Rankings

Almost everyone loves a good list and as such, most of the major golf magazines publish course ranking lists annually or biennially, with these issues usually among their biggest sellers.

I've been incredibly fortunate to play a number of the greatest golf courses in North America in recent years and recently ventured to Scotland, the home of golf, for my first look at true links golf. Here, you'll find website links to course rating lists from Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golfweek, Top100GolfCourses.com and ScoreGolf, along with a list of all the courses I've played that fall within those respective rankings.

I've also included Ran Morrissett's "147 Custodians of the Game" - the founder of Golf Club Atlas may have the most interesting list of the bunch and it's certainly worthy of inclusion here.

At some point, perhaps I'll conduct my own course ranking list for Now on the Tee but for now, I hope this will suffice.


COURSE RANKING LISTS


Golf Club Atlas 147 Custodians of the Game: 31
- National Golf Links of America #2
- St. Andrews - The Old Course #4
- Sand Hills Golf Club #5
- Prestwick Golf Club #7
- North Berwick Golf Club - West Links #9
- Royal Dornoch Golf Club - Championship #16
- Riviera Country Club #19
- Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club #21
- Pinehurst - #2 Course #25
- Castle Stuart Golf Links #28
- Banff Springs Golf Course - Thompson #29
- Pebble Beach Golf Links #30
- Bandon Trails #32
- Pacific Dunes #34
- California Golf Club of San Francisco #38
- Crystal Downs Country Club #40
- Maidstone Club #44
- Muirfield Golf Club #45
- Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club #46
- White Bear Yacht Club #48
- Royal Troon Golf Club - Old #49
- The Course at Yale #55
- St. George's Golf & Country Club #67
- Brora Golf Club #74
- Old Town Club #75
- Dismal River Club - Red Course #88
- Palmetto Golf Club #91
- Wolf Point Club #96
- Old Macdonald #114
- Elie - The Golf House Club #135
- Mid Pines Golf Club #145

Golf Magazine Top 100 Courses in the World 2017: 33
- St. Andrews - The Old Course #3
- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club #6
- National Golf Links of America #7
- Oakmont Country Club #8
- Pebble Beach Golf Links #9
- Muirfield Golf Club #10
- Sand Hills GC #13
- Royal Dornoch Golf Club - Championship #15
- Trump Turnberry - Ailsa Course #16
- Pinehurst - #2 Course #18
- Crystal Downs Country Club #24
- Pacific Dunes #26
- Winged Foot Golf Club - West Course #27
- Carnoustie Golf Links - Championship Course #28
- Riviera Country Club #32
- Trump International Golf Links Scotland #46
- Royal Troon Golf Club - Old #47
- North Berwick Golf Club - West Links #51
- Bethpage State Park - Black Course #52
- Oakland Hills Country Club - South Course #53
- Kiawah Island Resort - Ocean Course #54
- Muirfield Village Golf Club #59
- Kingsbarns Golf Links #64
- Bandon Dunes #65
- Maidstone Club #70
- Castle Stuart Golf Links #71
- California Golf Club of San Francisco #73
- Cruden Bay Golf Club #77
- Winged Foot Golf Club - East Course #83
- Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club #86
- Oak Hill Country Club - East Course #93
- St. George's G&CC #94
- Prestwick Golf Club #100

Golf Magazine Top 100 in the U.S. 2017: 30
- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club #4
- Pebble Beach Golf Links #5
- Oakmont CC #6
- National Golf Links of America #7
- Sand Hills GC #9
- Pinehurst - #2 Course #10
- Winged Foot Golf Club - West Course #13
- Pacific Dunes #14
- Crystal Downs Country Club #15
- The Riviera CC #19
- Oakland Hills Country Club - South Course #23
- Bethpage State Park - Black Course #24
- Kiawah Island Resort - Ocean Course #25
- Muirfield Village Golf Club #28
- Bandon Dunes #35
- Maidstone Club #36
- Oak Hill Country Club - East Course #37
- Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club #41
- California Golf Club of San Francisco #43
- Winged Foot Golf Club - East Course #44
- Old Macdonald #48
- Bandon Trails #50
- Pasatiempo Golf Club #53
- The Course at Yale #54
- Sebonack Golf Club #59
- Monterey Peninsula Country Club - Shore Course #77
- Old Town Club #78
- Interlachen Country Club #82
- Scioto Country Club #85
- Olympia Fields Country Club - North Course #87

Golf Magazine Top 100 Courses You Can Play 2016-17: 18
- Pebble Beach Golf Links #1
- Pacific Dunes #2
- Pinehurst - #2 Course #3
- Bethpage State Park - Black Course #4
- Kiawah Island Resort - Ocean Course #6
- Bandon Dunes #8
- Old Macdonald #11
- Bandon Trails #12
- Pasatiempo Golf Club #13
- Forest Dunes Golf Club #21
- Cog Hill GC - Dubsdread #31
- Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club #36
- The Quarry at Giants Ridge #54
- Dormie Club #57
- Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club #61
- Longaberger Golf Club (The Virtues GC) #70
- The Prairie Club - Dunes Course #76
- Hammock Beach Resort - The Ocean Course #86

Golf Digest World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2018 (Outside USA): 19
- Royal Dornoch Golf Club - Championship #2
- Muirfield Golf Club #4
- St. Andrews - The Old Course #5
- Trump Turnberry - Ailsa Course #10
- St. George's Golf & Country Club #20
- Carnoustie Golf Links - Championship Course #21
- North Berwick Golf Club - West Links #25
- Kingsbarns Golf Links #30
- The National Golf Club of Canada #36
- Royal Troon Golf Club - Old #40
- Castle Stuart Golf Links #53
- Cruden Bay Golf Club #56
- Hamilton Golf & Country Club - West/South #60
- Trump International Golf Links Scotland #64
- Royal Aberdeen Golf Club - Balgownie #71
- Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club - #89
- Prestwick Golf Club - #95
- Banff Springs Golf Course - Thompson #99
- Western Gailes Golf Club #100

Golf Digest America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2019/20: 30
- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club #4
- Oakmont Country Club #5
- Pebble Beach Golf Links #7
- National Golf Links of America #8
- Sand Hills Golf Club #9
- Winged Foot Golf Club - West Course #11
- Crystal Downs Country Club #13
- Muirfield Village Golf Club #16
- Pacific Dunes #17
- Oakland Hills Country Club - South Course #20
- Oak Hill Country Club - East Course #22
- Riviera Country Club #23
- Kiawah Island Resort - Ocean Course #24
- Pinehurst - #2 Course #29
- Bandon Dunes #36
- Bethpage State Park - Black Course #37
- Sebonack #39
- Ballyneal Golf and Hunt Club #46
- Castle Pines Golf Club #48
- Old Macdonald #50
- Winged Foot Golf Club - East Course #52
- Monterey Peninsula Country Club - Shore Course #56
- Scioto Country Club #57
- Interlachen Country Club #58
- Maidstone Club #67
- Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club #68
- Bandon Trails #69
- Olympia Fields Country Club - North Course #75
- Spring Hill Golf Club #93
- Old Town Club #98

Golf Digest Second 100 in America 2019: 8
- Pasatiempo Golf Club #106
- California Golf Club of San Francisco #109
- Sand Valley #110
- Kingsley Club #121
- Colorado Golf Club #124
- Dismal River Club - Red Course #137
- Mammoth Dunes #145
- Forest Dunes Golf Club #146

Golf Digest America's 100 Greatest Public Courses 2019: 20
- Pebble Beach Golf Links #1
- Pacific Dunes #2
- Kiawah Island Resort - Ocean Course #4
- Pinehurst - #2 Course #6
- Bandon Dunes #7
- Bethpage State Park - Black Course #8
- Old Macdonald #12
- Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club #13
- Bandon Trails #14
- Pasatiempo Golf Club #16
- Sand Valley #18
- Mammoth Dunes #27
- Forest Dunes Golf Course #28
- The Quarry at Giants Ridge #31
- The Prairie Club - Dunes Course #41
- Cog Hill GC - Dubsdread #51
- The Virtues Golf Club #73
- The Prairie Club - Pines Course #88
- Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club #91
- Poipu Bay Golf Course #97

Golf Digest Top 30 in Canada 2017: 17
- St. George's G&CC #2
- National GC of Canada #3
- Hamilton G&CC - West/South #4
- Banff Springs Golf Course - Thompson #6
- Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club #8
- Muskoka Bay Club #10
- Devil's Paintbrush #11
- Beacon Hall GC #13
- Bigwin Island GC #14
- Devil's Pulpit #17
- Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club #18
- Coppinwood Golf Club #21
- Oviinbyrd #23
- Mississaugua Golf & Country Club #24
- Tobiano Golf Course #26
- Westmount G&CC #28
- Royal Colwood Golf Club #30

Golfweek Best Classic Courses USA 2019: 30
- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club #3
- National Golf Links of America #5
- Oakmont CC #6
- Pebble Beach Golf Links #8
- Crystal Downs Country Club #11
- Pinehurst - #2 Course #14
- Winged Foot GC - West Course #17
- The Riviera CC #18
- Oakland Hills Country Club - South Course #21
- Old Town Club #23
- Bethpage State Park - Black Course #25
- Winged Foot GC - East Course #29
- Maidstone Club #33
- California GC of San Francisco #36
- Pasatiempo Golf Club #37
- Scioto Country Club #50
- The Course at Yale #53
- Olympia Fields Country Club - North Course #54
- Interlachen Country Club #57
- Oak Hill Country Club - East Course #58
- White Bear Yacht Club #68
- Augusta Country Club #74
- Fenway Golf Club #75
- Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club #106
- Palmetto Golf Club #112
- Beverly Country Club #113
- Northland Country Club #140
- Southampton Golf Club #141
- Olympia Fields Country Club - South Course #160
- Leatherstocking Golf Club #198

Golfweek Best Modern Courses USA 2019: 23
- Sand Hills GC #1
- Pacific Dunes #2
- Ballyneal #4
- Old Macdonald #5
- Sebonack #6
- Bandon Dunes #8
- Muirfield Village Golf Club #11
- Kiawah Island Resort - Ocean Course #13
- Bandon Trails #14
- Kingsley Club #23
- Mammoth Dunes #28
- Dismal River Club - Red Course #31
- Sand Valley #33
- Monterey Peninsula CC - Shore Course #34
- Colorado Golf Club #35
- Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club #43
- Castle Pines Golf Club #55
- Spring Hill Golf Club #57
- The Prairie Club - Dunes Course #107
- Dormie Club #131
- Forest Dunes Golf Club #152
- Cog Hill Golf Club - Dubsdread Course #161
- The Quarry at Giants Ridge #171

Top100GolfCourses.com World's Top 100 2018: 33
- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club #2
- St. Andrews - The Old Course #5
- National Golf Links of America #7
- Royal Dornoch Golf Club - Championship #8
- Oakmont Country Club #9
- Muirfield - The Honourable Club of Edinburgh Golfers #10
- Sand Hills Golf Club #11
- Trump Turnberry - Ailsa Course #14
- Pebble Beach Golf Links #17
- Pacific Dunes #18
- Crystal Downs Country Club #19
- Pinehurst - #2 Course #25
- Carnoustie Golf Links - Championship Course #26
- Winged Foot Golf Club - West Course #32
- Riviera Country Club #37
- Kingsbarns Golf Links #42
- North Berwick Golf Club - West Links #45
- Castle Stuart Golf Links #50
- Bethpage State Park - Black Course #51
- Oakland Hills Country Club - South Course #53
- Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club #55
- Kiawah Island Resort - Ocean Course #56
- Royal Aberdeen Golf Club - Balgownie #57
- St. George's Golf & Country Club #58
- Trump International Golf Links Scotland #60
- Muirfield Village #65
- Bandon Dunes #70
- Cruden Bay Golf Club #71
- California Golf Club of San Francisco #74
- Old Town Club #76
- Maidstone Club #80
- Old Macdonald #86
- Winged Foot Golf Club - East Course #95

Top100GolfCourses.com Top 100 in the U.S. 2018: 32
- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club #2
- National Golf Links of America #4
- Oakmont Country Club #5
- Sand Hills Golf Club #6
- Pebble Beach Golf Links #9
- Pacific Dunes #10
- Crystal Downs Country Club #11
- Pinehurst - #2 Course #15
- Winged Foot Golf Club - West Course #19
- Riviera Country Club #21
- Bethpage State Park - Black Course #24
- Oakland Hills Country Club - South Course #25
- Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club #26
- Kiawah Island Resort - Ocean Course #27
- Muirfield Village Golf Club #29
- Bandon Dunes #32
- California Golf Club of San Francisco #35
- Old Town Club #36
- Maidstone Club #38
- Old Macdonald #41
- Winged Foot Golf Club - East Course #44
- Oak Hill Country Club - East Course #45
- Pasatiempo Golf Club #50
- Bandon Trails #51
- Sebonack Golf Club #62
- White Bear Yacht Club #63
- The Course at Yale #68
- Sand Valley #78
- Colorado Golf Club #79
- Scioto Country Club #80
- Interlachen Country Club #81
- Kingsley Club #83

Top100GolfCourses.com Britain and Ireland Top 100 2018: 16
- St. Andrews Links - Old Course #2
- Royal Dornoch Golf Club - Championship #3
- Muirfield - The Honourable Club of Edinburgh Golfers #4
- Trump Turnberry - Ailsa Course #5
- Carnoustie Golf Links - Championship #9
- Kingsbarns Golf Links #13
- North Berwick Golf Club - West Links #15
- Castle Stuart Golf Links #17
- Royal Aberdeen Golf Club - Balgownie #19
- Trump International Golf Links Scotland #20
- Cruden Bay Golf Club #24
- Royal Troon Golf Club - Old #31
- Western Gailes Golf Club #34
- Prestwick Golf Club #35
- Renaissance Club #55
- Brora Golf Club #94

Top100GolfCourses.com Canada's Top 100 2017: 33
- St. George's Golf and Country Club #2
- Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club #4
- Banff Springs Golf Course - Thompson #5
- Hamilton Golf and Country Club - West/South #8
- National Golf Club of Canada #9
- Devil's Paintbrush #11
- Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club #12
- Beacon Hall Golf Club #13
- Westmount Golf and Country Club #16
- Muskoka Bay Club #17
- Oviinbyrd Golf Club #19
- Coppinwood Golf Club #22
- Devil's Pulpit #26
- Bigwin Island Golf Club #29
- Mississaugua Golf & Country Club #30
- Tobiano #31
- Eagles Nest Golf Club #35
- Royal Colwood Golf Club #37
- Predator Ridge - Ridge Course #38
- Rosedale Golf Club #40
- Osprey Valley - Hoot #44
- St. Thomas Golf and Country Club #45
- Osprey Valley - Heathlands #54
- Scarboro Golf and Country Club #55
- Lookout Point Country Club #56
- Taboo #58
- Glen Abbey Golf Club #61
- Bear Mountain - Mountain Course #63
- Brantford Golf and Country Club #64
- Deerhurst Resort - Highlands #68
- Thornhill Golf and Country Club #73
- Deer Ridge Golf Club #81
- Cherry Hill Club #82

ScoreGolf Top 110 in Canada 2018: 33
- Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club #2
- National GC of Canada #3
- St. George's G&CC #5
- Banff Springs Golf Course - Thompson #6
- Hamilton G&CC - West/South #7
- Beacon Hall GC #10
- Devil's Paintbrush #11
- Westmount G&CC #13
- Muskoka Bay Club #16
- Oviinbyrd GC #17
- Bigwin Island GC #20
- Coppinwood Golf Club #22
- Tobiano #24
- Devil's Pulpit #25
- Royal Colwood GC #27
- Predator Ridge - Ridge Course #28
- Osprey Valley - Hoot #37
- St. Thomas G&CC #38
- Eagles Nest GC #41
- Mississaugua Golf & Country Club #43
- Cherry Hill Club #44
- Osprey Valley - Heathlands #51
- Deer Ridge GC #63
- Glen Abbey GC #67
- Scarboro G&CC #69
- Rosedale GC #76
- Brantford G&CC #79
- Taboo #82
- Lookout Point GC #87
- Bear Mountain - Mountain Course #96
- Heron Point Golf Links #99
- Oshawa Golf and Country Club #101
- Burlington G&CC #106

ScoreGolf Top 59 Public Courses in Canada 2019: 15
- Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club #2
- Banff Springs Golf Course #4
- Muskoka Bay Club #6
- Tobiano #9
- Predator Ridge - Ridge Course #10
- TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley - Hoot #16
- Eagles Nest Golf Club #17
- TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley - Heathlands #28
- Glen Abbey Golf Club #33
- Taboo #38
- Bear Mountain - Mountain Course #40
- Tarandowah Golfers Club #49
- Deerhurst Resort - Highlands #50
- King's Forest Golf Course #57
- Wooden Sticks #58




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