The Top 100 Course I’ve Played – March

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Kipahulu Reserve by Henrik Sundqvist

 

It’s another month of high turnover in the Top 100 list, where a course would have needed to hold a top 80 position in the February Top 100 list to still be featured on the March list. No course burst into the top 5 like Tye Dunes and Congressional did last month, but 4 courses made solid top 20 debuts (Kipahulu, Promenade, The Breakers, and Hiwassee Hills). 189 total courses have been reviewed since the original Top 100 list was published, with many more to come.

 

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Promenade Golf Club by Adam Benjamin

 

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The Breakers by Rich Banker

 

Rank Name Designer Last Month
1 Whistling Straits, Sheboygan WI Overseeded Craig Frey 1
2 Oceanic Athletic Club Adam Benjamin 2
3 Loa Pali Golf Resort Dario Logan 3
4 Tye Dunes Patrick Yates 4
5 Congressional CC Rod Simpson 5
6 Pebble Beach Golf Links (All versions) Brandon Pugh 6
7 Kipahulu Reserve Henrik Sundqvist New
8 Pine Valley, New Jersey Craig Frey 7
9 Old Beaver Creek – Championship Bill Rader & Brian Jeffords 8
10 Royal Lytham & St Annes 2015 Yeltzman 9
11 Bison Run Brian Jeffords 10
12 Muirfield 2013 Open Yeltzman 11
13 TPC at Sawgrass Brandon Pugh 12
14 Promenade Golf Club Adam Benjamin New
15 The Breakers Rich Banker New
16 The Timberwolf Andre Quenneville 13
17 Halton Beach Dan Hebert 14
18 Purgatory Golf Club Steve Pope 15
19 Bailiwick Grand Golf Club Job Fickett & Dan Hebert 16
20 The Course at Hiwassee Hills Todd Driver New
21 Columbia National Golf Links Brian Jeffords 17
22 Royal Birkdale 2016 (Thursday Dry) Yeltzman 18
23 Firestone CC South (Rustic) Brandon Pugh 19
24 Freshwater Golf Club Adam Benjamin 20
25 Dr. Yeti’s 9 Hole Haven at Crater Lake Bryan Cowles 21
26 Hoodoo Hills: Remastered Bryan Cowles 22
27 Harbor Island Platinum Jeremy Blaylock 23
28 Glen Abbey GC (Canadian Open) Saturday Bryan Boomer 24
29 Coyote Canyon 2016 Nick Weisgerber 25
30 Spyglass Hill 2015 yeltzman 26
31 Red Rock National Nick Weisgerber 27
32 Pittsburgh Field Club (thurs) Pete Kohelis New
33 Skull Valley Golf Club – Outlaw Steve Pope 28
34 Golf Club of Houston William Bradford New
35 Dovetail Park Golf Club Simon Morris 29
36 Tobacco Dunes Steve Pope 30
37 Vallentuna Golfklubb – Sweden Mikael Thunberg 31
38 McKee McGrodo Platinum (A) Jeremy Blaylock 32
39 Fossmill Golf Club Mikael Thunberg 33
40 Le Golf National Dean Lowden 34
41 St. Lorin Golf Club, Baumgarten Is. Hawaii #1 David Jensen 35
42 Escalante Steps (Par 3) Brian Jeffords 36
43 Welican National @ Llandudno Bobby Anderson 37
44 Celtic Vineyard Golf Club Adam Benjamin 38
45 TPC @ Boston – thurs (new textures) Kenny Canham 39
46 Southern Hills Country Club Trey Coursey 41
47 TGC @ the Engish Rose (Thurs) Wendy Airey 40
48 Eighteen at Strawberry Plains Todd Driver 42
49 Mai Phu Kyn Golf Club, Mekong Delta, Vietnam David Jensen 43
50 The Capilano Club Andre Quenneville 44
51 Harvest Plantation Todd Driver 45
52 Scarpacci Island Antonio Scarpacci 46
53 Humboldt Bay Golf Club – Eureka, California Andre Quenneville New
54 Valgrind Golf Club Joseph Bowling 47
55 The Canuck Club at Devils’ Escarpment Andre Quenneville 48
56 Demon Host G.C. (Thursday) Ola Ericsson New
57 Spectacle Island Links (Tour) Antonio Scarpacci 49
58 Westmorland Manor CC Wayne Adams 50
59 TGC Players’ Club – Stadium Course Dario Logan 51
60 The Homestead Brian Jeffords / Andre Quenneville 52
61 Kahiko Beach Golf and Surf Club Andre Quenneville 53
62 Royal Ballylough Rod Simpson 54
63 Riviera Country Club – Thursday Bryan Boomer 55
64 The Copse @ Malkie Coast Ola Ericsson New
65 Olde Scarpacci Antonio Scarpacci 56
66 The Columbia Valley Preserve Chris Nelson New
67 Whonnock Lake Golf Club (Black Diamond) Andre Quenneville New
68 Yeti National CC at Sasquatch Pointe Bryan Cowles 57
69 Mistwood Golf Course William Bradford 58
70 Grand Epson V1 Wendy Airey 59
71 King Kyne Royal Tropicana David Jensen 60
72 Hocking Hills Country Club (Thursday) Tim Jaquith 61
73 The Canuck Club at Angels’ Plateau Andre Quenneville 62
74 Falcon Bay Sunday Pin Todd Driver 63
75 Caldera Basin Golf Club Jeremy Holme 64
76 Horned Viper G.C. Bryan Boomer New
77 Sleepy Willow CC (Blacks) Brandon Pugh 65
78 Rivington Hall Martyn Shaw 66
79 PGA West (Palmer) [Sunday] Rod Simpson 68
80 Arctic Curse Golf and CC Bryan Boomer New
81 The Tarantula Golf Club Keith Callahan 69
82 Sugar Hills: TGC Edition John Rubenkoenig 70
83 Swindler’s Bluff (Thursday) Brent Gravelle 71
84 Thousand Island Golf and CC Bryan Boomer 67
85 El Caiman CG Enrique De Guzman 72
86 The Red October G&CC Mick Pitcher 73
87 Shougleith Tournament Links – Thurs Adam Hill New
88 Chudleigh Golf Club Lez Marwick 74
89 Royal Troon Old Course 2015 Yeltzman 75
90 The Course of St. George Mick Pitcher 76
91 Chicago Golf Club JELindholm 78
92 Elmview – Open Day 1 Brian Jeffords 77
93 Cohutta Country Club Todd Driver 78
94 The players club, Conklin ny Randy Bellomio New
95 The Par 3 Course at Flora Park Elliot Caw 80
96 Scottsdale Silverado Dean Lowden New
97 Royal Burberry Black (Sunday) Jordan Springer 81
98 The Walker Course Clemson, SC William Bradford 82
99 Grey Raven G.C. Seth Campion New
100 Songbird Country GC Roger Ramjet 83

 

Exiting the Top 100

Drayton Lakes by Lez Marwick

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You can never go wrong playing any course by Lez if you are looking for a very realistic-feeling round. His portfolio of courses is full of these types of courses.

 

Trump National Doral by Colin J. Watt

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I finally got to do a review for this course when the WGC – Cadillac came around again this year, and an update in the Tropical theme would most certainly vault this course back into the top 100.

 

Seashore Paspalum Links by njdevilsfan30

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This is a firm and fast Links course, which can often be bad, but this one is nicely done and very playable. Definitely worth a shot if you are a firm and fast fan.

 

Other courses exiting the Top 100:

Blue Oak Country Club Brett Carr 87
Country Springs Golf Club Mike Shoemaker 88
Valefor 2015 Elliot Caw 89
Turnberry Kintyre Course Alan McSpadyen 90
TGC @ Murky Hollow John Rubenkoenig 91
Cairn Orchard Dale Burger 92
New South Flower Ola Ericsson 93
Briarbanks Country Club Brandon Pugh 94
Savage Gulf Ocean Course Todd Driver 95
Tropic of Capricorn Stephen McIntyre 96
Longdale Pikes Jeremy Holme 97
Celebration Cove Jeff Reese 98
Royal Blackburn Chris Lane 99
Hau’oli Mino’aka Stephen Templar 100

 

Narrow Misses

TPC Stadium Course Scottsdale by Wayne Adams

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A very good rendition of the pre-renovation Scottsdale course, but unfortunately no longer reflects the course that we get to watch on TV each February.

 

Hillcrest Golf & CC by William Bradford

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An interesting real life course in Indiana with a bit of an unorthodox design. It doesn’t stand up to some of the greatest RCR courses represented in the game, but is nicely done and worthy of a play, nonetheless.

 

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