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Top 100 Gems - Worldwide

Los Angeles (South)

Gem USA - Best in Area

Re-opened in 2016, following a sympathetic Gil Hanse restoration, Los Angeles Country Club's South course offers a complementary playing experience to the tougher North course, with wide fairways transitioning into native grasses and no penal rough.

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Morgan Creek

Gem USA - Best in Area

Designed by Kyle Phillips, debuting without fuss or fanfare in 2003, Morgan Creek Golf Club is located less than a 20-minute drive from Kyle's Granite Bay office and it became his first solo design in his home country when it opened...

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Hideaway (Clive Clark)

Gem USA - Best in Area

Hideaway Golf Club started out as the Country Club of the Desert back in the late 1990s before the Discovery Land property group stepped in to rescue the development when the original owners ran into financial difficulties.

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Banyan

Gem USA - Best in Area

The course at Banyan Golf Club opened for play in 1973 and Joe Lee designed it. On first seeing the property, the architect proclaimed: “This place is majestic! All you have to do is listen and the land will tell you what to do.”

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Kenwood (Kendale)

Gem USA - Best in Area

Kenwood Country Club was founded in 1930 by members of Cincinnati Country Club. Donald Ross was called in to help choose an appropriate property on the city outskirts, but Bill Diddel was selected to fashion two courses...

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Kenwood (Kenview)

Gem USA - Best in Area

The expansion of Interstate 71 has had such a dramatic impact to Kenwood Country Club's Kenview course that it now has some original holes, some that are only a few decades old, and others which are just a few years old.

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Gailes

Gem Australia - Best in Area

In 1935, the club changed its name from Goodna to Gailes Golf Club, reflecting a similar name change made to the local railway station. The club immediately contacted Western Gailes in Scotland and the two clubs exchanged trophies for perpetual competition.

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Silvies Valley Ranch (Hankins)

Gem USA - Best in Area

The boutique eco-resort of Silvies Valley Ranch lies inside an enormous working ranch that nestles within extensive tracts of designated National Forests in the isolated central region of the Beaver State.

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Silvies Valley Ranch (Craddock)

Gem USA - Best in Area

The golfing element of the Silvies Valley Ranch project took eight years of construction and grow-in to complete, with Dan Hixson designing 36 reversible holes that use 27 greens...

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Bandon Dunes (Sheep Ranch)

Gem USA - Best in Area

The Sheep Ranch course at Bandon Dunes finally debuted in 2020, with nine greens located against the bluffs, making full use of a mile of ocean shoreline. Interestingly, there are no sand bunkers here; only twenty or so grassy depressions...

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Heron Lakes (Great Blue)

Gem USA - Best in Area

Host venue to the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship in 2000, the Great Blue course at Heron Lakes Golf Club is located on the northwestern outskirts of Portland and Kyle Phillips laid it out in 1992 when he was RTJ2’s lead architect.

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Lyon (Les Brocards)

Gem France - Best in Area

Golf Club de Lyon dates back to 1919 but both 18-hole layouts at this golf facility (Les Brocards and Les Sangliers) are of a more recent vintage. The construction of a new main road in the early 1960s forced the club to move to its present location...

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Andalusia

Gem USA - Best in Area

Designed by Rees Jones, the course at Andalusia Country Club occupies what was once flat, barren terrain which was transformed into a verdant golfing landscape...

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Ruby Hill

Gem USA - Best in Area

Routed around a high-density real estate development in the hills of Livermore Valley wine country, the course at Ruby Hill Golf Club – as it was originally called – is a mid-1990s Jack Nicklaus Signature design situated outside Pleasanton in Alameda County.

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Hillcrest Country Club - California

Gem USA - Best in Area

Willie Watson designed the original course at the exclusive Hillcrest Country Club, but plenty changed when Kyle Phillips was appointed in 2018 to redesign the existing layout, adding six new holes to the set-up.

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Shawnee Inn (Red & Blue)

Gem USA - Best in Area

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is located in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, by the flowing waters of the Delaware River, where it opened up in 1911 as the Buckwood Inn.

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