Scott’s Top 100

This section will highlight what golf nerds worship the most, outside of maybe Tom Doak’s Confidential Guide(s): a Top 100 list.

There are some courses, like the famed Lake Course at The Olympic Club, that have gone under renovations since I last played. Included in this ranking in parenthesis is the year I last played so nobody comes at me with any hate as to why a certain course is ranked where it could just be a matter of not having visited the most recent and most likely better version.

Below is the rating criteria in which I used to put together my top 100. In total, 100 points are obtainable.

Variety of Holes: For an 18 hole course, two points per hole.

Interest of Green Contours and Surrounds: How much fun and variety the green contours provide on a hole-by-hole basis.

Quality and Use of Land: how good is the land and how well does the design of the course accentuate the natural features.

Resistance AND Playability: How playable for a higher handicapper yet still a challenge for a lower handicap.

Ambience and Aesthetics: The feeling of being on the course and how pleasing to the eye are the surroundings. Also included in this section are points taken away for too many cart paths in play or homes intruding.

Feel like I got courses in the wrong order? Head to my contact info and let me know your thoughts. Notable golf courses missing from my top 100:

  • The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island
  • Old Macdonald
  • The Honors Course
  • Butler National Golf Club
  • Aronimink Golf Club
  • Baltusrol Golf Club, Lower
  • Congressional Country Club, Blue
  • Hudson National Golf Club
  • Castle Pines Golf Club
  • Kingsley Club
  • Erin Hills
  • Dallas National Golf Club
  • Oak Hill Country Club, East (played prior to the most recent renovations)

Each golf course with a purple title will have a review for you to read if you’re interested in learning more. Total number of courses ranked: 653

 100. Moraine Country Club (2019)

Dayton, Ohio

-Alex Campbell (1936), Keith Foster (2007)

Moraine 7.JPG

99. Shelter Harbor Golf Club (2013)

Westerly, Rhode Island

-Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry (2004)

98. Blackwolf Run, Championship (2010)

Kholer, Wisconsin

-Pete Dye (1988)

97. Plainfield Country Club (2018)

Plainfield, New Jersey

-Donald Ross (1916)

96. Valhalla Golf Club (2015)

Louisville, Kentucky

-Jack Nicklaus (1986)

95. The Creek (2014)

Locust Valley, New York

-C.B. Macdonald & Seth Raynor (1925)

94. Sage Valley Golf Club (2013)

Graniteville, South Carolina

-Tom Fazio (2001)

93. Fox Chapel Golf Club (2016)

Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania

-Seth Raynor (1925)

92. Golf Club of Tennessee (2016)

Kingston Springs, Tennessee

-Tom Fazio (1991)

91. Newport Country Club (2013)

Newport, Rhode Island

-A.W. Tillinghast (1924)

90. Bandon Trails (2012)

Bandon, Oregon

-Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2005)

89. White Bear Yacht Club (2012)

White Bear Lake, Minnesota

-Donald Ross (1916)


88. The Preserve Golf Club (2013)

Carmel, California

-Tom Fazio & Sandy Tatum (2001)

87. Mayacama Golf Club (2013)

Santa Rosa, California

-Jack Nicklaus (2001)


86. Crooked Stick Golf Club (2015)

Carmel, Indiana

-Pete Dye (1964)

85. Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Upper (2013)

Scarborough-on-Hudson, New York

-C.B. Macdonald & Seth Raynor (1913)

84. Inverness Club (2016)

Toledo, Ohio

-Donald Ross (1919)

83. The Course at Yale (2013)

New Haven, Connecticut

-C.B. Macdonald & Seth Raynor (1926)

82. Galloway National Golf Club (2018)

Galloway, New Jersey

-Tom Fazio (1995)

81. Cherry Hills Country Club (2014)

Englewood, Colorado

-William Flynn (1923)

80. Forest Highlands Golf Club, Canyons (2011)

Flagstaff, Arizona

-Tom Wieskopf & Jay Morrish (1987)

79. Mountain Lake Country Club (2011)

Lake Wales, Florida

-Seth Raynor (1916)

78. Spring Hill Golf Club (2017)

Orono, Minnesota

-Tom Fazio (1999)

Spring Hill 16.JPG

77. The Estancia Club (2017)

Scottsdale, Arizona

-Tom Fazio (1995)

Estancia 11.JPG

76. Bluejack National Golf Club (2019)

Montgomery, Texas

-Tiger Woods (2015)

Bluejack National 12.JPG

75. Quaker Ridge Golf Club (2013)

Scarsdale, New York

-A.W. Tillinghast (1918)

Quaker Ridge 11.JPG

74. Eastward Ho! Country Club (2018)

Chatham, Massachusetts

-Herbert Fowler (1922), restoration by Keith Foster

Eastward Ho! CC 6.JPG

73. Sand Valley (2017)

Nekoosa, Wisconsin

-Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (2017)

Sand Valley 9.JPG

72. Yeamans Hall Club (2016)

Hanahan, South Carolina

-Seth Raynor (1925)

Yeamans Hall Club 3.JPG

71. The Olympic Club, Lake (2013)

San Francisco, California

-Sam Whiting (1924)

Olympic, Lake 18.JPG

70. TPC Sawgrass, PLAYERS Stadium (2019)

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

-Pete and Alice Dye (1982)

Stadium 17.JPG

69. Winged Foot Golf Club, East (2018)

Mamaroneck, New York

-A.W. Tillinghast (1923), Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1948), Dick Wilson (1956), George and Tom Fazio (1973), Tom Fazio (1089 and 2003), Gil Hanse (2018)

Winged Foot East 13.JPG

68. Muirfield Village Golf Club (2019)

Dublin, Ohio

-Jack Nicklaus (1974)

Muirfield Village 12.JPG

67. Calusa Pines Golf Club (2019)

Naples, Florida

-Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry (2001)

Calusa Pines 16.JPG

66. The Country Club, Brookline (2013)

Brookline, Massachusetts

-Willie and Alex Campbell (1895), William Flynn (1927), Restoration: Gil Hanse (2012)

The Country Club 3.JPG

65. Quail Hollow Club (2015)

Charlotte, North Carolina

-George Cobb (1961), Tom Fazio (2003 and 2017)

Quail Hollow Club 18.JPG

64. Shadow Creek (2011)

North Las Vegas, Nevada

-Tom Fazio (1990)

Shadow Creek 17.JPG

63. Whistling Straits, Straits Course (2009)

Haven, Wisconsin

-Pete Dye (1998)

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62. The Olde Farm (2015)

Bristol, Virginia

-Bobby Weed (2001)

Olde Farm 6.JPG

61. Spyglass Hill Golf Links (2013)

Pebble Beach, California

-Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1966)

Spyglass Hill 4.JPG

60. San Francisco Golf Club (2013)

San Francisco, California

-A.W. Tillinghast (1918), Restoration: Tom Doak (2001)

San Francisco GC 7.JPG

59. The Golf Courses of Lawsonia, Links (2018)

Green Lake, Wisconsin

-William Langford and Theodore Moreau (1929)

Links 7.JPG

58. Colorado Golf Club (2014)

Parker, Colorado

-Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (2007)

Colorado GC 11.JPG

57. Myopia Hunt Club (2013)

Hamilton, Massachusetts

-Herbert Leeds (1899)

Myopia Hunt Club 9.JPG

56. Pete Dye Golf Club (2017)

Bridgeport, West Virginia

-Pete Dye (1994)

Pete Dye GC 18.JPG

55. Victoria National Golf Club (2016)

Newburgh, Indiana

-Tom Fazio (1998)

Victoria National 2.JPG

54. Mammoth Dunes (2018)

Nekoosa, Wisconsin

-David McLay Kidd (2018)

Mammoth 13.JPG

53. Piping Rock Club (2018)

Locust Valley, New York

-C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor (1916), Restoration: Bruce Hepner (2016)

Piping Rock 17.JPG

52. Pasatiempo Golf Club (2016)

Santa Cruz, California

-Dr. Alister Mackenzie and Marion Hollins (1929), Restoration – Tom Doak and Jim Urbina (2007)

Pasatiempo 16-2.JPG

51. Pikewood National Golf Club (2016)

Morgantown, West Virginia

-John Raese and Robert Gwynne (2009)

Pikewood National 3.JPG

49. Whispering Pines Golf Club (2015)

Trinity, Texas

-Chet Williams (2010)

Whispering Pines 15.JPG

48. Philadelphia Cricket Club, Wissahickon (2014)

Flourtown, Pennsylvania

-A.W. Tillinghast (1922), Restoration: Keith Foster


47. Gozzer Ranch Golf & Lake Club (2019)

Harrison, Idaho

-Tom Fazio (2007)

Gozzer Ranch 12.JPG

46. Maidstone Club (2013)

East Hampton, New York

-Willie Park, Jr. and Jack Park (1924), Restoration: Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (2013)

Maidstone 14.JPG

45. Milwaukee Country Club (2017)

River Falls, Wisconsin

-Harry Colt and Charles Alison (1910), Restoration: Tom Doak (ongoing work)

Milwaukee CC 9.JPG

44. Kittansett Club (2018)

Marion, Massachusetts

-William Flynn and Frederic Hood (1922)

Kittansett 3.JPG

43. Garden City Golf Club (2014)

Garden City, New York

-Devereaux Emmett (1899), Walter Travis (1909)

Garden City 2.JPG

42. ShoreAcres (2013)

Lake Bluff, Illinois

-Seth Raynor (1921), Restoration: Tom Doak (1993)

ShoreAcres 12.JPG

41. Congaree Club (2018)

Ridgeland, South Carolina

-Tom Fazio (2016)

Congaree 2.JPG

40. Bandon Dunes (2012)

Bandon, Oregon

-David McLay Kidd (1999)

Bandon Dunes 6.JPG

39. California Golf Club of San Francisco (2013)

South San Francisco, California

-Willie Locke, A. Vernon Macan and Dr. Alister Mackenzie (1928), Restoration: Kyle Phillips (2007)

Cal Club 7.JPG

38. Southern Hills Country Club, Championship (2018)

Tulsa, Oklahoma

-Perry Maxwell (1936), Restoration: Gil Hanse (2019)

Southern Hills 13.JPG

37. Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Shore (2013)

Pebble Beach, California

-Bob Baldock and Jack Neville (1959), Mike Strantz (2004)

Monterey Peninsula CC, Shore 11.JPG

36. Boston Golf Club (2013)

Hingham, Massachusetts

-Gil Hanse (2015)


35. Camargo Club (2015)

Indian Hill, Ohio

-Seth Raynor (1925)

Camargo Club 11.JPG

34. Wade Hampton Golf Club (2015)

Cashiers, North Carolina

-Tom Fazio (1987)

Wade Hampton 17.JPG

33. Pacific Dunes (2012)

Bandon, Oregon

-Tom Doak (2001)

Pacific Dunes 11.JPG

32. Bethpage State Park, Black (2018)

Farmingdale, New York

-A.W. Tillinghast and Joseph Burbeck (1935), Rees Jones (2002 and 2015)

Bethpage Black 4.JPG

31. Dismal River Club, Red (2014)

Mullen, Nebraska

-Tom Doak (2013)

Dismal River, Doak 4.JPG

30. Baltimore Country Club, East (2018)

Timonium, Maryland

-A.W. Tillinghast (1924), Restoration: Keith Foster (2015)

Baltimore CC East 13.JPG

29. Old Town Club (2018)

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

-Perry Maxwell (1939), Restoration: Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (2014)

Old Town Club 2.JPG

28. Sebonack Golf Club (2014)

Southampton, New York

-Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak (2006)

Sebonack 18.JPG

27. Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, No. 2 (2018)

Pinehurst, North Carolina

-Donald Ross (1907), Restoration: Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (2011)

Pinehurst No. 2 9-2.JPG

26. Oakland Hills Country Club, South (2011)

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

-Donald Ross (1918), Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1950)


25. Seminole Golf Club (2015)

Juno Beach, Florida

-Donald Ross (1929), Restoration: Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (2017)

Seminole 6-4.JPG

24. Old Sandwich Golf Club (2018)

Plymouth, Massachusetts

-Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (2004)

Old Sandwich 7.JPG

23. Somerset Hills Country Club (2014)

Bernardsville, New Jersey

-A.W. Tillinghast (1918)

Somerset Hills 12.JPG

22. Riviera Country Club (2016)

Pacific Palisades, California

-George C. Thomas and W.P. Bell (1926), Tom Fazio (2012)

Riviera CC 18.JPG

21. Old Elm Club (2018)

Lake Forest, Illinois

-Harry Colt and Donald Ross (1913), Restoration: Drew Rogers (ongoing since 2010)

Old Elm 15.JPG

20. Winged Foot Golf Club, West (2018)

Mamaroneck, New York

-A.W. Tillinghast (1923), Tom Fazio (2003), Restoration: Gil Hanse (2018)

Winged Foot West 10.JPG

19. Valley Club of Montecito (2016)

Santa Barbara, California

-Dr. Alister Mackenzie and Robert Hunter (1928)


18. Peachtree Golf Club (2011)

Atlanta, Georgia

-Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. (1947), Bob Cupp (2005)

Peachtree 4.JPG

17. The Golf Club (2016)

New Albany, Ohio

-Pete Dye (1967)

The Golf Club 18.JPG

16. Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club (2014)

Holyoke, Colorado

-Tom Doak (2006)

Ballyneal 7.JPG

15. Rock Creek Cattle Company (2019)

Deer Lodge, Montana

-Tom Doak (2008)


14. Pebble Beach Golf Links (2016)

Pebble Beach, California

-Jack Neville and Douglas Grant (1919)

Pebble Beach 7.JPG

13. The Los Angeles Country Club, North (2016)

Los Angeles, California

-George C. Thomas and  (1927), Restoration: Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner and Geoff Shackleford (2010)


12. Chicago Golf Club (2014)

Wheaton, Illinois

-C.B. Macdonald (1894) Seth Raynor (1923), Restoration: Tom Doak (2002)


11. Friar’s Head Golf Club (2018)

Riverhead, New York

-Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (2003)

Friar's Head 9.JPG

10. Prairie Dunes Country Club (2017)

Hutchinson, Kansas

-Perry Maxwell (1937), Press Maxwell (1957), Restoration: Dave Axland (2014)

Prairie Dunes 12.JPG

9. Crystal Downs Country Club (2015)

Frankfort, Michigan

-Dr. Alister Mackenzie and Perry Maxwell (1931), Restoration: Tom Doak

Crystal Downs 7.JPG

8. Fishers Island Club (2018)

Fishers Island, New York

-Seth Raynor and Charles Banks (1926), Restoration: Gil Hanse (2000)

Fishers Island Club 13-14.jpg

7. Merion Golf Club, East (2019)

Ardmore, Pennsylvania

-Hugh Wilson (1912), Restoration: Gil Hanse (2019)

Merion 13 2019.JPG

6. Oakmont Country Club (2018)

Oakmont, Pennsylvania

-Henry C. Fownes and William C. Fownes (1903)

Oakmont 3.JPG

5. Sand Hills Golf Club (2014)

Mullen, Nebraska

-Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (1994)

Sand Hills 18-2.JPG

4. National Golf Links of America (2018)

Southampton, New York

-C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor (1911)


3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (2019)

Southampton, New York

-William Flynn (1931), Restoration: Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (2012)

Shinnecock Hills 9.JPG

2. Cypress Point Club (2016)

Pebble Beach, California

-Dr. Alister Mackenzie and Robert Hunter (1928)

Cypress Point 15 16.JPG

1. Pine Valley Golf Club (2019)

Pine Valley, New Jersey

-George Crump and Harry Colt (1913)