Commentary

America's 100 Greatest Public Courses

Updated: December 24, 2007, 3:44 PM ET
By Ron Whitten | Golf Digest

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America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses are undeniably grand. But for the most part -- unless you know somebody -- you can't play them. That's why we created another golf course ranking two years ago, one that celebrates not just architectural superiority but also accessibility.

We call it America's 100 Greatest Public Courses, and every course on this updated list is available to any golfer (or resort guest) willing to call for a tee time and pay a daily green fee.

The top 15 on this list are also on America's 100 Greatest: stunners like Oregon's Pacific Dunes (No. 4 on the public list), New York's Bethpage Black (7) and Hawaii's Prince (12). We generate this ranking precisely the same way as the other one, with the results provided by our national panel who play and evaluate courses using seven main criteria: Shot Values, Resistance to Scoring, Design Variety, Memorability, Aesthetics, Conditioning and Ambience.

In place of exclusivity, the 100 Greatest Public offer considerable diversity in style. Several former members of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses are represented, including the Pine Valley-inspired Pine Barrens at Florida's World Woods (26), Alister Mackenzie's Pasatiempo in California (31), and Crosswater (28) and Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek (48) in Oregon, both showcasing the versatility of designer Bob Cupp. There's also Mauna Kea (32) and The Dunes Golf & Beach Club (39), two of the all-time finest from Robert Trent Jones, as well as his son Trent Jones Jr.'s Links at Spanish Bay (62) and George Fazio's Edgewood Tahoe (54), both previously ranked among America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.

There are PGA Tour stops, too, such as 23rd-ranked Cog Hill No. 4, outside of Chicago, where the pros will play the Cialis Western Open, and TPC at Deere Run (56), in the Illinois section of the Quad Cities, home of the John Deere Classic. Bulle Rock (33) near Baltimore is the new site of the McDonald's LPGA Championship.

AMERICA'S 100 GREATEST PUBLIC COURSES
FIRST 10
1.
PEBBLE BEACH G. LINKS
Pebble Beach—800-654-9300; pebblebeach.com
2. PINEHURST RESORT & C.C. (No. 2)
Pinehurst, N.C.—800-487-4653; pinehurst.com
3. SHADOW CREEK
North Las Vegas, Nev.—866-260-0069; shadowcreek.com
4. PACIFIC DUNES
Bandon, Ore.—888-345-6008; bandondunesgolf.com
5. WHISTLING STRAITS G.C. (Straits)
Haven, Wis.—800-618-5535; whistlingstraits.com
6. BANDON DUNES
Bandon, Ore.—888-345-6008; bandondunesgolf.com
7. BETHPAGE STATE PARK G. CSE. (Black)
Farmingdale, N.Y.—516-249-4040; nysparks.state.ny.us
8. THE OCEAN COURSE
Kiawah Island, S.C.—888-854-2924; kiawahgolf.com
9. SPYGLASS HILL G. CSE.
Pebble Beach—800-654-9300; pebblebeach.com
10. ARCADIA BLUFFS G.C.
Arcadia, Mich.—800-494-8666; arcadiabluffs.com
SECOND 10
11. BLACKWOLF RUN (River)
Kohler, Wis.—800-618-5535; destinationkohler.com
12. THE PRINCE COURSE
Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii—800-826-4400; princeville.com
13. THE HOMESTEAD (Cascades)
Hot Springs, Va.—800-838-1766; thehomestead.com
14. HARBOUR TOWN G. LINKS
Hilton Head Island—800-955-8337; seapines.com
15. TPC AT SAWGRASS (Stadium)
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.—904-273-3235; tpcsawgrass.com
16. THE QUARRY AT GIANTS RIDGE
Biwabik, Minn.—800-688-7669; giantsridge.com
17. THE G.C. AT REDLANDS MESA
Grand Junction, Colo.—970-263-9270; redlandsmesa.com
18. KARSTEN CREEK
Stillwater, Okla.—405-743-1658; karstencreek.net
19. HAWKTREE G.C.
Bismarck, N.D.—888-465-4295; hawktree.com
20. PAA-KO RIDGE G.C.
Sandia Park, N.M.—866-898-5987; paakoridge.com
THIRD 10
21. THE HARVESTER G.C.
Rhodes, Iowa—641-227-4653; harvestergolf.com
22. SEA ISLAND G.C. (Seaside)
St. Simons Island, Ga.—800-732-4752; seaisland.com
23. COG HILL G. & C.C. (No. 4)
Lemont, Ill.—630-257-5872; coghillgolf.com
24. TULLYMORE G.C.
Stanwood, Mich.—800-972-4837; stivesgolf.com
25. BLACK LAKE G.C.
Onaway, Mich.—989-733-4653; blacklakegolf.com
26. WORLD WOODS G.C. (Pine Barrens)
Brooksville, Fla.—352-796-5500; worldwoods.com
27. WOLF CREEK G.C.
Mesquite, Nev.—866-252-4653; golfwolfcreek.com
28. CROSSWATER
Sunriver, Ore.—541-593-4402; sunriver-resort.com
29. STONEWATER G.C.
Highland Heights, Ohio—440-461-4653; stonewatergolf.com
30. SUGARLOAF G.C.
Carrabassett Valley, Me.—800-843-5623; sugarloaf.com
FOURTH 10
31. PASATIEMPO G.C.
Santa Cruz, Calif.—831-459-9155; pasatiempo.com
32. MAUNA KEA G. CSE.
Kohala Coast, Hawaii—808-882-5400; maunakeabeachhotel.com
33. BULLE ROCK
Havre de Grace, Md.—888-285-5375; bullerock.com
34. GREAT RIVER G.C.
Milford, Conn.—203-876-8051; greatrivergolfclub.com
35. BAY HARBOR G.C. (Links/Quarry)
Bay Harbor, Mich.—231-439-4028; bayharbor.com
36. WHISTLING STRAITS (Irish)
Haven, Wis.—800-618-5535; whistlingstraits.com
37. WEAVERRIDGE G.C.
Peoria, Ill.—309-691-3344; weaverridge.com
38. BAREFOOT RESORT & GOLF (Love)
North Myrtle Beach, S.C.—877-767-1568; barefootgolf.com
39. THE DUNES G. & BEACH C.
Myrtle Beach—866-386-3722; dunesgolfandbeachclub.com
40. AVALON LAKES G. CSE.
Warren, Ohio—330-856-8898; avalonlakes.com
FIFTH 10
41. TIGER'S EYE G. LINKS
Sunset Beach, N.C.—800-233-1801; lionspaw.com
42. PINEHURST RESORT & C.C. (No. 4)
Pinehurst, N.C.—800-487-4653; pinehurst.com
43. SHEPHERD'S HOLLOW G.C. (2nd/3rd)
Clarkston, Mich.—248-922-0300; shepherdshollow.com
44. PINEHURST RESORT & C.C. (No. 8)
Pinehurst, N.C.—800-487-4653; pinehurst.com
45. THE G.C. AT CUSCOWILLA
Eatonton, Ga.—800-458-5351; cuscowilla.com
46. RUNNING Y RANCH RESORT
Klamath Falls, Ore.—888-850-0261; runningy.com
47. LAKEWOOD SHORES RESORT (Gailes)
Oscoda, Mich.—800-882-2493; lakewoodshores.com
48. PUMPKIN RIDGE G.C. (Ghost Creek)
North Plains, Ore.—888-594-4653; pumpkinridge.com
49. TWIN WARRIORS G.C.
Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.—505-771-6155; twinwarriorsgolf.com
50. THE CLASSIC AT MADDEN'S RESORT
Brainerd, Minn.—800-642-5363; maddens.com
SIXTH 10
51. PINE MEADOW G.C.
Mundelein, Ill.—847-566-4653; pinemeadowgc.com
52. SHENENDOAH G.C.
Verona, N.Y.—877-748-4653; turning-stone.com
53. HE LINKS OF NORTH DAKOTA
Ray, N.D.—866-733-6453; thelinksofnorthdakota.com
54. EDGEWOOD TAHOE G. CSE.
Stateline, Nev.—775-588-3566; edgewood-tahoe.com
55. OLDE STONEWALL G.C.
Ellwood City, Pa.—724-752-4653; oldestonewall.com
56. TPC AT DEERE RUN
Silvis, Ill.—877-872-3677; tpc.com
57. SARATOGA NATIONAL G.C.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.—518-583-4653; golfsaratoga.com
58. CALEDONIA G. & FISH C.
Pawleys Island, S.C.—800-483-6800; fishclub.com
59. BRANSON CREEK G.C.
Hollister, Mo.—888-772-9990; bransoncreekgolf.com
60. THE CHALLENGE AT MANELE
Lanai City, Hawaii—808-565-2222; lanai-resorts.com
SEVENTH 10
61. GREAT WATERS AT REYNOLDS PLANTATION
Eatonton, Ga.—800-852-5885; reynoldsplantation.com
62. THE LINKS AT SPANISH BAY
Pebble Beach—800-654-9300; pebblebeach.com
63. BELGRADE LAKES G.C.
Belgrade Lakes, Me.—207-495-4653; belgradelakesgolf.com
64. LIMESTONE SPRINGS G.C.
Oneonta, Ala.—205-274-4653; limestonesprings.com
65. LONGABERGER G.C.
Nashport, Ohio—740-763-1100; longaberger.com
66. RED HAWK G.C.
East Tawas, Mich.—877-733-4295; redhawkgolf.net
67. TIDEWATER G.C. & PLANTATION
North Myrtle Beach, S.C.—800-446-5363; tide-water.com
68. THE BROADMOOR G.C. (East)
Colorado Springs—800-634-7711; broadmoor.com
69. CASCATA
Boulder City, Nev.—702-294-2000; golfcascata.com
70. DANCING RABBIT G.C. (Azaleas)
Choctaw, Miss.—888-372-2248; dancingrabbitgolf.com
EIGHTH 10
71. TRADITION G.C. AT ROYAL NEW KENT
Providence Forge, Va.—888-554-6055; traditionalclubs.com
72. DEACON'S LODGE G. CSE.
Breezy Point, Minn.—888-437-4637; deaconslodge.com
73. THE TRIBUTE G.C.
The Colony, Tex.—972-370-5465; thetributegolflinks.com
74. KAPALUA G.C. (Plantation)
Kapalua, Hawaii—877-527-2582; kapaluamaui.com
75. GRAY PLANTATION
Lake Charles, La.—337-562-1663; graywoodllc.com
76. TROON NORTH G.C. (Monument)
Scottsdale—480-585-7700; troonnorthgolf.com
77. BAY HILL CLUB
Orlando—407-876-2429; bayhill.com
78. THE HERITAGE CLUB
Pawleys Island, S.C.—800-377-2315; legendsgolf.com
79.
THE GREENBRIER (Greenbrier)
White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.—800-624-6070; greenbrier.com
80. OCEAN HAMMOCK G.C.
Palm Coast, Fla.—386-447-4611; oceanhammock.com
NINTH 10
81. BAREFOOT RESORT & GOLF (Fazio)
North Myrtle Beach, S.C.—877-767-1568; barefootgolf.com
82. OLD WORKS G. CSE.
Anaconda, Mont.—888-229-4833; oldworks.org
83. RIVERS EDGE G.C.
Shallotte, N.C.—877-748-3718; river18.com
84. GOLDEN HORSESHOE G.C. (Gold)
Williamsburg, Va.—800-648-6653; goldenhorseshoegolf.com
85. THE G. CSE. AT GLEN MILLS
Glen Mills, Pa.—610-558-2142; glenmillsgolf.com
86. REFLECTION BAY G.C.
Henderson, Nev.—877-698-4653; lakelasvegas.com
87. PURGATORY G.C.
Noblesville, Ind.—317-776-4653; purgatorygolf.com
88. THE LEGEND AT GIANTS RIDGE
Biwabik, Minn.—800-688-7669; giantsridge.com
89. TORREY PINES G. CSE. (South)
La Jolla, Calif.—800-985-4653; torreypinesgolfcourse.com
90. KAUAI LAGOONS G.C. (Kiele)
Lihue, Hawaii—800-634-6400; golfbc.com
TENTH 10
91. PELICAN HILL G.C. (Ocean North)
Newport Coast, Calif.—949-760-0707; pelicanhill.com
92. THE GENERAL AT EAGLE RIDGE
Galena, Ill.—800-892-2269; eagleridge.com
93. TRUE BLUE G.C.
Pawleys Island, S.C.—888-483-6800; truebluegolf.com
94. KIVA DUNES G.C.
Gulf Shores, Ala.—888-833-5482; kivadunes.com
95. GRAND BEAR G. CSE.
Saucier, Miss.—800-946-7777; grandcasinos.com
96. THE BLUFFS ON THOMPSON CREEK
St. Francisville, La.—888-634-3410; thebluffs.com
97. QUARRY OAKS G.C.
Ashland, Neb.—888-944-6001; quarryoaks.com
98. PGA WEST (TPC Stadium)
La Quinta, Calif.—760-564-7170; pgawest.com
99. SEMIAHMOO G. & C.C. (Loomis Trail)
Blaine, Wash.—360-332-1725; semiahmoo.com
100. BRICKYARD CROSSING G. CSE.
Indianapolis—317-492-6572; brickyardcrossing.com

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