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.


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



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. Stéphane 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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