Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses

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June 25, 2014 | 3:05 p.m.

Golfweek's Best: Municipal Courses (2014)

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

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

Location
Opened, Architect(s), Avg. rating


1. Bethpage State Park (Black)

Farmingdale, N.Y.

1935, A.W. Tillinghast - 8.03


2. Chambers Bay

University Place, Wash.

2007, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Bruce Charlton - 7.66


3. Butterfield Trail

El Paso, Texas

2007, Tom Fazio - 6.46


4. Torrey Pines (South)

La Jolla, Calif.

1957, William F. Bell - 6.18


5. TPC Scottsdale (Stadium)

Scottsdale, Ariz.

1987, Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf - 6.01


6. Arrowhead Pointe

Elberton, Ga.

2003, Robert Walker - 5.98


7. Highlands of Elgin

Elgin, Ill.

2010, Keith Foster, Art Schaupeter - 5.97


8. Pinon Hills

Farmington, N ...

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Golfweek Staff
Bethpage State Park's Black Course is getting a new green on No. 15.
Bethpage State Park's Black Course is getting a new green on No. 15.

Location
Opened, Architect(s)
Avg. rating


1. Bethpage State Park (Black)

Farmingdale, N.Y.

1935, A.W. Tillinghast

8.00


2. Chambers Bay

University Place, Wash.

2007, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Bruce Charlton

7.76


3. Butterfield Trail

El Paso, Texas

2007, Tom Fazio

6.41


4. Pinon Hills 

Farmington, N.M.

1990, Ken Dye

6.28


5. Torrey Pines (South)

La Jolla, Calif.

1957, William F. Bell

6.21


6. TPC Scottsdale (Stadium)

Scottsdale, Ariz.

1987, Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf

6.09


7. Highlands of Elgin

Elgin, Ill.

2010, Keith Foster, Art Schaupeter

5.99


8. Olympic Course at ...

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Golfweek Staff
No. 25 Desert Willow – Firecliff
No. 25 Desert Willow – Firecliff

Year opened, designer(s), Rater's average


1. Bethpage State Park – Black

Farmingdale, N.Y.

1935, A.W. Tillinghast - 8.10


2. Chambers Bay

University Place, Wash.

2007, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Bruce Charlton - 7.76


3. Butterfield Trail

El Paso, Texas

2007, Tom Fazio - 6.56


4. Piñon Hills

Farmington, N.M.

1990, Ken Dye - 6.24


5. Torrey Pines – South

La Jolla, Calif.

1957, William F. Bell - 6.21


6. TPC Scottsdale – Stadium

Scottsdale, Ariz.

1987, Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf - 6.09


7. Arrowhead Pointe*

Elberton, Ga.

2003, Robert Walker - 5.90


8. Indian Wells Golf Resort – Players ...

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May 11, 2011 | 3:36 p.m.

Talk of the towns

Martin Kaufmann
No. 1 Bethpage State Park – Black
No. 1 Bethpage State Park – Black

Rankings list: Golfweek’s Best: Municipal Courses (2010-11)

Municipal Courses list looks a lot like last year’s list, with the top six courses remaining unchanged. 

Arrowhead Pointe crashed the party at No. 7. That eastern Georgia layout leads a list of nine courses that weren’t on last year’s list. The newcomers include Neshanic Valley, at No. 48, which returns after a year’s absence.

The Black Course at Bethpage State Park, which has hosted two U.S. Opens in the past nine years, remains a formidable force in the Golfweek’s Best rankings.

Aside from being No ...

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May 6, 2010 | 9:36 a.m.

Marvelous munis

Martin Kaufmann
Butterfield Trail, No. 3 in Golfweek's Best Muni Courses 2010
Butterfield Trail, No. 3 in Golfweek's Best Muni Courses 2010


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It will come as a surprise to no one that the Black Course at Bethpage State Park once again occupies the top spot on Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses list for 2009-10. The A.W. Tillinghast masterpiece, which Rees Jones buffed up a decade ago, last year played host to its second U.S. Open in seven years.

The runner-up to the Black again this year is Chambers Bay, the University Place, Wash., links that will play host to the U.S. Amateur this summer.

What might come as a surprise is ...

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Golfweek’s Best: Municipal Courses (2009-2010)


1. Bethpage State Park (Black) 8.07

Farmingdale, N.Y.

1935, A.W. Tillinghast; Rees Jones (1998)


2. Chambers Bay 7.61

University Place, Wash.

2007, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Bruce Charlton


3. Butterfield Trail* 6.33

El Paso, Texas

2007, Tom Fazio


4. Piñon Hills 6.18

Farmington, N.M.

1990, Ken Dye


5. Torrey Pines (South) 6.18

San Diego

1957, William F. Bell


6. TPC Scottsdale (Stadium) 6.13

Scottsdale, Ariz.

1987, Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf


7. Indian Wells Golf Resort (Players) 5.95

Indian Wells, Calif.

2007, John Fought


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Categories: Municipal Courses

Categories: Municipal Courses