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…

 

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

 

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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