Royal County Down (Championship Links)

Newcastle, United Kingdom

Rankings

Golfweek's Top 100 Modern Courses

Offering a distinction between older courses and newer courses, Golfweek's Top 100 Modern Courses list includes courses built after 1960. Below is their current list with an * marking the public access courses. Courses in BOLD have been played by Billy; a total of 70 so far. Courses in italics are scheduled to played this year.

Top 10 Courses

  1. SAND HILLS GOLF CLUB (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 1994, Mullen, NE)
  2. PACIFIC DUNES GOLF COURSE (Tom Doak 2001, Bandon, OR)*
  3. Friar's Head Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2002, Riverhead, NY)
  4. BALLYNEAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Doak 2005, Holyoke, CO)
  5. OLD MACDONALD (Tom Doak 2010, Bandon, OR)*
  6. SEBONACK GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak 2006, Southampton, NY)
  7. WHISTLING STRAITS RESORT (STRAITS) (Pete Dye 1998, Haven, WI)*
  8. BANDON DUNES GOLF COURSE (David McLay Kidd 1999, Bandon, OR)*
  9. SHADOW CREEK GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1990, North Las Vegas, NV)*
  10. Wade Hampton Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1988, Cashiers, NC)
8th Hole at Whistling Straits (Straits)
8th Hole at Whistling Straits (Straits)

Courses 11-20

  1. MUIRFIELD VILLAGE GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead 1974, Dublin, OH)
  2. THE OCEAN COURSE AT KIAWAH ISLAND (Pete Dye 1991, Kiawah Island, SC)*
  3. THE GOLF CLUB (Pete Dye 1967, New Albany, OH)
  4. Alotian Club (Tom Fazio 2005, Roland, AK)
  5. BANDON TRAILS (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2005, Bandon, OR)
  6. KINLOCH GOLF CLUB (Lester George and Vinny Giles 2001, Manakin-Sabot, VA)
  7. OLD SANDWICH GOLF CLUB (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2004, Plymoth, MA)
  8. PETE DYE GOLF CLUB (Pete Dye 1994, Bridgeport, WV)
  9. ROCK CREEK CATTLE COMPANY (Tom Doak 2008, Deer Lodge, MT)
  10. Pikewood National (Joan Raese and J. Robert Gwynee 2009, Morgantown, WV)
18th Hole at Muirfield Village
18th Hole at Muirfield Village

Courses 21-30

  1. TPC SAWGRASS (PLAYERS STADIUM) (Pete Dye 1981, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)*
  2. KINGSLEY CLUB (Mike Devries 2001, Kingsley, MI)
  3. THE HONORS COURSE (Pete Dye 1983, Ooltewah, TN)
  4. CALUSA PINES GOLF CLUB (Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry 2001, Naples, FL)
  5. BOSTON GOLF CLUB (Gil Hanse 2005, Hingham, MA)
  6. NANEA GOLF CLUB (David McLay Kidd 2004, Kona, HI)
  7. SPYGLASS HILL GOLF COURSE (Robert Trent Jones 1966, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  8. WHISPERING PINES GOLF CLUB (Chet Williams 2000, Trinty, TX)
  9. GALLOWAY NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1995, Galloway Township, NJ)
  10. THE ESTANCIA CLUB (Tom Fazio 1995, Scottsdale, AZ)
16th Hole at Calusa Pines
16th Hole at Calusa Pines

Courses 31-40

  1. STREAMSONG RESORT (BLACK) (Gil Hanse 2017, Streamsong, FL)*
  2. DISMAL RIVER CLUB (RED) (Tom Doak 2013, Mullen, NE)
  3. Colorado Golf Club (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw 2007, Parker, CO)
  4. GOZZER RANCH GOLF AND LAKE CLUB (Tom Fazio 2007, Harrison, ID)
  5. STREAMSONG RESORT (RED) (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw 2013, Streamsong, FL)*
  6. MONTEREY PENINSULA COUNTRY CLUB (SHORE) (Bob Baldock 1961/Mike Strantz 2004, Pebble Beach, CA)
  7. BLUEJACK NATIONAL (Tiger Woods 2016, Montgomery, TX)
  8. Oak Tree National Golf Club (Pete Dye 1975, Edmond, OK)
  9. DALLAS NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 2002, Dallas, TX)
  10. HUNTSMAN SPRINGS (David McLay Kidd 2009, Driggs, ID)
15th Hole at Gozzer Ranch
15th Hole at Gozzer Ranch

Courses 41-50

  1. SHOOTING STAR GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 2009, Teton Village, WY)
  2. SAND VALLEY (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Nekoosa, WI)*
  3. ARCADIA BLUFFS GOLF CLUB (Rick Smith and Warren Henderson 2000, Arcadia, MI)*
  4. CHAMBERS BAY GOLF CLUB (Robert Trent Jones Jr./Bruce Charlton 2007, University Place, WA)*
  5. KAPALUA RESORT (PLANTATION) (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 1991, Kapalua, Maui, HI)*
  6. Double Eagle Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish 1991, Galena, OH)
  7. DESERT FOREST GOLF CLUB (Red Lawrence 1962, Carefree, AZ)
  8. Dunes Club (Dick Nugent 1995, New Buffalo, MI)
  9. GAMBLE SANDS (David McLay Kidd 2014, Brewster, WA)*
  10. Sweetens Cove (Rob Collins and Tad Kind 2015, South Pittsburg, TN)
9th Hole at Chambers Bay
9th Hole at Chambers Bay

Courses 51-60

  1. BUTLER NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (George Fazio and Tom Fazio 1974, Oak Brook, IL)
  2. CASTLE PINES GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus 1981, Castle Rock, CO)
  3. OLDE FARM GOLF CLUB (Bobby Weed 2001, Bristol, VA)
  4. Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club (Tom Fazio 2007, Cashiers, NC)
  5. STREAMSONG RESORT (BLUE) (Tom Doak 2013, Streamsong, FL)*
  6. Fallen Oak Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2006, Saucier, MS)*
  7. PRONGHORN GOLF CLUB (FAZIO) (Tom Fazio 2006, Bend, OR)
  8. HARBOUR TOWN GOLF LINKS (Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus 1969, Hilton Head Island, SC)*
  9. ATLANTIC GOLF CLUB (Rees Jones 1992, Bridgehampton, NY)
  10. Quail Hollow Club (George Cobb 1961/Tom Fazio 2003, Charlotte, NC)
6th Hole at Olde Farm
6th Hole at Olde Farm

Courses 61-70

  1. SPRING HILL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1999, Orono, MN)
  2. MAYACAMA GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus 2001, Santa Rosa, CA)
  3. Shelter Harbor Golf Club (Dana Fry/Michael Hurdzan 2005, Westerly, RI)
  4. MANELE GOLF COURSE (Jack Nicklaus 1993, Lanai, HI)*
  5. BAYONNE GOLF CLUB (Eric Bergstol 2006, Bayonne, NJ)
  6. BLACK SHEEP GOLF CLUB (David Ester 2002, Sugar Grove, IL)
  7. VICTORIA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1998, Newburgh, IN)
  8. Martis Camp Club (Tom Fazio 2007, Truckee, CA)
  9. Forest Dunes - The Loop (Red and Black) (Tom Doak 2016, Roscommon, MI)*
  10. The Rim (Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish 1998, Payson, AZ)
17th Hole at Manele
17th Hole at Manele

Courses 71-80

  1. Grandfather Golf and CC (Ellis Mapes 1968, Linville, NC)
  2. Johns Island West (Tom Fazio 1989, Vero Beach, FL)
  3. Shoal Creek Club (Jack Nicklaus 1977, Shoal Creek, AL)
  4. THE QUARRY AT LA QUINTA (Tom Fazio 1994, La Quinta, CA)
  5. CROOKED STICK GOLF CLUB (Pete Dye and Alice Dye 1964, Carmel, IN)
  6. HIDDEN CREEK GOLF CLUB (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw 2002, Egg Harbor Township, NJ)
  7. VALHALLA GOLF CLUB (Jack Nicklaus 1986, Louisville, KY)
  8. Long Cove Club (Pete Dye 1982, Hilton Head Island, SC)*
  9. ROBERT TRENT JONES GOLF CLUB (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1991, Lake Manassas, VA)
  10. Diamond Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2003, Banner Elk, NC)
17th Hole at The Quarry at La Quinta
17th Hole at The Quarry at La Quinta

Courses 81-90

  1. Greywalls at Marquette (Mike Devries 2005, Marquette, MI)*
  2. CLEAR CREEK (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw 2009, Tahoe, NV)
  3. HAZELTINE NATIONAL GOLF CLUB (Robert Trent Jones 1962, Chaska, MN)
  4. KARSTEN CREEK GOLF CLUB (Tom Fazio 1994, Stillwater, OK)*
  5. BLACKWOLF RUN (RIVER) (Pete Dye 1990, Kohler, WI)*
  6. FOREST HIGHLANDS GOLF CLUB (CANYON) (Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish 1988, Flagstaff, AZ)
  7. SEA ISLAND GOLF CLUB (SEASIDE) (H.S. Colt and Charles H. Alison 1929/Joe Lee 1970/Tom Fazio 2000, St. Simons Island, GA)*
  8. WILD HORSE GOLF CLUB(DAve Axland and Dan Proctor 1999, Gothenburg, NE)*
  9. Secession Golf Club (Bruce Devlin 1992, Gibbes Island, SC)
  10. OCEAN FOREST GOLF CLUB (Rees Jones 1994, Sea Island, GA)
16th Hole at Hazeltine National Golf Club
16th Hole at Hazeltine National Golf Club

Courses 91-100

  1. Patriot Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2010, Owasso, OK)
  2. Austin Golf Club (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2001, Austin, TX)
  3. TRADITION AT LA QUINTA (Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay 1998, La Quinta, CA)
  4. EUGENE COUNTRY CLUB (H. Chandler Egan 1928/Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1967, Eugene, OR)
  5. Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw 1998, Eatonton, GA)
  6. Sage Valley Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Graniteville, SC)
  7. Mossy Oak (Gil Hanse 2016, West Point, MS)*
  8. ERIN HILLS (Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, and Ron Whitten 2006, Hartford, WI)*
  9. Trump National Golf Club Bedminster (Old) (Tom Fazio 2004, Bedminster, NJ)
  10. The Madison Club (Tom Fazio 2006, La Quinta, CA)
17th Hole at Tradition at La Quinta
17th Hole at Tradition at La Quinta

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