Golf Course Reviews. His tight, twisting fairways, pinched at every turn by squat olive trees, led to surprisingly small putting surfaces protected by Trent's trademark splashy bunkers. He also remodeled two of the top 100 courses, No. Sentosa Golf Club offers a golf challenge like no other with stunning scenery. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. 64  ROYAL ABERDEEN G.C. NorthernÂ Ireland A 2004 collaboration of American superstar designer Tom Doak and Australian tour-pro-turned-architect Michael Clayton, Barnbougle Dunes is a tremendous 18 in a fantastic stretch of sand dunes along Bass Strait, the sea that separates Tasmania from Melbourne. Rokuro Akaboshi, ShiroÂ Akaboshi (1929), C.H. 75 in 2018 to No. 7,578 yards, par 73. 7,626 yards, par 72. 6,729 yards, par 70. Holes one through four, all par 4s, head north, then five through 13 march due south along the beach, with fairways mostly aimed southeast or southwest. Golf architect Gil Hanse and associate Jim Wagner hand-built Castle Stuart, with Parsinen involved on every hole. A national park operation, Highlands had long been criticized for spotty maintenance, but after a 2010 flood, serious efforts, directed by Canadian golf architect Ian Andrew, were undertaken to restore its luster and improve its turf quality. Nine Bridges is on Jeju Island; Haesley is close to Seoul. 78 Royal Cinque Ports in Kent, England. 7,317 yards, par 72. Donald Steel altered holes and added length early in this century. Ayutthaya, Thailand New Zealand The links is also known for its fairness, as nearly every feature is plainly in view from tee to green. 6,462 yards, par 70. Within a year, Rymill collaborated an improvement plan with other members. (Strand) The club moved to a new layout designed by Japanese architect Komei Ohtani in 1939, while Alisonâs course became potato fields. Charles Blair Macdonald,Â Seth Raynor (1923),Â Tom Doak (2014-â15) 80  ROYAL ADELAIDE G.C. Hoylake is a layout of stark contrastsâa series of splendid natural holes within coastal sand dunes (holes attributed to a 1930s H.S. T-23  ROYAL MELBOURNE G.C. 88 [NR] TRUMPÂ INTERNATIONALÂ G. LINKS DOONBEG North Berwick must be played with good humor. Cigar Aficionado expert panel picks the best places you can play, plus names the top private clubs on the planet. Norman routed along natural seams between tall hills, simply mowing out most fairways and greens, and scratching a few notches into the sides of dunes to create sand bunkers. The course meanders along novel topography, full of odd elephant-shaped mounds, humps and abrupt gulches, lined with pine, fir, heather and bracken. Brinkworth (1948) C.H. He took full advantage of that chance, developing an exciting routing that plays from highlands of desert cacti over dry washes and down to the sea on both nines. The finish line is near. On the dramatic rugged seacoast of Botany Bay near Sydney, on the spot where Captain Cook first stepped onto Australia in 1770, La Perouse is renown for its ocean views and high winds. Inspired by New Jersey’s Pine Valley, regarded by many as the world's best golf course, Doug Carrick designed Hoot with generous fairways that are framed by tall pines and filled with rugged waste bunkers. golf World Top 100: a guide to The UK and Europe’s best golf courses and resorts. The 27-hole championship course is designed by the legendary, Greg Norman, it features the South Course and North Course that are ranked courses in Golf Australia’s “Top 100 Golf Courses for 2018.” The Eastern Golf Club also includes a separate Par 3, 9-hole course – Shark Waters. On his brief but productive 1926 trip, Alister MacKenzie prepared a routing for the course, but it was radically altered during a 1936 remodeling by Eric Apperly and by neglect during WWII. The dominant theme of our new ranking of the World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses is proximity to the sea. 96 [NR] PORTSTEWARTÂ G.C. 75  WATERVILLE G. LINKS From the elevated first tee, the city of Vancouver, five miles south, is visible, and the last six holes provide outstanding views of the Coastal Range, particularly Hollyburn Mountain. The Old Guard are all vintage designs that still carry a lot of clout. That might still be true 24 years later, given that the greens at 16, 17 and 18 are all perched atop rocks above the crashing surf of Whale Bay. 12  KINGSTON HEATH G.C. It took years to build the Serapong course back in the early 1980s. They did so by excavating canals and ponds. Namhae Island, South Korea Punta Espada starts and finishes on the Caribbean and returns to it early in the back nine, with the awesome 249-yard, par-3 13th directly over an ocean cove. Wales When he returned for the 1975 Open, he found it had been converted to a pot bunker. Banff, Alberta, Canada Alister MacKenzie,Â Alex Russell (1931), Tom DoakÂ (2015-â16) George Lowe (1897),Â F.G. Hawtree, J.H. It just might be that Tara Iti, and its young kin, add a few more crowd-pleasing wrinkles. Located several miles up the road from Cabo del Sol (ranked T-91), this Tom Fazio design opened in 2000. 16), with taller dunes but fewer of them, Lost Farm has not 18, but 20 holes, counting its two short pitch-shot bye holes. 7  MORFONTAINE G.C. Dubai, United Arab Emirates The design by Kyle Phillips (who also has No. Then each nine moves to a mezzanine level where the views are spectacular and several "infinity greens" seem perched on cliffs directly over the sea. 47  BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM Most holes are doglegs, so distance means nothing and angle into the pin is everything. 6,998 yards, par 71. (The entire project, including land, clubhouse, condos and spa, cost $100 million.) KOREA Towering fir trees and patches of heather add additional challenge and charm to what many consider to be Colt's finest heathland design, more stirring even than No. of Canada reflects that and more, with gambling water hazards and double doglegs. Scotland Campbelltown, Scotland Colt, who was the club's secretary from 1901 to 1913, laid out the New Course in 1923, well after he'd established his reputation as a grand golf architect. Rye has long been considered the toughest par-68 on earth. Fairways pitch and tumble, often posing downhill lies to uphill targets. 91  CABO DEL SOL (OCEAN) Tom Doak (2015) Ireland County Down and Tara Iti have some things in common and some clear differences: âº The routings have a glorious natural flow among oceanside sand dunes, large and small. As the name suggestions, Phillips fashioned this as a warm-weather links, using two million cubic yards of sand dredged from an adjacent marina to and give the layout the shape and contour, then covering everything with salt-tolerant Paspalum turf. Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada 7,009 yards, par 72. Some are hidden from view, others are steep and deep and some are ringed with heather. 7,091 yards, par 72. What the European team had going for it was familiarity with the design, as it has hosted the European Tourâs French Open for decades. Now it sits in the shadows of more than a hundred high rise buildings and thousands of palms and hardwood trees transplanted on the site. P.M. Ross (1951),Â Martin Ebert (2015) Ruddy says he was once offered to sell it for 22 million pounds and passed. (Player later added the similarly-themed Bramble Hill G.C. Eddie Hackett (1972),Â Tom Fazio (2003) After Alister MacKenzie remodeled it in the 1920s, only a few of Old Tom Morris' original holes, like the Klondyke par-5 fourth, and Dell par-3 fifth, both with hidden greens, remained. Hamilton has hosted the Canadian Open three times since 2003. 32) farther down the Dominican coast, from the to the broad waste areas of brilliant white sand usually associated with Pete's work, as well as the low-profile greens and the eight green complexes right on the Caribbean shore. Alison, it occupies ocean bluffs much like South Cape and several others on this ranking. 6,855 yards, par 71. Queenstown, New Zealand Our Korean affiliates call The Club at Nine Bridges the Taj Mahal of Golf. This list represents the 2020 list from Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Golf Courses. There are a pair of reachable par 4s, the ninth and the 14th, the latter a favorite of Weiskopf's. 6 Old Course at St. Andrews and No. Malelane, South Africa With generous targets surrounded by vast, dry, domed hills, the Moonah Course seems eerily like one in the African Veldt. The Old has big greens, as Park put a premium on approach putting, and artful bunkers, with both angled cross-bunkers and necklaces of sand hampering direct routes to some greens. To build a championship-caliber golf course on such property, the architects had to drain the swamp. So, arguably, itâs links-like, although manmade and far from an ocean. Few know its famed 123-yard 8th, the Postage Stamp, the shortest in British Open golf, was originally a blind par 3; the present green wasn't built until 1910. It is a common misbelief that Toyko G.C. There's a blind tee shot over a ridge dubbed the Himalayas into par-3 fifth green, a blind approach shot down an escarpment to the 15th green and another blind approach over dunes known as The Alps to reach green on the par-4 17th. was designed by C.H. We were able to create a course that a golfer of my caliber would love to play everyday. On the opposite Nova Scotia coast from Cabot Cliffs (No. Wilson also revised the remaining holes to reflect his philosophy that golf is meant to be played through the air. Alison, longtime partner of H.S. A longtime member of the Open rota, Royal St. George's was the site of Darren Clarke's surprise victory in 2011. 6,603 yards par 71. The Old Guard dominates the top 10. Los Cabos, Baja Sur, Mexico Willie Fernie (1894),Â Fred W. Hawtree (1975) He laid out Hirono in the early 1930s in a hilly pine forest slashed by gulleys, clearing wide corridors and positioning greens on the crests of ridges. 6,910 yards, par 71. 98 [NR] TRALEE G.C. 7,364 yards, par 72. Colt. 94 [NR] KINLOCH G.C. 100 Greatest Public … The layout sits on mostly former pasture land, with some holes in sand dunes and others in groves of moonah trees. âº No. Fairways emerge from the rolling topography, greens are positioned at grade and the gnarly bunkering is recessed into the earth, never propped above it. For more on theÂ World 100Â and for the country-by-country rankings, please go toÂ golfdigest.com/go/100greatest. 28 Royal St. George's. Thirty ranked courses were built in the 21st century, including two in the top 10 and seven of the top 20. Each nine opens with holes framed by shore's edge on one side and a high bluff on the other. (CHAMPIONSHIP) 13 Hirono and No. Perhaps the homeliest, certainly the longest and toughest of Open venues, Carnoustie is a no-holds-barred layout intended to test the best. It was recently rebunkered by architect Gene Bates, whose then-associate Andrew Johnston is now the club's director of agronomy. Doak has also remodeled seven others, including both 18s at Royal Melbourne and No. Some of those areas have now become homesites. The greatest meeting of land and sea is clearly up for debate. Victoria has smaller greens than at other prominent Melbourne courses, and the bunkers hard against the collars make them play even tighter. 7,204 yards, par 72. 6,908 yards, par 71. William Meanor, Oscar DammanÂ (1927), Alister MacKenzieÂ (1927), Mike Clayton, GeoffÂ Ogilvy, Mike Cocking (2015) 7,421 yards, par 71. Doak and design associate Brian Slawnik spent more than two years gently resculpting the sandy soil into hummocks, punchbowls and sand dunes that look like they were formed by wind and vegetated by nature. 63 Tokyo Golf Club (a 1939 layout back on the ranking after a two-year absence). T-35  PUNTA ESPADA G.C. 53. The course, which opened in 2004, is not as visually entertaining as others in Australia. The most mountainous of the Japanese courses ranked on our World 100 Greatest, Naruo reminds many Americans of courses found on the Monterey Peninsula, with hilly fairways slashed by gulleys that run to the sea lined by dense Monterey-like pines. 58  FAIRMONT JASPER PARK LODGE G.C. Partly because it was created on a site far more rugged than the duo normally tackleâland that housed a World War II Army barracks, complete with stone tunnels. 6,724 yards, par 71. (OLD) Golf Digest ranked ranked the Stadium Course 10th overall among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” and Golfweek ranked the Stadium Course the No. Hawke's Bay, New Zealand 7,004 yards, par 72, Although golf architect Willie Park Jr. did fiddle with a few holes in 1913, Portstewartâs Strand Course is mostly the result of amateur architects. Bill Coore,Â Ben Crenshaw (2010) (WEST/SOUTH) Herbert Fowler (1904),Â Donald Steel (2011) 7,420 yards, par 71. Welcome to Golfweek's European Union Experience. Where No. (MOONAH) 62  EMIRATES G.C. Call it Canada's Portmarnock, though Ireland has no match for Cabot's postcard par-4 11th, a dogleg-left around a tidal yacht basin. Waterville has some superb dunes holes, next to the Ballinskellligs Bay, and several laid out in former potato fields. Don't confuse this course with No. 7,396 yards, par 72. Metropolitan hosted the PGA Tour's World Cup of Golf in 2018. An outstanding Stanley Thompson design, it's routed through forest-covered glacial land, with meandering fairways that diagonally traverse valleys to greens perched on domes. 2  TARA ITI G.C. The routing is ingenious, crescent-shaped along the Fife coast, with holes on three separate levels (130 feet of elevation change in all) to provide ocean views from every fairway. 53 Cruden Bay and No. Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw (2015) Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan Cape Kidnappers was also the International winner of a 2012 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award, co-sponsored by Golf Digest. Mike DeVries,Â Darius Oliver (2015) Trump International Golf Club, Dubai. Fife, Scotland In 2016, Royal Troon was the site of one of the most dramatic duels in Open history, with Henrik Stenson prevailing over Phil Mickelson to win his first major title. Unlike at No. The Obsessed Golfer will also cover course reviews from other courses besides the Top 100 in the World including the Top 100 outside of the US, the Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada and any courses that I may have played before. The stylistic design, by Canadian Neil Haworth and his late partner Robin Nelson, incorporates a small forest, a canal, several manmade ponds and a small, deep stone quarry, over which both the drivable par-4 16th and long par-3 17th play. France It's a journey rewarded, from the opening tee shot, which the bold will carry over a beach and Atlantic tide on the left, to the remainder of the links in some of the most rugged dunes known to links golf. Part 2, positions. Le Perouse, Australia 39, the natural Machrihanish (1876) at No. Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea hosted the 2015 Presidents Cup, won by the U.S. team captained by Jay Haas over the International side headed by Nick Price. 7,102 yards, par 72. IchisukeÂ Izumi (1970), Lee Schmidt,Â Brian Curley (2007) Like Jupiter, it's separated from the ocean by a highway, but plays through dramatic sand dunes covered in tropical vegetation, has joint fairways and even a pair of par 3s playing from a common dunes-top tee box complex to greens in opposite directions. A 1932 layout by English architect C.H. Hutchison, and studiously preserved for the last hundred years, the Kingâs Course at Gleneagles Hotel has been overshadowed in recent times by the emergence of the resortâs Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course, which hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup. Greens, mostly long and thin or wide and shallow, are guarded by revetted pot bunkers. Not a links, more like a stratospheric Pebble Beach, high atop a windswept plateau some 500 feet above the sea. 90 Ayodhya Links in Thailand (2007). 7,414 yards, par 72. Itâs a pleasant stroll but a difficult test of golf. More recently, Australian Michael Clayton has remodeled several holes. TPC Louisiana for example is constantly ranked #2/3 overall for the state of Louisiana and is absolutely … After its opening, Norman said, "We had no need to consider forward tees, resort traffic or weaker hitters. Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Magazine. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Jack Nicklaus (2007) 52  NATIONAL G.C. 7,160 yards, par 72. New owners took charge in 1949 and decided to remodel it, hiring Alex Russell, the Australian champion golfer who turned to course design after working with Alister Mackenzie. Cape Schanck, Victoria, Australia Cinque (pronounced sank) Ports hosted two British Opens, in 1909 won by J.H. Early on, Siam was known for its dramatically contoured greens and its gentle bunkering. 56  FANCOURT (LINKS) 6,045 yards, par 69. 98 Tralee in County Kerry, Ireland (1986). 93  QUERENCIA C.C. Yorkshire, England Rymill offered to supervise any redesign MacKenzie proposed, but instead MacKenzie had his representative, Alex Russell, rebuild the bunkers into their now-famous MacKenzie style. (They would also team to also create No. 66  PRESTWICK G.C. 6,975 yards, par 72. 16 Barnbougle Dunes, No. Once as tall as a six story building, they've eroded over the years, and have been stabilized the past 20 years by the addition of 93 railroad ties along their top edges. George Fazio once lost a U.S. Open in a playoff to Ben Hogan and his architecture reflected the sort of discipline needed to win that championship: tight well-guarded fairways, big, well-bunkered, fast-paced greens and polished conditions. Please check your email for a confirmation. Share. James Braid is usually credited with the present design, but it was green chairman James Wright who in 1931 created the stirring last three holes, with 17 and 18 harassed by twisting, turning Barry Burn. Originally designed by Japanese architect Ichisuke Izumi, Siam Country Club was just the country's second course when it opened in 1970. Colt remodeling), with a less scenic start and finish inland on dead flat land. Colt supposedly located them first, then built around them, using an ideal balance of short and long par 4s on each nine. A delightful juxtaposition of old and new in the upper echelons of the list highlights the rich diversity and vibrancy of golf in the country. 7,100 yards, par 71. Before the 1920 Open, James Braid rearranged the layout, adding several new holes, including all four of the present par 3s. Only four days were spent moving earth for fairways and greens, Doak says. New tees on 18 eliminate its old dogleg tee shot. It's matured greatly since then. 2 on this survey. England Alister MacKenzie made bunkering suggestions during a 1926 visit, changes later implemented by Alex Russell. A.G. Gow (1910),Â Willie Park Jr. (1913), Des Giffin,Â Michael Moss (1992) Both have fields of heather, gorse, Scotch broom and clusters of pine, oak and silver birch. 7,143 yards, par 71. 6,564 yards, par 70. Gardiner (1905),Â Alister MacKenzie (1925),Â Tom Doak (2015-â17) A succession of post-war architects has slowly re-established the integrity of the design, most recently Greg Norman. Nine Bridges has revetted bunkers; Haesley has big, bold flashed-sand ones. 79 among the World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and is well-known as the host venue for the prestigious Singapore Open. 41  ST. GEORGE'S HILL G.C. Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada Colt (9, 1912), S.V.Â Hotchkin, Sir Guy CampbellÂ (1926), Tom Doak (2018)  CRUDEN BAY G.C. Alison (1936) Ascot, England (OLD) Scotland Still, the first hole, a stern dogleg-right around an internal out-of-bounds, is considered one of the most testing opening holes in links golf. Karl Litten (1988),Â Tim Lobb, Ross Perrett (2014) 1 Royal County Down, originally routed by Old Tom Morris and subsequently tinkered with by a half a dozen designers (most recently Donald Steel), is being challenged by Tari Iti in New Zealand, a dazzling Tom Doak design from 2015 that made its debut at No. H.S. In the process, he abandoned the beloved, blind par-3 fourth, called âSandy Parlour,â but his replacement fourth, playing off a dune toward the ocean, has become beloved as well. Metropolitan was designed by club members J.B. Mackenzie and C.W. King Island, Australia The course, another masterful design by Canadian Stanley Thompson, is tucked into the narrow Y-shaped valley formed by the Bow and Spray Rivers. 19  ELLERSTON G.C. With lakes connected by cascading weirs and a par-5 18th finishing on an island green, the course hosts the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, the first official PGA Tour event held in Korea. Ron Kirby, EddieÂ Hackett, Paddy Merrigan, JoeÂ Carr (1996), Ron Kirby (2013) 6,615 yards, par 70. Royal St. George's, in dunes along the English Channel, is what writer Adam Lawrence calls the ideal mix of championship golf and gentle quirks. Not everyone has been enamored with Ganton, the great Harry Vardon's home club. It took until 1910 to implement his revisions, which included 90 bunkers, many of which were criticized by Alister MacKenzie when he inspected the course in 1926. New Zealand 6,888 yards, par 72. Coore's routing manages to traverse the mountainous property, but only with the help of some blind shots, two holes around an artificial irrigation pond and a very unusual finish with two drivable par 4s among the last three holes. When Jack Nicklaus first saw this Baja Peninsula site, what can best be described as Scottsdale-meets-the-Sea of Cortez, his thought was: "This is my chance to design a Pebble Beach." 16  BARNBOUGLE DUNES Colt (1894), Sir Guy Campbell (1959) Herbert Fowler's earliest design, done in 1904, is an out-and-back routing with rippling fairways, tight turf, cross bunkers, ground-hugging greens and fields of heather, all borrowed from coastal links. 51  LOCH LOMOND G.C. Six holes play right on the shoreline, and every hole offer genuine alternate angles of attack. Gullane, Scotland Brittas Bay, County Wicklow, Ireland America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses First established in 1966, the biennial 2019-20 ranking of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses is ready for its close-up By Ron Whitten Share. 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