Desert Mountain (Geronimo)

Scottsdale, Arizona


Guru's Top 100 Golf Courses in the United States

Below is the Gurus list of the top 100 golf courses we've played. What makes a course great is one of the great debates in this fantastic game. The criteria that the Gurus value most include conditioning, fun/wow factor, setting/visuals, architectural merits, and variety. Also taken into consideration, but with less weight, include test of skill, replay power, playability, and routing. Ultimately, playing golf should be fun! Great conditioning, attractive scenary, and exciting shots all contribute to the overall enjoyment of golf. Conversely, little value is given to history, exclusiveness, and tradition. A major consideration is how reproducible the course is. As such, courses that enjoy spectacular/unique settings and terrain tend to rank higher. Courses marked with an * indicate public access courses (including private clubs with limited public access).

Top 10 Courses

  1. Pine Valley Golf Club (George Crump and H.S. Colt 1918; Clementon, New Jersey)
  2. Cypress Point Golf Club (Dr. Alister MacKenzie 1928; Pebble Beach, California)
  3. National Golf Links of America (C.B. Macdonald 1908; Southampton, New York)
  4. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Jack Neville and Douglas Grant 1919; Pebble Beach, California)*
  5. Fishers Island Club (Seth Raynor 1926; Southold, New York)
  6. Oakmont Country Club (Henry Fownes 1904; Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
  7. Merion Golf Club (East) (Hugh Wilson 1912; Ardmore, Pennsylvania)
  8. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (William Flynn 1937 (Willie Davis 1891, C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor 1901); Southampton, New York)
  9. Bandon Dunes (David McLay Kidd 1999; Bandon, Oregon)*
  10. Pacific Dunes (Tom Doak 2001; Bandon, Oregon)*
Pine Valley Golf Club

Courses 11–20

  1. Chambers Bay Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2007; University Place, Washington)*
  2. Manele Golf Course (Jack Nicklaus 1993; Lanai, Hawaii)*
  3. Sheep Ranch (Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw 2020; Bandon, Oregon)*
  4. Monterey Peninsula CC (Shore) (Bob Baldock 1961/Mike Strantz 2004; Pebble Beach, California)
  5. Sleepy Hollow Country Club (C.B. Macdonald 1914; Scarsborough, New York)
  6. Country Club (Brookline), The (Willie Campbell 1895 (Rees Jones 1988); Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts)
  7. Riviera Country Club (George Thomas 1927; Pacific Palisades, California)
  8. Los Angeles Country Club (George Thomas 1921; Los Angeles, California)
  9. Muirfield Village Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1974; Dublin, Ohio)
  10. Kapalua Plantation (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 1991; Lahaina, Hawaii)*
Chambers Bay Golf Club

Courses 21–30

  1. Kingsley Club (Mike DeVries 2001; Kingsley, Michigan)
  2. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club (Warren Henderson and Rick Smith 2000; Arcadia, Michigan)*
  3. Yale Golf Course (C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor 1926; New Haven, Connecticut)
  4. Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean) (Pete Dye 1991; Johns Island, South Carolina)*
  5. Whistling Straits (Straits) (Pete Dye 1998; Sheboygan, Wisconsin)*
  6. Bethpage State Park (Black Course) (A.W. Tillinghast 1936; Farmingdale, New York)*
  7. Crystal Downs Country Club (Alister Mackenzie 1931; Frankfort, Michigan)
  8. Sebonack Golf Club (Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus 2006; Southampton, New York)
  9. Prairie Club (Dunes), The (Tom Lehman and Chris Brands 2010; Valentine, Nebraska)*
  10. Ballyneal Golf Club (Tom Doak 2005; Holyoke, Colorado)
Kingsley Club

Courses 31–40

  1. Sand Hills Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 1995; Mullen, Nebraska)
  2. Chicago Golf Club (C.B. Macdonald 1894; Wheaton, Illinois)
  3. Prairie Dunes Country Club (Perry Maxwell 1937; Hutchinson, Kansas)
  4. Maidstone Club (Willie Park Jr. 1891; East Hampton, New York)
  5. Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club (Tom Fazio 2007; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho)
  6. The Golf Club (Pete Dye 1967; New Albany, Ohio)
  7. Omaha Country Club (Langford and Moreau 1927, Perry Maxwell redesign 1951 and Keith Foster restoration 2007; Omaha, Nebraska)
  8. Kirtland Country Club (H. S. Colt and C. H. Allison 1921; Willoughby, Ohio)
  9. Old Macdonald (Tom Doak 2010; Bandon, Oregon)*
  10. Tobacco Road Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998; Sanford, North Carolina)*
Sand Hills Golf Club

Courses 41–50

  1. Kinloch Golf Club (Lester George and Vinny Giles 2001; Manakin-Sabot, Virginia)
  2. Black Rock, The Club at (Jim Engh 2003; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho)
  3. Whispering Pines Golf Club (Chet Williams of Nicklaus Designs 2000.; Trinity, Texas)
  4. Honors Course (Pete Dye 1983; Ooltewah, Tennessee)
  5. Nanea Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2003; Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
  6. Mauna Kea Resort (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1965; Kohala Coast, Hawaii)*
  7. Erin Hills Golf Course (Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, and Ron Whitten 2006; Hartford, Wisconsin)*
  8. Lawsonia, The Golf Courses of (Links) (William Langford and Theodore Moreau 1930 (Ron Forse restoration 2014); Green Lake, Wisconsin)*
  9. Shoreacres (Seth Raynor 1921; Lake Bluff, Illinois)
  10. NCR Country Club (South) (Dick Wilson 1954; Kettering, Ohio)
Kinloch Golf Club

Courses 51–60

  1. Rock Creek Cattle Company (Tom Doak 2008; Deer Lodge, Montana)
  2. Moonlight Basin, The Reserve at (Jack Nicklaus 2016; Big Sky, Montana)
  3. Boston Golf Club (Gil Hanse 2005; Hingham, Massachusetts)
  4. Harvester Club, The (Keith Foster 2000; Rhodes, Iowa)
  5. Old Sandwich Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2004; Plymouth, Massachusetts)
  6. Mammoth Dunes (David McLay Kidd 2018; Nekoosa, Wisconsin)*
  7. Bandon Trails (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2005; Bandon, Oregon)*
  8. Streamsong Resort (Black) (Gil Hanse 2017; Bowling Green, Florida)*
  9. Streamsong Resort (Red) (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2012; Streamsong, Florida)*
  10. Sand Valley (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2017; Nekoosa, Wisconsin)*
Rock Creek Cattle Company

Courses 61–70

  1. Peachtree Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Bobby Jones 1948; Atlanta, Georgia)
  2. Bluejack National (Tiger Woods 2016; Montgomery, Texas)
  3. Victoria National (Tom Fazio 1998; Newburgh, Indiana)
  4. Baltimore Country Club (East) (A.W. Tillinghast 1924 (Keith Foster restoration 2015); Lutherville, Maryland)
  5. Spring Hill Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1999; Wayzata, Minnesota)
  6. Milwaukee Country Club (H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison 1929; River Hills, Wisconsin)
  7. Makai Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1971, remodeled 2010; Princeville, Hawaii)*
  8. Fox Chapel Golf Club (Seth Raynor and Charles Banks 1925; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  9. Castle Pines Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1981; Castle Rock, Colorado)
  10. Cedar Rapids Country Club, The (Donald Ross 1915 and Restoration by Ron Prichard 2015; Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Peachtree Golf Club

Courses 71–80

  1. Davenport Country Club (H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison 1924 / Ron Forse 2014 renovation; Pleasant Valley, Iowa)
  2. Bayonne Golf Club (Eric Bergstol 2006; Bayonne, New Jersey)
  3. Rich Harvest Golf Links (Jerry Rich and Greg Mart1998; Sugar Grove, Illinois)
  4. Hawks Ridge Golf Club (Bob Cupp 1999; Ball Ground, Georgia)
  5. Oak Hill Country Club (East) (Donald Ross 1925; Rochester, New York)
  6. Shadow Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1989; North Las Vegas, Nevada)*
  7. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club (Ken Dye 2000 (Holes 19-27 2005); Sandia Park, New Mexico)*
  8. TPC Sawgrass (Stadium Players) (Pete Dye 1980; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida)*
  9. Atlanta Country Club (Willard Byrd 1965 (Modifications by Bob Cupp, Jack Nicklaus, and Mick Riley); Marietta, Georgia)
  10. Kittansett Club, The (William Flynn and Fredric Hood 1922; Marion, Massachusetts)
Davenport Country Club

Courses 81–90

  1. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) (H.S. Colt and Charles Alison 1928/Tom Fazio 1999; St. Simons Island, Georgia)*
  2. Garden City Golf Club (Devereux Emmet 1899; Garden City, New York)
  3. Mossy Oak Golf Club (Gil Hanse 2016; West Point, Mississippi)*
  4. Somerset Hills Country Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1917; Bernardsville, New Jersey)
  5. Pasatiempo Golf Club (Alister MacKenzie 1929; Santa Cruz, California)*
  6. Camargo Club (Seth Raynor 1927 (bunker work by Robert von Hagge 1983 and restoration by Tom Doak 2000); Indian Hill, Ohio)
  7. San Francisco Golf Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1915; San Francisco, California)
  8. Robert Trent Jones Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1991; Gainesville, Virginia)
  9. Moraine Country Club (Alex Nipper Campbell 1930; Keith Foster renovation 2016; Dayton, Ohio)
  10. Piping Rock Country Club (C.B. Macdonald 1912; Locust Valley, New York)
Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside)

Courses 91–100

  1. Oak Tree National (Pete Dye 1976; Edmond, Oklahoma)
  2. Hudson National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1996; Croton-on-Hudson, New York)
  3. Forest Highlands Golf Club (Canyon) (Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish 1986; Flagstaff, Arizona)
  4. Hokuli'a, The Club at (Jack Nicklaus 2002; Kealakekua, Hawaii)
  5. Estancia Club (Tom Fazio 1995; Scottsdale, Arizona)
  6. Forest Creek Golf Club (North) (Tom Fazio 2002; Pinehurst, North Carolina)
  7. Dallas National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2002; Dallas, Texas)
  8. Olde Farm, The (Bobby Weed 2000; Bristol, Virginia)
  9. Victory Ranch Golf Club (Rees Jones 2009; Kamas, Utah)
  10. Primland Resort, The Highland Course at (Donald Steel 2006; Meadows of Dan, Virginia)*
Oak Tree National

Courses 101–110

  1. Virtues Golf Club, The (Arthur Hills 1999; Nashport, Ohio)*
  2. Boot Ranch (Hal Sutton 2006; Fredericksburg, Texas)
  3. Standard Club, The (Arthur Hills 1987 (Redesigned by Mike Riley 2005); Johns Creek, Georgia)
  4. Calusa Pines Golf Club (Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry 2001; Naples, Florida)
  5. Stone Canyon Club (Jay Morrish 2000; Oro Valley, Arizona)
  6. SouthShore Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1996; Henderson, Nevada)
  7. Streamsong Resort (Blue) (Tom Doak 2012; Streamsong, Florida)*
  8. Edgewood Tahoe (George Fazio 1968; Lake Tahoe, Nevada)*
  9. Sand Hollow Resort (John Fought 2008; Hurricane, Utah)*
  10. Dormie Club (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2010; West End, North Carolina)
Virtues Golf Club, The

Courses 111–120

  1. Pinehurst Resort No.2 (Donald Ross 1907 and Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2011; Pinehurst, North Carolina)*
  2. Quarry at La Quinta, The (Tom Fazio 1994; La Quinta, California)
  3. Spyglass Hill Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1966; Pebble Beach, California)*
  4. Dismal River Golf Club (Red) (Tom Doak 2013; Mullen, Nebraska)
  5. Kohanaiki Golf and Ocean Club (Rees Jones 2013; Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
  6. Tot Hill Farm Golf (Mike Strantz 2000; Asheboro, North Carolina)*
  7. Dismal River Golf Club (White) (Jack Nicklaus 2006; Mullen, Nebraska)
  8. Wolf Creek Golf Club (Dennis Ryder 2000; Mesquite, Nevada)*
  9. Sanctuary Golf Course (Jim Engh 1997; Sedalia, Colorado)
  10. Giants Ridge (The Quarry) (Jeffrey Bauer 2003; Biwabik, Minnesota)*
Pinehurst Resort No.2

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