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The World's Top 100 Golf Courses

This is the World's Top 100 golf courses according to US Golf Magazine September 2007.

New Australian entry in Golf Magazine's World Top 100
Although there is little change at the top, the 2007 Golf Magazine World's Top 100 Golf Courses list is full of surprises. Firstly from an Australian view point is the decision to rate both East and West Course at Royal Melbourne, which led to a slip from No. 10 to No. 15 for the West Course but resulted in the East Course being our only new entrant, and will help show the world just how good this often under-appreciated layout truly is. The other big news is the continued rise of Barnbougle Dunes, which has jumped up from No. 49 to one place ahead of New South Wales GC to No. 35 in the world. Quite an achievement for such a young, remote links. Kingston Heath and Royal Adelaide remain in the Top 100, though both suffered sizeable slides down the list.

Although all ranking lists are contentious and highly subjective, six entries in the Top 100 isn't such a bad result for a nation like Australia. There is no doubt that our next best few courses are well and truly world-class, but until more panelists make the journey here the chances of Victoria and Commonwealth returning to the Top 100 or the likes of National Moonah and Ellerston making the list is unlikely.

Stay tuned for further ranking lists in the coming months.

2007 World Rank 2005 Course Location Architect
World Rank

1 1 Pine Valley Pine Valley, N.J. George Crump/H.S. Colt, 1918
2 2 Cypress Point Pebble Beach, Calif. Alister MacKenzie, 1928
3 3 St. Andrews (Old Course) St. Andrews, Scotland Nature, 15th Century
4 4 Augusta National Augusta, Ga. Alister MacKenzie/Bobby Jones, 1933
5 6 Pebble Beach Pebble Beach, Calif. Jack Neville/Douglas Grant, 1919
6 5 Shinnecock Hills Southampton, N.Y. William Flynn, 1931
7 9 Royal County Down Newcastle, Northern Ireland Old Tom Morris, 1889
8 7 Muirfield Gullane, Scotland Old Tom Morris, 1891/H.S. Colt, 1925
9 14 Oakmont Oakmont, Pa Henry Fownes, 1903
10 11 Merion (East) Ardmore, Pa. Hugh Wilson, 1912
11 8 Sand Hills Mullen, Neb. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 1994
12 12 Royal Portrush (Dunluce) Portrush, Northern Ireland H.S. Colt, 1929
13 13 Pacific Dunes Bandon, Ore. Tom Doak, 2001
14 16 Ballybunion (Old) Ballybunion, Ireland P. Murphy, 1893/Tom Simpson, 1936
15 10 Royal Melbourne (West) Melbourne, Australia Alister MacKenzie, 1926
16 19 National Golf Links Of America Southampton, N.Y. C.B. Macdonald, 1911
17 18 Pinehurst (No. 2) Pinehurst, N.C. Donald Ross, 1903-35
18 15 Royal Dornoch Dornoch, Scotland Old Tom Morris, 1886
19 17 Turnberry (Ailsa) Turnberry, Scotland Willie Fernie, 1909/P. Mackenzie Ross, 1951
20 22 Seminole Juno Beach, Fla. Donald Ross, 1929
21 26 Winged Foot (West) Mamaroneck, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1923
22 23 Crystal Downs Frankfort, Mich. Alister MacKenzie/Perry Maxwell, 1932
23 24 San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. A.W. Tillinghast, 1918
24 21 Carnoustie (Championship) Carnoustie, Scotland Allan Robertson, 1842/Old Tom Morris, 1872,1892/James Braid, 1926
25 25 Prairie Dunes Hutchinson, Kan. Perry Maxwell, 1937/Press Maxwell, 1957
26 20 Kingston Heath Melbourne, Australia Des Soutar, 1925/Alister MacKenzie, 1928
27 33 Chicago Wheaton, Ill. C.B. Macdonald, 1895/Seth Raynor, 1923
28 29 Oakland Hills (South) Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Donald Ross, 1917/Robert Trent Jones, 1950
29 37 Riviera Pacific Palisades, Calif. George Thomas/Billy Bell Sr., 1926
30 31 Royal Birkdale Southport, England George Lowe Jr., 1889/Fred Hawtree, 1932
31 28 Fishers Island Fishers Island, N.Y. Seth Raynor, 1926
32 30 Bethpage (Black) Farmingdale, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1935
33 74 Friar's Head Baiting Hollow, N.Y. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2003
34 36 The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel) Brookline, Mass. Willie Campbell, 1895/Rees Jones, 1985
35 49 Barnbougle Dunes Bridport, Tasmania, Australia Tom Doak, 2004
36 34 New South Wales La Perouse, Australia Alister MacKenzie, 1928/Eric Apperly, 1947

37 35 Hirono Kobe, Japan C.H. Alison, 1932
38 46 Sunningdale (Old) Sunningdale, England Willie Park Jr., 1901/H.S. Colt, 1922
39 32 Royal St. George's Sandwich, England Laidlaw Purves, 1887
40 48 Whistling Straits (Straits) Haven, Wis. Pete Dye, 1998
41 27 Cape Kidnappers Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Tom Doak, 2004
42 38 Muirfield Village Dublin, Ohio Jack Nicklaus/Desmond Muirhead, 1974
43 41 Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) La Romana, Dominican Republic Pete Dye, 1971
44 40 Royal Troon (Old) Troon, Scotland Willie Fernie, 1887/James Braid, 1923
45 44 Olympic (Lake) San Francisco, Calif. Sam Whiting, 1928
46 57 Morfontaine Senlis, France Tom Simpson, 1927
47 51 Los Angeles (North) Los Angeles, Calif. George Thomas, 1921
48 56 Kiawah Island (Ocean) Kiawah Island, S.C. Pete Dye, 1991
49 43 Portmarnock (Old) Portmarnock, Ireland George Ross, W.C. Pickeman, Mungo Park, 1894
50 42 Baltrusol (Lower) Springfield, N.J. A.W. Tillinghast, 1922
51 45 Southern Hills Tulsa, Okla. Perry Maxwell, 1936
52 39 Oak Hill (East) Rochester, N.Y. Donald Ross, 1925
53 47 Woodhall Spa Woodhall Spa, England Harry Vardon, 1905/H.S. Colt, 1912/S.V. Hotchkin, 1926
54 67 Lahinch Lahinch, Ireland Old Tom Morris, 1893/Alister MacKenzie, 1927
55 64 Garden City Golf Club Garden City, N.Y. Devereux Emmet, 1899
56 50 Tpc at Sawgrass (Stadium) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Pete Dye, 1981
57 69 Bandon Dunes Bandon, Ore. David McLay Kidd, 1999
58 55 Medinah (No. 3) Medinah, Ill. Tom Bendelow, 1928
59 53 The Golf Club New Albany, Ohio Pete Dye, 1967
60 95 Nine Bridges Jeju Island, South Korea Ron Fream, 2001
61 65 Kingsbarns St. Andrews, Scotland Kyle Phillips, 1999
62 52 Royal Lytham & St. Annes St. Annes on Sea, England George Lowe Jr., 1897
63 58 Kauri Cliffs Kerikeri, New Zealand David Harman, 2000
64 60 Quaker Ridge Scarsdale, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1926
65 61 Winged Foot (East) Mamaroneck, N.Y. A.W. Tillinghast, 1923
66 66 Loch Lomond Luss, Scotland Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish, 1994
67 63 Maidstone East Hampton, N.Y. TKTK
68 78 Cruden Bay Cruden Bay, Scotland Herbert Fowler/Tom Simpson, 1926
69 68 Ganton Ganton, England Tom Dunn, 1891
70 59 Harbour Town Hilton Head Island, S.C. Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus, 1969
71 62 Inverness Toledo, Ohio Donald Ross, 1919
72 NR Royal Melbourne (East) Melbourne, Australia Alex Russell, 1932
73 75 Shoreacres Lake Bluff, Ill. Seth Raynor, 1921
74 89 Camargo Indian Hill, Ohio Seth Raynor, 1921
75 54 Royal Adelaide Adelaide, Australia Alister MacKenzie, 1926
76 NR Nanea Kailua-Kona, Hawaii David McLay Kidd, 2003
77 NR Old Sandwich Plymouth, Mass. Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2004
78 91 European Club Brittas Bay, Ireland Pat Ruddy, 1992
79 71 Highland Links Ingonish, Nova Scotia, Canada Stanley Thompson, 1935
80 72 Royal Liverpool Hoylake, England George Morris, 1869
81 92 Walton Heath (Old) Tadworth, England Herbert Fowler, 1904
82 NR Ballyneal Holyoke, Colo. Tom Doak, 2006
83 76 Scioto Columbus, Ohio Donald Ross, 1916
84 94 Tokyo Sayama-City, Japan Komei Ohtani, 1940
85 88 Spyglass Hill Pebble Beach, Calif. Robert Trent Jones, 1966
86 77 Somerset Hills Bernardsville, N.J. A.W. Tillinghast, 1918
87 80 Kawana (Fuji) Kawana, Japan C.H. Alison/Kinya Fujita, 1936
88 73 Cabo Del Sol (Ocean) Los Cabos, Mexico Jack Nicklaus, 1994
89 70 Valderrama Sotogrande, Spain Robert Trent Jones, 1975
90 83 Shadow Creek North Las Vegas, Nev. Tom Fazio/Steve Wynn, 1990
91 79 Congressional (Blue) Bethesda, Md. Devereux Emmet, 1924/Robert Trent Jones 1962
92 82 St. George's Islington, Ontario, Canada Stanley Thompson, 1929
93 93 East Lake Atlanta, Ga. Tom Bendelow, 1910/Donald Ross, 1924/Rees Jones, 1995
94 100 Naruo Osaka, Japan H.C. Crane, 1904/C.H. Alison, 1930
95 NR Swinley Forest Ascot, England H.S. Colt,1910
96 81 Durban Country Club Durban, South Africa Laurie Waters/George Waterman, 1922
97 NR Macrihanish Machrihanish, Scotland Charles Hunter, 1876/Old Tom Morris, 1879
98 NR North Berwick (West) North Berwick, Scotland David Strath, 1878
99 85 Wentworth (West) Virginia Water, England H.S. Colt/J.S.F. Morrison, 1924
100 84 Hamilton (West/South) Ancaster, Ontario, Canada H.S. Colt, 1914