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March 19, 2014 | 6 a.m.

Golfweek's Best: Modern Courses, 2014

Golfweek Staff
Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb.
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 ...

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March 7, 2013 | 9:20 p.m.

2013 Golfweek's Best Modern Courses

Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb.
Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb.

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

*–first time in top 100

^–returns to top 100

1. Sand Hills Golf Club 9.28

(No. 1 in 2012, p) Mullen, Neb.

1995, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


2. Pacific Dunes 8.96

(2, r) Bandon, Ore.

2001, Tom Doak


3. Whistling Straits (Straits) 8.58

(4, r) Kohler, Wis.

1997, Pete Dye


4. Friar’s Head 8.54

(5, p) Baiting Hollow, N.Y.

2003, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


5. Old Macdonald 8.46

(3, r) Bandon, Ore.

2010, Tom Doak, Jim Urbina


6. Ballyneal 8.44

(6, p ...

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March 13, 2012 | 1:03 p.m.

2012 Golfweek's Best Modern Courses

Golfweek Staff
Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb.
Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb.

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. Sand Hills Golf Club 9.27

(1, p) Mullen, Neb.

1995, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


2. Pacific Dunes 9.10

(2, r) Bandon, Ore.

2001, Tom Doak


3. Old Macdonald 8.66

(3, r) Bandon, Ore.

2010, Tom Doak, Jim Urbina


4. Whistling Straits (Straits) 8.61

(4, r) Kohler, Wis.

1997, Pete Dye


5. Friar’s Head 8.47

(5, p) Baiting Hollow, N.Y.

2003, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


6. Ballyneal 8 ...

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March 11, 2011 | 7:54 p.m.

2011 Golfweek's Best Modern Courses

Golfweek Staff
No. 99 Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Wall, Wash.
No. 99 Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Wall, Wash.

No. Name

Raters average

(2010 rank) Location

Year, architect

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


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1. Sand Hills Golf Club

9.36

(No. 1 in 2010, p) Mullen, Neb.

1995, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw


2. Pacific Dunes

9.19

(2, r) Bandon, Ore.

2001, Tom Doak


3. *Old Macdonald

8.84

(NR, r) Bandon, Ore.

2010, Tom Doak, Jim Urbina


4. Whistling Straits (Straits)

8.75

(3, r) Kohler, Wis.

1997, Pete Dye


5. Friar’s Head

8.40

(9, p) Baiting Hollow, N.Y.

2003 ...

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March 10, 2011 | 10:51 a.m.

Golfweek's Best: Next 100 Modern Courses

Golfweek Staff

Ever wonder who almost made the Top 100? So do we.

Every year, Golfweek’s network of course raters scours the country evaluating courses for our annual Golfweek’s Best Top 100 Classic and Top 100 Modern courses. The results have been tabulated and are profiled in Golfweek’s March 11 issue.

If your course didn’t make the Top 100, perhaps you might find some consolation in this list. We call it The Next 100.

Take a look and see whether your course might be on the cusp of cracking the Top 100.

Here are The Next 100 Modern ...

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March 11, 2010 | 9:23 a.m.

Modern marvels

Golfweek Staff
Sebonack Golf Club, ranked No. 6 on Golfweek's Best Modern Courses.
Sebonack Golf Club, ranked No. 6 on Golfweek's Best Modern Courses.

June 15, 2009 | 6 p.m.

2009 Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses

Categories: Modern Courses
June 22, 2008 | 2:16 p.m.

2008 Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses

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June 22, 2007 | 2:23 p.m.

2007 Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses

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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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The Madrid Chile Festival is the perfect start to any New Mexico vacation. • Green chile is why the Land of Enchantment has such a distinctive cuisine. And Madrid, a 400-person artists’ enclave located about 30 miles south of Santa Fe, represents the flavor – in taste and the less-definable New World tone – that locals and visitors have come to know so well.

Problem is, there is no such celebration. The signs are props for a John Travolta movie being shot in the town, one of several recently filmed in the area.

“If you’re not from around here, it’s hard ...

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Categories: Modern Courses
September 26, 2005 | 2:34 p.m.

2005: Seven Canyons a stunning test

Bradley S. Klein

Sedona, Ariz.

Up here in Red Rock country, golf presents a whole new aura.

For years, the central Arizona plateau around Sedona, 100 miles north of Phoenix, was a sweaty outpost for ranchers and miners.

Today, Sedona is an odd juxtaposition of energy and lifestyles, with hangouts ranging from cafes, gem shops, alpaca sweater stores, mining museums, motorcycle garages and private airplane landing fields. All Sedona lacked was decent golf. Well, it had two courses, but they were mundane and depended exclusively upon their surrounds for what little interest they provided.

With the opening of Seven Canyons in 2003, Sedona ...

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Categories: Modern Courses
October 5, 2004 | 11:28 a.m.

2004: PGA from the couch

Bradley S. Klein

Mosel, Wis.

This year’s PGA Championship will give home viewers a welcome chance to see one of modern golf’s finest courses. Of the nearly 2,500 courses opened during the boom-boom ’90s, the Pete Dye-designed Straits Course at Whistling Straits is the first one to hold a men’s professional major.

Here’s a couch potato’s guide to what you’ll see and hear:

Players complaining. PGA Tour pros are really, really good at griping. They’re used to receptive fairways, readily visible lines of play and predictable conditions. That’s why they’ll be squirming at ...

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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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March 27, 2004 | 12:50 p.m.

Barona Creek: Picture of patience

Bradley S. Klein

The elements of a fine golf course design don’t emerge suddenly; they evolve, and only during repeated site visits and reworking of the original plan. Daily-fee golfers at Barona Creek Golf Club, 25 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, can be excused for thinking that the daily-fee/resort course they play earned its ranking of No. 82 on Golfweek’s America’s Best Modern Courses list thanks to its native site features. But the design team that created the course in the late 1990s knows better.

Veteran architect Gary Roger Baird had some concerns when he first visited the ...

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