Top 100 Courses I’ve Played – June 2016

What do you get when one of the top designers in The Golf Club takes a crack at recreating one of the top golf courses in the world? Why, a new #1, of course! It’s been a long time coming, but Whistling Straits has finally been knocked from the top spot on the Top 100 list. I admit this could be a personal preference, because I am reading a book by the course’s architect, C.B. MacDonald, at the moment, but NGLA (the National Golf Links of America) has fascinated me for some time, and is among the highest of my bucket list courses. Henrik certainly knows how to design a course, and he has made this course look beautiful while successfully capturing MacDonald’s “template” holes, and his more successful non-template holes.



NGLA – The National by Henrik Sundqvist


The rest of the newcomers on the Top 100 list are heavily RCR, as well. If you are a fan of fictional courses, the good news is that I’ve caught up and played most of the new real courses by now, so I only have fictional courses left to play. Scroll down below the Top 100 list for more details on some of the new courses added, and an emotional farewell to the courses departing the list.


RankNameDesignerLast MonthReal?
1NGLA – The NationalHenrik SundqvistNewReal
2Whistling Straits, Sheboygan WI OverseededCraig Frey1Real
3Tye DunesPatrick Yates2
4Congressional CCRod Simpson3Real
5Royal BrumbyPatrick YatesNew
6Oceanic Athletic ClubAdam Benjamin4
7Pebble Beach Golf Links (All versions)Brandon Pugh5Real
8Oakland Hills CC (South Course)- Bloomfield Hills, MIRoyce Brown6Real
9Loa Pali Golf ResortDario Logan7
10Kipahulu ReserveHenrik Sundqvist8
11TPC at Sawgrass (Tour A)Brandon Pugh9Real
12Royal Lytham & St Annes 2015Yeltzman10Real
13Old Beaver Creek – ChampionshipBill Rader & Brian Jeffords11
14Bison RunBrian Jeffords12
15Muirfield 2016Yeltzman13Real
16Pine Valley, New JerseyCraig Frey14Real
17Promenade Golf ClubAdam Benjamin15
18The BreakersRich Banker16
19The TimberwolfAndre Quenneville17
20The Belfry – The BrabazonMartyn Shaw18Real
21Halton BeachDan Hebert19
22Idanha Ridge Golf ClubHenrik Sundqvist20
23Purgatory Golf ClubSteve Pope21
24Bailiwick Grand Golf ClubJob Fickett & Dan Hebert22
25The Course at Hiwassee HillsTodd Driver23
26Royal Birkdale 2016 (Thursday Dry)Yeltzman24Real
27Fox Chapel Golf ClubPete Kohelis25Real
28Columbia National Golf LinksBrian Jeffords26
29Bethpage State Park Black CourseBryan Boomer27Real
30Firestone CC South (Rustic)Brandon Pugh28Real
31Freshwater Golf ClubAdam Benjamin29
32Dr. Yeti’s 9 Hole Haven at Crater LakeBryan Cowles30
33Hoodoo Hills: RemasteredBryan Cowles31
34Harbor Island PlatinumJeremy Blaylock32
35Glen Abbey GC (Canadian Open) SaturdayBryan Boomer33Real
36Coyote Canyon 2016Nick Weisgerber34
37Spyglass Hill 2015yeltzman35Real
38Red Rock NationalNick Weisgerber36
39Pittsburgh Field Club (thurs)Pete Kohelis37Real
40Skull Valley Golf Club – OutlawSteve Pope38
41Golf Club of HoustonWilliam Bradford39Real
42Sunningdale (Old Course)Kenny Canham40Real
43Tobacco DunesSteve Pope41Real
44Dovetail Park Golf ClubSimon Morris42
45Vallentuna Golfklubb – SwedenMikael Thunberg43Real
46McKee McGrodo Platinum (A)Jeremy Blaylock44
47Fossmill Golf ClubMikael Thunberg45
48Peconic Bay Golf CourseSteve PopeNewReal
49Escalante Steps (Par 3)Brian Jeffords46
50Barefoot-DyeSteve Pope47Real
51Harrison Mills Golf ClubAndre Quenneville49
52Killarney Golf and Country ClubNick Weisgerber50
53Crooked StickDean LowdenNewReal
54St. Lorin Golf Club, Baumgarten Is. Hawaii #1David Jensen51
55Le Golf NationalDean Lowden48Real
56Welican National @ LlandudnoBobby Anderson52Real
57Celtic Vineyard Golf ClubAdam Benjamin53
58TPC @ Boston – thurs (new textures)Kenny Canham54Real
59Southern Hills Country ClubTrey Coursey55Real
60Eighteen at Strawberry PlainsTodd Driver56
61Mai Phu Kyn Golf Club, Mekong Delta, VietnamDavid Jensen57
62PGA West (Palmer) [Sunday] ’16Rod Simpson58Real
63Riviera Country Club – ThursdayBryan Boomer59Real
64The Capilano ClubAndre Quenneville60
65Loch Lorne Golf Club, Perthshire, ScotlandChris Biggins61
66Rio Vista Golf ClubBryan Boomer62
67Scarpacci IslandAntonio Scarpacci63
68Apache CreekTodd Driver64
69Humboldt Bay Golf Club – Eureka, CaliforniaAndre Quenneville65
70Harvest PlantationTodd Driver66
71Daggerfen Manor 2016Dale Burger67
72Valgrind Golf ClubJoseph Bowling68
73Torrey Pines – South 2016Kevin GilmoreNewReal
74The Canuck Club at Devils’ EscarpmentAndre Quenneville70
75TGC @ the Engish Rose (Thurs)Wendy Airey69Real
76Demon Host G.C. (Thursday)Ola Ericsson71
77Spectacle Island Links (Tour)Antonio Scarpacci72
78Westmorland Manor CCWayne Adams73
79TGC Players’ Club – Stadium CourseDario Logan74
80The HomesteadBrian Jeffords / Andre Quenneville75
81Kahiko Beach Golf and Surf ClubAndre Quenneville76
82Royal BallyloughRod Simpson77
83The Copse @ Malkie CoastOla Ericsson78
84Olde ScarpacciAntonio Scarpacci79
85The Columbia Valley PreserveChris Nelson80
86Whonnock Lake Golf Club (Black Diamond)Andre Quenneville81
87Stonebridge GC – OttawaBrent GravelleNewReal
88Yeti National CC at Sasquatch PointeBryan Cowles82
89Mistwood Golf CourseWilliam Bradford83Real
90Grand Epson V1Wendy Airey84
91King Kyne Royal TropicanaDavid Jensen85
92Hocking Hills Country Club (Thursday)Tim Jaquith86
93The Canuck Club at Angels’ PlateauAndre Quenneville87
94TPC at Castaway BayChris Saunders88
95Falcon Bay Sunday PinTodd Driver89
96Caldera Basin Golf ClubJeremy Holme90
97Horned Viper G.C.Bryan Boomer91
98Montreux G&CC – Reno, NevadaJimmy SheridanNewReal
99Sleepy Willow CC (Blacks)Brandon Pugh92
100TGC @ Scottsdale SilveradoDean Lowden93



Royal Brumby by Patrick Yates


I had heard great things about this one going in, and wondered if it could top Patrick’s Tye Dunes. The detail work here is simply outstanding, but I still give Tye Dunes the slight edge for playability. Royal Brumby will have to settle for a disappointing 5th place on the list.


Peconic Bay Golf Club by Steve Pope


A fitting month for this Sebonack replica to enter the list, along with its next door neighbor NGLA. They may not be 100% accurate, but the wild greens feel just like something Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus would cook up together.


Crooked Stick by Dean Lowden


Host of this fall’s BMW Championship, we should get a good look at this one on TV. The abundant heavy rough makes for a nice looking Harvest course, and the angled Pete Dye greens are always interesting to play to.


Torrey Pines – South 2016 by Kevin Gilmore


An RCR from a designer I don’t know and a release I didn’t see previews for? Surely this one was going bad when I fired it up. Out of nowhere, though, this course delivers the same spectacular coastline found in La Jolla, and everything about the course is surprisingly well done.


Stonebridge GC – Ottawa


A realistic creation of a course that I’m sure I would otherwise never hear about. Angled and steeply tiered greens create a good moderate to difficult challenge.


Montreux G&CC – Reno, Nevada by Jimmy Sheridan


Perfect timing. Get your Stableford geek on along with the Barricuda Championship on TV this week. This is a rare RCR with dramatic elevation changes normally reserved for fictional courses in TGC.


Exiting the Top 100

Brynhildr Golf Club by Elliott Caw



Windsong Shores Golf Sanitarium by David Jensen



Arctic Curse Golf and CC by Bryan Boomer



Rivington Hall by Martyn Shaw



The Tarantula Golf Club by Keith Callahan



Swindler’s Bluff by Brent Gravelle



Rio Morros by Clay Schelgel


1 Comment

  1. St├ęphane Deschamps on July 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Thank you so much for your “top 100” and your “What to play”.

    Just bought the game (forced some friends to buy it, too), and your site is a great help.

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