Whispering Pines Golf Club

Trinity, Texas


Golf Digest's Top 100 Golf Courses in America

Since 1966 Golf Digest has published their list of the best courses in the country. Below is their current list with an * marking the public access courses. Courses in BOLD have been played by Billy and a review written; a total of 86 so far. Courses in italics are scheduled to played this year.

Top 10 Courses

  1. PINE VALLEY GOLF CLUB (George Crump and H.S. Colt 1918, Pine Valley, NJ)
  2. Augusta National Golf Club (Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones 1933, Augusta, GA)
  3. CYPRESS POINT CLUB (Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter 1928, Pebble Beach, CA)
  4. SHINNECOCK HILLS GOLF CLUB (William Flynn 1931, South Hampton, NY)
  5. OAKMONT COUNTRY CLUB (Henry Fownes 1903, Oakmont, PA)
  6. MERION GOLF CLUB (EAST) (Hugh Wilson 1912, Ardmore, PA)
  7. PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS (Jack Neville and Douglas Grant 1919/H. Chandler Egan 1929, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  8. NATIONAL GOLF LINKS OF AMERICA (C.B. MacDonald 1911, Southampton, NY)
  9. SAND HILLS GOLF CLUB (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 1994, Mullen, NE)
  10. WINGED FOOT GOLF CLUB (WEST) (A.W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)
9th Hole at Merion Golf Club (East)
9th Hole at Merion Golf Club (East)

Courses 11-20

  1. FISHERS ISLAND CLUB (Seth Raynor and Charles Banks 1926, Fishers Island, NY)
  2. CRYSTAL DOWNS COUNTRY CLUB (Alister MacKenzie and Perry Maxwell 1931, Frankfort, MI)
  3. Seminole Golf Club (Donald Ross 1923, Juno Beach, FL)
  4. Chicago Golf Club (C.B. MacDonald 1894/Seth Raynor 1923, Wheaton, IL)
  5. MUIRFIELD VILLAGE GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead 1974, Dublin, OH)
  6. THE COUNTRY CLUB (CLYDE/SQUIRREL) (Willie Campbell 1895/Alex Campbell 1902, Brookline, MA)
  7. OAKLAND HILLS COUNTRY CLUB (SOUTH) (Donald Ross 1918/Robert Trent Jones 1950, Bloomfield Hills, MI)
  8. PACIFIC DUNES GOLF COURSE (Tom Doak 2001, Bandon, OR)*
  9. Friar's Head Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2002, Riverhead, NY)
  10. OAK HILL COUNTRY CLUB (EAST) (Donald Ross 1925, Rochester, NY)
13th Hole at Pacific Dunes
13th Hole at Pacific Dunes

Courses 21-30

  1. THE OCEAN COURSE (Pete Dye 1991, Kiawah Island, SC)*
  3. LOS ANGELES COUNTRY CLUB (NORTH) (George C. Thomas Jr. 1921, Los Angeles, CA)
  4. RIVIERA COUNTRY CLUB (George C. Thomas Jr. and William P. Bell 1926, Pacific Palisades, CA)
  5. Wade Hampton Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1987, Cashiers, NC)
  6. SHADOW CREEK GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1990, North Las Vegas, NV)*
  7. The Alotian Club (Tom Fazio 2004, Roland, AR)
  8. GOZZER RANCH GOLF AND LAKE CLUB (Tom Fazio 2007, Harrison, ID)
  9. PRAIRIE DUNES COUNTRY CLUB (Perry Maxwell 1937/Press Maxwell 1957, Hutchinson, KS)
  10. PINEHURST RESORT (NO. 2) (Donald Ross 1907, Pinehurst, N.C.)*
18th Hole at Riviera Country Club
18th Hole at Riviera Country Club

Courses 31-40

  1. THE OLYMPIC CLUB (LAKE) (Sam Whiting 1928, San Francisco, CA)
  2. THE HONORS COURSE (Pete Dye 1983, Ooltewah, TN)
  3. PEACHTREE GOLF CLUB (Robert Trent Jones and Bobby Jones 1947, Atlanta, GA)
  4. THE GOLF CLUB (Pete Dye 1967, New Albany, OH)
  5. SOUTHERN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB (Perry Maxwell 1936, Tulsa, OK)
  6. BANDON DUNES GOLF COURSE (David McLay Kidd 1999, Bandon, OR)*
  7. SAN FRANCISCO GOLF CLUB (A.W. Tillinghast 1918, San Francisco, CA)
  8. BETHPAGE STATE PARK (BLACK) (A.W. Tillinghast and Joseph H. Burbeck 1936, Farmingdale, NY)*
  9. BALTUSROL GOLF CLUB (LOWER) (A.W. Tillinghast 1922, Springfield, NJ)
  10. Pikewood National Golf Club (John Raese/Robert Gwynne 2008, Morgantown, WV)
4th Hole at Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower)
4th Hole at Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower)

Courses 41-50

  1. SEBONACK GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak 2006, Southampton, NY)
  2. CASTLE PINES GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus 1981, Castle Rock, CO)
  3. VICTORIA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1998, Newburgh, IN)
  4. ERIN HILLS GOLF COURSE (Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, and Ron Whitten, 2006, Erin, WI)*
  5. BUTLER NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (George Fazio and Tom Fazio 1974, Oak Brook, IL)
  6. GARDEN CITY GOLF CLUB (Devereux Emmet 1899, Garden City, NY)
  7. OLD MACDONALD (Tom Doak 2010, Bandon, OR)*
  8. MEDINAH COUNTRY CLUB (NO. 3) (Tom Bendelow 1928, Medinah, IL)
  9. SPYGLASS HILL GOLF COURSE (Robert Trent Jones 1966, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  10. BALLYNEAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Doak 2005, Holyoke, CO)
16th Hole at Victoria National Golf Club
16th Hole at Victoria National Golf Club

Courses 51-60

  1. TPC SAWGRASS (PLAYERS STADIUM) (Pete Dye 1981, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)*
  2. CAMARGO CLUB (Seth Raynor and Charles Banks 1927, Indian Hill, OH)
  3. KINLOCH GOLF CLUB (Lester George and Vinny Giles 2001, Manakin-Sabot, VA)
  4. INTERLACHEN COUNTRY CLUB (Willie Watson 1911/Donald Ross 1921, Edina, MN)
  5. WHISPERING PINES GOLF CLUB (Chet Williams 2000, Trinty, TX)
  6. OLD SANDWICH GOLF CLUB (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2004, Plymoth, MA)
  7. SCIOTO COUNTRY CLUB (Donald Ross 1916, Columbus, OH)
  8. Oak Tree National (Pete Dye 1975, Edmond, OK)
  9. DALLAS NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 2002, Dallas, TX)
  10. PETE DYE GOLF CLUB (Pete Dye 1994, Bridgeport, WV)
6th Hole at Kinloch Golf Club
6th Hole at Kinloch Golf Club

Courses 61-70

  1. BALTUSROL GOLF CLUB (UPPER) (A.W. Tillinghast 1922, Springfield, NJ)
  2. WINGED FOOT GOLF CLUB (EAST) (A.W. Tillinghast, Mamaroneck, NY)
  3. Canyata Golf Club (Bob Lohmann and Mike Benkusky 2004, Marshall, IL)
  4. SOMERSET HILLS COUNTRY CLUB (A.W. Tillinghast 1918, Bernardsville, NJ)
  5. MONTEREY PENINSULA COUNTRY CLUB (SHORE) (Bob Baldock 1961/Mike Strantz 2004, Pebble Beach, CA)
  6. SHOREACRES (Seth Raynor 1921, Lake Bluff, IL)
  7. KITTANSETT CLUB (William Flynn and Frederic Hood 1922, Marion, MA)
  8. ARCADIA BLUFFS GOLF CLUB (Rick Smith and Warren Henderson 2000, Arcadia, MI)*
  9. SPRING HILL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1999, Wayzata, MN)
  10. BANDON TRAILS (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2005, Bandon, OR)
11th Hole at Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore)
11th Hole at Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore)

Courses 71-80

  1. MILWAUKEE COUNTRY CLUB (H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison 1929, River Hills, WI)
  2. MAIDSTONE CLUB (Willie Park Jr. and Jack Park 1924, East Hampton, NY)
  3. CHERRY HILLS COUNTRY CLUB (William Flynn 1923, Englewood, CO)
  4. THE ESTANCIA CLUB (Tom Fazio 1995, Scottsdale, AZ)
  5. CONGRESSIONAL COUNTRY CLUB (BLUE) (Robert Trent Jones 1962, Bethesda, MD)
  6. QUAKER RIDGE GOLF CLUB (A.W. Tillinghast 1918, Scarsdale, NY)
  7. PLAINFIELD COUNTRY CLUB (Donald Ross 1921, Plainfield, NJ)
  8. ARONIMINK GOLF CLUB (Donald Ross 1928, Newtown Square, PA)
  9. OLYMPIA FIELDS COUNTRY CLUB (NORTH) (Willie Park Jr. 1922, Olympia Fields, IL)
  10. The Valley Club of Montecito (Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter 1929, Montecito, CA)
7th Hole at The Estancia Club
7th Hole at The Estancia Club

Courses 81-90

  1. VALHALLA GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus 1986, Louisville, KY)
  2. BOSTON GOLF CLUB (Gil Hanse 2005, Hingham, MA)
  3. THE QUARRY AT LA QUINTA (Tom Fazio 1994, La Quinta, CA)
  4. THE CLUB AT BLACK ROCK (Jim Engh 2003, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  5. HUDSON NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1996, Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
  6. Double Eagle Club (Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish 1992, Galena, OH)
  7. Yeamans Hall Club (Seth Raynor and Charles Banks 1926, Charleston, SC)
  8. RICH HARVEST LINKS (Jerry Rich and Greg Martin 1999, Sugar Grove, IL)
  9. INVERNESS CLUB (Donald Ross 1919, Toledo OH)
  10. Diamond Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2003, Banner Elk, NC)
11th Hole at The Club at Black Rock
11th Hole at The Club at Black Rock

Courses 91-100

  1. Essex County Club (Donald Ross 1917, Manchester, MA)
  2. BLACKWOLF RUN (RIVER) (Pete Dye 1990, Kohler, WI)*
  3. THE PRESERVE GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio, J. Michael Poellot, and Sandy Tatum 2000, Carmel, CA)
  4. CROOKED STICK GOLF CLUB (Pete Dye and Alice Dye 1964, Carmel, IN)
  5. LAUREL VALLEY GOLF CLUB (Dick Wilson 1960, Ligonier, PA)
  6. CALUSA PINES GOLF CLUB (Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry 2001, Naples, FL)
  7. FLINT HILLS NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1997, Andover, KS)
  8. SAHALEE COUNTRY CLUB (SOUTH/NORTH) (Ted Robinson 1969, Sammamish, WA)
  9. MAYACAMA GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus 2001, Santa Rosa, CA)
  10. EAGLE POINT GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 2000, Wilmington, NC)
6th Hole at Crooked Stick Golf Club
6th Hole at Crooked Stick Golf Club

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