Golfweek's Best: Modern Courses, 2014

Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb.

Golfweek’s Best: Modern Courses 2014 (1960-present)

Rank, Name, Avg. rating

(Rank in 2013) Location; Opened, Type

Designer(s)


1. Sand Hills Golf Club, 9.22

(1) Mullen, Neb. 1995, p

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


2. Pacific Dunes, 8.87

(2) Bandon, Ore.; 2001, r

Tom Doak


3. Friar’s Head, 8.54

(4) Baiting Hollow, N.Y.; 2003, p

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


4. Whistling Straits (Straits), 8.49

(3) Mosel, Wis.; 1997, r

Pete Dye


5. Ballyneal, 8.45

(6) Holyoke, Colo.; 2006, p

Tom Doak


6. Old Macdonald, 8.40

(5) Bandon, Ore.; 2010, r

Tom Doak, Jim Urbina


7. Sebonack Golf Club, 8.32

(7) Southampton, N.Y.; 2006, p

Tom Doak, Jack Nicklaus


8. Bandon Dunes, 8.26

(8) Bandon, Ore.; 1999, r

David McLay Kidd


9. Pete Dye Golf Club, 8.19

(9) Bridgeport, W.Va.; 1994, p

Pete Dye


10. Shadow Creek Golf Club, 8.18

(10) North Las Vegas, Nev.; 1990, r

Tom Fazio


11. The Golf Club, 8.09

(12) New Albany, Ohio; 1967, p

Pete Dye


12. Muirfield Village Golf Club, 8.05

(11) Dublin, Ohio; 1974, p

Jack Nicklaus


13. Kinloch Golf Club, 7.98

(16) Richmond, Va.; 2000, p

Lester George


14. Wade Hampton Club, 7.93

(14) Cashiers, N.C.; 1988, p

Tom Fazio


15. Old Sandwich Golf Club, 7.90

(13) Plymouth, Mass.; 2004, p

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


16. Rock Creek Cattle Company, 7.89

(15) Deer Lodge, Mont.; 2008, p

Tom Doak


17. Ocean Course, 7.82

(17) Kiawah Island, S.C.; 1991, r

Pete Dye


18. Honors Course, 7.82

(18) Ooltewah, Tenn.; 1983, p

Pete Dye


19. Boston Golf Club, 7.78

(20) Hingham, Mass.; 2005, p

Gil Hanse


20. Spyglass Hill Golf Club, 7.76

(21) Pebble Beach, Calif.; 1966, r

Robert Trent Jones Sr.


21. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), 7.74

(19) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; 1981, r

Pete Dye


22. Bandon Trails, 7.69

(25) Bandon, Ore.; 2005, r

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


23. Huntsman Springs, 7.66

(23) Driggs, Idaho; 2009, p, David McLay Kidd


24. Chambers Bay Golf Club, 7.65

(22) University Place, Wash.; 2007, d

Robert Trent Jones Jr., Bruce Charlton


25. Calusa Pines Golf Club, 7.64

(27) Naples, Fla.; 2001, p

Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry


26. Kingsley Club, 7.64

(24) Kingsley, Mich.; 2001, p

Mike DeVries


27. Shooting Star Golf Club, 7.60

(28) Teton Village, Wyo.; 2009, p

Tom Fazio


28. Dunes Club, 7.58

(33) New Buffalo, Mich.; 1995, p

Dick Nugent


29. Streamsong (Red), 7.58

(31) Streamsong, Fla.; 2012, r

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


30. Arcadia Bluffs, 7.55

(29) Arcadia, Mich.; 1999, d

Rick Smith


31. Gozzer Ranch Golf Club, 7.52

(30) Harrison, Idaho; 2007, p

Tom Fazio


32. Double Eagle Golf Club, 7.50

(36) Galena, Ohio; 1991, p

Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf


33. Monterey Peninsula CC (Shore) , 7.49

(43) Pebble Beach, Calif.; 2005, p

Michael Strantz; Robert Baldock, Jack Neville (1961)


34. Dallas National Golf Club, 7.49

(34) Dallas; 2003, p

Tom Fazio


35. Castle Pines Golf Club, 7.48

(38) Castle Rock, Colo.; 1981, p

Jack Nicklaus


36. Colorado Golf Club, 7.46

(35) Parker, Colo.; 2007, p

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


37. Desert Forest Golf Club, 7.44

(37) Carefree, Ariz.; 1962, p

Red Lawrence


38. Galloway National Golf Club, 7.43

(32) Galloway Township, N.J.; 1995, p

Tom Fazio


39. Dismal River Club (Doak), 7.42

(NR) Mullen, Neb.; 2013, p

Tom Doak


40. Whispering Pines Golf Club, 7.41

(26) Trinity, Texas; 2000, p

Chet Williams


41. Oak Tree National Golf Club, 7.39

(40) Edmond, Okla.; 1975, p

Pete Dye


42. Harbour Town Golf Links, 7.34

(46) Hilton Head Island, S.C.; 1970, r

Pete Dye


43. Streamsong (Blue), 7.33

(39) Streamsong, Fla.; 2012, r

Tom Doak


44. Mayacama Golf Club, 7.32

(47) Santa Rosa, Calif.; 2001, p

Jack Nicklaus


45. Butler National Golf Club, 7.32

(51) Oak Brook, Ill.; 1974, p

George Fazio, Tom Fazio


46. Shelter Harbor Golf Club, 7.30

(55) Westerly, R.I.; 2005, p

Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry


47. Blackwolf Run (River), 7.30

(50) Kohler, Wis.; 1988, r

Pete Dye


48. Pronghorn (Fazio), 7.30

(48) Bend, Ore.; 2006, p

Tom Fazio


49. Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, 7.28

(41) Cashiers, N.C.; 2007, p

Tom Fazio


50. Martis Camp, 7.27

(42) Truckee, Calif.; 2007, p

Tom Fazio


51. Patriot Golf Club, 7.25

(45) Owasso, Okla.; 2010, p

Robert Trent Jones Jr.


52. Fallen Oak Golf Club, 7.24

(49) Saucier, Miss.; 2006, r

Tom Fazio


53. Bayonne Golf Club, 7.23

(44) Bayonne, N.J.; 2006, p

Eric Bergstol


54. Wolf Run, 7.23

(52) Zionsville, Ind.; 1990, p

Steve Smyers


55. Estancia, 7.21

(53) Scottsdale, Ariz.; 1995, p

Tom Fazio


56. Black Sheep Golf Club, 7.20

(74) Sugar Grove, Ill.; 2002, p

David Esler


57. Trump National Golf Club (Old), 7.19

(57) Bedminster, N.J.; 2004, p

Tom Fazio


58. Wild Horse Golf Club, 7.18

(56) Gothenburg, Neb.; 1999, d

Dave Axland, Dan Proctor


59. Quail Hollow Club, 7.15

(54) Charlotte, N.C.; 1961, p

George Cobb, Tom Fazio (2003)


60. Atlantic Golf Club, 7.15

(62) Bridgehampton, N.Y.; 1992, p

Rees Jones


61. Long Cove Club, 7.14

(59) Hilton Head Island, S.C.; 1982, p

Pete Dye


62. Olde Farm Golf Club, 7.13

(65) Bristol, Va.; 2001, p

Bobby Weed


63. Clear Creek, 7.11

(NR) Tahoe, Nev.; 2009, p

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


64. Kapalua Golf Club (Plantation), 7.10

(70) Maui, Hawaii; 1991, r

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


65. World Woods (Pine Barrens), 7.10

(60) Brooksville, Fla.; 1993, d

Tom Fazio


66. The Rim, 7.09

(69) Payson, Ariz.; 1998, p

Tom Weiskopf


67. * Spring Island/Old Tabby Links, 7.09

(NR) Okatie, S.C.; 1994, p

Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay


68. Greywalls at Marquette Golf Club, 7.09

(80) Marquette, Mich.; 2005, d

Mike DeVries


69. The Club at Cuscowilla, 7.08

(61) Eatonton, Ga.; 1998, r

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


70. Forest Highlands (Canyon), 7.07

(67) Flagstaff, Ariz.; 1989, p

Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf


71. Hidden Creek Golf Club, 7.06

(77) Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; 2002, p

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


72. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside), 7.05

(58) St. Simons Island, Ga.; 2000, r

Tom Fazio, Harry S. Colt, Charles H. Alison (1929), Joe Lee (1970)


73. Hazeltine National Golf Club, 7.04

(93) Chaska, Minn.; 1962, p

Robert Trent Jones Sr., Rees Jones (1989)


74. Spring Hill Golf Club, 7.04

(75) Orono, Minn.; 1999, p

Tom Fazio


75. Austin Golf Club, 7.04

(73) Austin, Texas; 2001, p

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


76. Lahontan Golf Club, 7.04

(78) Truckee, Calif.; 1999, p

Tom Weiskopf


77. Jupiter Hills Club (Hills), 7.04

(90) Tequesta, Fla.; 1970, p

George Fazio


78. Concession Golf Club, 7.03

(66) Bradenton, Fla.; 2006, p

Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin


79. Eugene Country Club, 7.03

(71) Eugene, Ore.; 1967, p

Robert Trent Jones Sr.; H. Chandler Egan (1928)


80. Crooked Stick Golf Club, 7.00

(76) Carmel, Ind.; 1964, p

Pete Dye


81. Secession Golf Club, 6.99

(85) Gibbes Island, S.C.; 1992, p

Bruce Devlin


82. Harvester, 6.99

(96) Ames, Iowa; 2000, d

Keith Foster


83. Kiawah (Cassique), 6.99

(86) Kiawah Island, S.C.; 2000, p

Tom Watson


84. Dormie Club, 6.98

(64) West End, N.C.; 2010, d

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


85. Saucon Valley Country Club (Weyhill), 6.98

(88) Bethlehem, Pa.; 1969, p

William Gordon, David Gordon


86. Prairie Club (Dunes), 6.98

(95) Valentine, Neb.; 2010, r

Tom Lehman


87. Ocean Forest Golf Club, 6.97

(83) Sea Island, Ga.; 1994, p

Rees Jones


88. Shoal Creek Country Club, 6.97

(92) Birmingham, Ala.; 1976, p

Jack Nicklaus


89. Wine Valley Golf Club, 6.97

(97) Walla Walla, Wash.; 2009, d

Dan Hixson


90. Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands) , 6.96

(NR) Duluth, Ga.; 1967, p

Joe Finger; Rees Jones (2006)


91. Lost Dunes Golf Club, 6.96

(79) Bridgman, Mich.; 1999, p

Tom Doak


92. * Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, 6.95

(NR) Lake Manassas, Va.; 1991, p

Robert Trent Jones Sr., Roger Rulewich


93. * Stonewall Golf Club (Original), 6.95

(NR) Bulltown, Pa.; 1993, p

Tom Doak


94. Sage Valley Golf Club, 6.94

(87) Graniteville, S.C.; 2001, p

Tom Fazio


95. * John’s Island West, 6.94

(NR) Vero Beach, Fla.; 1989, p

Tom Fazio


96. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, 6.94

(63) Sandia Park, N.M.; 2000, d

Ken Dye


97. Forest Dunes Golf Club, 6.93

(91) Roscommon, Mich.; 2003, d

Tom Weiskopf


98. Trump National Doral (Blue Monster), 6.93

(NR) Doral, Fla.; 1962, r

Dick Wilson; Gil Hanse (2013)


99. Karsten Creek Golf Club, 6.93

(68) Stillwater, Okla.; 1994, d

Tom Fazio


100. Valhalla Golf Club, 6.92

(100) Louisville, Ky.; 1986, p

Jack Nicklaus

– d-daily fee; p-private; r-resort;
– NR-not rated * -returns to top 100;
-first time in top 100

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