Courses

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The phrase “risk-reward” is thrown around rather haphazardly as it relates to course architecture. Strategically, though, there is no denying the greatness when risk-reward elements are incorporated successfully into a great par 4. As the great architect George C. Thomas wrote in his Anatomy of a Golf Course: “The great courses entice the golfer to
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There’s a new philosophy behind the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards, the program co-sponsored each year by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and Golf Digest. While the awards program is still designed to recognize golf course superintendents and their courses for outstanding environmental stewardship, the rules have been changed to expand the competition
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Announcing the 2019 Alister MacKenzie “Lido” Prize in Golf Architecture What is The Lido Prize?It is awarded annually by members of the Alister MacKenzie Society to honor the memory of Dr. Alister MacKenzie and recognize the design potential of an up and coming architect. The winner will be invited to attend and participate in the
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171. Spring Creek Ranch Golf Club Jack Nicklaus (2000) A chance meeting during a hunting trip led Memphis eye surgeon Dr. David Meyer to hire Jack Nicklaus to design a private 18 holes on land 40 miles southeast of downtown Memphis. What particularly intrigued Nicklaus about the project was that Meyer wanted no homesites on
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166. The Stone Canyon Club Jay Morrish (2000) The Stone Canyon Club, which climbs the slopes of the Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson, is considered the consummate desert design of the late golf architect Jay Morrish. Restricted by Arizona law to 90 acres of grass, Morrish’s routing demands forced carries over barrancas off several tees,
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159. Eugene Country Club Robert Trent Jones (1967) / John Harbottle (2010) Eugene Country Club has occupied the same site since H.C. Egan laid out the original course in 1924. But in the 1960s, Robert Trent Jones was retained to upgrade the facility. Trent Jones totally remodeled the 18, reversing the direction of most holes,
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For the third time, Golf Digest has produced The Second 100 Greatest, a ranking of courses from 101 to 200, using the same criteria as America’s 100 Greatest. Here’s a link to each course’s scores. (Parentheses indicate the course’s previous ranking) 101. (100) EAGLE POINT G.C. Courtesy of Eagle Point GC 7,471 yards / Par
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172. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) Tom Fazio (1999) The Sea Island resort continues to credit famed British golf architect H.S. Colt for its Seaside design, but in truth the present Seaside Course is purely Tom Fazio, who incorporated a nine originally designed by Colt (previously called the Seaside Nine) along with a nine (the
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138. Streamsong (Blue) Tom Doak (2012) Although congenial rivals, Tom Doak and Bill Coore actually collaborated on Streamsong’s original 36-hole routing, walking the site and mentally weaving holes around stunning mounds, lagoons, sand spits, savannahs and swamp, all elements left after a strip-mining operation. Coore then gave Doak first choice on which 18 he wanted
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131. East Lake Golf Club Donald Ross (1915) / Rees Jones (2015) Tom Bendelow actually laid out the original course at East Lake, back when it was known as Atlanta Athletic Club, and that was the layout upon which Stewart Maiden taught the game to the now-legendary Bobby Jones. Donald Ross basically built a new
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186. Torrey Pines (South) William F. Bell (1957) / Rees Jones (2006) Torrey Pines sits on one of the prettiest golf course sites in America, atop coastal bluffs north of San Diego with eye-dazzling views of the Pacific. Rees Jones’ remodeling of the South Course in the early 2000s not only made the course competitive
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164. Whisper Rock Golf Club (Upper) Tom Fazio (2005) Whisper Rock’s Upper Course was intended, as the club’s second 18, to specifically test its low-handicap and PGA Tour pro membership, but Tom Fazio couldn’t resist being a crowd-pleaser, so although he designed 18 holes with demanding angles to diagonal fairways from the back tees, his
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136. Harbour Town Golf Links Pete Dye & Jack Nicklaus (1969) / Pete Dye (2011) In the late 1960s, Jack Nicklaus landed the design contract for Harbour Town, then turned it over to his new partner, Pete Dye, who was determined to distinguish his work from that of rival Robert Trent Jones. Soon after Harbour
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The Broadmoor Golf Club (East) Donald Ross (1918) / Robert Trent Jones (1952) / Ron Forse (2016) The Broadmoor Golf Club East is another timeless mountain course, built hard against Cheyenne Mountain with famed green contours that pose optical illusions. Many putts that look uphill are actually running downhill. Few golfers recognize that the East
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198. Kiawah Island Club (River) Tom Fazio (1995) Built half a decade before the club’s other 18, No. 148 Cassique, The River Course at Kiawah Island Club features an exquisite river setting. The course flows gently through forest and along lagoons the first six holes, then becomes truly great from seven to nine, with two
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127. Galloway National Golf Club Tom Fazio (1994) / Tom Fazio (2013) Galloway National occupies a very fine stretch of South Jersey-pine barrens, a site that before construction had been compared to nearby Pine Valley. But Tom Fazio felt the land more favorably compared with that of Pinehurst, and his dream was to reshape this
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163. The Golf Club of Tennessee Tom Fazio (1991) / Tom Fazio (2008) In the early 1990s, Tom Fazio, assisted by longtime associate Tom Marzolf, designed a sprawling golf-only layout just west of Nashville. They routed it over 317 acres, incorporating dense forest, rocky ridges and a river valley. Its first two holes play along
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156. The Stanwich Club William Gordon & David Gordon (1962) / Tom Fazio (2017) A mainstay of Connecticut golf since the 1960s, Stanwich has undergone modifications over several years by Tom Fazio and his team, all based on their masterplan that addresses the course’s tees, bunkers, greens and mowing lines. The latest project was the
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151. The Highland Course at Primland Donald Steel (2006) The Highland Course at Primland sits atop a mountain plateau overlooking some of the most unusual scenery in America, a deep river valley dotted with tall spirals of rock called the Pinnacles of the Dan River. The course design by veteran British architect Donald Steel is
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145. Mammoth Dunes David McLay Kidd (2018) David Kidd began building a second 18 at Wisconsin’s Sand Valley Resort just before Coore and Crenshaw had completed their 18, which would be named Golf Digest’s Best New Course of 2017. Kidd was intent on topping their work, so he gave his meandering layout enormous fairways, big
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176. Tradition Golf Club Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay & Harrison Minchew (1998) Tradition Golf Club was intended to be Palmer Course Design’s answer to the most opulent private courses in greater Palm Springs, such as No. 77 The Quarry at La Quinta and No. 190 Vintage Club (Mountain). Built on the old Hacienda del Gato
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148. Kiawah Island Club (Cassique) Tom Watson & Bob Gibbons (2000) Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique Course (pronounced Kah-seek) was created by Hall-of-Famer Tom Watson and his crew from old farm fields along the tidal marshes of the Kiawah River. As a five-time Champion Golfer of Year, Watson wanted his design to demand the “touch, feel
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128. Grandfather Golf & Country Club Ellis Maples (1967) / Bobby Weed (2015) Back when Grandfather Golf & Country Club made the 100 Greatest in 2001, we wrote, “This is a Grandfather we haven’t seen often enough. . . a reminder of the architectural talent of the late Ellis Maples. . . With roughs of
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158. Aldarra Golf Club Tom Fazio (2001) Although he owned his own turboprop for over a decade, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that Tom Fazio agreed to work in the Pacific Northwest. Previously, it seemed just to far to travel for someone with six children at home. But former Seattle Supersonics basketball star Jack
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140. Omni Homestead (Cascades) William Flynn (1923) / Wayne Morrison & Tom Paul (2005) As Wayne Morrison and Tom Paul point out in their massive, comprehensive biography of William Flynn, Seth Raynor was originally consulted about building the Cascades Course but declared the property insufficient. So the then-relative unknown William Flynn got the job and
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187. Country Club of Birmingham (West) Donald Ross (1929) / Pete Dye (2009) Starting 40 years ago, the Country Club of Birmingham’s West Course, one of two Donald Ross designs at the club, was repeatedly ranked on Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest. Then it fell off in 1984. Pete Dye convinced the club that he could
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124. Colorado Golf Club Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2007) The par-4 10th at Colorado Golf Club, playing downhill off the tee to a green hanging on a slope, with the Colorado Rockies in the far distance, has not a single bunker. Yet it sets the tone for what may well be Coore and Crenshaw’s
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