The Top 100 Courses I’ve Played – February

There has been more turnover this month than I ever would have expected, mostly due to the addition of my TGC Tours This Week feature. This has increased my total number of courses played in February, and introduced a lot more new releases into my playlist. This just goes to show how much designers are improving in the GNCD. You needed to be in the Top 75 on January’s Top 100 list in order to maintain a spot on the list in February.

 

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Tye Dunes by Patrick Yates

 

In light of this development, I will continue to try and shine some light on the courses exiting the list or narrowly missing out on a debut on the Top 100. Check out the bottom section of the post for these courses.

 

You will notice some impressive debuts on the list this month, and a shake up in the top 5. If you want to follow along with reviews of each course as I play them, be sure to check out my reviews page over at CLV Golf.

 

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Congressional CC by Rod Simpson

 

One last note, since I enjoy real course remakes so much, I will be featuring a new Top Real Courses list this month to follow up December’s list. This will become a bi-monthly feature (these things take a long time to build!).

 

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TPC at Sawgrass (Blacks) by Brandon Pugh

 

 

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 New
5 Congressional CC Rod Simpson New
6 Pebble Beach Golf Links (All versions) Brandon Pugh 6
7 Pine Valley, New Jersey Craig Frey 4
8 Old Beaver Creek – Championship Bill Rader & Brian Jeffords 5
9 Royal Lytham & St Annes 2015 Yeltzman 8
10 Bison Run Brian Jeffords 7
11 Muirfield 2013 Open Yeltzman 10
12 TPC at Sawgrass Brandon Pugh New
13 The Timberwolf Andre Quenneville 9
14 Halton Beach Dan Hebert 11
15 Purgatory Golf Club Steve Pope New
16 Bailiwick Grand Golf Club Job Fickett & Dan Hebert 12
17 Columbia National Golf Links Brian Jeffords 13
18 Royal Birkdale 2016 (Thursday Dry) Yeltzman 14
19 Firestone CC South (Rustic) Brandon Pugh 16
20 Freshwater Golf Club Adam Benjamin 15
21 Dr. Yeti’s 9 Hole Haven at Crater Lake Bryan Cowles New
22 Hoodoo Hills: Remastered Bryan Cowles 17
23 Harbor Island Platinum Jeremy Blaylock 18
24 Glen Abbey GC (Canadian Open) Saturday Bryan Boomer New
25 Coyote Canyon 2016 Nick Weisgerber New
26 Spyglass Hill 2015 yeltzman 19
27 Red Rock National Nick Weisgerber New
28 Skull Valley Golf Club – Outlaw Steve Pope 20
29 Dovetail Park Golf Club Simon Morris 21
30 Tobacco Dunes Steve Pope 22
31 Vallentuna Golfklubb – Sweden Mikael Thunberg 23
32 McKee McGrodo Platinum (A) Jeremy Blaylock 24
33 Fossmill Golf Club Mikael Thunberg New
34 Le Golf National Dean Lowden 25
35 St. Lorin Golf Club, Baumgarten Is. Hawaii #1 David Jensen 26
36 Escalante Steps (Par 3) Brian Jeffords 27
37 Welican National @ Llandudno Bobby Anderson New
38 Celtic Vineyard Golf Club Adam Benjamin 28
39 TPC @ Boston – thurs (new textures) Kenny Canham 30
40 TGC @ the Engish Rose (Thurs) Wendy Airey 29
41 Southern Hills Country Club Trey Coursey New
42 Eighteen at Strawberry Plains Todd Driver 31
43 Phu Kyn Golf Club, Mekong Delta, Vietnam David Jensen New
44 The Capilano Club Andre Quenneville 32
45 Harvest Plantation Todd Driver 33
46 Scarpacci Island Antonio Scarpacci New
47 Valgrind Golf Club Joseph Bowling 34
48 The Canuck Club at Devils’ Escarpment Andre Quenneville 35
49 Spectacle Island Links (Tour) Antonio Scarpacci New
50 Westmorland Manor CC Wayne Adams New
51 TGC Players’ Club – Stadium Course Dario Logan 36
52 The Homestead Brian Jeffords / Andre Quenneville 37
53 Kahiko Beach Golf and Surf Club Andre Quenneville 38
54 Royal Ballylough Rod Simpson 39
55 Riviera Country Club – Thursday Bryan Boomer New
56 Olde Scarpacci Antonio Scarpacci New
57 Yeti National CC at Sasquatch Pointe Bryan Cowles 40
58 Mistwood Golf Course William Bradford 41
59 Grand Epson V1 Wendy Airey 42
60 King Kyne Royal Tropicana David Jensen 43
61 Hocking Hills Country Club (Thursday) Tim Jaquith 44
62 The Canuck Club at Angels’ Plateau Andre Quenneville 45
63 Falcon Bay Sunday Pin Todd Driver 46
64 Caldera Basin Golf Club Jeremy Holme New
65 Sleepy Willow CC (Blacks) Brandon Pugh 47
66 Rivington Hall Martyn Shaw 48
67 Thousand Island Golf and CC Bryan Boomer 49
68 PGA West (Palmer) [Sunday] Rod Simpson 50
69 The Tarantula Golf Club Keith Callahan New
70 Sugar Hills: TGC Edition John Rubenkoenig 51
71 Swindler’s Bluff (Thursday) Brent Gravelle 52
72 El Caiman CG Enrique De Guzman 53
73 The Red October G&CC Mick Pitcher 54
74 Chudleigh Golf Club Lez Marwick New
75 Royal Troon Old Course 2015 Yeltzman 55
76 The Course of St. George Mick Pitcher New
77 Elmview – Open Day 1 Brian Jeffords 56
78 Chicago Golf Club JELindholm 57
79 Cohutta Country Club Todd Driver 58
80 The Par 3 Course at Flora Park Elliot Caw 59
81 Royal Burberry Black (Sunday) Jordan Springer 60
82 The Walker Course Clemson, SC William Bradford 61
83 Songbird Country GC Roger Ramjet 63
84 Drayton Lakes Lez Marwick New
85 Trump National Doral Colin J. Watt New
86 Seashore Paspalum Links njdevilsfan30 New
87 Blue Oak Country Club Brett Carr 64
88 Country Springs Golf Club Mike Shoemaker New
89 Valefor 2015 Elliot Caw 65
90 Turnberry Kintyre Course Alan McSpadyen 62
91 TGC @ Murky Hollow John Rubenkoenig 66
92 Cairn Orchard Dale Burger 67
93 New South Flower Ola Ericsson 68
94 Briarbanks Country Club Brandon Pugh 69
95 Savage Gulf Ocean Course Todd Driver New
96 Tropic of Capricorn Stephen McIntyre 70
97 Longdale Pikes Jeremy Holme 71
98 Celebration Cove Jeff Reese 72
99 Royal Blackburn Chris Lane 73
100 Hau’oli Mino’aka Stephen Templar 74

 

Exiting the Top 100

Fraxinus Country Club (Andrew Sikorski)

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This one doesn’t have the visual flare that some courses do, but the hole designs are nicely done and make for an interesting round.

 

TGC @ Gull Island (Tour) (David Jensen)

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A good example of a reasonably done course with firm settings. A solid, if somewhat unspectacular course.

 

Waltzing Matilda Golf Club (Stephen Templer)

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A very nice looking, rolling countryside course. A few extreme pin locations hold back what is otherwise an interesting course with lots of variety.

 

The Club at Ridenour (Tyler Duke)

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Some fun short par 4’s and par 5’s bring some excitement to this round, but the abundant use of stock shots makes this course blend in with the rest of the Boreal crowd.

 

Galveston Country Club (Trey Coursey)

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The actual hole designs of the course are a little bland for my liking (which isn’t Trey’s fault, of course), but it may be right for you, and is a very well-done RCR in all other regards.

 

Narrow Misses

Masefield Town (Lez Marwick)

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This course does one thing exceptionally well, for better or worse. It replicates the feel of a municipal course that you might find anywhere in your local neighborhood.

 

 

The Viper Course at Whiskey Gulch (Andre Quenneville)

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One of the better looking Delta-themed courses in the game, but is designed to be a difficult course. I enjoyed the back 9 a lot, but some of the holes early in the round are borderline in the fun/difficult department.

 

Spirit Mountain Golf Club (Steve Allen)

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A nice looking course in the (maybe) underused Swiss theme. Aside from a few tough greens, it plays on the easy side. Some of the shaping and sculpting is a little on the rough side, though, preventing from joining the great courses.

 

2 Comments

  1. drlowdon on February 24, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Nice to see my Le Golf National hanging on in there in 34th still, especially considering its quite an old course now. Hopefully a few more of mine may make the top 100 once you have the chance to play them, I know there are 4 or 5 of mine on your list.

    If you’re looking for a real course I’m currently making Crooked Stick (Host of the 1991 PGA Championship and being used for the BMW Championship in the PGA Tour Fed Ex Play-Offs this year). The front 9 is already published for anyone that wants to give it a try.

  2. mthunt on February 24, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    You do a lot of great stuff CLV.

    Thanks

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