2012 Golfweek's Best Modern Courses

Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb.

Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb.

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

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Note: Ties broken through decimal points


1. Sand Hills Golf Club 9.27

(1, p) Mullen, Neb.

1995, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


2. Pacific Dunes 9.10

(2, r) Bandon, Ore.

2001, Tom Doak


3. Old Macdonald 8.66

(3, r) Bandon, Ore.

2010, Tom Doak, Jim Urbina


4. Whistling Straits (Straits) 8.61

(4, r) Kohler, Wis.

1997, Pete Dye


5. Friar’s Head 8.47

(5, p) Baiting Hollow, N.Y.

2003, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


6. Ballyneal 8.39

(6, p) Holyoke, Colo.

2006, Tom Doak


7. Bandon Dunes 8.31

(7, r) Bandon, Ore.

1999, David McLay Kidd


8. Sebonack Golf Club 8.26

(8, p) Southampton, N.Y.

2006, Tom Doak, Jack Nicklaus


9. Pete Dye Golf Club 8.21

(10, p) Bridgeport, W.Va.

1994, Pete Dye


10. Shadow Creek Golf Club 8.12

(11, r) North Las Vegas, Nev.

1990, Tom Fazio


11. The Golf Club 8.10

(9, p) New Albany, Ohio

1967, Pete Dye


12. Muirfield Village Golf Club 8.07

(12, p) Dublin, Ohio

1974, Jack Nicklaus


13. Old Sandwich Golf Club 8.03

(13, p) Plymouth, Mass.

2004, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


14. Rock Creek Cattle Company 8.00

(15, p) Deer Lodge, Mont.

2008, Tom Doak


15. Kinloch Golf Club 7.96

(14, p) Richmond, Va.

2000, Lester George


16. Wade Hampton Club 7.92

(19, p) Cashiers, N.C.

1988, Tom Fazio


17. Spyglass Hill Golf Club 7.86

(16, r) Pebble Beach, Calif.

1966, Robert Trent Jones Sr.


18. Honors Course 7.84

(17, p) Ooltewah, Tenn.

1983, Pete Dye


19. Ocean Course at Kiawah Island 7.84

(20, r) Kiawah Island, S.C.

1991, Pete Dye


20. Boston Golf Club 7.79

(21, p) Hingham, Mass.

2005, Gil Hanse


21. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) 7.78

(18, r) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

1981, Pete Dye


22. Chambers Bay Golf Club 7.76

(25, d) University Place, Wash.

2007, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Bruce Charlton


23. Kingsley Club 7.67

(26, p) Kingsley, Mich.

2001, Mike Devries


24. Galloway National Golf Club 7.63

(27, p) Galloway Township, N.J.

1995, Tom Fazio


25. Calusa Pines Golf Club 7.61

(31, p) Naples, Fla.

2001, Dana Fry, Michael Hurdzan


26. Bandon Trails 7.61

(29, r) Bandon, Ore.

2005, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


27. Shooting Star Golf Club 7.59

(24, p) Teton Village, Wyo.

2009, Tom Fazio


28. Gozzer Ranch Golf Club 7.57

(22, p) Harrison, Idaho

2007, Tom Fazio


29. Arcadia Bluffs 7.57

(28, d) Arcadia, Mich.

1999, Rick Smith


30. Huntsman Springs 7.57

(30, p) Driggs, Idaho

2009, David McLay Kidd


31. Dunes Club 7.56

(35, p) New Buffalo, Mich.

1995, Dick Nugent


32. Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club 7.56

(23, p) Cashiers, N.C.

2007, Tom Fazio


33. Whispering Pines Golf Club 7.55

(32, p) Trinity, Texas

2000, Chet Williams


34. Dallas National Golf Club 7.54

(34, p) Dallas

2003, Tom Fazio


35. Colorado Golf Club 7.48

(37, p) Parker, Colo.

2007, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


36. Castle Pines Golf Club 7.47

(38, p) Castle Rock, Colo.

1981, Jack Nicklaus


37. Desert Forest Golf Club 7.46

(39, p) Carefree, Ariz.

1962, Red Lawrence


38. Monterey Peninsula CC (Shore) 7.45

(41, p) Pebble Beach, Calif.

2005, Michael Strantz; Robert Baldock,

Jack Neville (1961)


39. Double Eagle Golf Club 7.43

(33, p) Galena, Ohio

1991, Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf


40. Bayonne Golf Club 7.42

(36, p) Bayonne, N.J.

2006, Eric Bergstol


41. Harbour Town Golf Links 7.39

(42, r) Hilton Head Island, S.C.

1970, Pete Dye


42. Patriot Golf Club 7.34

(48, p) Owasso, Okla.

2010, Robert Trent Jones Jr.


43. Pronghorn (Fazio) 7.32

(51, p) Bend, Ore.

2006, Tom Fazio


44. Oak Tree National Golf Club 7.32

(47, p) Edmond, Okla.

1975, Pete Dye


45. Martis Camp Club 7.31

(50, p) Truckee, Calif.

2007, Tom Fazio


46. Mayacama Golf Club 7.31

(40, p) Santa Rosa, Calif.

2001, Jack Nicklaus


47. Blackwolf Run (River) 7.30

(46, r) Kohler, Wis.

1988, Pete Dye


48. Fallen Oak Golf Club 7.30

(45, r) Saucier, Miss.

2006, Tom Fazio


49. Diamond Creek Golf Club 7.26

(44, p) Banner Elk, N.C.

2003, Tom Fazio


50. Karsten Creek Golf Club 7.25

(53, d) Stillwater, Okla.

1994, Tom Fazio


51. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) 7.23

(57, r) St. Simons Island, Ga.

2000, Tom Fazio, Charles H. Alison,

Harry S. Colt (1929), Joe Lee (1970)


52. Butler National Golf Club 7.23

(63, p) Oak Brook, Ill.

1974, Tom Fazio, George Fazio


53. Forest Highlands GC (Canyon) 7.21

(54, p) Flagstaff, Ariz.

1989, Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf


54. Wild Horse Golf Club 7.20

(52, d) Gothenburg, Neb.

1999, Dave Axland, Dan Proctor


55. Sutton Bay Club 7.18

(56, p) Onida, S.D.

2003, Graham Marsh


56. Long Cove Club 7.18

(71, p) Hilton Head Island, S.C.

1982, Pete Dye


57. World Woods (Pine Barrens) 7.17

(43, d) Brooksville, Fla.

1993, Tom Fazio


58. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club 7.17

(58, d) Sandia Park, N.M.

2000, Ken Dye


59. The Club at Cuscowilla 7.16

(49, r) Eatonton, Ga.

1998, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


60. Estancia 7.16

(69, p) Scottsdale, Ariz.

1995, Tom Fazio


61. Olde Farm Golf Club 7.11

(66, p) Bristol, Va.

2001, Bobby Weed


62. Wolf Run 7.10

(67, p) Zionsville, Ind.

1990, Steve Smyers


63. Kapalua Golf Club (Plantation) 7.10

(77, r) Maui, Hawaii

1991, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


64. Quail Hollow Club 7.10

(62, p) Charlotte, N.C.

1961, George Cobb, Tom Fazio (2003)


65. *Shelter Harbor Golf Club 7.09

(NR, p) Westerly, R.I.

2005, Dana Fry, Michael Hurdzan


66. The Rim 7.08

(68, p) Payson, Ariz.

1998, Tom Weiskopf, Jay Morrish


67. Eugene Country Club 7.08

(70, p) Eugene, Ore.

1967, Robert Trent Jones Sr.;

H. Chandler Egan (1928)


68. Lahontan Golf Club 7.07

(74, p) Truckee, Calif.

1999, Tom Weiskopf


69. Black Diamond Ranch (Quarry) 7.07

(55, p) Lecanto, Fla.

1988, Tom Fazio


70. Spring Hill Golf Club 7.07

(59, p) Orono, Minn.

1999, Tom Fazio


71. The Concession Golf Club 7.07

(60, p) Bradenton, Fla.

2006, Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin


72. Trump National Golf Club (Old) 7.06

(65, p) Bedminster, N.J.

2004, Tom Fazio


73. Black Sheep Golf Club 7.05

(75, p) Sugar Grove, Ill.

2002, David Esler


74. Lost Dunes Golf Club 7.04

(72, p) Bridgman, Mich.

1999, Tom Doak


75. Atlantic Golf Club 7.04

(73, p) Bridgehampton, N.Y.

1992, Rees Jones


76. Crooked Stick Golf Club 7.03

(81, p) Carmel, Ind.

1966, Pete Dye


77. Hidden Creek Golf Club 7.02

(82, p) Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

2002, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


78. *Dormie Club 7.02

(NR, p) West End, N.C.

2010, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


79. The Golf Club at Black Rock 7.01

(64, p) Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

2003, Jim Engh


80. The Preserve 6.99

(61, p) Carmel Valley, Calif.

2000, Tom Fazio


81. Greywalls at Marquette 6.98

(79, d) Marquette, Mich.

2005, Mike Devries


82. Kiawah Island Club (Cassique) 6.98

(78, p) Kiawah Island, S.C.

2000, Tom Watson


83. Jupiter Hills Club (Hills) 6.98

(90, p) Tequesta, Fla.

1970, George Fazio


84. Wine Valley Golf Club 6.95

(99, d) Walla Walla, Wash.

2009, Dan Hixson


85. *Metedeconk National Golf Club 6.94

(NR, p) Jackson Township, N.J.

1987, Roger Rulewich


86. Hazeltine National Golf Club 6.94

(83, p) Chaska, Minn.

1962, Robert Trent Jones Sr.; Rees Jones (1989)


87. Forest Dunes Golf Club 6.93

(96, d) Roscommon, Mich.

2003, Tom Weiskopf


88. The Stone Canyon Club 6.93

(95, p) Oro Valley, Ariz.

2000, Jay Morrish


89. Black Mesa Golf Club 6.93

(87, d) La Mesilla, N.M.

2002, Baxter Spann


90. Valhalla Golf Club 6.92

(93, p) Louisville, Ky.

1986, Jack Nicklaus


91. *Pablo Creek Club 6.91

(NR, p) Jacksonville, Fla.

1996, Tom Fazio


92. Ocean Forest Golf Club 6.90

(NR, p) Sea Island, Ga.

1994, Rees Jones


93. Pumpkin Ridge (Witch Hollow) 6.89

(94, p) Cornelius, Ore.

1991, Bob Cupp, John Fought


94. Briggs Ranch Golf Club 6.89

(80, p) San Antonio

2001, Tom Fazio


95. Secession Golf Club 6.89

(98, p) Gibbes Island, S.C.

1992, Bruce Devlin


96. Whisper Rock (Upper) 6.89

(92, p) Scottsdale, Ariz.

2005, Tom Fazio


97. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club (Saguaro) 6.89

(85, r) Fountain Hills, Ariz.

2006, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


98. Shoal Creek Country Club 6.88

(84, p) Birmingham, Ala.

1976, Jack Nicklaus


99. Victoria National Golf Club 6.87

(76, p) Newburgh, Ind.

1998, Tom Fazio


100. Southern Highlands Golf Club 6.84

(97, p) Las Vegas

1999, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Robert Trent Jones Jr.


Courses that fell out

(86) Sanctuary Golf Club, Sedalia, Colo.

(88) Cog Hill Golf Club (No. 4 Dubsdread), Lemont, Ill.

(89) Golf Club at Ravenna, Littleton, Colo.

(91) Powder Horn (Mountain/Stag), Sheridan, Wyo.

(100) Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island, S.C.

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