Half Moon Bay (Old)

Half Moon Bay, California


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, NJ)
  2. Cypress Point Club (Alister MacKenzie 1928, Pebble Beach, CA)
  3. National Golf Links of America (C.B. Macdonald 1908, Southampton, NY)
  4. Fishers Island (Seth Raynor 1926, Fishers Island, NY)
  5. Oakmont Country Club (Henry Fownes 1903, Oakmont, PA)
  6. Merion Golf Club (East) (Hugh Wilson 1912, Ardmore, PA)
  7. Shinnecock Hills (William Flynn 1937, Southampton, NY)
  8. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Jack Neville and Douglas Grant 1919, H. Chandler Egan 1929, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  9. Pacific Dunes Golf Course (Tom Doak 2001, Bandon, OR)*
  10. Chambers Bay Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2007, University Place, WA)*
15th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club
15th Hole at Cypress Point Golf Club

Courses 11-20

  1. Bandon Dunes Golf Course (David McLay Kidd 1999, Bandon, OR)*
  2. Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore) (Seth Raynor/Jack Neville/Bob Baldock 1964, Mike Strantz 2004, Pebble Beach, CA)
  3. The Country Club (Willie Campbell 1895/Rees Jones 1988, Brookline, MA)
  4. Muirfield Village Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1974, Dublin, OH)
  5. Sleepy Hollow Country Club (C.B. Macdonald 1914, Scarborough, NY)
  6. Yale Golf Course (C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor 1926, New Haven, CT)
  7. Manele Golf Course (Jack Nicklaus 1993, Lanai, HI)*
  8. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course (Warren Henderson and Rick Smith 2000, Arcadia, MI)*
  9. The Prairie Club (Dunes) (Tom Lehman and Chris Brands, Valentine, NE)*
  10. Kingsley Club (Mike DeVries 2001, Kingsley, MI)
3rd Hole at The Country Club (Brookline)
3rd Hole at The Country Club (Brookline)

Courses 21-30

  1. Ballyneal Golf Club (Tom Doak 2005, Holyoke, CO)
  2. Kapalua Resort (Plantation) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1991, Maui, HI)*
  3. Sand Hills Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1995, Mullen, NE)
  4. Kinloch Golf Club (Lester George and Vinny Giles 2001, Manakin-Sabot, VA)
  5. Crystal Downs Country Club (Alister Mackenzie 1931, Frankfort, MI)
  6. Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean) (Pete Dye 1991, Kiawah Island, SC)*
  7. The Honors Course (Pete Dye 1983, Ooltewah, TN)
  8. Bethpage State Park (Black) (A.W. Tillinghast 1936, Farmingdale, NY)*
  9. Omaha Country Club (Langford and Moreau 1927, Perry Maxwell 1951, Keith Foster 2007)
  10. Whistling Straits (Straits) (Pete Dye 1998, Sheboygan, WI)*
16th Hole at Omaha Country Club
16th Hole at Omaha Country Club

Courses 31-40

  1. Riviera Country Club (George Thomas 1926, Pacific Palisades, CA)
  2. Los Angeles Country Club (North) (George Thomas 1921, Los Angeles, CA)
  3. Sebonack Golf Club (Tom Doak/Jack Nicklaus 2006, Southampton, NY)
  4. Tobacco Road Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Sanford, NC)*
  5. Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club (Tom Fazio 2007, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  6. Whispering Pines Golf Club (Chet Williams 2000, Trinity, TX)
  7. Erin Hills Golf Course (Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten 2006, Hartford, WI)*
  8. Boston Golf Club (Gil Hanse 2005, Hingham, MA)
  9. The Golf Club (Pete Dye 1967, New Albany, OH)
  10. The Kirtland Country Club (H.S. Colt and C. H. Alison 1921, Willoughby, OH)
3rd Hole at The Golf Club
3rd Hole at The Golf Club

Courses 41-50

  1. Prairie Dunes Country Club (Perry Maxwell 1937, Hutchinson, KS)
  2. Nanea Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2003, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  3. Mauna Kea Resort (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1965, Kohala Coast, HI)*
  4. Old Sandwich Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2004, Plymouth, MA)
  5. Mammoth Dunes (David McLay Kidd 2018, Nekoosa, WI)*
  6. Streamsong Resort (Black) (Gil Hanse 2017, Streamsong, FL)*
  7. Streamsong Resort (Red) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2012, Streamsong, FL)*
  8. Sand Valley (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2017, Nekoosa, WI)*
  9. The Golf Courses at Lawsonia (Links) (William Langford and Theodore Moreau 1930, Green Lake, WI)*
  10. Shoreacres Golf Club (Seth Raynor 1921, Lake Bluff, IL)
3rd Hole at Mauna Kea Resort
3rd Hole at Mauna Kea Resort

Courses 51-60

  1. Peachtree Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr 1948, Atlanta, GA)
  2. Rich Harvest Farms (Jerry Rich/Greg Martin 1998, Sugar Grove, IL)
  3. The Club at Black Rock (Jim Engh 2003, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  4. Atlanta Country Club (Willard Byrd 1965 with modifications by Bob Cupp/Jack Nicklaus/Mick Riley, Marietta, GA)
  5. Victoria National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1998, Newburgh, IN)
  6. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) (H.S. Colt and Charles Alison 1928/Tom Fazio 1999, Sea Island, GA)*
  7. Fox Chapel Golf Club (Seth Raynor 1923, Pittsburgh, PA)
  8. Makai Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1971/2010, Princeville, Kauai, HI)*
  9. NCR Country Club (South) (Dick Wilson 1954, Kettering, OH)
  10. Shadow Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1989, North Las Vegas, NV)*
2nd Hole at Peachtree Golf Club
2nd Hole at Peachtree Golf Club

Courses 61-70

  1. Hawks Ridge Golf Club (Bob Cupp 1999, Ball Ground, GA)
  2. Milwaukee Country Club (H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison 1929, River Hills, WI)
  3. Oak Hill Country Club (East) (Donald Ross 1925, Rochester, NY)
  4. Baltimore Country Club (East) (A.W. Tillinghast 1924/Keith Foster 2015, Lutherville, MD)
  5. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) (Pete Dye 1980, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)*
  6. Oak Tree National (Pete Dye 1976, Edmond, OK)
  7. Castle Pines Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1981, Castle Rock, CO)
  8. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club (Ken Dye 2000, Sandia Park, NM)*
  9. Bayonne Golf Club (Eric Bergstol 2006, Bayonne, NJ)
  10. Dormie Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2010, West End, NC)*
17th Hole at TPC Sawgrass
17th Hole at TPC Sawgrass

Courses 71-80

  1. The Reserve at Moonlight Basin (Jack Nicklaus 2016, Big Sky, MT)
  2. Bluejack National (Tiger Woods 2016, Montgomery, TX)
  3. Rock Creek Cattle Company (Tom Doak 2008, Deer Lodge, MT)
  4. Maidstone Club (West) (Willie Park Jr. 1891, East Hampton, NY)
  5. Spring Hill Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1999, Wayzata, MN)
  6. Old Macdonald (Tom Doak/Jim Urbina 2010, Bandon, OR)*
  7. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course (George Fazio 1968, Stateline, NV)*
  8. Bandon Trails (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2005, Bandon, OR)*
  9. Streamsong Resort (Blue) (Tom Doak 2012, Streamsong, FL)*
  10. Pinehurst Resort No.2 (Donald Ross 1907/Crenshaw&Coore 2010, Pinehurst, NC)*
7th Hole at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin
7th Hole at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin

Courses 81-90

  1. Somerset Hills Country Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1917, Bernardsville, NJ)
  2. Hudson National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1996, Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
  3. Robert Trent Jones Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1991, Gainesville, VA)
  4. Estancia Club (Tom Fazio 1995, Scottsdale, AZ)
  5. Congressional Country Club (Blue) (Devereux Emmet 1924/Donald Ross 1930s/Robert Trent Jones 1957/Rees Jones 2008, Bethesda, MD)
  6. Spyglass Hill Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1966, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  7. Ocean Forest Golf Club (Rees Jones 1995, Sea Island, GA)
  8. The Club at Hokuli'a (Jack Nicklaus 2002, Kealakekua, HI)
  9. Calusa Pines Golf Club (Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry 2001, Naples, FL)
  10. Pronghorn Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2004, Bend, OR)
15th Hole at The Club at Hokulia
15th Hole at The Club at Hokulia

Courses 91-100

  1. Rock Creek Idaho Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 2012, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  2. The Olde Farm (Bobby Weed 2000, Bristol, VA)
  3. Highland course at Primland (Donald Steel 2006, Meadows of Dan, VA)*
  4. SouthShore Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1996, Henderson, NV)
  5. Quaker Ridge Golf Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1918, Scarsdale, NY)
  6. Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands) (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1964/Rees Jones 1995/2005, Johns Creek, GA)
  7. Plainfield Country Club (Donald Ross 1921, Plainfield, NJ)
  8. The Club at Spanish Peaks (Tom Weiskopf 2007, Big Sky, MT)
  9. The Standard Club (Arthur Hills 1987/Mike Riley 2005, Johns Creek, GA)
  10. The Quarry at Giants Ridge (Jeffrey Bauer 2003, Biwabik, MN)*
5th Hole at Rock Creek Idaho Golf Club
5th Hole at Rock Creek Idaho Golf Club

The Next 100

  1. Wolf Creek Golf Club (Dennis Ryder 2000, Mesquite, NV)*
  2. Stone Canyon Golf Club (Jay Morrish 2000, Oro Valley, AZ)
  3. Piping Rock Club (C.B. Macdonald 1912, Locust Valley, NY)
  4. Mayacama Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2001, Santa Rosa, CA)
  5. Dallas National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2002, Dallas, TX)
  6. Lahontan Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 1998, Truckee, CA)
  7. Spanish Oaks Golf Club (Bobby Weed 2006, Bee Cave, TX)
  8. Winged Foot Golf Club (West) (A.W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)
  9. Southern Hills Country Club (Perry Maxwell 1936, Tulsa, OK)
  10. Garden City Golf Club (Devereux Emmet 1899, Garden City, NY)
  11. Interlachen Country Club (Donald Ross 1921/William Watson 1911, Edina, MN)
  12. Scioto Country Club (Donald Ross 1916, Columbus, OH)
  13. Kittansett Club (William Flynn 1922, Marion, MA)
  14. Camargo Club (Seth Raynor 1927, Indian Hill, OH)
  15. San Francisco Golf Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1915, San Francisco, CA)
  16. Moraine Country Club (Alex Nipper Campbell 1930/Keith Foster 2016, Dayton, OH)
  17. Kukui'ula Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 2011, Poipu, HI)
  18. Forest Creek Golf Club (North) (Tom Fazio 2002, Pinehurst, NC)
  19. Forest Highlands Golf Club (Canyon) (Tom Weiskopf 1986, Flagstaff, AZ)
  20. The Wilderness Club (Nick Faldo 2009, Eureka, MT)*
  21. Kohanaiki Golf Club (Rees Jones 2013, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  22. Desert Highlands Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1983, Scottsdale, AZ)
  23. The Virtues Golf Club (Arthur Hills 1999, Nashport, OH)*
  24. Pasatiempo Golf Club (Alister MacKenzie 1929, Santa Cruz, CA)*
  25. Pete Dye Golf Club (Pete Dye 1994, Bridgeport, WV)
  26. Victory Ranch Golf Club (Rees Jones 2009, Woodland, UT)
  27. The Quarry at La Quinta (Tom Fazio 1994, La Quinta, CA)
  28. Sanctuary Golf Club (Jim Engh 1997, Sedalia, CO)
  29. Aldarra Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Fall City, WA)
  30. Dismal River Golf Club (Red) (Tom Doak 2013, Mullen, NE)
  31. Sand Hollow Resort (Championship) (John Fought 2008, Hurricane, UT)*
  32. The Preserve Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2000, Carmel, CA)
  33. Dismal River Golf Club (White) (Jack Nicklaus 2006, Mullen, NE)
  34. Valhalla Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1986, Louisville, KY)
  35. Eagle Point Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2000, Wilmington, NC)
  36. Poipu Bay Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1991, Koloa, HI)*
  37. Sherwood Country Club (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Thousand Oaks, CA)
  38. Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (Jack Nicklaus 1988, Lihue, Kauai, HI)*
  39. Pronghorn Golf Club (Fazio) (Tom Fazio 2006, Bend, OR)
  40. Tidewater Golf Club (Ken Tomlinson 1990, North Myrtle Beach, SC)*
  41. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club (Mike Strantz 1994, Pawleys Island, SC)*
  42. True Blue Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Pawleys Island, SC)*
  43. Snake River Sporting Club (Tom Weiskopf 2006, Jackson, WY)
  44. Olympia Fields (North) (Willie Park Jr. 1922, Olympia Fields, IL)
  45. Worlds Woods (Pine Barrens) (Tom Fazio 1993, Brooksville, FL)*
  46. Wine Valley Golf Club (Dan Hixson 2009, Walla Walla, WA)*
  47. Cascades Golf Course at Omni Homestead Resort (William Flynn 1923, Hot Springs, VA)*
  48. Aronimink Golf Club (Donald Ross 1928, Newtown Square, PA)
  49. Oakland Hills Country Club (South) (Donald Ross 1918, Bloomfield, MI)
  50. Butler National Golf Club (George Fazio 1974/Tom Fazio 1988-2000/2005, Oak Brook, IL)
  51. Olympic Club (Lake) (Sam Whiting 1927, San Francisco, CA)
  52. Lochinvar Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1980, Houston, TX)
  53. Sycamore Hills Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Fort Wayne, IN)
  54. Blackwolf Run (River) (Pete Dye 1988, Kohler, WI)*
  55. Black Sheep Golf Club (David Esler 2002, Sugar Grove, IL)
  56. Clear Creek Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2009, Carson City, NV)
  57. Gamble Sands Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2014, Brewster, WA)*
  58. Eugene Country Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1967, Eugene, OR)
  59. Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower) (A.W. Tillinghast 1922, Springfield, NJ)
  60. Medinah Country Club (No. 3) (Tom Bendelow 1928,. Medinah, IL)
  61. The Minikahda Club (Donald Ross 1917, Minneapolis, MN)
  62. Inverness Club (Donald Ross 1919, Toledo, OH)
  63. Philadelphia Country Club (Spring/Mill) (William Flynn 1927, Gladwyne, PA)
  64. Laurel Valley Golf Club (Dick Wilson 1959, Ligonier, PA)
  65. Innisbrook Golf Resort (Copperhead) (Larry Packard 1970, Palm Harbor, FL)
  66. Winged Foot Golf Club (East) (A. W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)
  67. Cherry Hills Country Club (William Flynn 1922, Englewood, CO)
  68. Blue Mound Golf and Country Club (Seth Raynor 1926, Wauwatosa, WI)
  69. East Lake Golf Club (Donald Ross 1915, Atlanta, GA)
  70. Boot Ranch Golf Club (Hal Sutton 2006, Fredericksburg, TX)
  71. Kiawah Island Club (Cassique) (Tom Watson 2000, Kiawah Island, SC)
  72. Whiskey Creek Golf Club (J. Michael Poellot and Ernie Els 2011, Ijamsville, MD)*
  73. Glenwild Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Park City, UT)
  74. The Club at Ravenna (Jay Morrish 2007, Littleton, CO)
  75. Yellowstone Club (Tom Weiskopf 2005, Big Sky, MT)
  76. Salish Cliffs Golf Club (Gene Bates 2011, Shelton, WA)
  77. Cirlcing Raven Golf Club (Gene Bates 2003, Worley, ID)
  78. Lakota Canyon Ranch (Jim Engh 2004, New Castle, CO)*
  79. Redlands Mesa Golf Club (Jim Engh 2001, Grand Junction, CO)*
  80. Silvies Valley Ranch (Hankins) (Dan Hixson 2017, Seneca, OR)*
  81. Silvies Valley Ranch (Craddock) (Dan Hixson 2017, Seneca, OR)*
  82. Windsong Farm Golf Club (John Fought 2004, Independence, MN)
  83. Shepherd's Rock Golf Club (Pete Dye 2017, Farmington, PA)*
  84. Mystic Rock Golf Club (Pete Dye 1995, Farmington, PA)*
  85. Hualalai Golf Club (Nicklaus) (Jack Nicklaus 1996, Kailua-Kona, HI)*
  86. Tradition Golf Club (Arnold Palmer 1997, La Quinta, CA)
  87. Atlantic Golf Club (Rees Jones 1992, Bridgehampton, NY)
  88. Dunes Golf and Beach Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1948, Myrtle Beach, SC)*
  89. Bulle Rock (Pete Dye 1998, Havre de Grace, MD)*
  90. Summit Rock Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2012, Horseshoe Bay, TX)
  91. Columbia Country Club (Herbert H. Barker 1911, Chevy Chase, MD)
  92. Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (Jack Nicklaus 1999, Desert Mountain, AZ)
  93. Desert Mountain (Geronimo) (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Desert Mountain, AZ)
  94. We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro) (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2006, Fort McDowell, AZ)*
  95. We-Ko-Pa (Cholla) (Scott Miller 2001, Fort McDowell, AZ)*
  96. Cog Hill Golf & Country Club (Dubsdread) (Dick Wilson 1964, Lemont, IL)*
  97. Golf Club of Georgia (Lakeside) (Arthur Hills 1991, Alpharetta, GA)
  98. Troon Country Club (Tom Weiskopf 1986, Scottsdale, AZ)
  99. Ironbridge Golf Club (Arthur Hills 2003, Glenwood Springs, CO)*
  100. The Creek Club (C.B. Macdonald 1925, Locust Valley, NY)

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