The Top 100 Courses I’ve Played – April

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Idanha Ridge Golf Club by Henrik Sundqvist

 

In comparison to the past few months, there was not a lot of turnover in April. This is mostly due to my usual review time being occupied by the impending release of Oakmont Country Club. A milestone was reached in April, though, as I played and reviewed my 200th course since my reviews began. If you rewind back to November, when I hit my 100-course milestone, you would have needed to place 42nd or better on that list to still be in the top 100 today. That not only speaks to the quality of new courses coming out every month, but is also a testament to those 42 courses that have stood the test of time despite incredible competition.

 

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Bethpage State Park Black Course by Bryan Boomer

 

Without further ado, let’s get right into it…

 

RankNameDesignerLast Month
1Whistling Straits, Sheboygan WI OverseededCraig Frey1
2Tye DunesPatrick Yates4
3Congressional CCRod Simpson5
4Oceanic Athletic ClubAdam Benjamin2
5Loa Pali Golf ResortDario Logan3
6Pebble Beach Golf Links (All versions)Brandon Pugh6
7Kipahulu ReserveHenrik Sundqvist7
8Pine Valley, New JerseyCraig Frey8
9Old Beaver Creek – ChampionshipBill Rader & Brian Jeffords9
10Royal Lytham & St Annes 2015Yeltzman10
11Bison RunBrian Jeffords11
12Muirfield 2013 OpenYeltzman12
13TPC at SawgrassBrandon Pugh13
14Promenade Golf ClubAdam Benjamin14
15The BreakersRich Banker15
16The TimberwolfAndre Quenneville16
17Halton BeachDan Hebert17
18Idanha Ridge Golf ClubHenrik SundqvistNew
19Purgatory Golf ClubSteve Pope18
20Bailiwick Grand Golf ClubJob Fickett & Dan Hebert19
21The Course at Hiwassee HillsTodd Driver20
22Columbia National Golf LinksBrian Jeffords21
23Royal Birkdale 2016 (Thursday Dry)Yeltzman22
24Bethpage State Park Black CourseBryan BoomerNew
25Firestone CC South (Rustic)Brandon Pugh23
26Freshwater Golf ClubAdam Benjamin24
27Dr. Yeti’s 9 Hole Haven at Crater LakeBryan Cowles25
28Hoodoo Hills: RemasteredBryan Cowles26
29Harbor Island PlatinumJeremy Blaylock27
30Glen Abbey GC (Canadian Open) SaturdayBryan Boomer28
31Coyote Canyon 2016Nick Weisgerber29
32Spyglass Hill 2015yeltzman30
33Red Rock NationalNick Weisgerber31
34Pittsburgh Field Club (thurs)Pete Kohelis32
35Skull Valley Golf Club – OutlawSteve Pope33
36Golf Club of HoustonWilliam Bradford34
37Dovetail Park Golf ClubSimon Morris35
38Tobacco DunesSteve Pope36
39Vallentuna Golfklubb – SwedenMikael Thunberg37
40McKee McGrodo Platinum (A)Jeremy Blaylock38
41Fossmill Golf ClubMikael Thunberg39
42Escalante Steps (Par 3)Brian Jeffords40
43Le Golf NationalDean Lowden41
44Harrison Mills Golf ClubAndre QuennevilleNew
45Killarney Golf and Country ClubNick WeisgerberNew
46St. Lorin Golf Club, Baumgarten Is. Hawaii #1David Jensen42
47Welican National @ LlandudnoBobby Anderson43
48Celtic Vineyard Golf ClubAdam Benjamin44
49TPC @ Boston – thurs (new textures)Kenny Canham45
50Southern Hills Country ClubTrey Coursey46
51Eighteen at Strawberry PlainsTodd Driver47
52Mai Phu Kyn Golf Club, Mekong Delta, VietnamDavid Jensen48
53PGA West (Palmer) [Sunday] ’16Rod Simpson49
54The Capilano ClubAndre Quenneville50
55Riviera Country Club – ThursdayBryan Boomer51
56Loch Lorne Golf Club, Perthshire, ScotlandChris BigginsNew
57Scarpacci IslandAntonio Scarpacci52
58Apache CreekTodd DriverNew
59Humboldt Bay Golf Club – Eureka, CaliforniaAndre Quenneville53
60Harvest PlantationTodd Driver54
61Daggerfen Manor 2016Dale BurgerNew
62Valgrind Golf ClubJoseph Bowling55
63TGC @ the Engish Rose (Thurs)Wendy Airey56
64The Canuck Club at Devils’ EscarpmentAndre Quenneville57
65Demon Host G.C. (Thursday)Ola Ericsson58
66Spectacle Island Links (Tour)Antonio Scarpacci59
67Westmorland Manor CCWayne Adams60
68TGC Players’ Club – Stadium CourseDario Logan61
69The HomesteadBrian Jeffords / Andre Quenneville62
70Kahiko Beach Golf and Surf ClubAndre Quenneville63
71Royal BallyloughRod Simpson64
72The Copse @ Malkie CoastOla Ericsson65
73Olde ScarpacciAntonio Scarpacci66
74The Columbia Valley PreserveChris Nelson67
75Whonnock Lake Golf Club (Black Diamond)Andre Quenneville68
76Yeti National CC at Sasquatch PointeBryan Cowles69
77Mistwood Golf CourseWilliam Bradford70
78Grand Epson V1Wendy Airey71
79King Kyne Royal TropicanaDavid Jensen72
80Hocking Hills Country Club (Thursday)Tim Jaquith73
81The Canuck Club at Angels’ PlateauAndre Quenneville74
82TPC at Castaway BayChris SaundersNew
83Falcon Bay Sunday PinTodd Driver75
84Caldera Basin Golf ClubJeremy Holme76
85Horned Viper G.C.Bryan Boomer77
86Sleepy Willow CC (Blacks)Brandon Pugh78
87Rivington HallMartyn Shaw79
88Arctic Curse Golf and CCBryan Boomer80
89The Tarantula Golf ClubKeith Callahan81
90Sugar Hills: TGC EditionJohn Rubenkoenig82
91Swindler’s Bluff (Thursday)Brent Gravelle83
92Thousand Island Golf and CCBryan Boomer84
93El Caiman CGEnrique De Guzman85
94The Red October G&CCMick Pitcher86
95Shougleith Tournament Links – ThursAdam Hill87
96Chudleigh Golf ClubLez Marwick88
97Royal Troon Old Course 2015Yeltzman89
98The Course of St. GeorgeMick Pitcher90
99Chicago Golf ClubJELindholm91
100Elmview – Open Day 1Brian Jeffords92

 

Top Debut

Idanha Ridge Golf Club by Henrik Sundqvist

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Henrik made a splash debut on the Top 100 last month with Kipahulu Reserve, and he follows it up with his latest success, Idanha Ridge. Idanha is a great-looking, moderately easy course that should be enjoyed by all.

 

Narrow Miss

Owl’s Head CC by Wayne Adams

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This course by Wayne is a visual treat, with the choice of textures used and gentle rolling hills throughout. A few too many long carries for my taste, but a very worthy course.

 

Exiting the Top 100

Cohutta Country Club by Todd Driver

One of the earlier RCR’s in the game, by an exceptional designer. This one has a very realistic feel to it, but is quite easy for the game. Should be a perfect fit for those who prefer an easier and more casual round.

 

The Players Club Conklin, NY by Randy Bellomio

The Par 3 Course at Flora Park by Elliot Caw

Scottsdale Silverado by Dean Lowden

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This is a very nice course that just needed a bit of a visual update, and Dean has since made this update with his release of TGC @ Silverado Scottsdale. That course has not been reviewed yet, but I fully expect it to be back on the Top 100 list once it has been reviewed.

 

Royal Burberry Black (Sunday) by Jordan Springer

The Walker Course Clemson, SC by Willam Bradford

Grey Raven G.C. by Seth Campion

Songbird Country GC by Roger Ramjet

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There are some very memorable holes here, and the 14th remains one of my favorites in the game.

2 Comments

  1. Jimmy Sheridan on April 30, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Could you include a column that indicates RCR courses on the list?

    • Craig LeVasseur on May 2, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Jimmy, I have a column in my personal spreadsheet that indicates this. I’ll see if I can fit it in the blog article without it screwing up the dimensions too much.

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