My Second 50 Golf Courses

My Second 50 Golf Courses: No.’s 51-100


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: 155.

This list is a continuation of my Top 50 Golf Courses, where numbers 1-50 are ranked under the same criteria.

Don’t see your favorite course? Check out my interactive map to see if I’ve played it! Suggestions welcome for hidden gems and critically acclaimed courses alike.


100. Shadow Mountain

49.455

Cranbrook, British Columbia

-Graham Cooke & Wayne Carleton (2009)

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99. Shadow Hills Country Club

49.500

Junction City, Oregon

-Alex Kindsfather (1962)

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98. Paradise Canyon Golf Resort

50.000

Lethbridge, Alberta

-Bill Newis (1992)

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97. Lubbock Country Club

50.050

Lubbock, Texas

-Warren Cantrell (1921)

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96. Fraserview Golf Course

50.150

Vancouver, British Columbia

-Thomas McBroom

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95. Sundance Golf Club

50.250

Buckeye, Arizona

-Greg Nash (2003)

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94. Tour 18 Dallas

50.400

Flower Mound, Texas

-David D. Edsall (1995)

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93. Briarwood Country Club

50.250

Sun City West, Arizona

-Greg Nash (1983)

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92. Desert Blume Golf Resort

50.450

Medicine Hat, Alberta

-Unknown (2006)

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91. Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club

50.500

Medicine Hat, Alberta

-Tom Bendalow (1914)

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Credit: travelalberta.com

90. Kamloops Golf & Country Club

50.650

Kamloops, British Columbia

-A.V. Macan (1914)

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Credit: kamloopsgolfclub.com

89. Whitefish Lake Golf Club (North)

44.800

Whitefish, Montana

-John Fought (1935)

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88. TPC Scottsdale (Champions)

52.150

Scottsdale, Arizona

-Randy Heckenkemper (2007)

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87. Murphy Creek Golf Course

53.000

Aurora, Colorado

-Ken Kavanaugh (1999)

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86. Ko’Olau Golf Club

53.150

Kaneohe, Hawaii

-Dick Nugent (1992)

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85. Willamette Valley Golf & Country Club

53.250

Canby, Oregon

-Shirley Stone (1962)

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84. Verrado Golf Club (Founders)

53.565

Buckeye, Arizona

-Tom Lehman (2004)

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Credit: Verradogolfclub.com

83. Heritage Pointe Golf Club (Desert/Heritage)

54.000

De Winton, Alberta

-Ron Garl (1992)

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82. Blue Devil Golf Club (Big Devil)

54.200

Calgary, Alberta

-Gary Browing (2012)

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81. Sundre Golf Club

54.250

Sundre, Alberta

-Sid Puddicombe (1963)

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80. Salmon Arm Golf Club (Championship)

54.500

Salmon Arm, British Columbia

-Les Furber (1928)

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79. Reunion Resort & Golf Club (Watson)

54.950

Orlando, Florida

-Tom Watson (2004)

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78. Centennial Golf Club

55.000

Medford, Oregon

-John Fought (2006)

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77. University Golf Club

55.625

Vancouver, British Columbia

-A.V. Macan (1929)

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76. Rivershore Golf Links

55.750

Kamloops, British Columbia

-Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1981)

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75. Red Mountain Ranch Country Club

55.800

Mesa, Arizona

-Pete Dye (1986)

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74. Lethbridge Country Club

55.850

Lethbridge, Alberta

-Stanley Thompson (1913)

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73. Predator Ridge Golf Resort (Predator)

55.850

Vernon, British Columbia

-Les Furber (1991)

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72. Okanagan Golf Club (Bear)

56.000

Kelowna, British Columbia

-Jack Nicklaus (1999)

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71. Druid’s Glen Golf Club

56.250

Covington, Washington

-Kyle Foster (1997)

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70. Cottonwood Golf & Country Club

56.750

De Winton, Alberta

-Bill Newis (1926)

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69. Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa (Patriot)

57.000

Litchfield Park, Arizona

-Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1965)

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68 (NEW). La Quinta Resort & Spa (Mountain)

57.250

La Quinta, California

-Pete Dye (1981)

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67. West Seattle Golf Course

57.500

Seattle, Washington

-H. Chandler Egan (1940)

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66. Rio Secco Golf Club

58.000

Henderson, Nevada

-Rees Jones (1997)

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65. Canmore Golf & Curling Club

58.75

Canmore, Alberta

-Unknown (1926)

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64. Cedar Crest Golf Course

60.000

Dallas, Texas

-A.W. Tillinghast (1919)

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60.200

Silverthorne, Colorado

-Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry

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T-61. Papago Golf Course

60.250

Phoenix, Arizona

-William Bell (1963)

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T-61. Blackstone Country Club

60.250

Peoria, Arizona

-Jim Engh (2005)

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60. Wildstone Golf Course

60.500

Cranbrook, British Columbia

-Gary Player (2011)

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59. Sahalee Country Club (South/East)

64.250

Sammamish, Washington

-Kieth Evans & Ted Robinson Sr. (1969)

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58. Morgan Creek Golf Course

64.500

Surrey, British Columbia

-Thomas McBroom (1995)

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57 (NEW). AK-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

64.75

Maricopa, Arizona

-Brian Curley

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56. Vancouver Golf Club

67.500

Coquitlam, British Columbia

-Mike Gardner (1911)

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55 (NEW). Sahalee Country Club (North/East)

65.150

Sammamish, Washington

-Kieth Evans & Ted Robinson Sr. (1969)

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54. Wilderness Club

65.250

Eureka, Montana

-Nick Faldo (2009)

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53. Wolf Creek Golf Resort (Old)

65.500

Ponoka, Alberta

-Rod Whitman (1984)

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Credit: Andrew Makarchuk

52. Talking Rock Golf Resort at Quaalot Lodge

65.700

Chase, British Columbia

-Graham Cooke & Wayne Carleton (2007)

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51. Circling Raven Golf Club

65.750

Worley, Idaho

-Gene Bates (2003)

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Continue with My Top 50 Golf Courses, starting with #50: Wolf Creek Golf Resort’s Old Course.


 

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