Bronze Buffalo Ranch

Victor, Idaho


Golf Magazine's Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Developed by the smallest and most distinguished panel of the three big golf publications, Golf Magazine owns one of the most respected ranking systems. Courses in BOLD have been played by Billy; 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. CYPRESS POINT CLUB (Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter 1928, Pebble Beach, CA)
  3. ST ANDREWS LINKS (OLD COURSE) (Nature 1400S/Old Tom Morris 1865, St Andrews, Scotland)
  4. SHINNECOCK HILLS GOLF CLUB (William Flynn 1931, South Hampton, NY)
  5. NATIONAL GOLF LINKS OF AMERICA (C.B. MacDonald 1911, Southampton, NY)
  6. ROYAL COUNTY DOWN GOLF CLUB (Old Tom Morris 1890, Newcastle, Northern Ireland)
  7. ROYAL MELBOURNE GOLF CLUB (WEST) (Alister MacKenzie 1931, Black Rock, Victoria, Australia)
  8. OAKMONT COUNTRY CLUB (Henry Fownes 1903, Oakmont, PA)
  9. Augusta National Golf Club (Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones 1933, Augusta, GA)
  10. ROYAL DORNOCH GOLF CLUB (CHAMPIONSHIP) (Old Tom Morris 1886, Dornoch, Scotland)
4th Hole at Royal County Down
4th Hole at Royal County Down

Courses 11-20

  1. SAND HILLS GOLF CLUB (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 1994, Mullen, NE)
  3. MERION GOLF CLUB (EAST) (Hugh Wilson 1912, Ardmore, PA)
  4. PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS (Jack Neville and Douglas Grant 1919/H. Chandler Egan 1929, Pebble Beach, CA)
  5. FISHERS ISLAND CLUB (Seth Raynor and Charles Banks 1926, Fishers Island, NY)
  6. ROYAL PORTRUSH GOLF CLUB (DUNLUCE) (Harry S. Colt 1929, Portrush, Northern Ireland)
  7. CHICAGO GOLF CLUB (C.B. MacDonald 1894/Seth Raynor 1923, Wheaton, IL)
  8. TRUMP TURNBERRY (AILSA) (Willie Fernie 1909/MacKenzie Ross 1946/Martin Ebert 2016, Turnberry, Scotland)
  9. LOS ANGELES COUNTRY CLUB (NORTH) (George C. Thomas Jr. 1921, Los Angeles, CA)
  10. TARA ITI GOLF CLUB (Tom Doak 2015, Te Arai, New Zealand)
5th Hole at Royal Portrush (Dunluce)
5th Hole at Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

Courses 21-30

  1. PINEHURST RESORT (NO. 2) (Donald Ross 1907, Pinehurst, N.C.)
  2. KINGSTON HEATH GOLF CLUB (Des Soutar 1925/Alister MacKenzie 1928, Cheltenham, Australia)
  3. FRIAR'S HEAD GOLF CLUB (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2002, Riverhead, NY)
  4. BALLYBUNION GOLF CLUB (OLD) (P. Murphy 1893/Tom Simpson 1936, Ballybunion, Ireland)
  5. SUNNINGDALE GOLF CLUB (OLD) (Willie Park Jr. 1901/H.S. Colt 1922, Sunningdale, England)
  6. PRAIRIE DUNES COUNTRY CLUB (Perry Maxwell 1937/Press Maxwell 1957, Hutchinson, KS)
  7. OAKLAND HILLS COUNTRY CLUB (SOUTH) (Donald Ross 1918/Robert Trent Jones 1950, Bloomfield Hills, MI)
  8. RIVIERA COUNTRY CLUB (George C. Thomas Jr. and William P. Bell 1926, Pacific Palisades, CA)
  9. WINGED FOOT GOLF CLUB (WEST) (A.W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)
  10. NORTH BERWICK GOLF CLUB (WEST) (David Strath 1878, North Berwick, Scotland)
1st Hole at Kingston Heath
1st Hole at Kingston Heath

Courses 31-40

  1. Hirono Golf Club (Martin Ebert 1932, Miki-Chi, Japan)
  2. PACIFIC DUNES GOLF COURSE (Tom Doak 2001, Bandon, OR)
  3. ROYAL ST. GEORGE'S GOLF CLUB (W. Laidlaw Purves 1887/H.S. Colt 1922, Sandwich, England)
  4. CRYSTAL DOWNS COUNTRY CLUB (Alister MacKenzie and Perry Maxwell 1931, Frankfort, MI)
  5. SEMINOLE GOLF CLUB (Donald Ross 1923, Juno Beach, FL)
  6. BARNBOUGLE DUNES (Tom Doak and Mike Clayton 2004, Bridport, Australia)
  7. LAHINCH GOLF CLUB (OLD) (Old Tom Morris 1893/Alister MacKenzie 1927/Martin Hawtree 2003, Lahinch, Ireland)
  8. SAN FRANCISCO GOLF CLUB (A.W. Tillinghast 1918, San Francisco, CA)
  9. THE COUNTRY CLUB (CLYDE/SQUIRREL) (Willie Campbell 1895/Alex Campbell 1902, Brookline, MA)
  10. CARNOUSTIE GOLF LINKS (CHAMPIONSHIP) (A. Robertson 1842/Old Tom Morris 1872/James Braid 1926, Carnoustie, Scotland)
16th Hole at North Berwick (West)
16th Hole at North Berwick (West)

Courses 41-50

  1. Morfontaine Golf Club (Tom Simpson 1927, Mortefontaine, France)
  2. ROYAL BIRKDALE (George Low Jr. 1889/Fred Hawtree 1932, Southport, England)
  3. SOMERSET HILLS COUNTRY CLUB (A.W. Tillinghast 1918, Bernardsville, NJ)
  4. SOUTHERN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB (Perry Maxwell 1936, Tulsa, OK)
  5. CALIFORNIA GOLF CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO (A. Vernon Macon 1926/Alister MacKenzie 1928/Kyle Phillips 2007, South San Francisco, CA)
  6. SWINLEY FOREST (H.S. Colt 1910, South Ascot, England)
  7. SHOREACRES (Seth Raynor 1921, Lake Bluff, IL)
  8. GARDEN CITY GOLF CLUB (Devereux Emmet 1899, Garden City, NY)
  9. St. Patrick's Links (Tom Doak 2021, Carrickart, Donegal, Ireland)
  10. MAIDSTONE CLUB (Willie Park Jr. and Jack Park 1924, East Hampton, NY)
17th Hole at Cabot Cliffs
17th Hole at Cabot Cliffs

Courses 51-60

  1. BALLYNEAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Doak 2005, Holyoke, CO)
  2. CABOT CLIFFS (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2016, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  3. Kawana Resort (Fuji) (C.H. Alison/Kinya Fujita 1936, Ito-Shi, Japan)
  4. SUNNINGDALE GOLF CLUB (NEW) (H.S. Colt 1922, Sunningdale, England)
  5. CAPE KIDNAPPERS (Tom Doak 2004, Te Awanga, New Zealand)
  6. CRUDEN BAY GOLF CLUB (Tom Simpson 1926, Cruden Bay, Scotland)
  7. CAMARGO CLUB (Seth Raynor 1921, Indian Hill, OH)
  8. WOODHALL SPA (HOTCHKIN) (Harry Vardon 1905/H.S. Colt 1912/S.V. Hotchkin 1926, Woodhall Spa, England)
  9. PORTMARNOCK GOLF CLUB (OLD) (W.C. Pickerman/George Ross/Mungo Park 1894/George Coburn 1896, Portmarnock, Ireland)
  10. BETHPAGE STATE PARK (BLACK) (A.W. Tillinghast and Joseph H. Burbeck 1936, Farmingdale, NY)
18th Hole at Cape Wickham Golf Links
18th Hole at Cape Wickham Golf Links

Courses 61-70

  1. INVERNESS CLUB (Donald Ross 1919, Toledo OH)
  2. KIAWAH ISLAND (OCEAN) (Pete Dye 1991, Kiawah Island, SC)
  3. PRESTWICK GOLF CLUB (Old Tom Morris 1851/1883, Prestwick, Scotland)
  4. NEW SOUTH WALES GOLF CLUB (Alister MacKenzie 1928/Eric Apperly 1947, La Perouse, Australia)
  5. Ardfin (Bob Harrison 2017, Isle of Jura, Scotland)
  6. ROYAL TROON GOLF CLUB (OLD) (Willie Fernie 1887, Troon, Scotland)
  7. BALTUSROL (LOWER) (A.W. Tillinghast 1922, Springfield, NJ)
  8. The Lido (Tom Doak 2023, Nekoosa, WI)
  9. OAK HILL COUNTRY CLUB (EAST) (Donald Ross 1921/Andrew Green 2020, Rochester, NY)
  10. SLEEPY HOLLOW COUNTRY CLUB (C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor 1911/A.W. Tillinghast 1928, Briarcliff Manor, NY)
12th Hole at Dunes (Diamante)
12th Hole at Dunes (Diamante)

Courses 71-80

  1. ST. GEORGE'S HILL GOLF CLUB (BLUE & RED) (H.S. Colt 1913, Weybridge, England)
  2. RYE GOLF CLUB (OLD) (H.S. Colt 1895/Tom Simpson, Herbert Tippet, and Guy Campbell 1907, Camber, England)
  3. ROCK CREEK CATTLE COMPANY (Tom Doak 2008, Deer Lodge, MT)
  4. ROYAL LYTHAM & ST. ANNES (George Low Jr. 1897, Lytham St. Annes, England)
  5. CASA DE CAMPO (TEETH OF THE DOG) (Pete Dye 1971, La Romana, Dominican Republic)
  6. POINT HARDY GOLF CLUB AT CABOT SAINT LUCIA (Coore & Crenshaw 2023, Cap Estate, St Lucia)
  7. MYOPIA HUNT CLUB (Herbert Leeds 1896, South Hamilon, MA)
  8. KONINKLIJKE HAAGSCHE (ROYAL HAGUE) (C.H. Alison & J.S.F. Morrison 1938, Wassenaar, Netherlands)
  9. CABOT LINKS (Rod Whitman 2012, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  10. WINGED FOOT GOLF CLUB (EAST) (A.W. Tillinghast, Mamaroneck, NY)
13th Hole at Kingsbarns Golf Links
13th Hole at Kingsbarns Golf Links

Courses 81-90

  1. Ohoopee Match Club (Gil Hanse 2018, Cobbtown, GA)
  2. PEACHTREE GOLF CLUB (Robert Trent Jones and Bobby Jones 1947, Atlanta, GA)
  3. LES BORDES (NEW) (Gil Hanse/Jim Wagner 2021, Saint-Laurent-Nouan, France)
  4. Old Town Club (Perry Maxwell 1939, Winston-Salem, NC)
  5. Te Arai (South) (Coore & Crenshaw 2002, Tomarata, New Zealand)
  6. KINGSBARNS GOLF LINKS (Kyle Phillips 1999, St Andrews, Scotland)
  7. The Club at Nine Bridges Golf Club (Ron Fream & David Dale 2001, Jeje Island, South Korea)
  8. Lofoten Links (Jeremy Turner 2015, Norway)
  9. CASTLE STUART GOLF LINKS (Gil Hanse & Mark Parsinen 2009, Inverness, Scotland)
  10. BANDON TRAILS (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2005, Bandon, OR)
15th Hole at Barnbougle Lost Farm
15th Hole at Barnbougle Lost Farm

Courses 91-100

  2. ROYAL MELBOURNE GOLF CLUB (EAST) (Alex Russell 1932, Black Rock, Australia)
  3. ROYAL LIVERPOOL GOLF CLUB (George Morris 1869, Hoylake, England)
  4. BANDON DUNES GOLF COURSE (David McLay Kidd 1999, Bandon, OR)
  5. Shanqin Bay (Coore & Crenshaw 2011, Hainan, China)
  6. VICTORIA GOLF CLUB (Oscar Damman & Bill Meader 1927, Cheltenham, Australia)
  7. Machrihanish Golf Club (Charles Hunter 1876/Old Tom Morris 1879, Machrihanish, Scotland)
  8. MUIRFIELD VILLAGE GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead 1974, Dublin, OH)
  9. Yeamans Hall (Seth Raynor 1925, Hanahan, SC)
  10. ROYAL CINQUE PORTS (Henry Hunter 1892 and James Braid 1919 and Guy Campbell 1946, Deal, England)
5th Hole at Rock Creek Cattle Company
5th Hole at Rock Creek Cattle Company

Dropped from previous two lists

  • Ellerston Golf Club (Greg Norman and Bob Harrison 2001, Hunter Valley, Australia)
  • CAPE WICKHAM GOLF LINKS (Mike DeVries and Darius Oliver 2015, King Island, Australia)
  • QUAKER RIDGE GOLF CLUB (A.W. Tillinghast 1918, Scarsdale, NY)
  • UTRECHT DE PAN GOLF CLUB (H.S. Colt 1929, Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • THE OLYMPIC CLUB (LAKE) (Sam Whiting 1928, San Francisco, CA)
  • DIAMANTE (DUNES) (Davis Love III and Mark Love 2010/Paul Cowley 2016, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)
  • ST. GEORGE'S GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB (Stanley Thompson 1929, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada)
  • THE GOLF CLUB (Pete Dye 1967, New Albany, OH)
  • TPC SAWGRASS (PLAYERS STADIUM) (Pete Dye 1981, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
  • YALE UNIVERSITY GOLF COURSE (C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor 1926, New Haven, CT)
  • BARNBOUGLE LOST FARM (Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw 2010, Bridport, Tasmania, Australia)
  • WALTON HEATH GOLF CLUB (OLD) (Herbert Fowler 1904, Tadworth, England)
  • WATERVILLE GOLF LINKS (Eddie Hackett 1973, Waterville, Ireland)
  • TRUMP INTERNATIONAL GOLF LINKS (Martin Hawtree 2012, Aberdeen, Scotland)
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