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



RankNameDesignerLast MonthReal?
1Whistling Straits, Sheboygan WI OverseededCraig Frey1Real
2Tye DunesPatrick Yates2
3Congressional CCRod Simpson3Real
4Oceanic Athletic ClubAdam Benjamin4
5Pebble Beach Golf Links (All versions)Brandon Pugh6Real
6Oakland Hills CC (South Course)- Bloomfield Hills, MIRoyce BrownNewReal
7Loa Pali Golf ResortDario Logan5
8Kipahulu ReserveHenrik Sundqvist7
9TPC at Sawgrass (Tour A)Brandon Pugh13Real
10Royal Lytham & St Annes 2015Yeltzman10Real
11Old Beaver Creek – ChampionshipBill Rader & Brian Jeffords9
12Bison RunBrian Jeffords11
13Muirfield 2013 OpenYeltzman12Real
14Pine Valley, New JerseyCraig Frey8Real
15Promenade Golf ClubAdam Benjamin14
16The BreakersRich Banker15
17The TimberwolfAndre Quenneville16
18The Belfry – The BrabazonMartyn ShawNewReal 
19Halton BeachDan Hebert17
20Idanha Ridge Golf ClubHenrik Sundqvist18
21Purgatory Golf ClubSteve Pope19
22Bailiwick Grand Golf ClubJob Fickett & Dan Hebert20
23The Course at Hiwassee HillsTodd Driver21
24Royal Birkdale 2016 (Thursday Dry)Yeltzman23Real
25Fox Chapel Golf ClubPete KohelisNewReal
26Columbia National Golf LinksBrian Jeffords22
27Bethpage State Park Black CourseBryan Boomer24Real
28Firestone CC South (Rustic)Brandon Pugh25Real
29Freshwater Golf ClubAdam Benjamin26
30Dr. Yeti’s 9 Hole Haven at Crater LakeBryan Cowles27
31Hoodoo Hills: RemasteredBryan Cowles28
32Harbor Island PlatinumJeremy Blaylock29
33Glen Abbey GC (Canadian Open) SaturdayBryan Boomer30Real
34Coyote Canyon 2016Nick Weisgerber31
35Spyglass Hill 2015yeltzman32Real
36Red Rock NationalNick Weisgerber33
37Pittsburgh Field Club (thurs)Pete Kohelis34Real
38Skull Valley Golf Club – OutlawSteve Pope35
39Golf Club of HoustonWilliam Bradford36Real
40Sunningdale (Old Course)Kenny CanhamNewReal
41Tobacco DunesSteve Pope38Real
42Dovetail Park Golf ClubSimon Morris37
43Vallentuna Golfklubb – SwedenMikael Thunberg39Real
44McKee McGrodo Platinum (A)Jeremy Blaylock40
45Fossmill Golf ClubMikael Thunberg41
46Escalante Steps (Par 3)Brian Jeffords42
47Barefoot-DyeSteve PopeNewReal
48Le Golf NationalDean Lowden43Real
49Harrison Mills Golf ClubAndre Quenneville44
50Killarney Golf and Country ClubNick Weisgerber45
51St. Lorin Golf Club, Baumgarten Is. Hawaii #1David Jensen46
52Welican National @ LlandudnoBobby Anderson47Real
53Celtic Vineyard Golf ClubAdam Benjamin48
54TPC @ Boston – thurs (new textures)Kenny Canham49Real
55Southern Hills Country ClubTrey Coursey50Real
56Eighteen at Strawberry PlainsTodd Driver51
57Mai Phu Kyn Golf Club, Mekong Delta, VietnamDavid Jensen52
58PGA West (Palmer) [Sunday] ’16Rod Simpson53Real
59Riviera Country Club – ThursdayBryan Boomer55Real
60The Capilano ClubAndre Quenneville54
61Loch Lorne Golf Club, Perthshire, ScotlandChris Biggins56
62Rio Vista Golf ClubBryan BoomerNew 
63Scarpacci IslandAntonio Scarpacci57
64Apache CreekTodd Driver58
65Humboldt Bay Golf Club – Eureka, CaliforniaAndre Quenneville59
66Harvest PlantationTodd Driver60
67Daggerfen Manor 2016Dale Burger61
68Valgrind Golf ClubJoseph Bowling62
69TGC @ the Engish Rose (Thurs)Wendy Airey63Real
70The Canuck Club at Devils’ EscarpmentAndre Quenneville64
71Demon Host G.C. (Thursday)Ola Ericsson65
72Spectacle Island Links (Tour)Antonio Scarpacci66
73Westmorland Manor CCWayne Adams67
74TGC Players’ Club – Stadium CourseDario Logan68
75The HomesteadBrian Jeffords / Andre Quenneville69
76Kahiko Beach Golf and Surf ClubAndre Quenneville70
77Royal BallyloughRod Simpson71
78The Copse @ Malkie CoastOla Ericsson72
79Olde ScarpacciAntonio Scarpacci73
80The Columbia Valley PreserveChris Nelson74
81Whonnock Lake Golf Club (Black Diamond)Andre Quenneville75
82Yeti National CC at Sasquatch PointeBryan Cowles76
83Mistwood Golf CourseWilliam Bradford77Real
84Grand Epson V1Wendy Airey78
85King Kyne Royal TropicanaDavid Jensen79
86Hocking Hills Country Club (Thursday)Tim Jaquith80
87The Canuck Club at Angels’ PlateauAndre Quenneville81
88TPC at Castaway BayChris Saunders82
89Falcon Bay Sunday PinTodd Driver83
90Caldera Basin Golf ClubJeremy Holme84
91Horned Viper G.C.Bryan Boomer85
92Sleepy Willow CC (Blacks)Brandon Pugh86
93TGC @ Scottsdale SilveradoDean LowdenNew 
94Brynhildr Golf ClubElliot CawNew 
95Windsong Shores Golf SanitariumDavid JensenNew
96Arctic Curse Golf and CCBryan Boomer88
97Rivington HallMartyn Shaw87
98The Tarantula Golf ClubKeith Callahan89
99Swindler’s Bluff (Thursday)Brent Gravelle91
100Rio MorrosClay SchlegelNew


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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