Mauna Lani Resort (South)

Kohala Coast, Hawaii


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. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Jack Neville and Douglas Grant 1919, H. Chandler Egan 1929, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  6. Princeville Resort (Prince) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1990, Kauai, HI)*
  7. Merion Golf Club (East) (Hugh Wilson 1912, Ardmore, PA)
  8. Oakmont Country Club (Henry Fownes 1903, Oakmont, PA)
  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. The Country Club (Willie Campbell 1895/Rees Jones 1988, Brookline, MA)
  3. Muirfield Village Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1974, Dublin, OH)
  4. Shinnecock Hills (William Flynn 1937, Southampton, NY)
  5. Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore) (Seth Raynor/Jack Neville/Bob Baldock 1964, Mike Strantz 2004, Pebble Beach, CA)
  6. Sleepy Hollow Country Club (C.B. Macdonald 1914, Scarborough, NY)
  7. Manele Golf Course (Jack Nicklaus 1993, Lanai, HI)*
  8. Kapalua Resort (Plantation) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1991, Maui, HI)*
  9. The Course at Yale (C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor 1926, New Haven, CT)
  10. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course (Warren Henderson and Rick Smith 2000, Arcadia, MI)*
3rd Hole at The Country Club (Brookline)
3rd Hole at The Country Club (Brookline)

Courses 21-30

  1. Kingsley Club (Mike DeVries 2001, Kingsley, MI)
  2. Riviera Country Club (George Thomas 1926, Pacific Palisades, CA)
  3. Los Angeles Country Club (North) (George Thomas 1921, Los Angeles, CA)
  4. Kinloch Golf Club (Lester George and Vinny Giles 2001, Manakin-Sabot, VA)
  5. Tobacco Road Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Sanford, NC)*
  6. Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean) (Pete Dye 1991, Kiawah Island, SC)*
  7. Crystal Downs Country Club (Alister Mackenzie 1931, Frankfort, MI)
  8. The Prairie Club (Dunes) (Tom Lehman and Chris Brands, Valentine, NE)*
  9. Omaha Country Club (Langford and Moreau 1927, Perry Maxwell 1951, Keith Foster 2007)
  10. The Kirtland Country Club (H.S. Colt and C. H. Alison 1921, Willoughby, OH)
16th Hole at Omaha Country Club
16th Hole at Omaha Country Club

Courses 31-40

  1. Ballyneal Golf Club (Tom Doak 2005, Holyoke, CO)
  2. Sand Hills Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1995, Mullen, NE)
  3. The Honors Course (Pete Dye 1983, Ooltewah, TN)
  4. The Golf Club (Pete Dye 1967, New Albany, OH)
  5. Bethpage State Park (Black) (A.W. Tillinghast 1936, Farmingdale, NY)*
  6. Maidstone Club (West) (Willie Park Jr. 1891, East Hampton, NY)
  7. Whistling Straits (Straits) (Pete Dye 1998, Sheboygan, WI)*
  8. Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club (Tom Fazio 2007, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  9. The Club at Black Rock (Jim Engh 2003, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  10. Sebonack Golf Club (Tom Doak/Jack Nicklaus 2006, Southampton, NY)
3rd Hole at The Golf Club
3rd Hole at The Golf Club

Courses 41-50

  1. Whispering Pines Golf Club (Chet Williams 2000, Trinity, TX)
  2. Boston Golf Club (Gil Hanse 2005, Hingham, MA)
  3. Old Sandwich Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2004, Plymouth, MA)
  4. Victoria National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1998, Newburgh, IN)
  5. Nanea Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2003, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  6. Mauna Kea Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1965, Kohala Coast, HI)*
  7. Makai Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1971/2010, Princeville, Kauai, HI)*
  8. Shoreacres Golf Club (Seth Raynor 1921, Lake Bluff, IL)
  9. Streamsong Resort (Black) (Gil Hanse 2017, Streamsong, FL)*
  10. Streamsong Resort (Red) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2012, Streamsong, FL)*
15th Hole at Boston Golf Club
15th Hole at Boston Golf Club

Courses 51-60

  1. Shadow Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1989, North Las Vegas, NV)*
  2. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club (Ken Dye 2000, Sandia Park, NM)*
  3. Peachtree Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr 1948, Atlanta, GA)
  4. Bluejack National (Tiger Woods 2016, Montgomery, TX)
  5. NCR Country Club (South) (Dick Wilson 1954, Kettering, OH)
  6. Atlanta Country Club (Willard Byrd 1965 with modifications by Bob Cupp/Jack Nicklaus/Mick Riley, Marietta, GA)
  7. Oak Hill Country Club (East) (Donald Ross 1925, Rochester, NY)
  8. Erin Hills Golf Course (Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten 2006, Hartford, WI)*
  9. Mammoth Dunes (David McLay Kidd 2018, Nekoosa, WI)*
  10. Dormie Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2010, West End, NC)*
2nd Hole at Peachtree Golf Club
2nd Hole at Peachtree Golf Club

Courses 61-70

  1. Sand Valley (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2017, Nekoosa, WI)*
  2. Milwaukee Country Club (H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison 1929, River Hills, WI)
  3. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) (H.S. Colt and Charles Alison 1928/Tom Fazio 1999, Sea Island, GA)*
  4. Fox Chapel Golf Club (Seth Raynor 1923, Pittsburgh, PA)
  5. Rock Creek Cattle Company (Tom Doak 2008, Deer Lodge, MT)
  6. Rich Harvest Farms (Jerry Rich/Greg Martin 1998, Sugar Grove, IL)
  7. Spring Hill Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1999, Wayzata, MN)
  8. Baltimore Country Club (East) (A.W. Tillinghast 1924/Keith Foster 2015, Lutherville, MD)
  9. Congressional Country Club (Blue) (Devereux Emmet 1924/Donald Ross 1930s/Robert Trent Jones 1957/Rees Jones 2008, Bethesda, MD)
  10. Bayonne Golf Club (Eric Bergstol 2006, Bayonne, NJ)
16th Hole at Spring Hill Golf Club
16th Hole at Spring Hill Golf Club

Courses 71-80

  1. Hawks Ridge Golf Club (Bob Cupp 1999, Ball Ground, GA)
  2. The Reserve at Moonlight Basin (Jack Nicklaus 2016, Big Sky, MT)
  3. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) (Pete Dye 1980, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)*
  4. The Golf Courses at Lawsonia (Links) (William Langford and Theodore Moreau 1930, Green Lake, WI)*
  5. Prairie Dunes Country Club (Perry Maxwell 1937, Hutchinson, KS)
  6. Castle Pines Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1981, Castle Rock, CO)
  7. The Standard Club (Arthur Hills 1987/Mike Riley 2005, Johns Creek, GA)
  8. Old Macdonald (Tom Doak/Jim Urbina 2010, Bandon, OR)*
  9. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course (George Fazio 1968, Stateline, NV)*
  10. Streamsong Resort (Blue) (Tom Doak 2012, Streamsong, FL)*
7th Hole at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin
7th Hole at The Reserve at Moonlight Basin

Courses 81-90

  1. Poipu Bay Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1991, Koloa, HI)*
  2. Estancia Club (Tom Fazio 1995, Scottsdale, AZ)
  3. Bandon Trails (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2005, Bandon, OR)*
  4. Pronghorn Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2004, Bend, OR)
  5. Spyglass Hill Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1966, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  6. The Club at Hokuli'a (Jack Nicklaus 2002, Kealakekua, HI)
  7. Somerset Hills Country Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1917, Bernardsville, NJ)
  8. Hudson National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1996, Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
  9. Robert Trent Jones Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1991, Gainesville, VA)
  10. SouthShore Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1996, Henderson, NV)
15th Hole at The Club at Hokulia
15th Hole at The Club at Hokulia

Courses 91-100

  1. Pinehurst Resort No.2 (Donald Ross 1907/Crenshaw&Coore 2010, Pinehurst, NC)*
  2. Pasatiempo Golf Club (Alister MacKenzie 1929, Santa Cruz, CA)*
  3. Ocean Forest Golf Club (Rees Jones 1995, Sea Island, GA)
  4. Lahontan Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 1998, Truckee, CA)
  5. Quaker Ridge Golf Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1918, Scarsdale, NY)
  6. Winged Foot Golf Club (West) (A.W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)
  7. Rock Creek Idaho Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 2012, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  8. The Olde Farm (Bobby Weed 2000, Bristol, VA)
  9. Highland course at Primland (Donald Steel 2006, Meadows of Dan, VA)*
  10. Wolf Creek Golf Club (Dennis Ryder 2000, Mesquite, NV)*
12th Hole at Lahontan Golf Club
12th Hole at Lahontan Golf Club

The Next 100

  1. Spanish Oaks Golf Club (Bobby Weed 2006, Bee Cave, TX)
  2. Plainfield Country Club (Donald Ross 1921, Plainfield, NJ)
  3. Calusa Pines Golf Club (Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry 2001, Naples, FL)
  4. The Quarry at Giants Ridge (Jeffrey Bauer 2003, Biwabik, MN)*
  5. The Club at Spanish Peaks (Tom Weiskopf 2007, Big Sky, MT)
  6. Desert Highlands Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1983, Scottsdale, AZ)
  7. Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands) (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1964/Rees Jones 1995/2005, Johns Creek, GA)
  8. Dismal River Golf Club (Red) (Tom Doak 2013, Mullen, NE)
  9. Victory Ranch Golf Club (Rees Jones 2009, Woodland, UT)
  10. Stone Canyon Golf Club (Jay Morrish 2000, Oro Valley, AZ)
  11. The Quarry at La Quinta (Tom Fazio 1994, La Quinta, CA)
  12. Aldarra Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Fall City, WA)
  13. Sanctuary Golf Club (Jim Engh 1997, Sedalia, CO)
  14. Pete Dye Golf Club (Pete Dye 1994, Bridgeport, WV)
  15. Dismal River Golf Club (White) (Jack Nicklaus 2006, Mullen, NE)
  16. Camargo Club (Seth Raynor 1927, Indian Hill, OH)
  17. Moraine Country Club (Alex Nipper Campbell 1930/Keith Foster 2016, Dayton, OH)
  18. Southern Hills Country Club (Perry Maxwell 1936, Tulsa, OK)
  19. Interlachen Country Club (Donald Ross 1921/William Watson 1911, Edina, MN)
  20. Scioto Country Club (Donald Ross 1916, Columbus, OH)
  21. Garden City Golf Club (Devereux Emmet 1899, Garden City, NY)
  22. Kittansett Club (William Flynn 1922, Marion, MA)
  23. San Francisco Golf Club (A.W. Tillinghast 1915, San Francisco, CA)
  24. Piping Rock Club (C.B. Macdonald 1912, Locust Valley, NY)
  25. Snake River Sporting Club (Tom Weiskopf 2006, Jackson, WY)
  26. Sand Hollow Resort (Championship) (John Fought 2008, Hurricane, UT)*
  27. Mayacama Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2001, Santa Rosa, CA)
  28. Tidewater Golf Club (Ken Tomlinson 1990, North Myrtle Beach, SC)*
  29. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club (Mike Strantz 1994, Pawleys Island, SC)*
  30. True Blue Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Pawleys Island, SC)*
  31. Worlds Woods (Pine Barrens) (Tom Fazio 1993, Brooksville, FL)
  32. Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (Jack Nicklaus 1988, Lihue, Kauai, HI)*
  33. Kukui'ula Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 2011, Poipu, HI)
  34. Forest Creek Golf Club (North) (Tom Fazio 2002, Pinehurst, NC)
  35. Olympia Fields (North) (Willie Park Jr. 1922, Olympia Fields, IL)
  36. Dallas National Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2002, Dallas, TX)
  37. Kohanaiki Golf Club (Rees Jones 2013, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  38. Forest Highlands Golf Club (Canyon) (Tom Weiskopf 1986, Flagstaff, AZ)
  39. The Wilderness Club (Nick Faldo 2009, Eureka, MT)*
  40. Sherwood Country Club (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Thousand Oaks, CA)
  41. The Preserve Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2000, Carmel, CA)
  42. Wine Valley Golf Club (Dan Hixson 2009, Walla Walla, WA)*
  43. Olympic Club (Lake) (Sam Whiting 1927, San Francisco, CA)
  44. Cascades Golf Course at Omni Homestead Resort (William Flynn 1923, Hot Springs, VA)*
  45. Valhalla Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1986, Louisville, KY)
  46. Pronghorn Golf Club (Fazio) (Tom Fazio 2006, Bend, OR)
  47. Glenwild Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2001, Park City, UT)
  48. Eagle Point Golf Club (Tom Fazio 2000, Wilmington, NC)
  49. Boot Ranch Golf Club (Hal Sutton 2006, Fredericksburg, TX)
  50. Butler National Golf Club (George Fazio 1974/Tom Fazio 1988-2000/2005, Oak Brook, IL)
  51. The Club at Ravenna (Jay Morrish 2007, Littleton, CO)
  52. Yellowstone Club (Tom Weiskopf 2005, Big Sky, MT)
  53. Desert Mountain (Chiricahua) (Jack Nicklaus 1999, Desert Mountain, AZ)
  54. Desert Mountain (Geronimo) (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Desert Mountain, AZ)
  55. Karsten Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1994, Stillwater, OK)*
  56. Lochinvar Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1980, Houston, TX)
  57. We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro) (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2006, Fort McDowell, AZ)*
  58. We-Ko-Pa (Cholla) (Scott Miller 2001, Fort McDowell, AZ)*
  59. Clear Creek Golf Club (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2009, Carson City, NV)
  60. Sycamore Hills Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Fort Wayne, IN)
  61. Whiskey Creek Golf Club (J. Michael Poellot and Ernie Els 2011, Ijamsville, MD)*
  62. Kiawah Island Club (Cassique) (Tom Watson 2000, Kiawah Island, SC)
  63. Blackwolf Run (River) (Pete Dye 1988, Kohler, WI)*
  64. Oakland Hills Country Club (South) (Donald Ross 1918, Bloomfield, MI)
  65. Aronimink Golf Club (Donald Ross 1928, Newtown Square, PA)
  66. Medinah Country Club (No. 3) (Tom Bendelow 1928,. Medinah, IL)
  67. Salish Cliffs Golf Club (Gene Bates 2011, Shelton, WA)
  68. Cirlcing Raven Golf Club (Gene Bates 2003, Worley, ID)
  69. Lakota Canyon Ranch (Jim Engh 2004, New Castle, CO)*
  70. Redlands Mesa Golf Club (Jim Engh 2001, Grand Junction, CO)*
  71. Silvies Valley Ranch (Hankins) (Dan Hixson 2017, Seneca, OR)*
  72. Silvies Valley Ranch (Craddock) (Dan Hixson 2017, Seneca, OR)*
  73. Black Sheep Golf Club (David Esler 2002, Sugar Grove, IL)
  74. Headwaters at Teton Springs (Gary Stephenson 2004, Victor, ID)*
  75. Blue Mound Golf and Country Club (Seth Raynor 1926, Wauwatosa, WI)
  76. Windsong Farm Golf Club (John Fought 2004, Independence, MN)
  77. Atlantic Golf Club (Rees Jones 1992, Bridgehampton, NY)
  78. Cog Hill Golf & Country Club (Dubsdread) (Dick Wilson 1964, Lemont, IL)*
  79. Dunes Golf and Beach Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1948, Myrtle Beach, SC)*
  80. Bulle Rock (Pete Dye 1998, Havre de Grace, MD)*
  81. Summit Rock Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2012, Horseshoe Bay, TX)
  82. The Creek at Qualchan (William Robinson 1992, Spokane, WA)*
  83. Hazeltine National Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1962, Chaska, MN)
  84. Gamble Sands Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2014, Brewster, WA)*
  85. Royal Troon Golf Club (Old) (George Strath 1884, Troon, SCT)*
  86. Columbia Country Club (Herbert H. Barker 1911, Chevy Chase, MD)
  87. The Creek Club (C.B. Macdonald 1925, Locust Valley, NY)
  88. Golf Club of Georgia (Lakeside) (Arthur Hills 1991, Alpharetta, GA)
  89. Philadelphia Country Club (Spring/Mill) (William Flynn 1927, Gladwyne, PA)
  90. Laurel Valley Golf Club (Dick Wilson 1959, Ligonier, PA)
  91. The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1999, Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
  92. Eugene Country Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1967, Eugene, OR)
  93. The Greenbrier (The Old White TPC) (C.B. Macdonald 1914, White Sulpher Springs, WV)*
  94. Links at Spanish Bay (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1987, Pebble Beach, CA)*
  95. Shepherd's Rock Golf Club (Pete Dye 2017, Farmington, PA)*
  96. Mystic Rock Golf Club (Pete Dye 1995, Farmington, PA)*
  97. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (Jack Nicklaus 2003, Sheboygan Falls, WI)*
  98. Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower) (A.W. Tillinghast 1922, Springfield, NJ)
  99. Winged Foot Golf Club (East) (A. W. Tillinghast 1923, Mamaroneck, NY)
  100. The Minikahda Club (Donald Ross 1917, Minneapolis, MN)

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