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.



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.



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!).



TPC at Sawgrass (Blacks) by Brandon Pugh



RankNameDesignerLast Month
1Whistling Straits, Sheboygan WI OverseededCraig Frey1
2Oceanic Athletic ClubAdam Benjamin2
3Loa Pali Golf ResortDario Logan3
4Tye DunesPatrick YatesNew
5Congressional CCRod SimpsonNew
6Pebble Beach Golf Links (All versions)Brandon Pugh6
7Pine Valley, New JerseyCraig Frey4
8Old Beaver Creek – ChampionshipBill Rader & Brian Jeffords5
9Royal Lytham & St Annes 2015Yeltzman8
10Bison RunBrian Jeffords7
11Muirfield 2013 OpenYeltzman10
12TPC at SawgrassBrandon PughNew
13The TimberwolfAndre Quenneville9
14Halton BeachDan Hebert11
15Purgatory Golf ClubSteve PopeNew
16Bailiwick Grand Golf ClubJob Fickett & Dan Hebert12
17Columbia National Golf LinksBrian Jeffords13
18Royal Birkdale 2016 (Thursday Dry)Yeltzman14
19Firestone CC South (Rustic)Brandon Pugh16
20Freshwater Golf ClubAdam Benjamin15
21Dr. Yeti’s 9 Hole Haven at Crater LakeBryan CowlesNew
22Hoodoo Hills: RemasteredBryan Cowles17
23Harbor Island PlatinumJeremy Blaylock18
24Glen Abbey GC (Canadian Open) SaturdayBryan BoomerNew
25Coyote Canyon 2016Nick WeisgerberNew
26Spyglass Hill 2015yeltzman19
27Red Rock NationalNick WeisgerberNew
28Skull Valley Golf Club – OutlawSteve Pope20
29Dovetail Park Golf ClubSimon Morris21
30Tobacco DunesSteve Pope22
31Vallentuna Golfklubb – SwedenMikael Thunberg23
32McKee McGrodo Platinum (A)Jeremy Blaylock24
33Fossmill Golf ClubMikael ThunbergNew
34Le Golf NationalDean Lowden25
35St. Lorin Golf Club, Baumgarten Is. Hawaii #1David Jensen26
36Escalante Steps (Par 3)Brian Jeffords27
37Welican National @ LlandudnoBobby AndersonNew
38Celtic Vineyard Golf ClubAdam Benjamin28
39TPC @ Boston – thurs (new textures)Kenny Canham30
40TGC @ the Engish Rose (Thurs)Wendy Airey29
41Southern Hills Country ClubTrey CourseyNew
42Eighteen at Strawberry PlainsTodd Driver31
43Phu Kyn Golf Club, Mekong Delta, VietnamDavid JensenNew
44The Capilano ClubAndre Quenneville32
45Harvest PlantationTodd Driver33
46Scarpacci IslandAntonio ScarpacciNew
47Valgrind Golf ClubJoseph Bowling34
48The Canuck Club at Devils’ EscarpmentAndre Quenneville35
49Spectacle Island Links (Tour)Antonio ScarpacciNew
50Westmorland Manor CCWayne AdamsNew
51TGC Players’ Club – Stadium CourseDario Logan36
52The HomesteadBrian Jeffords / Andre Quenneville37
53Kahiko Beach Golf and Surf ClubAndre Quenneville38
54Royal BallyloughRod Simpson39
55Riviera Country Club – ThursdayBryan BoomerNew
56Olde ScarpacciAntonio ScarpacciNew
57Yeti National CC at Sasquatch PointeBryan Cowles40
58Mistwood Golf CourseWilliam Bradford41
59Grand Epson V1Wendy Airey42
60King Kyne Royal TropicanaDavid Jensen43
61Hocking Hills Country Club (Thursday)Tim Jaquith44
62The Canuck Club at Angels’ PlateauAndre Quenneville45
63Falcon Bay Sunday PinTodd Driver46
64Caldera Basin Golf ClubJeremy HolmeNew
65Sleepy Willow CC (Blacks)Brandon Pugh47
66Rivington HallMartyn Shaw48
67Thousand Island Golf and CCBryan Boomer49
68PGA West (Palmer) [Sunday]Rod Simpson50
69The Tarantula Golf ClubKeith CallahanNew
70Sugar Hills: TGC EditionJohn Rubenkoenig51
71Swindler’s Bluff (Thursday)Brent Gravelle52
72El Caiman CGEnrique De Guzman53
73The Red October G&CCMick Pitcher54
74Chudleigh Golf ClubLez MarwickNew
75Royal Troon Old Course 2015Yeltzman55
76The Course of St. GeorgeMick PitcherNew
77Elmview – Open Day 1Brian Jeffords56
78Chicago Golf ClubJELindholm57
79Cohutta Country ClubTodd Driver58
80The Par 3 Course at Flora ParkElliot Caw59
81Royal Burberry Black (Sunday)Jordan Springer60
82The Walker Course Clemson, SCWilliam Bradford61
83Songbird Country GCRoger Ramjet63
84Drayton LakesLez MarwickNew
85Trump National DoralColin J. WattNew
86Seashore Paspalum Linksnjdevilsfan30New
87Blue Oak Country ClubBrett Carr64
88Country Springs Golf ClubMike ShoemakerNew
89Valefor 2015Elliot Caw65
90Turnberry Kintyre CourseAlan McSpadyen62
91TGC @ Murky HollowJohn Rubenkoenig66
92Cairn OrchardDale Burger67
93New South FlowerOla Ericsson68
94Briarbanks Country ClubBrandon Pugh69
95Savage Gulf Ocean CourseTodd DriverNew
96Tropic of CapricornStephen McIntyre70
97Longdale PikesJeremy Holme71
98Celebration CoveJeff Reese72
99Royal BlackburnChris Lane73
100Hau’oli Mino’akaStephen Templar74


Exiting the Top 100

Fraxinus Country Club (Andrew Sikorski)


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)


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


Waltzing Matilda Golf Club (Stephen Templer)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)

spirit mtn

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.



  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.


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