Golfweek’s Best: Municipal Courses (2013)

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.M.

1990, Ken Dye - 5.97


9. Olympic Course at Gold Mountain

Bremerton, Wash.

1996, John Harbottle - 5.94


10. Indian Wells Golf Resort (Players)

Indian Wells, Calif.

2007, John Fought - 5.81


11. Wintonbury Hills

Bloomfield, Conn.

2003, Pete Dye, Tim Liddy - 5.78


12. TPC Harding Park

San Francisco

1925, Willie Watson - 5.77


13. Bowes Creek

Elgin, Ill.

2009, Rick Jacobson - 5.74


14. Soldier Hollow (Gold)

Midway, Utah

2004, Gene Bates - 5.74


15. Sleepy Hollow

Brecksville, Ohio

1925, Stanley Thompson - 5.70


16. Presidio

San Francisco

1921, Herbert Fowler, Tom Simpson - 5.70


17. Torrey Pines (North)

La Jolla, Calif.

1957, William F. Bell - 5.69


18. Brackenridge Park

San Antonio

1915, A.W. Tillinghast - 5.67


19. Olivas Links

Ventura, Calif.

2007, Forrest Richardson - 5.65


20. Memorial Park

Houston

1936, John Bredemus, Baxter Spann - 5.65


21. Laurel Hill

Lorton, Va.

2005, Bill Love - 5.64


22. Pacific Grove Golf Links

Pacific Grove, Calif.

1932, H. Chandler Egan, Jack Neville - 5.64


23. Indian Wells Golf Resort (Celebrity)

Indian Wells, Calif.

2006, Clive Clark - 5.61


24. Washington County GC

Hartford, Wis.

1997, Arthur Hills - 5.60


25. Harborside International (Starboard)

Chicago

1996, Dick Nugent - 5.60


26. SilverRock

La Quinta, Calif.

2005, Arnold Palmer - 5.60


27. Bethpage State Park (Red)

Farmingdale, N.Y.

1935, A.W. Tillinghast - 5.59


28. Hideout

Monticello, Utah

2002, Forrest Richardson - 5.56


29. Sunbrook (Point/Woodbridge)

St. George, Utah

1991, Ted Robinson - 5.55


30. Crandon Park

Key Biscayne, Fla.

1972, Bruce Devlin, Robert von Hagge - 5.54


31. Neshanic Valley

Neshanic Station, N.J.

2004, Michael Hurdzan - 5.50


32. ThunderHawk

Beach Park, Ill.

1999, Robert Trent Jones Jr., 5.53


33. Desert Willow (Firecliff)

Palm Desert, Calif.

1997, Michael Hurdzan, 5.51


34. Breckenridge GC

Breckenridge, Colo.

1987, Jack Nicklaus, 5.50


35. Soule Park

Ojai, Calif.

1962, Robert Baldock, William F. Bell, Gil Hanse, 5.50


36. Chaska Town Course

Chaska, Minn.

1997, Arthur Hills, 5.49


37. George Wright GC

Boston

1935, Donald Ross, 5.48


38. North Palm Beach CC

North Palm Beach, Fla.

2006, Charles Banks, Jack Nicklaus, Seth Raynor, 5.42

39. Fossil Trace

Golden, Colo.

2003, Jim Engh, 5.42


40. Max A. Mandel GC*

Laredo, Texas

2012, Robert Trent Jones Jr., 5.41


41. Audobon Park Executive GC

New Orleans

2002, Dennis Griffiths, 5.40


42. Montauk Downs State Park

Montauk Point, N.Y.

1968, Rees Jones, 5.39


43. Murphy Creek*

Aurora, Colo.

2000, Ken Kavanaugh, 5.38


44. Blackthorn*

South Bend, Ind.

1995, Michael Hurdzan, 5.38


45. Aspen GC

Aspen, Colo.

1970, Frank Hummel, 5.38


46. Indian Canyon

Spokane, Wash.

1935, H. Chandler Egan, 5.36


47. Shepherd’s Crook

Zion, Ill.

1999, Keith Foster, 5.34


48. Boulder Creek

Boulder City, Nev.

2003, Mark Rathert, 5.33


49. Papago*

Phoenix

1964, William F. Bell, 5.33


50. Lassing Pointe

Union, Ky.

1994, Michael Hurdzan, 5.32

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