Following on from Golf Digest’s laughable attempt to please its global magazine affiliates – sorry rank golf courses outside the USA – comes an even more ham-fisted attempt to marry that Top 100 list and its recent USA rankings into one new World Top 200.
Compounding what was undoubtedly the least credible attempt at global rankings to date, the magazine has retained the order of the two Top 100s and simply shuffled courses from the lists in what seems like a random manner.
Shanqin Bay is a fine course, but even Bill Coore would be embarrassed to see it higher than Pebble Beach, National Golf Links of America and his own masterpieces of Sand Hills and Friars Head. Even more egregious are other Asian and Middle Eastern results. Slotting courses like Nine Bridges, Haesley Nine Bridges and Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in ahead of Prairie Dunes and Pinehurst #2 makes a complete mockery of the entire process. We could go on.
Bluffs Ho Tram ahead of San Francisco, Black Mountain ahead of Machrihanish, The Emirates Course in Dubai ahead of Cruden Bay, Sheshan ahead of Somerset Hills and Olgiata ahead of Royal Aberdeen and Maidstone.
On many levels this list is absurd. Enjoy the read.