North America

Our definition of North America excludes countries in the Central American and Caribbean regions. In the frozen north, the substantial landmass of Greenland is geographically part of the continent but again, it’s not included, largely because of the country’s political and cultural ties with Europe. Therefore, our version of North America extends to Canada, the United States of America and Mexico.

At the bottom end of the continent, Mexico boasts a Top 40 ranking chart, with the number 1 course – Diamante (Dunes) – good enough to make our World Top 100. Way further north, above the International Boundary, we rank over a hundred Canadian courses, sub-divided within the ten provinces and three territories of the Great White North. Three Canadian courses currently occupy positions in our World Top 100, Cabot Cliffs, Cabot Links and St George's Golf & Country Club.

Sandwiched between Mexico and Canada, the United States of America has over 1,650 courses featured in our various listings. A hundred different layouts occupy positions in the national chart but, by maintaining Best in State rankings for each of the fifty states in the USA, we’re able to exhibit more than fifteen hundred additional courses throughout this vast golfing nation.

Our inaugural North American Top 100 was produced in January 2018. The ranking table is dominated by courses from the USA. However, eleven Canadian courses make the list, supported by three Mexican layouts.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North America

Cypress Point

1st North America Ranking

Cypress Point Club is set at the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains on the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula and the cliff top terrain is varied and thrilling.

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Description: Cypress Point Club is set at the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains on the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula and the cliff top terrain is varied and thrilling. Rating: 5.9230769230769 out of 6

Shinnecock Hills

2nd North America Ranking

Not only was Shinnecock Hills Golf Club one of the five founding members of the USGA but also it was where one of the first specifically designed golf clubhouses was built.

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Description: Not only was Shinnecock Hills Golf Club one of the five founding members of the USGA but also it was where one of the first specifically designed golf clubhouses was built. Rating: 5.8181818181818 out of 6

Pine Valley

3rd North America Ranking

Pine Valley Golf Club was the dream of a Philadelphian hotelier, George Crump, who sadly died before its completion.

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Description: Pine Valley Golf Club was the dream of a Philadelphian hotelier, George Crump, who sadly died before its completion. Rating: 5.8571428571429 out of 6

National Golf Links of America

4th North America Ranking

National Golf Links of America is a golf course of monumental historical importance, it’s a “Bear’s Best”, or “Blair's Best” of the early 20th century.

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Description: National Golf Links of America is a golf course of monumental historical importance, it’s a “Bear’s Best”, or “Blair's Best” of the early 20th century. Rating: 5.9166666666667 out of 6

Oakmont

5th North America Ranking

Apart from Augusta National, Oakmont Country Club has hosted more major Championships than any other course in the U.S. and it’s considered by many to be the toughest golf course in the world.

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Description: Apart from Augusta National, Oakmont Country Club has hosted more major Championships than any other course in the U.S. and it’s considered by many to be the toughest golf course in the world. Rating: 5.6 out of 6

Sand Hills

6th North America Ranking

Sand Hills Golf Club is a club to respect and those in the know admire their non-commerciality and that is a delightful break from tradition these days...

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Description: Sand Hills Golf Club is a club to respect and those in the know admire their non-commerciality and that is a delightful break from tradition these days... Rating: 5.2727272727273 out of 6

Merion (East)

7th North America Ranking

When Merion Golf Club was founded in 1896, Philadelphians were more likely to play cricket than golf.

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Description: When Merion Golf Club was founded in 1896, Philadelphians were more likely to play cricket than golf. Rating: 6 out of 6

Augusta National

8th North America Ranking

Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world and was designed by the world’s greatest golfer, who teamed up with the world’s greatest architect.

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Description: Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world and was designed by the world’s greatest golfer, who teamed up with the world’s greatest architect. Rating: 5.8333333333333 out of 6

Pebble Beach

9th North America Ranking

Cypress Point is the course you can’t play at Pebble Beach, but thankfully Pebble Beach Golf Links is one you can.

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Description: Cypress Point is the course you can’t play at Pebble Beach, but thankfully Pebble Beach Golf Links is one you can. Rating: 5.53125 out of 6

Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes)

10th North America Ranking

Tom Doak's Pacific Dunes is considered by many to be the best course at the fabulous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

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Description: Tom Doak's Pacific Dunes is considered by many to be the best course at the fabulous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Rating: 5.7894736842105 out of 6