The Top 100 Courses I’ve Played – January 2016

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Halton Beach by Dan Hebert

 

And just like that, we are already a month into 2016, which means it’s time for another Top 100 list update. At the end of 2015 we saw several golf publications release their course ratings for 2015, and one thing that struck me was the Golf Digest list, which featured a lot of shuffling in it’s top 4 courses alone.

 

I’ll admit, I have been a little hesitant to do re-ordering of my list, other than adding in new courses. The Golf Digest list made me reconsider, though. Why shouldn’t I re-evaluate my rankings and consider new information, new advancements in the GNCD, and any other contributing factors? I couldn’t come up with a good reason not to, so you will see more changes this month than in the past.

 

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The Timberwolf by Andre Quenneville

 

In addition to re-ordering of the list, I’ve made strides in the last month to get through some courses by some of the top designers in the game who hadn’t yet been featured on the list. There are still a number of designers and courses that are sorely missing from the list, but they are most certainly on my courses to play list and will be featured in due time.

 

With that said, a reminder is in order. If you don’t see your name or course on the list and feel it is worthy, there is a strong likelihood that I have not played your course yet. Please check my courses to play list, and run a Ctrl+F search for your course. If you do not see it, drop me a line and request for me to play it.

 

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Royal Lytham & St Annes 2015 by T. Yeltzman

 

Lastly, scroll all of the way down past the list to check out a new Other Notable Courses section, which is my attempt to highlight a few other courses not on the list, and maybe do a little self-promotion in the process.

 

 

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Muirfield 2013 Open by T. Yeltzman

 

The Top 100 Courses i’ve Played – January

1 Whistling Staits, Sheboygan WI Overseeded Craig Frey 1
2 Oceanic Athletic Club Adam Benjamin 3
3 Loa Pali Golf Resort Dario Logan 4
4 Pine Valley, New Jersey Craig Frey 2
5 Old Beaver Creek – Championship Bill Rader & Brian Jeffords 5
6 Bison Run Brian Jeffords 6
7 Pebble Beach Golf Links (blacks) Brandon Pugh 7
8 Royal Lytham & St Annes 2015 Yeltzman New
9 The Timberwolf Andre Quenneville 8
10 Muirfield Yeltzman 9
11 Halton Beach Dan Hebert 11
12 Bailiwick Grand Golf Club Job Fickett & Dan Hebert 10
13 Columbia National Golf Links Brian Jeffords 12
14 Freshwater Golf Club Adam Benjamin 13
15 Firestone CC South Brandon Pugh 14
16 Hoodoo Hills: Remastered Bryan Cowles 15
17 Spyglass Hill 2015 yeltzman 17
18 Skull Valley Golf Club – Outlaw Steve Pope 16
19 Harbor Island Platinum Jeremy Blaylock New
20 Dovetail Park Golf Club Simon Morris 18
21 Tobacco Dunes Steve Pope 21
22 Vallentuna Golfklubb – Sweden Mikael Thunberg 20
23 McKee McGrodo Platinum (A) Jeremy Blaylock New
24 Le Golf National Dean Lowden 19
25 St. Lorin Golf Club, Baumgarten Is. Hawaii #1 David Jensen 22
26 Escalante Steps (Par 3) Brian Jeffords 23
27 Celtic Vineyard Golf Club Adam Benjamin 24
28 Royal Birkdale 2015 Yeltzman 25
29 TGC @ the Engish Rose (Thurs) Wendy Airey 26
30 TPC @ Boston – thurs (new textures) Kenny Canham New
31 Eighteen at Strawberry Plains Todd Driver 27
32 The Capilano Club Andre Quenneville 28
33 Harvest Plantation Todd Driver 29
34 Valgrind Golf Club Joseph Bowling 30
35 The Canuck Club at Devils’ Escarpment Andre Quenneville New
36 TGC Players’ Club – Stadium Course Dario Logan 31
37 The Homestead Brian Jeffords / Andre Quenneville 32
38 Kahiko Beach Golf and Surf Club Andre Quenneville 33
39 Royal Ballylough Rod Simpson 34
40 Yeti National CC at Sasquatch Pointe Bryan Cowles New
41 Mistwood Golf Course William Bradford 35
42 Grand Epson V1 Wendy Airey 36
43 King Kyne Royal Tropicana David Jensen 37
44 Hocking Hills Country Club (Thursday) Tim Jaquith 38
45 The Canuck Club at Angels’ Plateau Andre Quenneville New
46 Falcon Bay Sunday Pin Todd Driver 39
47 Sleepy Willow CC (Blacks) Brandon Pugh 40
48 Rivington Hall Martyn Shaw 41
49 Thousand Island Golf and CC Bryan Boomer 42
50 PGA West (Palmer) [Sunday] Rod Simpson 43
51 Sugar Hills: TGC Edition John Rubenkoenig 44
52 Swindler’s Bluff (Thursday) Brent Gravelle New
53 El Caiman CG Enrique De Guzman 45
54 The Red October G&CC Mick Pitcher 46
55 Royal Troon Old Course 2015 Yeltzman 47
56 Elmview – Open Day 1 Brian Jeffords 48
57 Chicago Golf Club JELindholm 49
58 Cohutta Country Club Todd Driver 50
59 The Par 3 Course at Flora Park Elliot Caw 51
60 The Walker Course Clemson, SC William Bradford 52
61 Turnberry Kintyre Course Alan McSpadyen 53
62 Songbird Country GC Roger Ramjet 54
63 Burberry Black superace33 55
64 Blue Oak Country Club Brett Carr 56
65 Valefor 2015 Elliot Caw 57
66 TGC @ Murky Hollow John Rubenkoenig 58
67 Cairn Orchard Dale Burger 59
68 New South Flower Ola Ericsson 60
69 Briarbanks Country Club Brandon Pugh 61
70 Tropic of Capricorn Stephen McIntyre 62
71 Longdale Pikes Jeremy Holme 63
72 Celebration Cove Jeff Reese 64
73 Royal Blackburn Chris Lane 65
74 Hau’oli Mino’aka Stephen Templar 66
75 Zewina Golf Club Mikael Thunberg 67
76 Fraxinus Country Club Andrew Sikorski 68
77 TGC @ Gull Island (Tour) David Jensen 69
78 Lac De Verde Golf Club Dean Lowden 70
79 Waltzing Matilda Golf Club Stephen Templer 71
80 The Club at Ridenour – Thursday Tyler Duke 72
81 Galveston Country Club Trey Coursey New
82 New Bronze Leaf Resort Goldclub Roger Ramjet 73
83 Potomac Country Club Brandon Pugh 74
84 The Reversible Course – A + B Keith Callahan New
85 Tri-Lakes Golf and Fishing Resort Kelly Rayburn 75
86 The Traditional Wayne Adams 76
87 Hunter Forest (US Open) Keith Callahan 77
88 Evergreen Trails Steve Sloan 78
89 Blackhawk Forest CC Roger Ramjet 79
90 Harvest Hills Gene Callahan 80
91 Barrhaven Black Brent Gravelle New
92 Abaddon Golf Club USO Edition Bobby Anderson 81
93 Loon Lake State Park Gene Callahan 82
94 Cuyahoga Golf Club Dario Logan 83
95 Angel Downs Jeremy Holme 84
96 Pinehill Country Club Joe Greenhalgh 85
97 Lighthouse Hills (Dusk) musicman2655 New
98 Kapalua Bay Golf Club Bryan Boomer 86
99 Fishers GC – Fishers Island, NY Matthew Essig 87
100 Baron Hills Complex (matured) Mick Pitcher 88

 

 

Other Notable Courses

 

Just Eliminated: Old York Golf Cub by Steve Sloan

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A Rural-themed course with massive firm and fast greens. It’s a bit of an oddity, but interesting hole designs make this one worth a look.

 

Near Miss: Miglianico Golf e Country Club by Fabrizio Cardelli

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This real course rendition from Italy is nicely sculpted and has a very realistic look. It narrowly misses a Top 100 debut, though, due to some fast and firm greens that turn holes into a chipping contest from the back of the green.

 

New Release: Magnolia National 2016 (Sunday)

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An update to the classic Magnolia National release featuring added pine straw and new textures, bringing it just a little bit closer to the real thing.

 

New Release: Chambers Bay 2016

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This is another texture update, and features accurate pins from the 2015 U.S. Open.

 

New Release: Ross Society Country Club

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This fictional, Donald Ross-style country club caps off a busy month of releases for me.

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Marc Fischer on January 27, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Have you tried MMXVI

    • Craig LeVasseur on January 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Not yet, but added to the list!

  2. Reebdoog on January 27, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    eventually i’ll see a couple more on this list…I just know it! WOOT! Rooting for you to get to them soon. 🙂

  3. BoomBoom on January 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Great to see I have 2 on the list, however I have 3 others that are better, far better IMHO. I love my recently released Riviera. Glen Abbey is my 2nd best. Horned Viper is pretty and plays well as well and is my 3rd best. I wish I could delete Kapalua. I think it needs a re-do, I guess that is exactly what I need to do, I was going to do the Plantation course but if Kapalua is going to generate this many plays, least I could do is give a better version.

    • Craig LeVasseur on January 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      I just played stop #7 in Real Course Tour v3 this morning, and Glen Abbey is stop #8, so it will be on the February list guaranteed. Riviera will be on Real Course Tour v4, and likely to be on the Feb list, as well. Horned Viper is a little farther down the list, so tbd on that one.

  4. Steve on January 31, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I am so honored to have two courses on your list.

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