Golfweek's Best: Municipal Courses (2014)

Bethpage Black could present problems for even the most skilled of golfers.

Location
Opened, Architect(s), Avg. rating


1. (1) Bethpage State Park (Black)

Farmingdale, N.Y.

1935, A.W. Tillinghast, 8.04


2. (2) Chambers Bay

University Place, Wash.

2007, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Bruce Charlton, 7.64


3. (3) Butterfield Trail

El Paso, Texas

2007, Tom Fazio, 6.44


4. (4) Torrey Pines (South)

La Jolla, Calif.

1957, William F. Bell, 6.42


5. (5) TPC Scottsdale (Stadium)

Scottsdale, Ariz.

1987, Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf, 6.17


6. (6) Arrowhead Pointe

Elberton, Ga.

2003, Robert Walker, 6.11


7. (8) Pinon Hills

Farmington, N.M.

1990, Ken Dye, 6.09


8. (7) Highlands of Elgin

Elgin, Ill.

2010, Keith Foster, Art Schaupeter, 6.09


9. (10) Indian Wells Golf Resort (Players)

Indian Wells, Calif.

2007, John Fought, 5.97


10. (9) Gold Mountain (Olympic)

Bremerton, Wash.

1996, John Harbottle, 5.89


11. (11) Wintonbury Hills

Bloomfield, Conn.

2003, Pete Dye, Tim Liddy, 5.81


12. (14) Soldier Hollow (Gold)

Midway, Utah

2004, Gene Bates, 5.80


13. (25) Harborside International (Starboard)

Chicago

1996, Dick Nugent, 5.79


14. (15) Sleepy Hollow

Brecksville, Ohio

1925, Stanley Thompson, 5.79


15. (21) Laurel Hill

Lorton, Va.

2005, Bill Love, 5.78


16. (27) Bethpage State Park (Red)

Farmingdale, N.Y.

1935, A.W. Tillinghast, 5.78


17. (12) TPC Harding Park

San Francisco

1925, Willie Watson, 5.76


18. (NR) Stevens Park*

Dallas

2011, John Colligan, 5.76


19. (16) Presidio

San Francisco

1921, Herbert Fowler, Tom Simpson, 5.75


20. (13) Bowes Creek

Elgin, Ill.

2009, Rick Jacobson, 5.73


21. (26) SilverRock

La Quinta, Calif.

2005, Arnold Palmer, 5.72


22. (23) Indian Wells Golf Resort (Celebrity)

Indian Wells, Calif.

2006, Clive Clark, 5.72


23. (17) Torrey Pines (North)

La Jolla, Calif.

1957, William F. Bell, 5.71


24. (32) ThunderHawk

Beach Park, Ill.

1999, Robert Trent Jones Jr., 5.70


25. (34) Breckenridge

Breckenridge, Colo.

1987, Jack Nicklaus, 5.69


26. (36) Chaska Town Course

Chaska, Minn.

1997, Arthur Hills, 5.68


27. (37) George Wright Municipal

Boston

1935, Donald Ross, 5.66


28. (43) Murphy Creek

Aurora, Colo.

2000, Ken Kavanaugh, 5.64


29. (33) Desert Willow (Firecliff)

Palm Desert, Calif.

1997, Michael Hurdzan, 5.63


30. (30) Crandon Park

Key Biscayne, Fla.

1972, Bruce Devlin, Robert von Hagge, 5.62


31. (31) Neshanic Valley

Neshanic Station, N.J.

2004, Michael Hurdzan, 5.61


32. (19) Olivas Links

Ventura, Calif.

2007, Forrest Richardson, 5.60


33. (24) Washington County GC

Hartford, Wis.

1997, Arthur Hills, 5.60


34. (NR) Knoll (West)*

Boonton, N.J.

1929, Charles Banks, 5.59


35. (22) Pacific Grove Golf Links

Pacific Grove, Calif.

1932, H. Chandler Egan, 5.57


36. (NR) Triggs Memorial*

Providence, R.I.

1930, Donald Ross, 5.56


37. (28) Hideout

Monticello, Utah

2002, Forrest Richardson, 5.52


38. (18) Brackenridge Park

San Antonio

1915, A.W. Tillinghast, 5.51


39. (20) Memorial Park

Houston

1936, John Bredemus, Baxter Spann, 5.51


40. (38) North Palm Beach CC

North Palm Beach, Fla.

2006, Charles Banks, Jack Nicklaus, Seth Raynor, 5.50


41. (40) Max A. Mandel Municipal GC

Laredo, Texas

2012, Robert Trent Jones Jr., 5.50


42. (50) Lassing Pointe

Union, Ky.

1994, Michael Hurdzan, 5.48


43. (NR) Eastmoreland*

Portland, Ore.

1921, H. Chandler Egan, 5.46


44. (42) Montauk Downs State Park

Montauk Point, N.Y.

1968, Rees Jones, 5.46


45. (39) Fossil Trace

Golden, Colo.

2003, Jim Engh, 5.41


46. (49) Papago Municipal

Phoenix

1964, William F. Bell, 5.40


47. (NR) Harborside International (Port)

Chicago

1995, Dick Nugent, 5.39


48. (35) Soule Park

Ojai, Calif.

1962, Robert Baldock, William F. Bell, Gil Hanse, 5.33


49. (46) Indian Canyon

Spokane, Wash.

1935, H. Chandler Egan, 5.33


50. (NR) Sharp Park*

Pacifica, Calif.

1931, Alister MacKenzie, Jack Fleming, 5.32

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