Golfweek's Best: Classic Courses, 2014

Pine Valley (10th hole pictured) is No. 1 on the Classic list.

Golfweek’s Best: Classic Courses 2014 (before 1960)

Rank, Name, Avg. rating

(Rank in 2013) Location; Opened, Type

Designer(s)


1. Pine Valley Golf Club, 9.67

(1) Pine Valley, N.J.; 1919, p

George Crump, Harry S. Colt


2. Cypress Point Club, 9.59

(2) Pebble Beach, Calif.; 1928, p

Alister MacKenzie


3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, 9.44

(3) Southampton, N.Y.; 1931, p

Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn


4. National Golf Links of America, 9.32

(4) Southampton, N.Y.; 1911, p

Charles Blair Macdonald


5. Augusta National Golf Club, 9.20

(5) Augusta, Ga.; 1932, p

Bobby Jones, Alister MacKenzie


6. Oakmont Country Club, 9.11

(6) Oakmont, Pa.; 1903, p

Henry Fownes


7. Pebble Beach Golf Links, 8.88

(8) Pebble Beach, Calif.; 1919, r

Douglas Grant, Jack Neville


8. Merion Golf Club (East), 8.85

(7) Ardmore, Pa.; 1912, p

Hugh Wilson


9. Crystal Downs, 8.74

(9) Frankfort, Mich.; 1931, p

Alister MacKenzie, Perry Maxwell


10. Fishers Island Golf Club, 8.74

(10) Fishers Island, N.Y.; 1927, p

Seth Raynor


11. Chicago Golf Club, 8.67

(12) Wheaton, Ill.; 1894, p

Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


12. Prairie Dunes Country Club, 8.55

(13) Hutchinson, Kan.; 1937, p

Perry Maxwell, Press Maxwell


13. Pinehurst Resort (No. 2), 8.54

(11) Pinehurst, N.C.; 1903-46, r

Donald Ross


14. Seminole Golf Club, 8.51

(14) North Palm Beach, Fla.; 1929, p

Donald Ross


15. San Francisco Golf Club, 8.47

(15) San Francisco; 1915, p

A.W. Tillinghast


16. Los Angeles Country Club (North), 8.38

(16) Los Angeles; 1921, p

Herbert Fowler; George C. Thomas Jr., William P. Bell (1927); Gil Hanse (2011)


17. Winged Foot Golf Club (West), 8.34

(17) Mamaroneck, N.Y.; 1923, p

A.W. Tillinghast


18. Camargo Club, 8.08

(20) Indian Hill, Ohio; 1921, p

Seth Raynor


19. Riviera Country Club, 8.07

(18) Pacific Palisades, Calif.; 1927, p

George C. Thomas Jr., William P. Bell


20. Bethpage State Park (Black), 8.04

(21) Farmingdale, N.Y.; 1935, d

A.W. Tillinghast


21. Garden City Golf Club, 7.97

(19) Garden City, N.Y.; 1899, p

Devereux Emmet; Walter J. Travis (1909)


22. Oakland Hills Country Club (South), 7.97

(22) Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; 1918, p

Donald Ross


23. Shoreacres, 7.97

(23) Lake Bluff, Ill.; 1921, p

Seth Raynor


24. The Country Club (Composite), 7.91

(24) Brookline, Mass.; 1895, p

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


25. Plainfield Country Club, 7.88

(25) Plainfield, N.J.; 1921, p

Donald Ross


26. Southern Hills Country Club, 7.86

(28) Tulsa, Okla.; 1936, p

Perry Maxwell


27. Olympic Club (Lake), 7.86

(26) San Francisco; 1929, p

Willie Watson, Sam Whiting


28. Somerset Hills Country Club, 7.83

(27) Bernardsville, N.J.; 1918, p

A.W. Tillinghast


29. Old Town Club, 7.70

(72) Winston-Salem, N.C.; 1939, p

Perry Maxwell; Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw (2012)


30. Myopia Hunt Club, 7.68

(32) Hamilton, Mass.; 1896, p

Herbert Leeds


31. Peachtree Golf Club, 7.66

(30) Atlanta; 1948, p, Bobby Jones, Robert Trent Jones Sr.


32. Wannamoisett Country Club, 7.66

(29) Rumford, R.I.; 1916, p

Donald Ross


33. Winged Foot Golf Club (East), 7.64

(33) Mamaroneck, N.Y.; 1923, p

A.W. Tillinghast


34. Pasatiempo, 7.63

(31) Santa Cruz, Calif.; 1929, d

Alister MacKenzie


35. Quaker Ridge, 7.58

(37) Scarsdale, N.Y.; 1926, p

A.W. Tillinghast


36. California Golf Club, 7.57

(36) South San Francisco, Calif.; 1926, p

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


37. Valley Club of Montecito, 7.54

(34) Santa Barbara, Calif.; 1928, p

Robert Hunter, Alister MacKenzie


38. The Course at Yale, 7.51

(35) New Haven, Conn.; 1926, p

Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


39. Piping Rock, 7.51

(40) Locust Valley, N.Y.; 1913, p

Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


40. Inverness Club, 7.50

(44) Toledo, Ohio; 1919, p

Donald Ross; Tom Fazio, George Fazio (1978)


41. Yeamans Hall Club, 7.49

(38) Charleston, S.C.; 1925, p

Seth Raynor


42. Baltimore Country Club (East), 7.47

(41) Timonium, Md.; 1926, p

A.W. Tillinghast


43. Maidstone Club, 7.47

(45) East Hampton, N.Y.; 1899, p

William H. Tucker; Willie Park Jr. (1925)


44. Oak Hill Country Club (East), 7.45

(48) Pittsford, N.Y.; 1924, p

Donald Ross; Tom Fazio, George Fazio (1979)


45. Newport Country Club, 7.45

(39) Newport, R.I.; 1915, p

Donald Ross; A.W. Tillinghast (1924)


46. Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower), 7.43

(51) Springfield, N.J.; 1922, p

A.W. Tillinghast


47. Scioto Country Club, 7.42

(42) Columbus, Ohio; 1916, p

Donald Ross


48. Kittansett Club, 7.40

(54) Marion, Mass.; 1922, p

Fred Hood


49. St. Louis Country Club, 7.39

(59) St. Louis; 1914, p

Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


50. Milwaukee Country Club, 7.38

(43) Milwaukee; 1929, p

Harry S. Colt, Charles H. Alison


51. Olympia Fields Country Club (North), 7.38

(46) Olympia Fields, Ill.; 1922, p

Willie Park Jr.


52. Interlachen Country Club, 7.38

(47) Edina, Minn.; 1919, p

Donald Ross; Willie Watson (1911)


53. Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper), 7.38

(49) Springfield, N.J.; 1922, p

A.W. Tillinghast


54. Essex County Club, 7.36

(50) Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.; 1917, p

Donald Ross


55. Sleepy Hollow Country Club, 7.35

(56) Scarborough-on-Hudson, N.Y.; 1914, p

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


56. Canterbury Golf Club, 7.32

(62) Beachwood, Ohio; 1922, p

Herbert Strong


57. Aronimink Golf Club, 7.31

(57) Newtown Square, Pa.; 1928, p

Donald Ross


58. Eastward Ho!, 7.30

(60) Chatham, Mass.; 1922, p

Herbert Fowler


59. Colonial Country Club, 7.30

(63) Fort Worth, Texas; 1935, p

John Bredemus; Perry Maxwell (1940)


60. Salem Country Club, 7.27

(55) Peabody, Mass.; 1925, p

Donald Ross


61. Ridgewood CC (Championship), 7.27

(71) Paramus, N.J.; 1929, p

A.W. Tillinghast


62. Holston Hills Country Club, 7.26

(53) Knoxville, Tenn.; 1928, p

Donald Ross


63. Lancaster Country Club, 7.24

(61) Lancaster, Pa.; 1920, p

William S. Flynn; William Gordon, David Gordon (1959)


64. Brookside Country Club, 7.23

(64) Canton, Ohio; 1922, p

Donald Ross


65. Congressional Country Club (Blue), 7.22

(65) Bethesda, Md.; 1924, p

Devereux Emmet; Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1959); Rees Jones (2008)


66. White Bear Yacht Club, 7.20

(66) White Bear Lake, Minn.; 1916, p

Donald Ross


67. Augusta Country Club, 7.18

(73) Augusta, Ga.; 1927, p

Donald Ross


68. East Lake Golf Club, 7.15

(58) Atlanta; 1915, p

Donald Ross; George Cobb (1960); Rees Jones (1994)


69. Mountain Lake Country Club, 7.14

(67) Lake Wales, Fla.; 1917, p

Seth Raynor


70. Homestead Resort (Cascades), 7.12

(75) Hot Springs, Va.; 1923, r

William S. Flynn


71. Franklin Hills Country Club, 7.11

(78) Franklin, Mich.; 1926, p

Donald Ross


72. Charlotte Country Club, 7.11

(70) Charlotte, N.C.; 1923, p

Donald Ross; Ron Prichard (2008)


73. Medinah Country Club (No. 3), 7.10

(69) Medinah, Ill.; 1928, p

Tom Bendelow; Roger Packard (1986); Rees Jones (2011)


74. Country Club of Fairfield, 7.09

(98) Fairfield, Conn.; 1914, p

Seth Raynor; A.W. Tillinghast (1925)


75. Cherry Hills Country Club, 7.09

(86) Englewood, Colo.; 1923, p

William S. Flynn


76. NCR Country Club (South), 7.07

(68) Kettering, Ohio; 1954, p

Dick Wilson


77. Mid Pines Club, 7.06

(NR) Southern Pines, N.C.; 1921, r

Donald Ross; Kyle Frantz (2013)


78. Fox Chapel Golf Club, 7.06

(84) Pittsburgh; 1925, p

Seth Raynor, Charles Banks


79. Creek Club, 7.04

(81) Locust Valley, N.Y.; 1925, p

Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor


80. Fenway Golf Club, 7.03

(74) Scarsdale, N.Y.; 1924, p

A.W. Tillinghast


81. Skokie Country Club, 7.02

(76) Glencoe, Ill.; 1938, p

William B. Langford, Theodore J. Moreau; Tom Bendelow (1904); Donald Ross (1915)


82. Sankaty Head Golf Club, 6.99

(85) Siasconset, Mass.; 1921, p

H. Emerson Armstrong


83. Minikahda Club, 6.98

(82) Minneapolis; 1907, p

Donald Ross; Willie Watson (1917)


84. Bel-Air Country Club, 6.97

(89) Los Angeles; 1927, p

George C. Thomas Jr., William P. Bell


85. Pine Needles Country Club, 6.97

(77) Southern Pines, N.C.; 1927, r

Donald Ross; John Fought (2002)


86. Huntingdon Valley Country Club, 6.97

(79) Huntingdon Valley, Pa.; 1927, p

Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn


87. Monroe Golf Club, 6.95

(80) Pittsford, N.Y.; 1923, p

Donald Ross


88. Kirtland Country Club, 6.93

(90) Willoughby, Ohio; 1921, p

Charles H. Alison


89. Whippoorwill Country Club, 6.93

(94) Armonk, N.Y.; 1925, p

Donald Ross; Charles Banks (1929)


90. Country Club of Birmingham (West), 6.92

(NR) Birmingham, Ala.; 1929, p

Donald Ross


91. Whitinsville Golf Club, 6.92

(97) Whitinsville, Mass.; 1923, p

Donald Ross


92. Taconic Golf Club, 6.91

(87) Williamstown, Mass.; 1927, p

Wayne Stiles, John van Kleek


93. * Beverly Country Club, 6.89

(NR) Chicago; 1907, p, Donald Ross


94. Mountain Ridge Golf Club, 6.88

(93) West Caldwell, N.J.; 1929, p

Donald Ross


95. * Philadelphia Country Club (Spring Mill), 6.87

(NR) Gladwyne, Pa.; 1927, p

Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn


96. Hollywood Golf Club, 6.87

(88) Deal, N.J.; 1913, p

Walter J. Travis


97. Ekwanok Country Club, 6.87

(95) Manchester, Vt.; 1899, p

Walter J. Travis; John Duncan Dunn (1927)


98. * Indianwood Country Club (Old), 6.86

(NR) Lake Orion, Mich.; 1928, p

William Connellan, Wilfred Reid


99. Rolling Green Golf Club, 6.85

(96) Springfield, Pa.; 1926, p

Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn


100. St. George’s Golf & Country Club, 6.84

(91) Stony Brook, N.Y.; 1917, p

Devereux Emmet

d-daily fee; p-private; r-resort;

NR-not rated

* returns to top 100

first time in top 100

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