Thursday, August 27, 2009

100 Greatest Public Courses - ranked by price

This list comes directly from the August '09 edition of Golf Digest Magazine. I like it because it makes price the most important component in the rankings after choosing the 100 best public for all factors. It also assumes the highest price plus lodging where a one night stay is required. I've played 27 of these (marked with an asterisk). How many have you played?

1. Old Works, Anaconda, MT
2. Links of North Dakota, Ray, ND
3. Shepherd's Hollow, Clarkston, MI
4. Lakewood Shores Resort (Gailes), Oscoda, MI
5. Black Mesa, La Mesilla, NM
6. Hawktree, Bismarck, ND
7. Quarry Oaks, Ashland, NE
8. RTJ Trail at Capitol Hill (Judge), Prattville, AL
9. Black Lake, Onaway, MI*
10. TPC Deere Run, Silvis, IL*
11. Eagle Eye, East Lansing, MI
12. The Golf Course at Redlands Mesa, Grand Junction, CO
13. The Harvester, Rhodes, IA
14. The Legend at Giant's Ridge, Biwabik, MN
15. Mattaponi Springs, Ruther Glen, VA
16. The Quarry at Giant's Ridge, Biwabik, MN
17. Circling Raven, Worley, ID
18. Lakota Canyon Ranch, New Castle, CO
19. Branson Creek, Hollister, MO
20. Longaberger, Nashport, OH
21. Stonewall Resort (Palmer), Roanoke, WV
22. Ko'olau, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI
23. Paa-Ko Ridge, Sandia Park, NM
24. The Classic at Madden's Resort, Brainerd, MN
25. Belgrade Lakes, Belgrade Lakes, ME
26. Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale, NY*
27. Granite Links (Granite/Milton), Quincy, MA
28. The Tribute, The Colony, TX
29. Great River, Milford, CT
30. Osprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort, Donnelly, ID
31. The Heritage Club, Pawleys Island, SC*
32. Tobacco Road, Sanford, NC*
33. Avalon Lakes, Warren, OH
34. World Woods (Pine Barrens), Brooksville, FL*
35. The Golf Club at Cuscowilla, Eatonton, GA
36. Tullymore, Stanwood, MI*
37. Bulle Rock, Havre de Grace, MD
38. Cog Hill (#4 Dubsdread), Lemont, IL*
39. Forest Dunes, Roscommon, MI
40. Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek), North Plains, OR*
41. Blackwolf Run (Meadow Valleys), Kohler, WI*
42. Blackwolf Run (River), Kohler, WI*
43. Golden Horseshoe (Gold), Williamsburg, VA*
44. Whistling Straits (Irish), Haven, WI*
45. Chambers Bay, University Place, WA
46. Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia, MI*
47. Barefoot Resort (Dye), North Myrtle Beach, SC
48. Barefoot Resort (Fazio), North Myrtle Beach, SC
49. Saratoga National, Saratoga Springs, NY
50. La Quinta Resort (Mountain), La Quinta, CA
51. Wolf Creek, Mesquite, NV
52. Bay Harbor (Links/Quarry), Bay Harbor, MI
53. PGA West (Stadium), La Quinta, CA*
54. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island, SC*
55. The Prince Course, Princeville, Kauai, HI
56. Promontory, The Ranch Club (Dye Canyon), Park City, UT
57. Turtle Bay Resort (Palmer), Kahuku, Oahu, HI
58. Grande Dunes (Resort Course), Myrtle Beach, SC
59. Tidewater, North Myrtle Beach, SC*
60. Torrey Pines (South), La Jolla, CA*
61. Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz, CA
62. The Broadmoor (East), Colorado Springs, CO
63. The Challenge at Manele, Lanai City, Lanai, HI
64. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, SC
65. Kiawah Island (Turtle Point), Kiawah Island, SC
66. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (Mystic Rock), Farmington, PA
67. Wailea (Gold), Wailea, Maui, HI
68. Pine Needles, Southern Pines, NC*
69. The Club at Cordillera (Summit), Edwards, CO
70. Edgewood Tahoe, Staeline, NV
71. Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, SC
72. The Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, CA
73. Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene, ID
74. Bandon Dunes, Bandon, OR*
75. Bandon Trails, Bandon, OR*
76. Pacific Dunes, Bandon, OR*
77. The Homestead (Cascades), Hot Springs, VA
78. Mauna Kea, Kohala Coast, HI
79. Kapalua (Plantation), Kapalua, Maui, HI*
80. Karsten Creek, Stillwater, OK
81. Doral Golf Resort & Spa (Blue), Miami, FL*
82. Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach, CA
83. Crosswater, Sunriver, OR
84. The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, SC
85. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
86. Trump National Los Angeles, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
87. CordeValle, San Martin, CA
88. Whistling Straits (Straits), Haven, WI
89. Pinehurst Resort (#4), Pinehurst, NC*
90. Pinehurst Resort (#8), Pinehurst, NC*
91. Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL
92. Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, CA
93. Cascata, Boulder City, NV
94. Shadow Creek, North Las Vegas, NV
95. The Ocean Course at Ginn Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, FL
96. Fallen Oak, Saucier, MS
97. Pinehurst Resort (#2), Pinehurst, NC*
98. Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons), Austin, TX
99. Sea Island (Seaside), St. Simons Island, GA
100. May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC

Let me know how many you have played. Which ones? Overrated? Underrated? Let's hear it.

Fairways and Greens!

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