Guru's Top 100 Public Golf Courses

Below is the Gurus list of the top 100 public access golf courses we've played. This list constantly gets updated annually after incorporating new courses played each year.

Top 10 Public Courses

  1. Old Head Golf Links (Ron Kirby, Paddy Merrigan, Liam Higgins, Eddie Hackett, Dr. Joe Carr, and Haulie O'Shea 1997, Kinsale, IE)
  2. Princeville Resort (Prince) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1990, Kauai, HI)
  3. Manele Golf Course (Jack Nicklaus 1993, Lanai City, HI)
  4. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Jack Neville and Douglas Grant 1919/H. Chandler Egan 1929, Pebble Beach, CA)
  5. Cabot Cliffs (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2015, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  6. Royal County Down Golf Club (Old Tom Morris 1890, Newcastle, N.IE)
  7. Ballybunion Golf Club (Old) (Tom Simpson 1936, Ballybunion, IE)
  8. Chambers Bay Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2007, University Place, WA)
  9. Pacific Dunes Golf Course (Tom Doak 2001, Bandon, OR)
  10. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course (Warren Henderson and Rick Smith 2000, Arcadia, MI)

Cahmbers Bay 16th
Chambers Bay 16th
Streamsong (Red) 16th
Streamsong (Red) 16th

Public Courses 11-20

  1. Tralee Golf Club (Arnold Palmer 1984, West Barrow, IE)
  2. Bandon Dunes Golf Course (David McLay Kidd 1999, Bandon, OR)
  3. Streamsong Resort (Red) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2012, Streamsong, FL)
  4. Kapalua Resort (Plantation) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1991, Maui, HI)
  5. The Prairie Club (Dunes) (Tom Lehman and Chris Brands 2010, Valentine, NE)
  6. Kiawah Island (Ocean) (Pete Dye 1991, Kiawah Island, SC)
  7. Tobacco Road Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Sanford, NC)
  8. Royal Portrush Golf Club (Dunluce) (Harry S. Colt 1929, Portrush, N.IE)
  9. Whistling Straits (Straits) (Pete Dye 1998, Sheboygan, WI)
  10. Waterville Golf Links (John A. Mulcahy, Claude Harmon, and Eddie Hackett 1973, Waterville, IE)

Makai 3rd
Makai 3rd
Whistling Straits (Straits) 17th
Whistling Straits (Straits) 17th

Public Courses 21-30

  1. Erin Hills Golf Course (Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, and Ron Whitten 2006, Hartford, WI)
  2. Makai Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1971/2010, Princeville, Kauai, HI)
  3. Mauna Kea Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1965, Kohala Coast, HI)
  4. Bethpage State Park (Black) (A.W. Tillinghast 1936, Farmingdale, NY)
  5. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club (Ken Dye 2000, Sandia Park, NM)
  6. Shadow Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1989, North Las Vegas, NV)
  7. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) (Sea Island, GA)
  8. Old Macdonald (Tom Doak/Jim Urbina 2010, Bandon, OR)
  9. Dismal River Golf Club (Red) (Tom Doak 2013, Mullen, NE)
  10. Dismal River Golf Club (White) (Jack Nicklaus 2006, Mullen, NE)

Edgewood Tahoe 17th
Edgewood Tahoe 17th
Wilderness Club 18th
Wilderness Club 18th

Public Courses 31-40

  1. Bandon Trails (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2005, Bandon, OR)
  2. Dormie Club (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2010, West End, NC)
  3. Lahinch Golf Club (Alister Mackenzie 1928, Lahinch, IE)
  4. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) (Pete Dye 1980, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
  5. County Sligo Golf Club aka Rosses Point (Harry S. Colt 1927, Sligo, IE)
  6. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course (George Fazio 1968, Stateline, NV)
  7. Enniscrone Golf Club (Eddie Hackett 1974, Enniscrone, IE)
  8. Spyglass Hill Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1966, Pebble Beach, CA)
  9. Cape Breton Highland Links (Stanley Thompson 1941/Ian Andrew 2015, Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  10. Pasatiempo Golf Club (Alister MacKenzie 1929, Santa Cruz, CA)

Circling Raven 7th
Circling Raven 7th
Kauai Lagoons (Moana) 5th
Kauai Lagoons (Moana) 5th

Public Courses 41-50

  1. Sand Hollow Golf Club (John Fought 2008, Hurricane, UT)
  2. Cabot Links (Rod Whitman 2012, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  3. Wolf Creek Golf Club (Dennis Ryder 2000, Mesquite, NV)
  4. The European Club (Pat Ruddy 1987, Brittas Bay, IE)
  5. Poipu Bay Resort (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1991, Koloa, Kauai, HI)
  6. Carne Golf Links (Eddie Hackett 1992 and Jim Engh/Ally McIntosh 2013, Belmullet, IE)
  7. The Wilderness Club (Nick Faldo 2009, Eureka, MT)
  8. Pronghorn Golf Club (Nicklaus) (Jack Nicklaus 2004, Bend, OR)
  9. Blackwolf Run (River) (Pete Dye 1988, Kohler, WI)
  10. Tidewater Golf Club (Ken Tomlinson 1990, North Myrtle Beach, SC)

Salish Cliffs 3rd
Salish Cliffs 3rd
Gallery Golf Club (South) 7th
Gallery Golf Club (South) 7th

Public Courses 51-100

  1. World Woods (Pine Barrens) (Tom Fazio 1993, Brooksville, FL)
  2. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club (Mike Strantz 1994, Pawleys Island, SC)
  3. True Blue Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Pawleys Island, SC)
  4. Streamsong Resort (Blue) (Tom Doak 2012, Streamsong, FL)
  5. Pinehurst Resort No.2 (Donald Ross 1907/Crenshaw&Coore 2010, Pinehurst, NC)
  6. Wine Valley Golf Club (Dan Hixson 2009, Walla Walla, WA)
  7. Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club (Jim Engh 2004, New Castle, CO)
  8. Karsten Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1994, Stillwater, OK)
  9. The Links at Spanish Bay (Robert Trent Jones Jr./Sandy Tatum/Tom Watson 1987, Pebble Beach, CA)
  10. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1948, remodel 1978/1993, Myrtle Beach, SC)
  11. County Louth Golf Club aka Baltray (Tom SImpson 1938, Louth, IE)
  12. We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro) (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2006, Fort McDowell, AZ)
  13. We-Ko-Pa (Cholla) (Scott Miller 2001, Fort McDowell, AZ)
  14. Salish Cliffs Golf Club (Gene Bates 2011, Shelton, WA)
  15. Redlands Mesa Golf Club (Jim Engh 2001, Grand Junction, CO)
  16. Circling Raven Golf Club (Gene Bates 2003, Worley, ID)
  17. The Links at Crowbush (Thomas McBroom 1994, St. Peters, PEI, Canada)*
  18. Bulle Rock (Pete Dye 1998, Havre de Grace, MD)
  19. Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (Jack Nicklaus 1988, Lihue, Kauai, HI)
  20. The K Club (Arnold Palmer 1991, Straffan, IE)
  21. Cog Hill Golf and Country Club (Dubsdread) (Dick Wilson 1964, Lemont, IL)
  22. Trump International Doonbeg (Greg Norman 2002, Doonbeg, IE)
  23. Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs (Gary Stephenson/Steve Jones/Byron Nelson 2004, Victor, ID)
  24. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (Jack Nicklaus 2003, Sheboygan Falls, WI)
  25. Hualalai Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1996, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  26. Whistling Straits (Irish) (Pete Dye 2000, Sheboygan, WI)
  27. Portmarnock Golf Club (William Pickerman and George Ross 1894, Portmarnock, IE)
  28. Wailea Resort (Gold) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1994, Kihei, HI)
  29. Wailea Resort (Emerald) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1994, Kihei, HI)
  30. The Gallery Golf Club (South) (John Fought 2003, Marana, AZ)
  31. Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead) (Larry Packard 1970, Palm Harbor, FL)
  32. Troon North Golf Club (Pinnacle) (Tom Weiskopf 1996/reroute 2007, Scottsdale, AZ)
  33. Red Sky Golf Club (Norman) (Greg Norman 2003, Wolcott, CO)
  34. Dunes at Maui Lani (Robin Nelson 1999, Maui, HI)
  35. Harbour Town Golf Links (Pete Dye 1969, Hilton Head Island, SC)
  36. Hammock Beach Resort (Ocean) (Jack Nicklaus 2000, Palm Coast, FL)
  37. TPC Myrtle Beach (Tom Fazio 1999, Murrells Inlet, SC)
  38. Pinehurst Resort No.9 (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Pinehurst, NC)
  39. Grand National Golf Club (Links) (Robert Trent Jones Jr.1992, Opelika, AL)
  40. The Idaho Club (Jack Nicklaus 2008, Sandpoint, ID)
  41. Barefoot Resort (Love) (Davis Lovee III 2000, North Myrtle Beach, SC)
  42. Osprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2005, Donnelly, ID)
  43. The Boulders Golf Club (South) (Jay Morrish 1983, Scottsdale, AZ)
  44. Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Ghost Creek) (Bob Cupp 1991, North Plains, OR)
  45. Crosswater Golf Club (Bob Cupp 1995, Sunriver, OR)
  46. Cascata Golf Club (Rees Jones 2000, Boulder City, NV)
  47. Cape Fear National (Tim Cate 2010, Wilmington, NC)
  48. The Course at Wente Vineyards (Greg Norman 1998, Livermore, CA)
  49. Black Mesa Golf Club (Baxter Spann 2003, Espanola, NM)
  50. Gold Mountain Golf Course (Olympic) (John Harbottle 1996, Bremerton, WA)
  51. The Next 50

    1. Rock Hollow Golf Course (Tim Liddy 1994, Peru, IN)
    2. Palouse Ridge Golf Club (John Harbottle 2008, Pullman, WA)
    3. Twin Warriors Golf Club (Gary Panks 2001, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM)
    4. Kapalua Resort (Bay) (Arnold Palmer 1975, Lahaina, HI)
    5. CordeValle Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1999, San Martin, CA)
    6. The Prairie Club (Pines) (Graham Marsh 2010, Valentine, NE)
    7. TPC Scottsdale (Stadium) (Tom Weiskopf 1986, Scottsdale, AZ)
    8. TPC Harding Park (Willie Watson 1925, San Francisco, CA)
    9. The Broadmoor Golf Club (East) (Donald Ross 1918 and Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1952, Colorado Springs, CO)
    10. Pinehurst Resort No.4 (Donald Ross 1919/Tom Fazio 2000, Pinehurst, NC)
    11. The Creek at Qualchan (William Robinson 1992, Spokane, WA)
    12. Half Moon Bay (Ocean) (Arthur Hills 1997, Half Moon Bay, CA)
    13. Reflection Bay Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1998, Henderson, NV)
    14. Tetherow Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2008, Bend, OR)
    15. El Conquistador Resort (Arthur Hills 1993, Fajardo, PR)
    16. Jug Mountain Ranch (Donald Knott 2004, McCall, ID)
    17. TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas (Jay Morrish 1983/D.A. Weibring and STeve Wolford 2009, Irving, TX)
    18. Falcon Crest Golf Club (Hans Borbonus 2001, Kuna, ID)
    19. Mauna Lani Golf Course (South) (Robin Nelson 1981, Kohala Coast, HI)
    20. Coeur d'Alene Resort (Scott Miller 1991, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
    21. Bandon Crossings (Dan Hisxon 2007, Bandon, OR)
    22. Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2007, Rio Grande, PR)
    23. Aviara at Four Seasons (Arnold Palmer 1991, Carlsbad, CA)
    24. French Lick Resort (Dye) (Pete Dye 2009, French Lick, IN)
    25. Troon North Golf Club (Monument) (Tom Weiskopf 1990, Scottsdale, AZ)
    26. Barton Creek Resort (Fazio Canyons) (Tom Fazio 1999, Austin, TX)
    27. Juniper Golf Club (John Harbottle 2004, Redmond, OR)
    28. University of New Mexico (Championship) (Robert 'Red' Lawrence 1967, Albuquerque, NM)
    29. SunRidge Canyon Golf Club (Keith Foster 1995, Fountain Hils, AZ)
    30. The Links at Brunello (Thomas McBroom 2015, Tiberlea, Nova Scotia, Canada)
    31. Desert Canyon Golf Resort (Jack Frei 1993, Orondo, WA)
    32. Dundarave Golf Club (Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry 1999, Georgetown Royalty, PEI, Canada)
    33. Coyote Springs Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2008, Coyote Springs, NV)
    34. Thanksgiving Point Golf Club (Johnny Miller 1997, Lehi, UT)
    35. Old Work Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1997, Anaconda, MT)
    36. Red Sky Golf Club (Fazio) (Tom Fazio 2002, Wolcott, CO)
    37. Grand at Del Mar (Tom Fazio 1999, San Diego, CA)
    38. Brickyard Crossing Golf Course (Pete Dye 1993, Indianapolis, IN)
    39. Puakea Golf Course (Robin Nelson 1997, Lihue, HI)
    40. McCormick Woods Golf Course (Jack Frei 1987, Port Orchard, WA)
    41. Rio Secco Golf Club (Rees Jones 1997, Henderson, NV)
    42. Rustic Canyon Golf Course (Gil Hanse 2002, Moorpark, CA)
    43. Legends Resort (Heathland) (Tom Doak 1990, Myrtle Beach, SC)
    44. Glen Arbour Golf Club (Graham Cooke 1999, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, Canada)
    45. Quintero Golf and Country Club (Rees Jones 2000, Peoria, AZ)
    46. Suncadia Resort (Prospector) (Arnold Palmer 2005, Cle Elum, WA)
    47. Wild Horse Golf Club (Dave Axland and Dan Proctor 1999, Gothenburg, NE)
    48. Pine Needles Golf Club (Donald Ross 1928, Southern Pines, NC)
    49. Green Gables Golf Course (Stanley Thompson 1939, Hunter River, PEI, Canada)
    50. Bald Head Island (George Cobb 1974/Tim Cate 2010, Bald Head Island, NC)