Golfweek’s Best: Municipal Courses (2011-12)

Bethpage State Park's Black Course is getting a new green on No. 15.

Bethpage State Park's Black Course is getting a new green on No. 15.

Location
Opened, Architect(s)
Avg. rating


1. Bethpage State Park (Black)

Farmingdale, N.Y.

1935, A.W. Tillinghast

8.00


2. Chambers Bay

University Place, Wash.

2007, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Bruce Charlton

7.76


3. Butterfield Trail

El Paso, Texas

2007, Tom Fazio

6.41


4. Pinon Hills 

Farmington, N.M.

1990, Ken Dye

6.28


5. Torrey Pines (South)

La Jolla, Calif.

1957, William F. Bell

6.21


6. TPC Scottsdale (Stadium)

Scottsdale, Ariz.

1987, Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf

6.09


7. Highlands of Elgin

Elgin, Ill.

2010, Keith Foster, Art Schaupeter

5.99


8. Olympic Course at Gold Mountain

Bremerton, Wash.

1996, John Harbottle

5.95


9. Arrowhead Pointe

Elberton, Ga.

2003, Robert Walker

5.90


10. Memorial Park

Houston

1936, John Bredemus, Baxter Spann

5.88


11. Indian Wells Golf Resort (Players)

Indian Wells, Calif.

2007, John Fought

5.84


12. TPC Harding Park

San Francisco

1925, Willie Watson

5.80


13. Wintonbury Hills

Bloomfield, Conn.

2003, Pete Dye, Tim Liddy

5.74


14. Torrey Pines (North)

La Jolla, Calif.

1957, William F. Bell

5.73


15. Thunderhawk

Beach Park, Ill.

1999, Robert Trent Jones Jr.

5.68


16. Laurel Hill

Lorton, Va.

2005, Bill Love

5.67


17. Hideout

Monticello, Utah

2002, Forrest Richardson

5.67


18. Indian Wells Golf Resort (Celebrity)

Indian Wells, Calif.

2006, Clive Clark

5.67


19. SilverRock

La Quinta, Calif.

2005, Arnold Palmer

5.64


20. Bowes Creek

Elgin, Ill.

2009, Rick Jacobson

5.62


21. Olivas Links

Ventura, Calif.

2007, Forrest Richardson

5.62


22. Soldier Hollow (Gold)

Midway, Utah

2004, Gene Bates

5.62


23. Sleepy Hollow

Brecksville, Ohio

1925, Stanley Thompson

5.60


24. Bethpage State Park (Red)

Farmingdale, N.Y.

1935, A.W. Tillinghast

5.59


25. Haggin Oaks (Alister MacKenzie)

Sacramento, Calif.

1932, Alister MacKenzie

5.59


26. Crandon Park

Key Biscayne, Fla.

1972, Bruce Devlin, Robert von Hagge

5.58


27. Desert Willow (Firecliff)

Palm Desert, Calif.

1997, Michael Hurdzan

5.56


28. Presidio

San Francisco

1921, Herbert Fowler, Tom Simpson

5.55


29. Brackenridge Park

San Antonio

1915, A.W. Tillinghast

5.51


30. Neshanic Valley

Neshanic Station, N.J.

2004, Michael Hurdzan

5.50


31. Washington County GC

Hartford, Wis.

1997, Arthur Hills

5.50


32. Chaska Town Course

Chaska, Minn.

1997, Arthur Hills

5.47


33. Indian Canyon

Spokane, Wash.

1935, H. Chandler Egan

5.45


34. George Wright Municipal

Boston

1935, Donald Ross

5.44


35. Breckenridge GC

Breckenridge, Colo.

1987, Jack Nicklaus

5.44


36. Aspen GC

Aspen, Colo.

1970, Frank Hummel

5.44


37. Pacific Grove Golf Links

Pacific Grove, Calif.

1932, H. Chandler Egan, Jack Neville

5.44


38. North Palm Beach CC

North Palm Beach, Fla.

2006, Seth Raynor, Charles Banks, Jack Nicklaus

5.43


39. Boulder Creek

Boulder City, Nev.

2003, Mark Rathert

5.42


40. Montauk Downs State Park

Montauk Point, N.Y.

1968, Rees Jones

5.40


41. Soule Park Ojai, Calif.

1962, Robert Baldock, William F. Bell, Gil Hanse

5.40


42. Audubon Park Executive

New Orleans

2002, Dennis Griffiths

5.38


43. TPC Scottsdale (Champions)

Scottsdale, Ariz.

2007, Randy Heckenkemper

5.37


44. Shepherd’s Crook

Zion, Ill.

1999, Keith Foster

5.37


45. Fossil Trace

Golden, Colo.

2003, Jim Engh

5.36


46. Harborside International (Starboard)

Chicago

1996, Dick Nugent

5.33


47. Lassing Pointe

Union, Ky.

1994, Michael Hurdzan

5.31


48. Sand Creek Station

Newton, Kan.

2006, Jeff Brauer

5.30


49. Stevens Park

Dallas

2011, Jack Burke Sr., John Colligan

5.28


50. Tierra Verde

Arlington, Texas

1998, David Graham, Gary Panks

5.27


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