Thracian Cliffs. Originally designed by Japanese architect Ichisuke Izumi, Siam Country Club was just the country's second course when it opened in 1970. George Lowe (1897), F.G. Hawtree, J.H. Campbelltown, Scotland Charles Hunter (1878), Willie Fernie (1909), Martin Ebert (2014) 7,626 yards, par 72. (Up 1), Its stark, open-plain setting is the definition of a heathland and as a test of character and shotmaking, Walton Heath has few peers. Willie Fernie (1894), Fred W. Hawtree (1975) Old Tom Morris (1889), Donald Steel (remodeled, 1998) The highest new entry at No. (Up 2), A.W. Old Tom Morris (1891), H.S. One of the newest courses to be built on genuine Irish linksland, The European Club is the lifetime accomplishment of Pat Ruddy, a golf writer from the 1960s and a golf architect from 1975 onward. The Old course at St Andrews, Augusta National, Royal Melbourne, Pebble Beach and Muirfield … Great attention has been paid to the mow lines, with short tight fairway grass on the high side of the entrance to all the greens. Spurred by the 18th Amendment, which established alcohol prohibition in America, Macdonald and his partners bought a bunch of onion and potato fields for the course. (Photo: Larry Lambrecht), Donald Ross's chef d'oeuvre rolls spaciously through tall longleaf pines in the Carolina Sandhills with holes culminating with legendary inverted-saucer greens. Wales 26  KAWANA HOTEL G. CSE. Pete Dye has been periodically rebuilt and updated his earliest international masterpiece following repeated hurricane damage. 64 Trump International, but the routing is excellent, looping north then south, crisscrossing at the eighth and 16th. With holes inspired by Cypress Point, Royal Dornoch and Royal St. George's, and views everywhere of the Hauraki Gulf, this may be New Zealand's answer to Pebble Beach's Carmel Bay. Willie Park Jr. (1901), H.S. 7,365 yards, par 72. Ireland The Golf Advisor Staff has determined the 50 most beautiful courses … 18 Club at Nine Bridges, designed by Ronald Fream and then-partner David Dale. next door.) As Alister MacKenzie must have felt about his 1928 design, it's almost inconceivable that land this stunning was made available for golf. Maintaining coastal dunes is an art form: expose too much sand and it blows away; cover it up and you lose a sense of place. Gardiner (1905), Alister MacKenzie (1925), Tom Doak (2015-’17) Kirby lived on the site for two years, determined to find an ideal routing that would maximize the rocky ocean cliffs that encircle the peninsula. Site of Jordan Spieth's remarkable Open victory in 2017, Royal Birkdale has also been the venue for past Women's British Opens, Ryder Cups, Walker and Curtis Cups. 31  LAHINCH G.C. In advance of the Ryder Cup, French officials insisted that sole design credit should be given to French landscape architect Hubert Chesneau (who was a consultant on the project), but that was soon debunked, as von Hagge’s style is clearly evident. ), 1  ROYAL COUNTY DOWN G.C. (Down 14), With this land on the east side of the Ohoopee River where sand accumulated for centuries, Hanse finally got a dream site upon which to build an original design. Cruden Bay is yet another marvelous links, stretched along the base of a high bluff with tall dunes to the immediate east blocking views of the North Sea shoreline. (Photo: Evan Schiller), The blend of tidal marshes, scrub-topped dunes, live oaks and the soothing sound of the Atlantic on every hole make this one of the South’s most memorable playing experiences. Gow, the greenkeeper from nearby Portrush, staked out the original course by 1910. Holes such as the par-5 14th call to mind an East Coast version of Cypress Point. 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. There are plenty of familiar names on this year’s list of Top 100 Courses in the World. Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf (1992) (Photo: Courtesy SFGC), After weeks of tromping around the yucca-choked sand hills of Hutchinson, architect Perry Maxwell proclaimed, “There are 118 good golf holes here. 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. It just might be that Tara Iti, and its young kin, add a few more crowd-pleasing wrinkles. 1 spot for decades. But no course in America has views of giraffes, hippos and crocodiles in the wild. A poor course set-up for the 1999 Open only furthered its reputation as “Carnastie,” but if you play from the right set of tees, you will be surprised by the variety and interest that its holes possess. It's an anachronistic design worth preserving. Stanley Thompson (1926), W.H. Doak has also remodeled seven others, including both 18s at Royal Melbourne and No. H.S. Its age and general design pose as a wonder when it comes to golf courses as a whole. Thirteen years ago, American architect Kyle Phillips updated the layout, adding a new 12th green to extend the par 5 by 60 yards. But there’s a youth movement at every corner of our latest ranking. Los Cabos, Mexico Hotchkin tinkered with the lovely, ground-hugging heathland layout until his death in 1953, producing what some call the most ferocious bunkers in Great Britain. That doesn't matter. Old Tom Morris, Archie Simpson (1899), Tom Simpson (1926), Tom Mackenzie (2015) It's a toss-up as to which course is prettier. Too bad more modern architects are leery to build finishers that reward mind over muscle. Only one newcomer was an Old Guard layout: No. The routing works its way over and across heaving dunes and through an enchanting coastal forest, and the fact that you don’t miss the sight of the water for most of the round speaks volumes to its design quality. David Dale, Ron Fream (2001); David Dale, Steve Wenzloff (2016) That was the result of H.S. Incidentally, Alison’s longtime design partner, H.S. 6,627 yards, par 70. 1 in our world … Even with no rough, the runner-up could muster only one under par over four rounds. Fun fact: The winning score at its four U.S. 16), with taller dunes but fewer of them, Lost Farm has not 18, but 20 holes, counting its two short pitch-shot bye holes. Despite its intimidating name, Teeth of the Dog entrances, starting with its superior collection of par-3s. The site had natural streams edged with massive Japanese Maples and 20-foot-tall Korean Azaleas, but they also transplanted 300 mature evergreens like Kryptomeria and cedars for additional color. Add in its fescue fairways and the site’s broad slopes and you have a course whose asks change daily. Victoria has smaller greens than at other prominent Melbourne courses, and the bunkers hard against the collars make them play even tighter. They used cool-season grasses to promote bounce-and-roll on their topsy-turvy fairways. 22 Cape Kidnappers and Australia’s St. Andrews Beach, which is tied for No. 63 [NR] Tokyo G.C. The par-5 4th and its iconic cross-bunkering is a world-beater. Thirty years later, son Fred W. remodeled it, adding the now-classic par-3 12th. A.G. Gow (1910), Willie Park Jr. (1913), Des Giffin, Michael Moss (1992) Nine Bridges has played host to the PGA Tour's CJ Cup. 88 [NR] TRUMP INTERNATIONAL G. LINKS DOONBEG After reaching the far point on the par-5 ninth, the course turns for home over similar terrain, via two more outstanding par 3s, the 11th and 14th. Constructed just after the First World War by James Braid, with the assistance of then-budding designer C.K. Tom Chisholm, Robert Bird (1891) It then wanders into dunes before a crescendo closing hole curving along Victoria Cove beach, which is in play at low tides. 69  LEOPARD CREEK C.C. Each year we publish three lists that are the foundation of our course-ratings program: Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses, Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses, Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play, state by state.We also have Golfweek’s Best 2020: Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play. However, Sebonack has attracted a new crowd of elite members willing to pay its $650,000 membership fees. That's the challenge: hitting those greens in a Dornoch wind. Hutchison (1935) Both have fields of heather, gorse, Scotch broom and clusters of pine, oak and silver birch. All are covered in deep marram grasses. was designed by C.H. Greens are perched and edged by deep hollows. A strategic delight, it is stern but fair, with heather, gorse, rough and penal, high walled bunkers that must be avoided. 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. County Down’s dunes are mostly covered in dense marram grass and dotted with blooming gorse; Tara Iti has far more exposed sand. Even today, no more thrilling, spectacular stretch exists than holes 4 through 10. Inverness’ home hole famously measures under 400 yards and is one of the most interesting closers in the game. There’s No. 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. 2  TARA ITI G.C. Our Korean affiliates call The Club at Nine Bridges the Taj Mahal of Golf. Hunter Valley, Australia Colt 1922), Donald Steel (1986) 6,725 yards, par 72. Back in 1949, American Ryder Cupper Jimmy Demaret described the course, still recovering from WWII, as "a sort of Pennsylvania Turnpike with trees." Throw in a wonderful routing that hopscotches from one island of turf to the next across the rolling, sandy landscape and you have a course that hasn’t budged from the No. Garden City’s tilted greens, like the 10th and 15th, are lay-of-the-land architecture at its highest form. Probably not, given its last one was in 1908. In the process, he abandoned the beloved, blind par-3 fourth, called “Sandy Parlour,” but his replacement fourth, playing off a dune toward the ocean, has become beloved as well. For those suspecting that our future world rankings will be dominated by Upstarts, there is this fact: Of the 10 courses from 2018 that failed to remain on our latest ranking, six were 21st-century designs and four were from the 20th century. It’s a question worth considering. 81 is Ardfin, located on the Isle of Jura in Scotland, which was designed by … Built in a narrow canyon, there was no reason to hold high hopes for this course. 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. For the first time ever, the Old Course hosted the Senior Open Championship in 2018, won by Miguel Angel Jimenez. Eric Apperly added this hole in 1937. Tom Simpson (1927), Kyle Phillips (2004) For championships, holes 8 and 9 and 13 through 16 are skipped in favor of six from the East Course, which is ranked 28th. The short par-4 4th, reachable par-5 11th and the long par-4 14th rank among Dye’s all-time best. ► No. Credit architects H.S. 87  BANFF SPRINGS G. CSE. 66 Prestwick. Please upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or use a Twenty-three of the 100 Greatest courses outside the United States for 2020-’21 were founded in the 19th century, including Northern Ireland’s Royal County Down, No. Russell returned in 1951 and supervised more modifications. 38 Valderrama) runs along the rocky cliffs of an ocean shoreline. Nicklaus shut down the course this past summer, and all eyes will be on what the Golden Bear has concocted to thwart the relentless advances in technology when the course hosts the annual Memorial Tournament next year. Colt (SIX ORIGINALS, SEVEN REMODELS), 13 Martin Hawtree (ONE ORIGINAL, 12 REMODELS), 7 Old Tom Morris (ALSO HAS TWO REMODELS), RELATED: 2020 American Express: Adam Long's surprise Palm Springs win hasn't lost any of its luster—or meaning—one year later, © 2020 DISCOVERY GOLF, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, very reminiscent of a Florida golf course, Jupiter Hills, USE OF AND/OR REGISTRATION ON ANY PORTION OF THIS SITE CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF OUR. On a "difficulty" scale of 1 to 10, Jack Nicklaus once rated the West course a 12. The wonderful rolling parkland terrain is replete with streams and natural valleys and has witnessed five Canadian Opens, most recently in 2010. East Lothian, Scotland RELATED: What it took to turn Royal Portrush into a fully loaded Open Championship venue, 9  SOUTH CAPE OWNERS CLUB in London's heathland is Swinley Forest, which H.S. Located just an hour south of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula, it's not quite in Australia's famed sandbelt, but close enough. Shanghai, China SHORT COURSE | Mountain Shadows Resort, Scottsdale, AZ Once frequented by The Rat Pack and now considered one of the best par 3 courses in the world, The Short Course at the elegant Mountain Shadows Resort is a charming executive course set at the base of the scenic Camelback Mountain. 71  NARUO G.C. 20 Carnoustie. It influenced the outcome then, and was a game changer again in 2017, when Sergio Garcia won his own foundation's tournament, the European Tour's Andalucia Valderrama Classic. The game’s best front nine includes the 217-yard, par-3 4th and the blind par-4 9th with its views of the Irish Sea, the Mountains of Mourne and the red-brick steeple of the Slieve Donard Hotel. Latest polarizing topic: Martin Hawtree's design changes in advance of the 2015 Open Championship, which many considered blasphemy beforehand. More recently, Australian Michael Clayton has remodeled several holes. 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. 65  PARAPARAUMU BEACH G.C. The ability to shape tee balls played to Lee Janzen’s strength when he won the 1998 U.S. Open here. (Down 34), This 1999 Kyle Phillips design 15 miles from the Old Course has earned the respect of links fans, who can be a tough bunch as they generally travel to the United Kingdom to play courses that are 100-plus years old. Recent tree-planting and narrowing of corridors stands in contrast to that shared vision and is at odds with what has transpired at other Golden Age cornerstone designs this century, proving what a tough position ANGC finds itself in continuing to test the world’s best players in golf’s most anticipated event. The course plays along and between two main dune lines, and Ross made the most of the opportunity with holes continually tacking in different directions. On a clear spring day, with Dundrum Bay to the east, the Mountains of Mourne to the south and gorse-covered dunes in golden bloom, there is no lovelier place in golf. Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada Matauri Bay, New Zealand Patriarch Frederic G. did the present design, with its surprisingly flat fairways and docile greens between towering dunes, in 1931. We were able to create a course that a golfer of my caliber would love to play everyday. William Meanor, Oscar Damman (1927), Alister MacKenzie (1927), Mike Clayton, Geoff Ogilvy, Mike Cocking (2015) It’s rugged where Tara Iti is graceful, and it’s conceivable that both could be contending for the No. Perhaps the least dramatic-looking links in The Open rota, mainly because it's surrounded by houses and a rail line, with the seacoast being hundreds of yards distant and never in sight. MacKenzie made a brief visit the following year and suggested the bunkering, which was constructed by greenkeeper Mick Morcom before he built Royal Melbourne's two courses. The last to make the list is perhaps the least-known grand old Scottish links. The 2017 Senior Open was contested at Royal Porthcawl, with Bernhard Langer winning a record 10th senior major. Opens and a quartet of PGA Championships, this Depression-era Perry Maxwell design features holes that gracefully flow across a plot of undulating ground perfectly suited for golf. (Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images), Diamante’s free-form architecture rests gently on the land, and the absence of any hard lines let the golfer’s eye soak in the delightful contrast between the dazzling Pacific Ocean, the dunescape and the emerald playing surfaces. A 1932 layout by English architect C.H. In the 1980s, Donald Steel altered some of MacKenzie's holes and in the 2000s Martin Hawtree rebuilt everything and added four new holes. Its enviable location in the dunes along the Pacific Ocean, along with superior fine-fescue fairways and swirls of natural grass and sand, have some reviewers wishing it could host an Open tomorrow — if only it were 11,000 miles farther northwest. Alison, the talented Englishman who visited Japan in the early 1930s and transformed the country’s golf architecture with such courses as No. A longtime member of the Open rota, Royal St. George's was the site of Darren Clarke's surprise victory in 2011. Panelists aren’t examining birth certificates or sell-by dates. It took years to build the Serapong course back in the early 1980s. 2, hit the links at some of the most spectacular golf courses in the world. Then, if play out to the ninth hole is downwind, as it usually is, the homeward nine becomes a long march into a stiff breeze, if not an ocean gale. W.C. Pickeman, George Ross, Mungo Park (1895), Martin Hawtree (2000-’04) For decades, the land was smothered underneath a canopy of trees but Keith Foster and then Gil Hanse have opened up the property for all to admire. Every hole is unique and scenic. One of the best is this property, where Colt teased a diverse collection of holes from the rolling landscape. Colt described as the "least bad course" he ever designed. (Up 12), Founding a private club in a remote destination is not without peril and it is reasonable to expect a club to take some time find its footing. Built in the late 1940s, this design came before Jones had acquired his Oakland Hills “monster” rep. More of Stanley Thompson’s influence is seen in Jones’ early work, highlighted here by his imaginative — and enormous — punchbowl green at the 10th. (Photo: Patrick Koenig), “Hoylake,” as it's popularly known, hosted its 12th Open Championship in 2014. 7,301 yards, par 72. 6,829 yards, par 72. The club moved to a new layout designed by Japanese architect Komei Ohtani in 1939, while Alison’s course became potato fields. Kunming, Yunnan Province, China (Strand) This Robert Trent Jones Jr. design on the shoreline of Yang Zong Hai Lake (as gorgeous as Lake Tahoe) opened a year after the club's Mountain Course, a Jack Nicklaus design. Some of those areas have now become homesites. Look for South Cape to move up the World ranking in future years. (Photo: Keyur Khamar/PGA Tour), From London’s heathland to the cliffs of Northern Ireland to sandy sites in the Netherlands, Colt enjoyed many fine sites in Europe over his extended career. Doak, whose career has been based on embracing the Old School idea of letting nature dictate the design, but who also uses modern technology to enhance topography where Mother Nature falls short, has been involved with 11 of the top 100. Why wouldn't they, given the classic Seth Raynor design that tracks along the island’s northeast edge, the delightful tumbling terrain and the spectacular views of Long Island Sound. Rolling, sandy terrain, rippled fairways that were spared from a bulldozer, ever-present winds, wavy prairie grasses and gigantic blow-out bunkers create the sensation of being seaside in the middle of landlocked Nebraska. Woodhall Spa is his design legacy, an intriguing heathland/inland-links blend, an oasis of tumbling terrain amid the surrounding flat fenland of Lincolnshire. Hutchison, and studiously preserved for the last hundred years, the King’s Course at Gleneagles Hotel has been overshadowed in recent times by the emergence of the resort’s Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course, which hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup. 46  MACHRIHANISH G.C. 6,951 yards, par 72. (Down 2), The only Irish course to host The Open is perennially ranked in the world's top-15 courses, thanks to a superior 1929 H.S. 7,489 yards, par 71. Luss, Scotland But they couldn’t blame the Albatros Course, a Florida-style design of the late Robert von Hagge, who delighted in sculpting courses with massive humps and bumps that cast shadows at high noon and carving out water hazards at every turn. The course so impressed Jack Nicklaus in his 1966 win that he named his own major-worthy course in Ohio after it. The Stanley Thompson design is now over 80 years old, with fairways lined by towering Douglas fir, hemlock and cedar, all giving the mistaken impression that the corridors are narrow. J.B. Mackenzie (1908), Alister MacKenzie (1926), Neil Crafter, Paul Mogford (2016) 6,663 yards, par 71. Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada Owner Trump Golf Inc. wants an Open; we suspect it'll someday host a Ryder Cup. Wilson also revised the remaining holes to reflect his philosophy that golf is meant to be played through the air. H.S. 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. (Up 7), This quiet club across the street from Winged Foot has counted Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye as admirers. 7,245 yards, par 71. 6,592 yards, par 72. It opened in 1996 with nine holes along ledges 300 feet above the surf. National G.C. Click the star icon to create and share a list of Top 100 Courses you’ve played! Colt design that maximizes its setting in the high dunes along the Irish Sea. Gone too are the clean edged bunkers that never looked at home on a Maxwell design. After all, architects Ronald Fream and David Dale spent an estimated $40 million in the early 2000s creating it. (OLD) RELATED: The Best Courses In 206 Countries, (Note: Brackets indicate course's previous ranking. 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. Looks are deceiving at Royal Troon. Opens since 1986, most recently in 2018, this is William Flynn’s undisputed design masterpiece. Heatherton, Australia (Up 26), This Westchester County course has always enjoyed a spectacular component to it, courtesy of breathtaking views of the Hudson River. 7,578 yards, par 73. (Photo: Courtesy Kiawah Island Resort), Pete Dye's personal favorite of all of his designs, Teeth of the Dog is flat-out gorgeous, with seven holes practically sunk into the Caribbean Sea. T-23 Royal Birkdale and No. ► Both have blind shots. Open for five years now, this Kyle Phillips design is slowly gaining attention as visitors from around the world compare its stunning design to everything from Kingsbarns (another Phillips design, which also features ocean views from every tee), to Teeth of the Dog (South Cape has even more holes along the coast) to Cabot Cliffs (there will be a debate as to which has the more dramatic ocean-carry 16th hole) to the granddaddy of ocean courses, Pebble Beach. 48  YAS LINKS 6,548 yards, par 71. Opens and the 1999 Ryder Cup. Ebert retained Colt's greens, considered one of the best set of putting surfaces in the world. Scotland Architect Guy Campbell reclaimed the course in 1946, using a bulldozer to create new holes. 3  MUIRFIELD Greens are the correct size to fit the expected iron of approach. Pebble Beach golf course, located in Pebble Beach, California, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. To state perhaps the obvious, one simple but effective way to judge a design is by the quality of the course’s property, its hazards and greens. From a presentation perspective, few courses are as dialed-in. Old Tom Morris (1892), George Duncan (1947), Donald Steel (1993), Tom Mackenzie (2013) 7,857 yards, par 72. Eighty years later, math teacher Des Giffin, who was Portstewart’s green chairman, and Michael Moss, the club secretary, added seven new holes, the second through eighth, in dramatic dunes. George Lowe (1897), H.S. France The Old Guard dominates the top 10. In the United States, he considered Perry Maxwell to be as talented as anyone; in Australia, his man was Alex Russell. But to golf architecture fans, and Golf Digest panelists, the King’s is still king, (Braid, by the way, always considered King’s to be his best work.) (CHAMPIONSHIP) Tillinghast, 1929/Gil Hanse, 2017, Charles Hunter, 1876/Old Tom Morris, 1879, Golf’s 2020-2021 Ranking of the Top 100 Courses in the World. 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