Top 250 Golf Courses of the USA 2011

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Top 250 Golf Courses of the USA 2011

Biennial rankings of the USA’s Top 250 golf courses

Harding Park Golf CourseMost top-ranked private golf clubs in Britain & Ireland welcome visitors. In fact golfers can play every Open Championship venue by following basic etiquette, which is often, simply, to book with the club in advance. It’s a different story in the Land of Hope and Glory. There are only a handful of US Open venues that are publicly accessible and there are fifty venues that have played host to the US Open since its early beginnings at the exclusive Newport Country Club.

Course accessibility, or rather the lack of it, was one of the reasons we extended our US rankings to 250 golf courses back in 2009. Most golfers cannot play a significant proportion of America’s Top 100 Golf Courses as listed by other golf publications. We believe that by extending the list, golfers will have a more realistic chance of playing a top ranked US course.

Our 2011 US golf course rankings show very little change at the top, but there are many changes lower down the rankings.

Sea Island - Seaside golf course San Francisco’s public access Harding Park makes its debut in our first hundred, straight in at 99th, but the Seaside course at the acclaimed Sea Island Resort is our highest climber, which rockets up the rankings by an incredible 111 places to 76th position… clearly we had the Seaside course positioned too far down in our previous rankings. According to Mac, “Seaside is a terrific golf course. On top of that the accommodations on Sea Island are second to none. Add in the history of the club and you've got a magnificent golfing experience.”

Torrey Pines South course, host of the 2008 US Open, is another public access high climber that muscles its way into our first hundred. “Played Torrey South ten days prior to the San Diego Open”, commented Donovan. “The course is in magnificent condition, greens rolling well, walked 18 in 4 hours. Since the US Open in 2008, the conditions have been consistent and 'ready for tournament' caliber. It's a must play, as the North Course is also. If South didn’t exist, North would be the best track in San Diego.”

Torrey Pines - South golf courseTorrey Pines is the second municipal course to host the US Open and in 2009 the event returned to the Black course at Bethpage State Park. Then, in 2010, the competition showcased at perhaps the greatest public access venue in the USA, Pebble Beach.

We hope the American trend to hold top events at accessible venues continues, because one of the game’s most precious gifts is for regular golfers to be allowed to follow in the footsteps of the great professionals. Sadly we’ll have to wait until 2014 for the US Open to return to the Pinehurst Resort. Meanwhile we can dream of that elusive invite to the ultra-private Congressional, Olympic Club and Merion, which are the next three host venues for the US Open.

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2011

Course

Move

1

Pine Valley

No Change

2

Cypress Point

No Change

3

Augusta National

Up 1

4

Shinnecock Hills

Down 1

5

Oakmont

No Change

6

Pebble Beach

No Change

7

Merion (East)

No Change

8

Sand Hills

No Change

9

Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes)

No Change

10

National Golf Links of America

No Change

11

Winged Foot (West)

Up 2

12

Fishers Island

Up 2

13

Seminole

Down 1

14

Chicago

Up 1

15

Crystal Downs

Down 4

16

Whistling Straits (Straits)

Up 1

17

Pinehurst (No.2)

Up 2

18

Muirfield Village

No Change

19

Prairie Dunes

Down 3

20

Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel)

Up 1

21

Oakland Hills (South)

Down 1

22

Bethpage (Black)

Up 1

23

Kiawah Island (Ocean)

Up 1

24

Oak Hill (East)

Up 5

25

Friar's Head

Up 3

26

Olympic Club (Lake)

No Change

27

Wade Hampton

Up 6

28

Golf Club

Up 2

29

Baltusrol (Lower)

Up 5

30

Bandon Dunes (Bandon Dunes)

Down 5

31

San Francisco

Down 9

32

Medinah (No.3)

Up 7

33

Shadow Creek (North)

Up 5

34

Spyglass Hill

Up 7

35

TPC at Sawgrass (Stadium)

Down 4

36

Southern Hills

Down 4

37

Riviera

Down 10

38

Inverness

Up 4

39

Castle Pines

Up 17

40

Sebonack

Down 4

41

Garden City

Down 4

42

Maidstone

Up 7

43

Arcadia Bluffs

Up 31

44

Butler National

Up 23

45

Somerset Hills

Up 12

46

Cherry Hills

Up 13

47

Los Angeles (North)

Down 12

48

Old Sandwich

No Change

49

Honors Course

Down 9

50

Winged Foot (East)

Down 7

51

Monterey Peninsula (Shore)

Up 11

52

Interlachen

Up 14

53

Shoreacres

Down 8

54

Kinloch

Down 8

55

Camargo

Up 3

56

Pete Dye

Down 12

57

Harbour Town

Down 10

58

Chambers Bay

Up 6

59

Scioto

Down 4

60

Peachtree

Down 8

61

Plainfield

Down 7

62

Quaker Ridge

Down 9

63

Bandon Dunes (Bandon Trails)

Down 12

64

Ballyneal

Down 14

65

Black Rock (Jim Engh)

Up 5

66

Kittansett

Down 3

67

Olympia Fields (North)

Down 7

68

East Lake

Down 7

69

Dallas National

Up 6

70

Milwaukee

Down 1

71

Congressional (Blue)

No Change

72

Victoria National

Up 5

73

Valley Club of Montecito (Valley Club)

Up 5

74

Black Diamond Ranch (Quarry)

Up 29

75

Pasatiempo

Up 6

76

Sea Island (Seaside)

Up 111

77

Galloway National

Up 10

78

Trump National (Old)

Up 11

79

Long Cove

Down 7

80

Mayacama

Up 13

81

Forest Highlands (Canyon)

Up 4

82

Hazeltine National

Down 9

83

Torrey Pines (South)

Up 31

84

Newport

Up 7

85

Shoal Creek

Up 7

86

Crooked Stick

Down 10

87

Princeville (Prince)

Up 24

88

Preserve

Up 14

89

Kingsley Club

Up 33

90

Colonial

Up 9

91

Eugene

Up 3

92

Salem

Up 6

93

Baltimore (East)

Up 11

94

Calusa Pines

Down 29

95

Ocean Forest

Down 16

96

Double Eagle

Down 28

97

Black Wolf Run (River)

Up 9

98

Cog Hill (No.4)

Up 29

99

Harding Park

NEW

100

Yeamans Hall

Down 16

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