The Top 100 Courses I’ve Played – May

oaklandhills1Oakland Hills CC (South Course) by Royce Brown


Every month, the internal debate of old versus new plays out, and gets a little more intense with each edition of the rankings. I anticipate as I play more and more new courses, eventually someone will eclipse Whistling Straits. Will it be a real course, such as National Golf Links of America? Or will someone take all of things that made Tye Dunes work so well and one up it? The competition continues to be fierce, and this list continues to not encompass all of the great courses available, so I sincerely thank all of the designers for continuing to push the envelope.



Promenade Golf Club by Adam Benjamin



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


Top Debut

Oakland Hills CC (South Course) by Royce Brown


A testament to dedication and perseverance in real course recreation, this course is a complete labor of love, and it’s evident in every detail. Like in real life, this one tests every club in the bag with narrow fairways and huge undulating greens.


Back for the First Time

TGC @ Scottsdale Silverado by Dean Lowden


After exiting the top 100 last month, Scottsdale Silverado re-enters the list in its new incarnation, TGC @ Scottsdale Silverado. This is a great update to an already very nice course.


Narrow Miss

Wild Goose Run Country Club by Roger Ramjet


A narrow miss for a course that felt a little too narrow with trees closing in all around, but the greens are fantastic and worth checking out.


Exiting the Top 100

Some of these courses have existed on the Top 100 list for many months, and seeing several RCR’s make an exit really demonstrates how tough the competition has become.

Sugar Hills: TGC Edition
Thousand Island Golf and CC
El Caiman CG
The Red October G&CC
Shougleith Tournament Links – Thurs
Chudleigh Golf Club
Royal Troon Old Course 2015
The Course of St. George
Chicago Golf Club
Elmview – Open Day 1

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