7 Jan 2014

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

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