Club 7.63

(34, p) Atlanta

1948, Bobby Jones,

Robert Trent Jones Sr.


34. California Golf Club 7.58

(35, p) South San Francisco, Calif.

1926, A. Vernon Macan, Alister MacKenzie (1928), Kyle Phillips (2007)


35. Valley Club of Montecito 7.56

(36, p) Santa Barbara, Calif.

1928, Robert Hunter, Alister MacKenzie


36. Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower) 7.56

(33, p) Springfield, N.J.

1922, A.W. Tillinghast


37. Milwaukee Country Club 7.51

(48, p) Milwaukee

1929, Charles H. Alison, Harry S. Colt


38. Yeamans Hall Club 7.49

(39, p) Charleston, S.C.

1925, Seth Raynor


39. Maidstone Club 7.49

(40, p) East Hampton, N.Y.

1899, William H. Tucker, Willie Park Jr. (1925)


40. Newport Country Club 7.49

(38, p) Newport, R.I.

1915, Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast (1924)


41. Inverness Club 7.47

(45, p) Toledo, Ohio

1919, Donald Ross; Tom Fazio, George Fazio (1978)


42. Quaker Ridge 7.46

(43, p) Scarsdale, N.Y.

1926, A.W. Tillinghast


43. Baltimore Country Club (East) 7.46

(42, p) Timonium, Md.

1926, A.W. Tillinghast


44. Scioto Country Club 7.45

(49, p) Columbus, Ohio

1916, Donald Ross


45. Oak Hill Country Club (East) 7.45

(37, p) Pittsford, N.Y.

1924, Donald Ross; Tom Fazio,

George Fazio (1979)


46. Olympia Fields CC (North) 7.41

(46, p) Olympia Fields, Ill.

1922, Willie Park Jr.


47. The Course at Yale 7.41

(41, p) New Haven, Conn.

1926, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


48. Piping Rock 7.39

(44, p) Locust Valley, N.Y.

1913, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


49. Salem Country Club 7.37

(51, p) Peabody, Mass.

1925, Donald Ross


50. Canterbury Golf Club 7.37

(60, p) Beachwood, Ohio

1922, Herbert Strong


51. East Lake Golf Club 7.37

(54, p) Atlanta

1915, Donald Ross; George Cobb (1960);

Rees Jones (1994)


52. Interlachen Country Club 7.36

(52, p) Edina, Minn.

1919, Donald Ross, Willie Watson (1911)


53. Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper) 7.34

(47, p) Springfield, N.J.

1922, A.W. Tillinghast


54. Essex County Club 7.34

(64, p) Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

1917, Donald Ross


55. Lawsonia Golf Club (Links) 7.30

(58, d) Green Lake, Wis.

1929, William B. Langford, Theodore J. Moreau


56. Holston Hills Country Club 7.30

(56, p) Knoxville, Tenn.

1928, Donald Ross


57. Sleepy Hollow Country Club 7.29

(85, p) Scarborough-on-Hudson, N.Y.

1914, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor; Gil Hanse (2010)


58. Kittansett Club 7.29

(57, p) Marion, Mass.

1922, Fred Hood


59. Colonial Country Club 7.28

(50, p) Fort Worth, Texas

1935, John Bredemus, Perry Maxwell (1940)


60. St. Louis Country Club 7.27

(73, p) St. Louis

1914, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


61. Homestead Resort (Cascades) 7.27

(53, r) Hot Springs, Va.

1923, William S. Flynn


62. Aronimink Golf Club 7.26

(55, p) Newtown Square, Pa.

1928, Donald Ross


63. Charlotte Country Club 7.20

(86, p) Charlotte, N.C.

1923, Donald Ross; Ron Prichard (2008)


64. Brookside Country Club 7.19

(69, p) Canton, Ohio

1922, Donald Ross


65. Franklin Hills Country Club 7.19

(62, p) Franklin, Mich.

1926, Donald Ross


66. White Bear Yacht Club 7.18

(61, p) White Bear Lake, Minn.

1916, Donald Ross


67. Congressional CC (Blue) 7.16

(59, p) Bethesda, Md.

1924, Devereux Emmet, Donald Ross (1930), Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1959), Rees Jones (1989)

68. Lancaster Country Club 7.16

(66, p) Lancaster, Pa.

1920, William S. Flynn, David Gordon,

William Gordon (1959)


69. Mountain Lake Country Club 7.16

(67, p) Lake Wales, Fla.

1917, Seth Raynor


70. Old Town Club 7.15

(90, p) Winston-Salem, N.C

1939, Perry Maxwell


71. NCR Country Club (South) 7.14

(71, p) Kettering, Ohio

1954, Dick Wilson


72. Eastward Ho! 7.11

(80, p) Chatham, Mass.

1922, Herbert Fowler


73. Fenway Golf Club 7.10

(65, p) Scarsdale, N.Y.

1924, A.W. Tillinghast


74. Medinah Country Club (No. 3) 7.10

(63, p) Medinah, Ill.

1928, Tom Bendelow, Roger Packard (1986), Rees Jones (2004)


75. Hollywood Golf Club 7.07

(NR, p) Deal, N.J.

1913, Walter J. Travis


76. Pine Needles Country Club 7.05

(70, r) Southern Pines, N.C.

1927, Donald Ross


77. Minikahda Club 7.05

(72, p) Minneapolis

1907, Donald Ross, Willie Watson (1917)


78. Huntingdon Valley CC 7.01

(74, p) Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

1927, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey


79. Skokie Country Club 7.00

(98, p) Glencoe, Ill.

1938, William B. Langford, Theodore J. Moreau; Tom Bendelow (1904),

Donald Ross (1915)


80. Ridgewood CC (Championship) 6.99

(84, p) Paramus, N.J.

1929, A.W. Tillinghast


81. Bel-Air Country Club 6.97

(79, p) Los Angeles

1927, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas Jr.


82. Fox Chapel Golf Club 6.97

(81, p) Pittsburgh

1925, Charles Banks, Seth Raynor


83. Cherry Hills Country Club 6.96

(68, p) Englewood, Colo.

1923, William S. Flynn


84. Creek Club 6.96

(89, p) Locust Valley, N.Y.

1925, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


85. Ekwanok Country Club 6.95

(76, p) Manchester, Vt.

1899 Walter J. Travis; John Duncan Dunn (1927)


86. Northland Country Club 6.95

(93, p) Duluth, Minn.

1927, Donald Ross


87. Palmetto Club 6.93

(94, p) Aiken, S.C.

1931, Alister MacKenzie; Herbert Leeds (1892)


88. Indianwood Country Club (Old) 6.92

(77, p) Lake Orion, Mich.

1928, William Connellan, Wilfred Reid


89. Monroe Golf Club 6.90

(96, p) Pittsford, N.Y.

1923, Donald Ross


90. St. George’s G&CC 6.90

(95, p) Stony Brook, N.Y.

1917, Devereux Emmet


91. Whippoorwill Country Club 6.89

(75, p) Armonk, N.Y.

1925, Donald Ross, Charles Banks (1929)


92. Taconic Golf Club 6.88

(83, p) Williamstown, Mass.

1927, Wayne Stiles, John Van Kleek


93. Augusta Country Club 6.88

(99, p) Augusta, Ga.

1927, Donald Ross


94. Rolling Green Golf Club 6.88

(78, p) Springfield, Pa.

1926, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey


95. Sankaty Head Golf Club 6.88

(87, p) Siasconset, Mass.

1921, H. Emerson Armstrong


96. *Mountain Ridge Golf Club 6.85

(NR, p) West Caldwell, N.J.

1929, Donald Ross


97. Lehigh Country Club 6.84

(82, p) Allentown, Pa.

1928, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey


98. Philadelphia CC (Spring Mill) 6.83

(91, p) Gladwyne, Pa.

1927, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey


99. Vesper Country Club 6.83

(100, p) Tyngsboro, Mass.

1922, Donald Ross


100. Country Club of Fairfield 6.80

(88, p) Fairfield, Conn.

1914, Seth Raynor, A.W. Tillinghast (1925)


Courses that fell out

(92) CC of Buffalo, Williamsville, N.Y.

(97) Moraine CC, Dayton, Ohio

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