Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses

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March 19, 2014 | 6 a.m.

Golfweek's Best: Classic Courses, 2014

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

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March 7, 2013 | 1:17 a.m.

2013 Golfweek's Best Classic Courses

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

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

*–first time in top 100

^–returns to top 100

1. Pine Valley Golf Club 9.63

(No. 1 in 2012, p) Pine Valley, N.J.

1919, Harry S. Colt, George Crump


2. Cypress Point Club 9.62

(2, p) Pebble Beach, Calif.

1928, Alister MacKenzie


3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club 9.51

(3, p) Southampton, N.Y.

1931, Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn


4. National Golf Links of America 9.34

(4, p) Southampton, N.Y.

1911, Charles Blair Macdonald


5. Augusta National Golf Club 9.23

(6, p ...

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March 13, 2012 | 12:28 p.m.

2012 Golfweek's Best Classic Courses

Golfweek Staff
The ninth hole at Pinehurst Resort (No. 2).
The ninth hole at Pinehurst Resort (No. 2).

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

  • First time in top 100 Returns to top 100

Note: Ties broken through decimal points

1. Pine Valley Golf Club 9.56

(No. 1 in 2011, p) Pine Valley, N.J.

1919, Harry S. Colt, George Crump


2. Cypress Point Club 9.48

(2, p) Pebble Beach, Calif.

1928, Alister MacKenzie


3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club 9.36

(3, p) Southampton, N.Y.

1931, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey


4. National Golf Links of America 9.29

(4, p) Southampton, N.Y.

1911, Charles Blair Macdonald


5. Oakmont Country ...

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March 10, 2011 | 10:50 a.m.

2011 Golfweek's Best

Golfweek Staff
No. 86 Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club.
No. 86 Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club.

No. Name

Raters avg.

(2010 rating) Location

Year, Architect

Note: d–daily fee; p–private; r–resort; * First time in top 100; Returned to list


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1. Pine Valley Golf Club

9.57

(No. 1 in 2010, p) Pine Valley, N.J.

1919, George Crump, Harry S. Colt


2. Cypress Point Club

9.48

(2, p) Pebble Beach, Calif.

1928, Alister MacKenzie


3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

9.32

(3, p) Southampton, N.Y.

1931, Howard C. Toomey, William S. Flynn


4. National Golf Links of America

9.13

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

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March 11, 2010 | 9:24 a.m.

Oldies, but goodies

Golfweek Staff
Pine Valley (10th hole pictured) returns to No. 1 on the Classic list.
Pine Valley (10th hole pictured) returns to No. 1 on the Classic list.

June 30, 2009 | 12:10 p.m.

2009 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses

Golfweek's Best Classic Courses
Golfweek's Best Classic Courses

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June 30, 2008 | 11:57 a.m.

2008 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses

Golfweek's Best Classic Courses
Golfweek's Best Classic Courses

Categories: Classic Courses
June 30, 2007 | 11:41 a.m.

2007 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses

Golfweek's Best Classic Courses
Golfweek's Best Classic Courses

Categories: Classic Courses
Bradley S. Klein

For the first time in the 10-year history of our America’s Best course ratings, there has been a change at the top. There is a new No. 1 on the list of Top 100 Classic Courses. Cypress Point Golf Club has displaced perennial front-runner Pine Valley Golf Club by the narrowest of margins.

How tight is it at the top? Not as tight as it is farther down the elite list of top-100 courses. The difference between Cypress Point in California and Pine Valley in New Jersey is a tad more than two-tenths of a point (0.21078, to ...

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September 21, 2005 | 2:29 p.m.

2005: Routing’s big picture

Bradley S. Klein

Every course architect knows the key to a good layout is the proper location of the holes upon the land. This is what’s known as routing – the sequencing of holes so that they flow naturally, adhere to the land’s contours and present themselves in some sort of sensible order – ideally one that can be walked.

The Old Course at St. Andrews is a perfect example of routing that emerged in the most natural way – by people going out for a walk and then coming back.

An awareness of routing isn’t just a technical exercise of interest to ...

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Categories: Classic Courses
September 14, 2005 | 2:01 p.m.

2005: Why lengthen Augusta?

Golfweek Staff

Confucius once said that only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. For the sake of argument, let’s rank the men at Augusta National, caretakers of the esteemed Masters Tournament, somewhere in the middle, and pose a question that needs asking: Did Augusta National really need lengthening?

To their credit, the powers running the Masters have done a nice job staying ahead of the curve that is modern technology. Anyone who watched Tiger Woods hit a wedge to the first hole at this year’s Masters, or nearly drive the 380-yard 10th at Cog Hill on Sunday, realizes ...

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Categories: Classic Courses
August 31, 2005 | 11:53 a.m.

2005: America’s best architecture

Bradley S. Klein

Some club histories are better than others. Some are a whole lot worse. The genre is easy to dismiss as amateurish. But that’s only if amateurs undertake the project. In the right hands, with adequate time, planning and budget, a club history can be an ideal way to commemorate a club’s past while helping to forge its identity for the future.

The key is to focus on the golf course and to structure the text, layout and photography accordingly. Club histories that spend their pages detailing paddleball champions from the 1930s or the history of those post-World War ...

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Categories: Classic Courses
September 28, 2004 | 3:03 p.m.

2004: Opening arguments begin with rankings

Bradley S. Klein

By Bradley S. Klein

Last time we published our America’s Best lists I was deposed by a city of Boston attorney asking to account for why their municipal golf course had dropped three spots in the state-by-state public access rankings. Seems they were being sued by the course operator and were looking for evidence of mismanagement.

Not every course rating involves a lawsuit. Judging by how my phone usually rings off the hook in the weeks after, however, there does seem to be a lot of passion about the outcomes. Which is why we take special care to collate ...

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October 12, 2003 | 4:28 p.m.

2003: America's Best - A matter of rank

Bradley S. Klein

Golfweek’s seventh annual America’s Best course rankings are in. Once again, the results are likely to fuel debate and discussion in locker rooms, 19th holes and maintenance yards.

Pine Valley and Sand Hills are still No. 1, respectively, on our Classical and Modern lists. Donald Ross and Tom Fazio remain the leaders of their eras when it comes to ranked courses on the America’s Best list. And for all the development of fine layouts in recent years, the 1920s remain the most-productive decade when it comes to defining an era of great golf course architecture.

Continuities aside ...

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November 16, 2002 | 2:13 p.m.

2002: Aronimink’s inspiring rebirth

Bradley S. Klein

By Bradley S. Klein

NewtoWn Square, Pa.

Among the many joys of being an itinerant student of architecture is seeing a golf course brought back to proper form. Consider the case of Aronimink Golf Club, 12 miles west of downtown Philadelphia.

The course dates to a very strong design by Donald Ross in 1928. We know he was on site, thanks to a grainy, 41/2-minute, black-and white film that shows the architect on the grounds. He’s strutting about in a three-piece suit while construction crews around him are felling big trees, cutting trenches and laying irrigation pipe. Some ...

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