Snake River Sporting Club

Jackson Hole, WY

Rankings

Guru's Top 100 Golf Courses

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. Old Head Golf Links (Ron Kirby, Paddy Merrigan, Liam Higgins, Eddie Hackett, Dr. Joe Carr, and Haulie O'Shea 1997, Kinsale, IE)*
  2. Pine Valley Golf Club (George Crump and H.S. Colt 1918, Clementon, NJ)
  3. Cypress Point Club (Alister MacKenzie 1928, Pebble Beach, CA)
  4. National Golf Links of America (C.B. Macdonald 1908, Southampton, NY)
  5. Cabot Cliffs (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2015, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada)*
  6. Ballybunion Golf Club (Old) (Tom Simpson 1936, Ballybunion, IE)*
  7. Trump Turnberry (Ailsa) (Willie Fernie 1902, Turnberry, SCT)*
  8. Royal County Down Golf Club (Old Tom Morris 1890, Newcastle, N.IE)*
  9. Fishers Island (Seth Raynor 1926, Fishers Island, NY)
  10. Tralee Golf Club (Arnold Palmer 1984, West Barrow, IE)*

Pine Valley Golf Club 5th
Pine Valley Golf Club 5th
Fishers Island 5th
Fishers Island 5th

Courses 11-20

  1. Cruden Bay Golf Club (Tom Simpson 1926, Cruden Bay, SCT)*
  2. Princeville Resort (Prince) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1990, Kauai, HI)*
  3. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Jack Neville and Douglas Grant 1919, H. Chandler Egan 1929, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  4. Royal Dornoch Golf Club (Old Tom MOrris 1886, Dornoch, SCT)*
  5. Shinnecock Hills (William Flynn 1937, Southampton, NY)
  6. Oakmont Country Club (Henry Fownes 1903, Oakmont, PA)
  7. Merion Golf Club (East) (Hugh Wilson 1912, Ardmore, PA)
  8. Kingsbarns Golf Course (Kyle Phillips 2000, St Andrews, SCT)*
  9. Castle Stuart Golf Club (Gil Hanse 2009, Inverness, SCT)*
  10. Chambers Bay Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2007, University Place, WA)*

Chambers Bay 16th
Chambers Bay 16th
The Country Club (Brookline) 3rd
The Country Club (Brookline) 3rd

Courses 21-30

  1. Pacific Dunes Golf Course (Tom Doak 2001, Bandon, OR)*
  2. Royal Portrush Golf Club (Dunluce) (Harry S. Colt 1929, Portrush, N.IE)*
  3. Muirfield Village Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1974, Dublin, OH)
  4. Sunningdale Golf Club (Old) (Willie Park Jr. 1901, Sunningdale, ENG)*
  5. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course (Warren Henderson and Rick Smith 2000, Arcadia, MI)*
  6. Manele Golf Course (Jack Nicklaus 1993, Lanai, HI)*
  7. Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore) (Seth Raynor/Jack Neville/Bob Baldock 1964, Mike Strantz 2004, Pebble Beach, CA)
  8. Bandon Dunes Golf Course (David McLay Kidd 1999, Bandon, OR)*
  9. Sleepy Hollow Country Club (C.B. Macdonald 1914, Scarborough, NY)
  10. The Country Club (Willie Campbell 1895/Rees Jones 1988, Brookline, MA)

Ballyneal 8th
Ballyneal 8th
Sand Hills 17th
Sand Hills 17th

Courses 31-40

  1. The Course at Yale (C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor 1926, New Haven, CT)
  2. Kingsley Club (Mike DeVries 2001, Kingsley, MI)
  3. Kapalua Resort (Plantation) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1991, Maui, HI)*
  4. Riviera Country Club (George Thomas 1926, Pacific Palisades, CA)
  5. Los Angeles Country Club (North) (George Thomas 1921, Los Angeles, CA)
  6. Kinloch Golf Club (Lester George and Vinny Giles 2001, Manakin-Sabot, VA)
  7. Tobacco Road Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Sanford, NC)*
  8. Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean) (Pete Dye 1991, Kiawah Island, SC)*
  9. Lahinch Golf Club (Alister Mackenzie 1928, Lahinch, IE)*
  10. The Prairie Club (Dunes) (Tom Lehman and Chris Brands, Valentine, NE)*

Maidstone Club (9th)
Maidstone Club 9th
Shoreacres 12th
Shoreacres 12th

Courses 41-50

  1. Ballyneal Golf Club (Tom Doak 2005, Holyoke, CO)
  2. Sand Hills Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1995, Mullen, NE)
  3. Whistling Straits (Straits) (Pete Dye 1998, Sheboygan, WI)*
  4. The Honors Course (Pete Dye 1983, Ooltewah, TN)
  5. Crystal Downs Country Club (Alister Mackenzie 1931, Frankfort, MI)
  6. Bethpage State Park (Black) (A.W. Tillinghast 1936, Farmingdale, NY)*
  7. Omaha Country Club (Langford and Moreau 1927, Perry Maxwell 1951, Keith Foster 2007)
  8. The Kirtland Country Club (H.S. Colt and C. H. Alison 1921, Willoughby, OH)
  9. Maidstone Club (West) (Willie Park Jr. 1891, East Hampton, NY)
  10. Waterville Golf Links (John A. Mulcahy, Claude Harmon, and Eddie Hackett 1973, Waterville, IE)*

Bayonee 8th
Bayonne Golf Club 8th
Peachtree 2nd
Peachtree 2nd

Courses 51-60

  1. Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club (Tom Fazio 2007, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  2. The Club at Black Rock (Jim Engh 2003, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  3. Shadow Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1989, North Las Vegas, NV)*
  4. Whispering Pines Golf Club (Chet Williams 2000, Trinity, TX)
  5. Sebonack Golf Club (Tom Doak/Jack Nicklaus 2006, Southampton, NY)
  6. Nanea Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2003, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  7. Boston Golf Club (Gil Hanse 2005, Hingham, MA)
  8. Shoreacres Golf Club (Seth Raynor 1921, Lake Bluff, IL)
  9. Victoria National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1998, Newburgh, IN)
  10. Peachtree Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr 1948, Atlanta, GA)

TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) 17th
TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) 17th
Castle Pines 11th
Castle Pines 11th

Courses 61-70

  1. Streamsong Resort (Black) (Gil Hanse 2017, Streamsong, FL)*
  2. Streamsong Resort (Red) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2012, Streamsong, FL)*
  3. Old Sandwich Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2004, Plymouth, MA)
  4. Mauna Kea Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1965, Kohala Coast, HI)*
  5. Makai Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1971/2010, Princeville, Kauai, HI)*
  6. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) (Pete Dye 1980, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)*
  7. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club (Ken Dye 2000, Sandia Park, NM)*
  8. Erin Hills Golf Course (Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten 2006, Hartford, WI)*
  9. Prairie Dunes Country Club (Perry Maxwell 1937, Hutchinson, KS)
  10. Atlanta Country Club (Willard Byrd 1965 with modifications by Bob Cupp/Jack Nicklaus/Mick Riley, Marietta, GA)

Rock Creek Cattle Co. 5th
Rock Creek Cattle Co. 5th
Garden City 13th
Garden City 13th

Courses 71-80

  1. Oak Hill Country Club (East) (Donald Ross 1925, Rochester, NY)
  2. Rock Creek Cattle Company (Tom Doak 2008, Deer Lodge, MT)
  3. The Reserve at Moonlight Basin (Jack Nicklaus 2016, Big Sky, MT)
  4. Dormie Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2010, West End, NC)*
  5. Rich Harvest Farms (Jerry Rich/Greg Martin 1998, Sugar Grove, IL)
  6. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) (H.S. Colt and Charles Alison 1928/Tom Fazio 1999, Sea Island, GA)
  7. Bluejack National (Tiger Woods 2016, Montgomery, TX)
  8. Hawks Ridge Golf Club (Bob Cupp 1999, Ball Ground, GA)
  9. Bayonne Golf Club (Eric Bergstol 2006, Bayonne, NJ)
  10. Milwaukee Country Club (H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison 1929, River Hills, WI)

The Standard Club 17th
The Standard Club 17th
SouthShore 14th
SouthShore 14th

Courses 81-90

  1. County Sligo Golf Club aka Rosses Point (Harry S. Colt 1927, Sligo, IE)*
  2. Royal St. George's Golf Club (WIlliam Laidlaw Purves 1887, Sandwich, ENG)*
  3. Castle Pines Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1981, Castle Rock, CO)
  4. The Standard Club (Arthur Hills 1987/Mike Riley 2005, Johns Creek, GA)
  5. Wolf Creek Golf Club (Dennis Ryder 2000, Mesquite, NV)*
  6. Bandon Trails (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2005, Bandon, OR)*
  7. Streamsong Resort (Blue) (Tom Doak 2012, Streamsong, FL)*
  8. Fox Chapel Golf Club (Seth Raynor 1923, Pittsburgh, PA)
  9. Dismal River Golf Club (Red) (Tom Doak 2013, Mullen, NE)
  10. Old Macdonald (Tom Doak/Jim Urbina 2010, Bandon, OR)*

Southern Hills Country Club 18th
Southern Hills Country Club 18th
Winged Foot (West) 9th
Winged Foot (West) 9th

Courses 91-100

  1. Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (Old Tom MOrris 1891, Muirfield, SCT)*
  2. Carnoustie Golf Links (Old Tom Morris 1867, Carnoustie, SCT)*
  3. Spyglass Hill Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1966, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  4. San Francisco Golf Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1915, San Francisco, CA)
  5. SouthShore Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1996, Henderson, NV)
  6. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course (George Fazio 1968, Stateline, NV)*
  7. Dismal River Golf Club (White) (Jack Nicklaus 2006, Mullen, NE)
  8. Pasatiempo Golf Club (Alister MacKenzie 1929, Santa Cruz, CA)*
  9. Cabot Links (Rod Whitman 2012, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada)*
  10. Pinehurst Resort No.2 (Donald Ross 1907/Crenshaw&Coore 2010, Pinehurst, NC)*

Medinah Country Club
Medinah Country Club
Olympia Fields (North) 3rd
Olympia Fields (North) 3rd

The Next 100

  1. Poipu Bay Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1991, Koloa, HI)*
  2. Calusa Pines Golf Club (Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry 2001, Naples, FL)
  3. Trump International Golf Links Scotland (Martin Hawtree 2012, Aberdeen, SCT)*
  4. Robert Trent Jones Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1991, Gainesville, VA)
  5. Pronghorn Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2004, Bend, OR)
  6. Interlachen Country Club (Donald Ross 1921/William Watson 1911, Edina, MN)
  7. Enniscrone Golf Club (Eddie Hackett 1974, Enniscrone, IE)*
  8. Ocean Forest Golf Club (Rees Jones 1995, Sea Island, GA)
  9. Somerset Hills Country Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1917, Bernardsville, NJ)
  10. Congressional Country Club (Blue) (Devereux Emmet 1924/Donald Ross 1930s/Robert Trent Jones 1957/Rees Jones 2008, Bethesda, MD)
  11. Hudson National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1996, Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
  12. Victory Ranch Golf Club (Rees Jones 2009, Woodland, UT)
  13. Sand Hollow Resort (Championship) (John Fought 2008, Hurricane, UT)*
  14. Club at Hokuli'a (Jack Nicklaus 2002, Kealakekua, HI)
  15. The Quarry at La Quinta (Tom Fazio 1994, La Quinta, CA)
  16. Rock Creek Idaho Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 2012, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  17. Lahontan Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 1998, Truckee, CA)
  18. Cape Breton Highland Links (Stanley Thompson 1941/Ian Andrew 2015, Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada)*
  19. Spanish Oaks Golf Club (Bobby Weed 2006, Bee Cave, TX)
  20. Glenwild Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Park City, UT)
  21. Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands) (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1964/Rees Jones 1995/2005, Johns Creek, GA)
  22. The European Club (Pat Ruddy 1987, Brittas Bay, IE)*
  23. St Andrews Links (Castle) (David McLay Kidd 2008, St Andrews, SCT)*
  24. The Club at Spanish Peaks (Tom Weiskopf 2007, Big Sky, MT)
  25. Snake River Sporting Club (Tom Weiskopf 2006, Jackson, WY)
  26. Aldarra Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Fall City, WA)
  27. Yellowstone Club (Tom Weiskopf 2005, Big Sky, MT)
  28. Mayacama Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2001, Santa Rosa, CA)
  29. Pete Dye Golf Club (Pete Dye 1994, Bridgeport, WV)
  30. Garden City Golf Club (Devereux Emmet 1899, Garden City, NY)
  31. Kittansett Club (William Flynn 1922, Marion, MA)
  32. Piping Rock Club (C.B. Macdonald 1912, Locust Valley, NY)
  33. Quaker Ridge Golf Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1918, Scarsdale, NY)
  34. Carne Golf Links (Eddie Hackett 1992 and Jim Engh/Ally McIntosh 2013, Belmullet, IE)*
  35. Sanctuary Golf Club (Jim Engh 1997, Sedalia, CO)
  36. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club (Mike Strantz 1994, Pawleys Island, SC)*
  37. True Blue Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Pawleys Island, SC)*
  38. Southern Hills Country Club (Perry Maxwell 1936, Tulsa, OK)
  39. North Berwick Golf Club (West Links) (Ben Sayers 1932, North Berwick, SCT)*
  40. Stone Canyon Golf Club (Jay Morrish 2000, Oro Valley, AZ)
  41. Tidewater Golf Club (Ken Tomlinson 1990, North Myrtle Beach, SC)*
  42. Kukui'ula GOlf Club (Tom Weiskopf 2011, Poipu, HI)
  43. Wine Valley Golf Club (Dan Hixson 2009, Walla Walla, WA)*
  44. Dallas National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2002, Dallas, TX)
  45. Olympic Club (Lake) (Sam Whiting 1927, San Francisco, CA)
  46. Olympia Fields (North) (Willie Park Jr. 1922, Olympia Fields, IL)
  47. Oakland Hills Country Club (South) (Donald Ross 1918, Bloomfield, MI)
  48. Medinah Country Club (No. 3) (Tom Bendelow 1928,. Medinah, IL)
  49. Kohanaiki Golf Club (Rees Jones 2013, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  50. The Wilderness Club (Nick Faldo 2009, Eureka, MT)*
  51. Forest Creek Golf Club (North) (Tom Fazio 2002, Pinehurst, NC)
  52. Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (Jack Nicklaus 1988, Lihue, Kauai, HI)*
  53. Sherwood Country Club (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Thousand Oaks, CA)
  54. The Preserve Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2000, Carmel, CA)
  55. Butler National Golf Club (George Fazio 1974/Tom Fazio 1988-2000/2005, Oak Brook, IL)
  56. Plainfield Country Club (Donald Ross 1921, Plainfield, NJ)
  57. Blackwolf Run (River) (Pete Dye 1988, Kohler, WI)*
  58. Estancia Club (Tom Fazio 1995, Scottsdale, AZ)
  59. Desert Highlands Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1983, Scottsdale, AZ)
  60. Worlds Woods (Pine Barrens) (Tom Fazio 1993, Brooksville, FL)
  61. Valhalla Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1986, Louisville, KY)
  62. Boot Ranch Golf Club (Hal Sutton 2006, Fredericksburg, TX)
  63. Pronghorn Golf Club (Fazio) (Tom Fazio 2006, Bend, OR)
  64. Dundonald Links (Kyle Phillips 2003, Troon, SCT)*
  65. Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower) (A.W. Tillinghast 1922, Springfield, NJ)
  66. Winged Foot Golf Club (West) (A.W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)
  67. The Club at Ravenna (Jay Morrish 2007, Littleton, CO)
  68. Clear Creek Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2009, Carson City, NV)
  69. Karsten Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1994, Stillwater, OK)*
  70. The Links at Crowbush (Thomas McBroom 1994, St. Peters, PEI, Canada)*
  71. Kiawah Island Club (Cassique) (Tom Watson 2000, Kiawah Island, SC)
  72. Sycamore Hills Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Fort Wayne, IN)
  73. County Louth Golf Club aka Baltray (Tom SImpson 1938, Louth, IE)*
  74. Lochinvar Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1980, Houston, TX)
  75. Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (Jack Nicklaus 1999, Desert Mountain, AZ)
  76. Desert Mountain (Geronimo) (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Desert Mountain, AZ)
  77. We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro) (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2006, Fort McDowell, AZ)*
  78. We-Ko-Pa (Cholla) (Scott Miller 2001, Fort McDowell, AZ)*
  79. Salish Cliffs Golf Club (Gene Bates 2011, Shelton, WA)
  80. Cirlcing Raven Golf Club (Gene Bates 2003, Worley, ID)
  81. Philadelphia Country Club (Spring/Mill) (William Flynn 1927, Gladwyne, PA)
  82. Aronimink Golf Club (Donald Ross 1928, Newtown Square, PA)
  83. Lakota Canyon Ranch (Jim Engh 2004, New Castle, CO)*
  84. Redlands Mesa Golf Club (Jim Engh 2001, Grand Junction, CO)*
  85. Atlantic Golf Club (Rees Jones 1992, Bridgehampton, NY)
  86. Old Corkscrew Golf Course (Jack Nicklaus 2007, Estero, FL)*
  87. Dunes Golf and Beach Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1948, Myrtle Beach, SC)*
  88. Royal Troon Golf Club (Old) (George Strath 1884, Troon, SCT)*
  89. The Creek at Qualchan (William Robinson 1992, Spokane, WA)*
  90. The Creek Club (C.B. Macdonald 1925, Locust Valley, NY)
  91. Windsong Farm Golf Club (John Fought 2004, Independence, MN)
  92. Summit Rock Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2012, Horseshoe Bay, TX)
  93. Gamble Sands Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2014, Brewster, WA)*
  94. Bulle Rock (Pete Dye 1998, Havre de Grace, MD)*
  95. Cog Hill Golf & Country Club (Dubsdread) (Dick Wilson 1964, Lemont, IL)*
  96. The Country Club (Ralph Plummber 1960, Salt Lake City, UT)
  97. Eagle Point Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2000, Wilmington, NC)
  98. Black Sheep Golf Club (David Esler 2002, Sugar Grove, IL)
  99. Columbia Country Club (Herbert H. Barker 1911, Chevy Chase, MD)
  100. Links at Spanish Bay (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1987, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  101. Concession Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2006, Bradenton, FL)
  102. Golf Club of Georgia (Lakeside) (Arthur Hills 1991, Alpharetta, GA)
  103. Laurel Valley Golf Club (Dick Wilson 1959, Ligonier, PA)
  104. The K Club (Arnold Palmer 1991, Straffan, IE)*
  105. Hazeltine National Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1962, Chaska, MN)
  106. Headwaters at Teton Springs (Gary Stephenson 2004, Victor, ID)*
  107. Eugene Country Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1967, Eugene, OR)
  108. Trump International Doonbeg (Greg Norman 2002, Doonbeg, IE)*
  109. The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1999, Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
  110. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (Jack Nicklaus 2003, Sheboygan Falls, WI)*
  111. Shepherd's Rock Golf Club (Pete Dye 2017, Farmington, PA)*
  112. Mystic Rock Golf Club (Pete Dye 1995, Farmington, PA)*
  113. Black Horse Golf Club (Edwin Carnes 1964/Gene Bates 2008, Seaside, CA)*
  114. Southern Highlands Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr. 1999, Las Vegas, NV)
  115. Shooting Star (Tom Fazio 2009, Jackson, WY)
  116. Minikahda Club (Donald Ross 1917 Minneapolis, MN)
  117. Troon Country Club (Tom Weiskopf 1986, Scottsdale, AZ)
  118. Cherry Hills Country Club (William Flynn 1922, Englewood, CO)
  119. Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper) (A. W. Tillinghast 1922, Springfield, NJ)
  120. Winged Foot Golf Club (East) (A. W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)

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