Rankings

Almost everyone loves a good list and as such, most of the major golf magazines publish course ranking lists annually or biennially, with these issues usually among their biggest sellers.

As a proud golf course panelist for one of these fine publications, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to play a number of the greatest golf courses in North America in recent years and have twice ventured to Scotland in recent years, the home of golf, to continue my education with respect to true links golf.

Here, you’ll find website links to course rating lists from Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golfweek, Top100GolfCourses.com and ScoreGolf, along with a list of all the courses I’ve played that fall within those respective rankings.

I’ve also included Ran Morrissett’s “147 Custodians of the Game” – the founder of Golf Club Atlas may have the most interesting list of the bunch and it’s certainly worthy of inclusion here.

At some point, perhaps I’ll conduct my own course ranking list for Now on the Tee but for now, I hope this will suffice.


Golf Club Atlas 147 Custodians of the Game: 31

2. National Golf Links of America
4. St. Andrews – The Old Course
5. Sand Hills Golf Club
7. Prestwick Golf Club
9. North Berwick Golf Club – West
16. Royal Dornoch Golf Club – Championship
19. Riviera Country Club
21. Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club
25. Pinehurst – #2
28. Castle Stuart Golf Links
29. Banff Springs Golf Course – Thompson
30. Pebble Beach Golf Links
32. Bandon Trails
34. Pacific Dunes
38. California Golf Club of San Francisco
40. Crystal Downs Country Club
44. Maidstone Club
45. Muirfield Golf Club
46. Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club
48. White Bear Yacht Club
49. Royal Troon Golf Club – Old
55. The Course at Yale
67. St. George’s Golf & Country Club
74. Brora Golf Club
75. Old Town Club
88. Dismal River Club – Red
91. Palmetto Golf Club
96. Wolf Point Club
114. Old Macdonald
135. Elie – The Golf House Club
145. Mid Pines Golf Club

Golf Magazine Top 100 Courses in the World 2020-21: 34

3. St. Andrews – The Old Course
4. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
5. National Golf Links of America
8. Oakmont Country Club
10. Royal Dornoch Golf Club – Championship
11. Pebble Beach Golf Links
12. Muirfield Golf Club
14. Sand Hills Golf Club
16. Pinehurst – #2
17. Trump Turnberry – Ailsa
23. Winged Foot Golf Club – West
24. Pacific Dunes
25. Crystal Downs Country Club
28. Riviera Country Club
32. Carnoustie Golf Links – Championship
37. North Berwick Golf Club – West
50. California Golf Club of San Francisco
51. Royal Troon Golf Club – Old
53. Bethpage State Park – Black
57. Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club
58. Kiawah Island Resort – Ocean
62. Winged Foot Golf Club – East
63. Cruden Bay Golf Club
64. Maidstone Club
66. Castle Stuart Golf Links
71. Kingsbarns Golf Links
72. Oakland Hills Country Club – South
75. Prestwick Golf Club
80. Bandon Dunes
83. The Course at Yale
85. Muirfield Village Golf Club
87. Bandon Trails
95. St. George’s Golf & Country Club
100. Trump International Golf Links Scotland

Golf Magazine Next Best 50 Courses in the World 2020-21: 11
RANKED ALPHABETICALLY

– Banff Springs Golf Course – Thompson
– Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club
– Monterey Peninsula Country Club – Shore
– Oak Hill Country Club – East
– Old Macdonald
– Old Town Club
– Pasatiempo Golf Club
– Royal Aberdeen Golf Club – Balgownie
– Sand Valley
– White Bear Yacht Club
– Wolf Point Club

Golf Magazine Top 100 in the U.S. 2017: 30

4. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
5. Pebble Beach Golf Links
6. Oakmont Country Club
7. National Golf Links of America
9. Sand Hills Golf Club
10. Pinehurst – #2
13. Winged Foot Golf Club – West
14. Pacific Dunes
15. Crystal Downs Country Club
19. Riviera Country Club
23. Oakland Hills Country Club – South
24. Bethpage State Park – Black
25. Kiawah Island Resort – Ocean
28. Muirfield Village Golf Club
35. Bandon Dunes
36. Maidstone Club
37. Oak Hill Country Club – East
41. Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club
43. California Golf Club of San Francisco
44. Winged Foot Golf Club – East
48. Old Macdonald
50. Bandon Trails
53. Pasatiempo Golf Club
54. The Course at Yale
59. Sebonack Golf Club
77. Monterey Peninsula Country Club – Shore
78. Old Town Club
82. Interlachen Country Club
85. Scioto Country Club
87. Olympia Fields Country Club – North

Golf Magazine Top 100 Courses You Can Play 2016-17: 18

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links
2. Pacific Dunes
3. Pinehurst – #2
4. Bethpage State Park – Black
6. Kiawah Island Resort – Ocean
8. Bandon Dunes
11. Old Macdonald
12. Bandon Trails
13. Pasatiempo Golf Club
21. Forest Dunes Golf Club
31. Cog Hill GC – Dubsdread
36. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
54. The Quarry at Giants Ridge
57. Dormie Club
61. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club
70. The Virtues Golf Club
76. The Prairie Club – Dunes
86. Hammock Beach Resort – Ocean

Golf Digest World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2020 (Outside USA): 20

3. Muirfield Golf Club
4. Royal Dornoch Golf Club – Championship
6. St. Andrews – The Old Course
10. Trump Turnberry – Ailsa
20. Carnoustie Golf Links – Championship
T23. St. George’s Golf & Country Club
27. Kingsbarns Golf Links
T35. Punta Espada Golf Club
39. North Berwick Golf Club – West
42. Trump International Golf Links Scotland
49. Royal Troon Golf Club – Old
52. The National Golf Club of Canada
53. Cruden Bay Golf Club
55. Hamilton Golf & Country Club – West/South
58. Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club
60. Castle Stuart Golf Links
64. Royal Aberdeen Golf Club – Balgownie
66. Prestwick Golf Club
87. Banff Springs Golf Course – Thompson
99. Western Gailes Golf Club

Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2019/20: 30

4. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
5. Oakmont Country Club
7. Pebble Beach Golf Links
8. National Golf Links of America
9. Sand Hills Golf Club
11. Winged Foot Golf Club – West
13. Crystal Downs Country Club
16. Muirfield Village Golf Club
17. Pacific Dunes
20. Oakland Hills Country Club – South
22. Oak Hill Country Club – East
23. Riviera Country Club
24. Kiawah Island Resort – Ocean
29. Pinehurst – #2
36. Bandon Dunes
37. Bethpage State Park – Black
39. Sebonack Golf Club
46. Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club
48. Castle Pines Golf Club
50. Old Macdonald
52. Winged Foot Golf Club – East
56. Monterey Peninsula Country Club – Shore
57. Scioto Country Club
58. Interlachen Country Club
67. Maidstone Club
68. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
69. Bandon Trails
75. Olympia Fields Country Club – North
93. Spring Hill Golf Club
98. Old Town Club

Golf Digest Second 100 in America 2019: 8

106. Pasatiempo Golf Club
109. California Golf Club of San Francisco
110. Sand Valley
121. Kingsley Club
124. Colorado Golf Club
137. Dismal River Club – Red
145. Mammoth Dunes
146. Forest Dunes Golf Club

Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses 2019: 20

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links
2. Pacific Dunes
4. Kiawah Island Resort – Ocean
6. Pinehurst – #2
7. Bandon Dunes
8. Bethpage State Park – Black
12. Old Macdonald
13. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
14. Bandon Trails
16. Pasatiempo Golf Club
18. Sand Valley
27. Mammoth Dunes
28. Forest Dunes Golf Course
31. The Quarry at Giants Ridge
41. The Prairie Club – Dunes
51. Cog Hill GC – Dubsdread
73. The Virtues Golf Club
88. The Prairie Club – Pines
91. Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club
97. Poipu Bay Golf Course

Golf Digest Best 30 Courses in Canada 2020: 16

2. The National Golf Club of Canada
3. St. George’s Golf & Country Club
6. Hamilton Golf & Country Club – West/South
8. Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club
9. Banff Springs Golf Course – Thompson
10. Muskoka Bay Club
12. Devil’s Paintbrush
14. Beacon Hall Golf Club
15. Tobiano Golf Course
17. Devil’s Pulpit
21. Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
23. Westmount Golf & Country Club
24. Oviinbyrd Golf Club
26. Bigwin Island Golf Club
28. Coppinwood Golf Club
30. Rosedale Golf Club

Golfweek Best Classic Courses USA 2019: 30

3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
5. National Golf Links of America
6. Oakmont Country Club
8. Pebble Beach Golf Links
11. Crystal Downs Country Club
14. Pinehurst – #2
17. Winged Foot Golf Club – West
18. Riviera Country Club
21. Oakland Hills Country Club – South
23. Old Town Club
25. Bethpage State Park – Black
29. Winged Foot GC – East
33. Maidstone Club
36. California Golf Club of San Francisco
37. Pasatiempo Golf Club
50. Scioto Country Club
53. The Course at Yale
54. Olympia Fields Country Club – North
57. Interlachen Country Club
58. Oak Hill Country Club – East
68. White Bear Yacht Club
74. Augusta Country Club
75. Fenway Golf Club
106. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club
112. Palmetto Golf Club
113. Beverly Country Club
140. Northland Country Club
141. Southampton Golf Club
160. Olympia Fields Country Club – South
198. Leatherstocking Golf Club

Golfweek Best Modern Courses USA 2019: 23

1. Sand Hills Golf Club
2. Pacific Dunes
4. Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club
5. Old Macdonald
6. Sebonack Golf Club
8. Bandon Dunes
11. Muirfield Village Golf Club
13. Kiawah Island Resort – Ocean
14. Bandon Trails
23. Kingsley Club
28. Mammoth Dunes
31. Dismal River Club – Red
33. Sand Valley
34. Monterey Peninsula Country Club – Shore
35. Colorado Golf Club
43. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
55. Castle Pines Golf Club
57. Spring Hill Golf Club
107. The Prairie Club – Dunes
131. Dormie Club
152. Forest Dunes Golf Club
161. Cog Hill Golf Club – Dubsdread
171. The Quarry at Giants Ridge

Golfweek Best Classic Courses Great Britain & Ireland 2019: 11

2. St. Andrews – The Old Course
3. Royal Dornoch Golf Club – Championship
4. Muirfield Golf Club
8. Trump Turnberry – Ailsa
10. North Berwick Golf Club – West
13. Carnoustie Golf Links – Championship
19. Cruden Bay Golf Club
23. Royal Troon Golf Club – Old
25. Royal Aberdeen Golf Club – Balgownie
35. Western Gailes Golf Club
37. Prestwick Golf Club

Golfweek Best Modern Courses Great Britain & Ireland 2019: 4

1. Trump International Golf Links Scotland
2. Kingsbarns Golf Links
3. Castle Stuart Golf Links
8. The Renaissance Club

Golfweek Best Courses Caribbean & Mexico 2020: 1

1. Punta Espada Golf Club

Golfweek Best Classic Courses Canada 2019: 16

1. Banff Springs Golf Course – Thompson
2. St. George’s Golf & Country Club
3. Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club
5. Hamilton Golf & Country Club – West/South
6. Westmount Golf & Country Club
10. Rosedale Golf Club
11. Scarboro Golf & Country Club
13. Brantford Golf & Country Club
15. Thornhill Golf & Country Club
16. Essex Golf & Country Club
17. Cherry Hill Club
18. Mississauga Golf & Country Club
19. Lookout Point Country Club
20. Royal Colwood Golf Club
21. St. Thomas Golf & Country Club
25. Whirlpool Golf Course

Golfweek Best Modern Courses Canada 2019: 13

3. Devil’s Paintbrush
4. Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club
5. Bigwin Island Golf Club
6. Tobiano
7. Beacon Hall Golf Club
8. Taboo Resort
10. The National Golf Club of Canada
11. TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley – Hoot
13. Deer Ridge Golf Club
14. Devil’s Pulpit
15. Eagles Nest Golf Club
23. Deerhurst Resort – Highlands
25. Predator Ridge Golf Club – Ridge

Top100GolfCourses.com Top 100 Golf Courses of the World 2020: 33

3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
5. National Golf Links of America
7. Oakmont Country Club
8. Trump Turnberry – Ailsa
9. St. Andrews – The Old Course
10. Sand Hills Golf Club
12. Royal Dornoch Golf Club – Championship
14. Muirfield Golf Club
17. Pebble Beach Golf Links
18. Crystal Downs Country Club
23. Pacific Dunes
27. Pinehurst – #2
28. Carnoustie Golf Links – Championship
31. Winged Foot Golf Club – West
33. Riviera Country Club
41. North Berwick Golf Club – West
43. Kingsbarns Golf Links
47. Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club
52. Royal Aberdeen Golf Club – Balgownie
53. Castle Stuart Golf Links
57. Bethpage State Park – Black Course
59. St. George’s Golf & Country Club
60. California Golf Club of San Francisco
64. Trump International Golf Links Scotland
65. Old Town Club
68. Bandon Dunes
69. Kiawah Island Resort – Ocean
70. Cruden Bay Golf Club
71. Maidstone Club
73. Oakland Hills Country Club – South
83. Old Macdonald
84. Muirfield Village Golf Club
99. Bandon Trails

Top100GolfCourses.com Top 100 Golf Courses of the U.S.A. 2020: 32

3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
4. National Golf Links of America
5. Oakmont Country Club
6. Sand Hills Golf Club
9. Pebble Beach Golf Links
10. Crystal Downs Country Club
13. Pacific Dunes
16. Pinehurst – #2
17. Winged Foot Golf Club – West
18. Riviera Country Club
22. Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club
27. Bethpage State Park – Black
28. California Golf Club of San Francisco
29. Old Town Club
30. Bandon Dunes
31. Kiawah Island Resort – Ocean
32. Maidstone Club
34. Oakland Hills Country Club – South
38. Old Macdonald
39. Muirfield Village Golf Club
42. Bandon Trails
44. Winged Foot Golf Club – East
58. White Bear Yacht Club
63. Pasatiempo Golf Club
64. Oak Hill Country Club – East
66. Sebonack Golf Club
68. The Course at Yale
72. Sand Valley
77. Colorado Golf Club
78. Scioto Country Club
80. Interlachen Country Club
85. Kingsley Club

Top100GolfCourses.com Britain and Ireland Top 100 2020: 16

2. Trump Turnberry – Ailsa
3. St. Andrews – The Old Course
5. Royal Dornoch Golf Club – Championship
6. Muirfield Golf Club
10. Carnoustie Golf Links – Championship
13. North Berwick Golf Club – West
14. Kingsbarns Golf Links
17. Royal Aberdeen Golf Club – Balgownie
18. Castle Stuart Golf Links
22. Trump International Golf Links Scotland
25. Cruden Bay Golf Club
32. Royal Troon Golf Club – Old
37. Western Gailes Golf Club
38. Prestwick Golf Club
62. Renaissance Club
89. Brora Golf Club

Top100GolfCourses.com Top 100 Links Courses of Britain and Ireland 2020: 18

2. Trump Turnberry – Ailsa
3. St. Andrews – The Old Course
5. Royal Dornoch Golf Club – Championship
6. Muirfield Golf Club
9. Carnoustie Golf Links – Championship
12. North Berwick Golf Club – West
13. Kingsbarns Golf Links
15. Royal Aberdeen Golf Club – Balgownie
16. Castle Stuart Golf Links
18. Trump International Golf Links Scotland
20. Cruden Bay Golf Club
24. Royal Troon Golf Club – Old
26. Western Gailes Golf Club
27. Prestwick Golf Club
46. Renaissance Club
59. Brora Golf Club
80. Murcar Links
85. Elie – The Golf House Club

Top100GolfCourses.com Canada’s Top 100 2019: 33

2. St. George’s Golf & Country Club
5. Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club
6. Banff Springs Golf Course – Thompson
8. Hamilton Golf & Country Club – West/South
9. National Golf Club of Canada
11. Devil’s Paintbrush
12. Beacon Hall Golf Club
14. Muskoka Bay Club
15. Westmount Golf & Country Club
17. Oviinbyrd Golf Club
22. Coppinwood Golf Club
24. Devil’s Pulpit
28. Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
29. Bigwin Island Golf Club
31. Tobiano
33. Predator Ridge – Ridge
35. Royal Colwood Golf Club
36. Essex Golf & Country Club
37. Eagles Nest Golf Club
39. St. Thomas Golf & Country Club
44. Osprey Valley – Hoot
45. Rosedale Golf Club
51. Scarboro Golf & Country Club
53. Lookout Point Country Club
55. Osprey Valley – Heathlands
58. Taboo Resort
59. Glen Abbey Golf Club
62. Brantford Golf & Country Club
65. Bear Mountain – Mountain
66. Cherry Hill Club
72. Thornhill Golf & Country Club
76. Deer Ridge Golf Club
77. Deerhurst Resort – Highlands

ScoreGolf Top 110 in Canada 2018: 34

2. Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club
3. National Golf Club of Canada
5. St. George’s Golf & Country Club
6. Banff Springs Golf Course – Thompson
7. Hamilton Golf & Country Club – West/South
10. Beacon Hall Golf Club
11. Devil’s Paintbrush
13. Westmount Golf & Country Club
16. Muskoka Bay Club
17. Oviinbyrd Golf Club
20. Bigwin Island Golf Club
22. Coppinwood Golf Club
24. Tobiano
25. Devil’s Pulpit
27. Royal Colwood Golf Club
28. Predator Ridge – Ridge
37. Osprey Valley – Hoot
38. St. Thomas Golf & Country Club
40. Essex Golf & Country Club
41. Eagles Nest Golf Club
43. Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
44. Cherry Hill Club
51. Osprey Valley – Heathlands
63. Deer Ridge Golf Club
67. Glen Abbey Golf Club
69. Scarboro Golf & Country Club
76. Rosedale Golf Club
79. Brantford Golf & Country Club
82. Taboo Resort
87. Lookout Point Country Club
96. Bear Mountain – Mountain
99. Heron Point Golf Links
101. Oshawa Golf & Country Club
106. Burlington Golf & Country Club

ScoreGolf Top 59 Public Courses in Canada 2019: 15

2. Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club
4. Banff Springs Golf Course – Thompson
6. Muskoka Bay Club
9. Tobiano
10. Predator Ridge – Ridge
16. TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley – Hoot
17. Eagles Nest Golf Club
28. TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley – Heathlands
33. Glen Abbey Golf Club
38. Taboo Resort
40. Bear Mountain – Mountain
49. Tarandowah Golfers Club
50. Deerhurst Resort – Highlands
57. King’s Forest Golf Course
58. Wooden Sticks

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