Top Real Courses – February 2016


Glen Abbey GC by Bryan Boomer


It’s the return of my favorite list, which will now be a bi-monthly feature. I wasn’t always sure that I would be able to produce a list bi-monthly, but to all of our luck, the RCR bug really caught on in the last two months. I truly hope the trend will continue.



Royal Birkdale 2016 by T. Yeltzman


Just a note, with the regular Top 100 List it’s just kind of a given that the list clearly doesn’t encompass all of the courses in the game, but rather all of the courses that I have been able to play. The Real Course list is much more quantifiable, so if you don’t see a real course on this list that is in the game, you can be 100% certain that I simply have not played it yet. You can follow along with my progress in playing all of the real courses, and play all of them for yourself, by playing along with the Real Course Tour.



Firestone CC South (Rustic) by Brandon Pugh


Rank Name Designer Last Month
1 Whistling Straits, Sheboygan WI Overseeded Craig Frey 1
2 Congressional CC Rod Simpson New
3 Pebble Beach Golf Links (All versions) Brandon Pugh 3
4 Pine Valley, New Jersey Craig Frey 2
5 Royal Lytham & St Annes 2015 Yeltzman New
6 Muirfield 2013 Open Yeltzman 4
7 TPC at Sawgrass Brandon Pugh New
8 Royal Birkdale 2016 (Thursday Dry) Yeltzman 10
9 Firestone CC South (Rustic) Brandon Pugh 5
10 Glen Abbey GC (Canadian Open) Saturday Bryan Boomer New
11 Spyglass Hill 2015 yeltzman 6
12 Tobacco Dunes Steve Pope New
13 Vallentuna Golfklubb – Sweden Mikael Thunberg 8
14 Le Golf National Dean Lowden 7
15 Welican National @ Llandudno Bobby Anderson New
16 TPC @ Boston – thurs (new textures) Kenny Canham New
17 TGC @ the Engish Rose (Thurs) Wendy Airey 11
18 Southern Hills Country Club Trey Coursey New
19 Riviera Country Club – Thursday Bryan Boomer New
20 Mistwood Golf Course William Bradford 12
21 PGA West (Palmer) [Sunday] Rod Simpson 13
22 Royal Troon Old Course 2015 Yeltzman 14
23 Chicago Golf Club JELindholm 15
24 Cohutta Country Club Todd Driver 16
25 The Walker Course Clemson, SC William Bradford 17
26 Trump National Doral Colin J. Watt New
27 Turnberry Kintyre Course Alan McSpadyen 18
28 Galveston Country Club Trey Coursey New
29 Kapalua Bay Golf Club Bryan Boomer 19
30 Fishers GC – Fishers Island, NY Matthew Essig 20
31 St. Andrews Old Course 2015 Colin Marriott 21
32 Miglianico Golf e Country Club Fabrizio Cardelli New
33 Turnberry Ailsa course 2015 Colin Marriott 22
34 Kiawah Island Ocean Course James Olcott New
UR Magnolia National 2016 Craig LeVasseur
UR Chambers Bay 2016 Craig LeVasseur
UR Merion East – Ardmore, PA Craig LeVasseur
UR Pinehurst #2 (’16 Edition) Craig LeVasseur


  1. Matt on February 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Great list Chris. Could you add which real world courses these represent? A Lot of them are obvious, but some don’t jump out (at least I don’t recognize them). Otherwise, I appreciate you making this list!

    • Craig LeVasseur on February 25, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Hey Matt, I’ll see if I can find a clean way to feature real course names in the next edition. For now, here are the ones that are either an alias or not well known:

      Tobacco Dunes = Tobacco Road, NC
      Welican National = Conwy Golf Club, Wales
      TGC @ English Rose = Wentworth West
      Mistwood = Chicago, IL
      Cohutta Country Club = Nob North in Cohutta, GA
      Miglianico is in Italy, outside of Rome

  2. BoomBoom on February 25, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Amazing list, so many well done real courses, if we could only get some decent gameplay that did not make a mockery of these things, life would be grand.

  3. BoomBoom on February 25, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    K I get you don’t want to sound biased but put the bottom 4 in this order, say It was me.

    #1 MN
    #4 PH
    #7 CB
    #12 Merion

    • Craig LeVasseur on February 26, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Boomer! I would have a hard time ordering them anyways. I can certainly see myself ordering them the way you have, but then again, Merion is an awesome course and I would have a hard time putting it 4th in that group. Just one of my favorite courses.

  4. Eamonn Dowd (bigned56) on February 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Scotsdale another great real course.
    Thanks for all the good work

    • Craig LeVasseur on February 27, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      I have that one featured on Real Course Tour v4. That and Golf Club of Houston are my next to play in the tour, so they will be on the next list for sure (and many more, I’m sure). But sure to check out all of these courses and more on Real Course Tour v1 through v5.

  5. YOG Bimal on July 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Is there another whistling straits? I pulled it up by name in search , and there is no way that the course I played is rated #1 . it did not even have seagrass or real dunes, could I have possibly been on a old duplicate ?

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