Golf Digest releases its first ever ranking of the Top 100 golf courses in the World.
According to the accompanying editorial, the very first Golf Digest World Top 100 ranking was produced via ballots completed by the magazine’s USA based judges and those associated with its 27 international affiliates.
We aren’t sure whether any Australian judges completed the ballot, but interesting that both Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm perform better on this list than on the local Australian Golf Digest Top 100. Both are terrific courses, but 11 and 23 in the world does seem generous.
This was Golf Digest’s first ever attempt at a World Top 100 ranking. It will be interesting to see whether any tweaks are made to the ranking process in the years ahead, and how the list changes over time. They might scratch their head at a few of the Asian results when they look back on this inaugural list.
The Golf Digest World 100 Greatest Golf Courses list - 2014.
1 Pine Valley G.C., U.S.A.
2 Cypress Point Club, U.S.A.
3 Augusta National G.C., U.S.A.
4 Royal County Down G.C., N. Ireland
5 Shinnecock Hills G.C.,U.S.A.
6 Royal Dornoch G.C. (Championship), Scotland
7 St. Andrews Links (Old), Scotland
8 Muirfield, Scotland
9 Royal Melbourne G.C. (West), Australia
10 Oakmont C.C., U.S.A.
11 Barnbougle Dunes, Australia
12 Sand Hills G.C., U.S.A.
13 National G. Links of America, U.S.A.
14 Merion G.C. (East), U.S.A.
15 Pebble Beach G. Links, U.S.A.
16 Royal Portrush G.C. (Dunluce), N. Ireland
17 Fishers Island Club, U.S.A.
18 Hirono G.C., Japan
19 Turnberry Resort (Ailsa), Scotland
20 Kingston Heath G.C., Australia
21 Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Pacific Dunes), U.S.A.
22 Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand
23 Barnbougle Lost Farm, Australia
24 Winged Foot G.C. (West), U.S.A.
25 Crystal Downs C.C., U.S.A.
26 Chicago G.C.,U.S.A.
27 Ballybunion G.C. (Old), Ireland
28 Royal Melbourne G.C. (East), Australia
29 San Francisco G.C., U.S.A.
30 St. George’s G. & C.C., Canada
31 Carnoustie G. Links (Championship), Scotland
32 G. de Morfontaine, France
33 New South Wales G.C., Australia
34 Fancourt (Links), South Africa
35 Bethpage State Park (Black), U.S.A.
36 Prairie Dunes C.C., U.S.A.
37 Friar’s Head G.C., U.S.A.
38 Royal Birkdale G.C., England
39 Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand
40 Anyang C.C., South Korea
41 Sunningdale G.C. (Old), England
42 Cabot Links, Canada
43 Seminole G.C., U.S.A.
44 Royal Porthcawl G.C., Wales
45 Los Angeles C.C. (North), U.S.A.
46 Pinehurst Resort (No. 2), U.S.A.
47 Riviera C.C., U.S.A.
48 Whistling Straits (Straits), U.S.A.
49 Valderrama G.C., Spain
50 Kingsbarns G. Links, Scotland
51 Kawana Hotel G. Cse. (Fuji), Japan
52 Nirwana Bali G.C., Indonesia
53 Muirfield Village G.C., U.S.A.
54 Swinley Forest G.C., England
55 Diamante G.C. (Dunes), Mexico
56 Trump International G. Links, Scotland
57 Machrihanish G.C., Scotland
58 Oak Hill C.C. (East), U.S.A.
59 The C. at Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea
60 Kiawah Island G. Resort (Ocean), U.S.A.
61 National G.C. of Canada, Canada
62 Bandon Dunes G. Resort (Bandon Dunes), U.S.A.
63 Olympic Club (Lake), U.S.A.
64 Lahinch G.C. (Old), Ireland
65 North Berwick G.C., Scotland
66 Royal St. George’s G.C., England
67 Oakland Hills C.C. (South), U.S.A.
68 Ballyneal G.C., U.S.A.
69 Wade Hampton G.C., U.S.A.
70 Cruden Bay G.C., Scotland
71 The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel), U.S.A.
72 Haesley Nine Bridges, Yeoju, South Korea
73 Royal Aberdeen G.C., Scotland
74 Pikewood National G.C., U.S.A.
75 Shadow Creek, U.S.A.
76 Royal Troon G.C. (Old), Scotland
77 St. George’s Hill G.C., England
78 Rye G.C. (Old), England
79 Winged Foot G.C. (East), U.S.A.
80 The Golf Club, U.S.A.
81 Royal Lytham & St. Annes G.C., England
82 Sheshan G.C., China
83 Portmarnock G.C., Ireland
84 Leopard Creek C.C., South Africa
85 Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog),Dominican Republic
86 Garden City G.C., U.S.A.
87 Castle Stuart G. Links, Scotland
88 Woodhall Spa G.C. (Hotchkin), England
89 TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), U.S.A.
90 Loch Lomond G.C., Scotland
91 Sunningdale G.C. (New), England
92 Spring City G. & Lake Resort (Lake), China
93 Waterville G. Links, Ireland
94 Victoria G.C., Australia
95 The Honors Course, U.S.A.
96 Walton Heath G.C. (Old), England
97 Baltusrol G.C. (Lower), U.S.A.
98 Hamilton G. and C.C. (West/South), Canada
99 St. Enodoc G.C. (Church), England
100 Spring City G. & Lake Resort (Mountain), China