Courses

So, what goes into determining Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s Best New Golf Courses? In 2019, over 1,600 Golf Digest panelists across the U.S. and Canada played and evaluated Best New candidate courses, scoring each in eight evaluation categories: Shot Options, Layout Variety, Challenge, Distinctiveness, Aesthetics, Conditioning, Character and Fun. The average scores of five
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Ever since animals first dug into the sides of sandhills in search of shelter from chilly winds, golf links have had deep, dark, foreboding bunkers. Naturally, golf architects soon began imitating nature, and the results are classic hazards like the Road Hole Bunker at St. Andrews in Scotland. Today, it’s a rare golf course that
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Donald Ross designed or reconstructed more than 400 golf courses in his lifetime, including many that have hosted major events in the past. This week’s Tour Championship is at East Lake Golf Club, originally laid out by Tom Bendelow, but Ross reconstructed a new course on its site in 1915. Ross has designed many former
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On Sunday of the Open Championship, after a round in which he was caught rolling his eyes, motioning to an imaginary wrist watch, and possibly mumbling uncharitable things under his breath, Brooks Koepka was asked about the challenge of his pairing with the notoriously slow J.B. Holmes. Here, Koepka, the four-time major champion and part-time
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Summer brings out the best Milwaukee has to offer–from traveling beer gardens to trout fishing to golf. The season is short but sweet, with golf fever spanning May through October. The city itself has tournament-caliber municipal courses in its portfolio, and within an hour’s drive there’s a whole lot more to explore in the area
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Stephen Szurlej 1 . (1) Shinnecock Hills G.C. (pictured above), Southampton •2. (2) National G. Links of America, Southampton •3. (4) Fishers Island Club • 4. (3) Winged Foot G.C. (West), Mamaroneck •5. (5) Friar’s Head G.C., Baiting Hollow •6. (6) Oak Hill C.C. (East), Rochester •7. (7) Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale •^8. (8)
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1 . (1) Crystal Downs C.C. (pictured above), Frankfort •2. (2) Oakland Hills C.C. (South), Bloomfield Hills •3. (3) Arcadia Bluffs G.C., Arcadia • ^4. (4) Kingsley Club, Kingsley ≈5. (5) Forest Dunes G.C., Roscommon ≈ ^6. (6) Lost Dunes G.C., Bridgman ≈7. (7) True North G.C., Harbor Springs8. (New) The Loop (Black), Roscommon ^
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1 . (1) Shadow Creek (18th hole pictured above), North Las Vegas •^2. (2) Clear Creek, Tahoe3. (3) Southern Highlands G.C., Las Vegas ≈4. (4) The G.C. at Southshore, Henderson5. (5) Wolf Creek G.C., Mesquite ≈ ^6. (6) Cascata, Boulder City ^7. (7) Montreux G. & C.C., Reno8. (8) Edgewood Tahoe G. Cse., Lake Tahoe9.
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1 . (1) The Stanwich Club (pictured above), Greenwich ≈2. (2) C.C. Of Fairfield ≈3. (3) The Course At Yale, New Haven4. (4) Wee Burn C.C., Darien5. (5) Tamarack C.C., Greenwich6. (7) Bull’s Bridge G.C., South Kent7. (8) Round Hill Club, Greenwich8. (6) Lake Of Isles G.C. (South), North Stonington9. (10) Hartford G.C. (Red/Blue), West
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1 . (1) Interlachen C.C. (6th hole pictured above), Edina •2. (2) Spring Hill G.C., Wayzata •3. (3) Hazeltine National G.C., Chaska ≈4. (4) The Quarry At Giants Ridge, Biwabik ^5. (5) White Bear Yacht Club, White Bear Lake ≈6. (7) Windsong Farm G.C., Independence7. (8) The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis 8. (6) Northland C.C., Duluth9.
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Courtesy of Portsmouth Country Club 1 . (1) Baker Hill G.C., Newbury2. (2) The G.C. of New England, Stratham3. (3) Lake Winnipesaukee G.C., New Durham4. (5) Portsmouth C.C., Greenland ^5. (4) Lake Sunapee C.C., New London KEY(2017-’18 ranking in parentheses)• America’s 100 Greatest Course≍ America’s Second 100 Greatest Course^ Public courseNR Not rated in 2017-’18
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Hugh Hargrave/Courtesy of Whispering Pines CC 1 . (2) Whispering Pines G.C. (15th hole pictured above), Trinity •2. (1) Dallas National G.C., Dallas •3. (3) Bluejack National, Montgomery4. (5) Colonial C.C., Fort Worth ≈5. (4) Preston Trail G.C., Dallas6. (NR) Trinity Forest G.C., Dallas7. (6) Spanish Oaks G.C., Bee Cave8. (9) Miramont C.C., Bryan9. (22)
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Dom Furore 1 . (1) Pine Valley G.C. (15th hole pictured above) •2. (2) Baltusrol G.C. (Lower), Springfield •3. (3) Baltusrol G.C. (Upper), Springfield •4. (4) Somerset Hills C.C., Bernardsville •5. (5) Plainfield C.C., Edison •6. (7) Galloway National G.C. ≈7. (6) Ridgewood C.C. (East/West), Paramus8. (8) Bayonne G.C. ≈9. (13) Trump National G.C. Bedminster
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Golf Digest has been publishing a Best in State ranking every other year since 1977, making this the 22nd edition. Deploying our trained panel of more than 1,700 low-handicap golfers to continually assess the courses of this nation is a mission whose main obstacle is daylight. “Indeed, most courses ranked in any state are legitimate
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Courtesy of Southern Hills CC 1 . (1) Southern Hills C.C. (pictured above), Tulsa •2. (2) Oak Tree National, Edmond •3. (3) Karsten Creek G.C., Stillwater ^4. (4) The Patriot G.C., Owasso5. (6) Twin Hills G. & C.C., Oklahoma City6. (8) The Territory G. & C.C., Duncan 7. (5) Oak Tree C.C. (East), Edmond8. (10)
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1 . (1) Chicago G.C., Wheaton •2. (2) Butler National G.C., Oak Brook •3. (3) Medinah C.C. (No. 3) (2nd hole pictured above)•4. (5) Shoreacres, Lake Bluff •5. (4) Canyata G.C., Marshall •6. (6) Olympia Fields C.C. (North), Olympia Fields •7. (7) Rich Harvest Links, Sugar Grove •8. (NR) Old Elm Club, Highland Park9. (9)
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Dom Furore 1 . (1) Sand Hills G.C. (pictured above), Mullen •2. (2) Dismal River G.C. (Red), Mullen ≍3. (3) The Prairie Club (Dunes), Valentine ≍ ^4. (4) Omaha C.C.5. (5) Dismal River Club (White), Mullen6. (6) Wild Horse G.C., Gothenburg ^7. (7) The Prairie Club (Pines), Valentine ^8. (8) Arborlinks, Nebraska City9. (9) Firethorn
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