My Top 50 Golf Courses

My Top 50 Golf Courses


Ranking golf courses is always tough. Many people carry different opinions in what a good golf course is and why they think so, but, ranking courses is part of the fun, and the main reason of ranking golf courses is to spark discussion and debate among groups.

Here’s how I put together my ranking:

Playability /20

A fairly basic category, this is how accessible a golf course is to everyone. Can a 36 handicap play and have the same fun as a 0 handicap? Is there options with minimal forced carries for the average player?

Shot Value /20

Shot value may be controversial, especially with such a high weighting, but it’s fairly important to a golf course. However, unlike most people (who think shot value is difficulty), shot value is how it challenges people. For example, on a modern golf course, there’s a 80 yard wide fairway, but with the green complex and bunkering the player has to hit to the right side to have a good angle into the green. This doesn’t necessarily add difficulty, because the high handicapper can still get around without losing a golf ball, but it does challenge the player (thus a high “shot value”) while being fair.

Fun /20

Without taking score, conditions, weather, who we played with or any other external factors, how much fun did we/would we have on that certain golf course?

Memorability /20

Is it a course we remember/will remember, or do we need to relook at photos and the scorecard/yardage book? This isn’t about vistas or elevated tee boxes, but will we look back in a year and think “I loved that course because of ___.”

Architectural Values /20

How much thought did the architect put into each hole? Is there 18 quality holes, or is there a few sloppy ones? Is the routing walkable (if applicable*) that utilizes the land well, or is most of the holes on boring land? Is there variety and creative in routing/design/flow?

*While some golf courses have the ability to be walked, some architects don’t have the ability to craft a golf course that’s walkable on certain properties. It’d be unfair to rank those differently just because the architect was given a property that couldn’t be walkable in the first place.

Each golf course with a red title will have a review for you to read if you’re interested in learning more. Total number of courses ranked: 148. The top 50 are shown, while courses 51-100 can be viewed here.


T-50. Papago Golf Course

60.250

Phoenix, Arizona

-William Bell (1963)

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T-50. Blackstone Country Club

60.250

Peoria, Arizona

-Jim Engh (2005)

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49 (36). Wildstone Golf Course

60.500

Cranbrook, British Columbia

-Gary Player (2011)

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48 (35). Marine Drive Golf Club

61.000

Vancouver, British Columbia

-A.V. Macan (1922)

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47 (34). Wilderness Club

61.500

Eureka, Montana

-Nick Faldo (2009)

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46 (33). Wolf Creek Golf Resort (Old)

63.000

Ponoka, Alberta

-Rod Whitman (1984)

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45 (31). Morgan Creek Golf Course

64.500

Surrey, British Columbia

-Thomas McBroom (1995)

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44. Circling Raven Golf Club

65.750

Worley, Idaho

-Gene Bates (2003)

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43. Grand Canyon University Golf Club

66.000

Glendale, Arizona 

-William Bell (1961)

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42 (32). Quintero Golf Club

66.500

Peoria, Arizona

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-Rees Jones (2000)

41 (30). Commonground Golf Course

67.000

Aurora, Colorado

-Tom Doak (1972)

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40 (29). Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club

67.250

Colquitlam, British Columbia

-Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry (1995)

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39 (28). Vancouver Golf Club

67.500

Coquitlam, British Columbia

-Mike Gardner (1911)

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38 (21). Talking Stick Resort (O’odham)

67.550

Scottsdale, Arizona

-Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (1998)

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37. The Idaho Club

67.700

Sandpoint, Idaho

-Jack Nicklaus (2008)

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36 (27). Talking Rock Golf Resort at Quaalot Lodge

67.750

Chase, British Columbia

-Graham Cooke & Wayne Carleton (2007)

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35. Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa (Gold)

67.775

Litchfield Park, Arizona

-Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1964)

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34. Phoenix Country Club

67.800

Phoenix, Arizona

-Harry Collis (1919)

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33 (26). Tobiano Golf Course

68.000

Kamloops, British Columbia

-Thomas McBroom (2007)

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32 (25). Waterton Lakes Golf Course

68.500

Waterton, Alberta

-Stanley Thompson (1929)

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31 (24). TPC Scottsdale (Stadium)

68.800

Scottsdale, Arizona

-Tom Wieskopf & Jay Morrish (1987)

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T-30 (22). Kelowna Golf and Country Club

69.000

Kelowna, British Columbia

-A.V. Macan (1923)

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T-30 (22). Tower Ranch Golf and Country Club

69.000

Kelowna, British Columbia

-Thomas McBroom (2008)

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28 (20). Woodlands Country Club, The (Tournament)

70.450

The Woodlands, Texas

-Robert van Hogge (1987)

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27. Troon North Golf Club (Pinnacle)

70.500

Scottsdale, Arizona

-Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morrish (1995)

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26 (19). Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club

71.000

Canmore, Alberta

-Gary Browning (2000)

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T-24 (18). Desert Mountain Golf Club (Renegade)

71.500

Scottsdale, Arizona

-Jack Nicklaus (1987)

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T-24. Desert Highlands Golf Club

71.500

Scottsdale, Arizona

-Jack Nicklaus (1983)

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T-22 (16). Iron Horse Golf Club

71.750

Whitefish, Montana

-Tom Fazio (2000)

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T-22 (16). The Glencoe Golf and Country Club (Forest)

71.750

Calgary, Alberta

-Robert Trent Jones II (1987)

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21. Rawls at Texas Tech, The

72.000

Lubbock, Texas

-Tom Doak (2003)

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20. Sand Hollow Resort (Championship)

72.155

Hurricane, Utah

-John Fought (2008)

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19 (14). Eugene Country Club

72.250

Eugene, Oregon

-Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1927)

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18 (13). Wolf Creek Golf Resort (Links)

74.000

Ponoka, Alberta

-Rod Whitman (2012)

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17. Cascata

74. 150

Boulder City, Nevada

-Rees Jones (2000)

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16 (12). Mirabel Club

74.200

Scottsdale, Arizona

-Tom Fazio (2001)

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15. Apache Stronghold Golf Course

74.255

Globe, Arizona

-Tom Doak (1999)

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14 (11). Greywolf Golf Course

75.500

Panorama, British Columbia

-Doug Carrick (1999)

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13 (10). Blackhawk Golf Club

75.750

Edmonton, Alberta

-Rod Whitman (2003)

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12 (9). Predator Ridge Golf Resort (Ridge)

76.000

Vernon, British Columbia

-Doug Carrick (2009)

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11. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club (Saguaro)

76.650

Fountain Hills, Arizona

-Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2006)

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10 (8). Chambers Bay Golf Course

77.500

University Place, Washington

-Robert Trent Jones II (2007)

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9 (7). World Woods Golf Club (Pine Barrens)

78.750

Brooksville, Florida

-Tom Fazio (1993)

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8. Desert Forest Golf Club

78.955

Carefree, Arizona

-Robert Lawrence (1962)

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7 (6). Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course, The

79.000

Jasper, Alberta

-Stanley Thompson (1929)

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6 (5). Gamble Sands Golf Course and Lodge (Sands)

80.000

Brewster, Washington

-David McLay Kidd (2014)

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5 (4). The Club at Sagebrush

81.000

Merritt, British Columbia

-Rod Whitman (2009)

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4 (3). Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Club, The

81.250

Banff, Alberta

-Stanley Thompson (1927)

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3 (2). Streamsong Resort (Red)

82.000

Fort Meade, Florida

-Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (2012)

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2. Estancia Club, The

82.750

Scottsdale, Arizona

-Tom Fazio (1995)

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1. Rock Creek Cattle Company

83.000

Deer Lodge, Montana

-Tom Doak (2008)

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