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: 174.

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 the map below for a total list of courses I’ve played!


100. Kamloops Golf & Country Club

51.250

Kamloops, British Columbia

-A.V. Macan (1914)

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Credit: kamloopsgolfclub.com

99. Whitefish Lake Golf Club (North)

51.955

Whitefish, Montana

-John Fought (1935)

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98. TPC Scottsdale (Champions)

52.150

Scottsdale, Arizona

-Randy Heckenkemper (2007)

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97. Murphy Creek Golf Course

53.000

Aurora, Colorado

-Ken Kavanaugh (1999)

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96. Red Mountain Ranch Country Club

53.125

Mesa, Arizona

-Pete Dye (1986)

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95. Ko’Olau Golf Club

53.150

Kaneohe, Hawaii

-Dick Nugent (1992)

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94. Willamette Valley Golf & Country Club

53.250

Canby, Oregon

-Shirley Stone (1962)

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93. Verrado Golf Club (Founders)

53.565

Buckeye, Arizona

-Tom Lehman (2004)

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Credit: Verradogolfclub.com

92. Heritage Pointe Golf Club (Desert/Heritage)

54.000

De Winton, Alberta

-Ron Garl (1992)

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91. Blue Devil Golf Club (Big Devil)

54.200

Calgary, Alberta

-Gary Browing (2012)

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90. Reunion Resort & Golf Club (Watson)

54.950

Orlando, Florida

-Tom Watson (2004)

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89. Centennial Golf Club

55.000

Medford, Oregon

-John Fought (2006)

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88. University Golf Club

55.100

Vancouver, British Columbia

-A.V. Macan (1929)

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87. Earl Grey Golf Club

55.150

Calgary, Alberta

-Unknown (1933)

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86. Druid’s Glen Golf Club

55.000

Covington, Washington

-Kyle Foster (1997)

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85. Cottonwood Golf & Country Club

55.250

De Winton, Alberta

-Bill Newis (1926)

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84. Northern Bear

55.500

Sheerwood Park, Alberta

-Jack Nicklaus (2002)

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83. Salmon Arm Golf Club (Championship)

55.650

Salmon Arm, British Columbia

-Les Furber (1928)

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82. Sundre Golf Club

55.700

Sundre, Alberta

-Sid Puddicombe (1963)

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81. Rivershore Golf Links

55.750

Kamloops, British Columbia

-Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1981)

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80. Desert Blume Golf Resort

55.825

Medicine Hat, Alberta

-Unknown (2006)

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79. Predator Ridge Golf Resort (Predator)

55.850

Vernon, British Columbia

-Les Furber (1991)

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78. Okanagan Golf Club (Bear)

56.000

Kelowna, British Columbia

-Jack Nicklaus (1999)

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77. Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa (Patriot)

57.000

Litchfield Park, Arizona

-Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1965)

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76. Lethbridge Country Club

57.155

Lethbridge, Alberta

-Stanley Thompson (1913)

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

57.200

Sammamish, Washington

-Kieth Evans & Ted Robinson Sr. (1969)

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

57.250

La Quinta, California

-Pete Dye (1981)

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73. West Seattle Golf Course

57.500

Seattle, Washington

-H. Chandler Egan (1940)

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72. Rio Secco Golf Club

58.000

Henderson, Nevada

-Rees Jones (1997)

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71. Sahalee Country Club (South/East)

58.155

Sammamish, Washington

-Kieth Evans & Ted Robinson Sr. (1969)

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70. Canmore Golf & Curling Club

58.75

Canmore, Alberta

-Unknown (1926)

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69. 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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67. Blackstone Country Club

60.250

Peoria, Arizona

-Jim Engh (2005)

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66 (NEW). Elk Island Golf Course

60.350

Elk Island National Park, Alberta

-Stanley Thompson (1936)

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65. Wildstone Golf Course

60.500

Cranbrook, British Columbia

-Gary Player (2011)

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64. Dakota Dunes Golf links

61.225

Whitecap, Saskatchewan

-Graham Cooke & Wayne Carleton (2004)

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63. Papago Golf Course

61.235

Phoenix, Arizona

-William Bell (1963)

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62. Morgan Creek Golf Course

61.250

Surrey, British Columbia

-Thomas McBroom (1995)

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

61.255

Maricopa, Arizona

-Brian Curley

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60. Vancouver Golf Club

62.000

Coquitlam, British Columbia

-Mike Gardner (1911)

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59 (NEW). Windermere Golf & Country Club

62.500

Edmonton, Alberta

-C.E. Robinson (1957)

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58. Wilderness Club

62.755

Eureka, Montana

-Nick Faldo (2009)

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57. Talking Rock Golf Resort at Quaalot Lodge

63.000

Chase, British Columbia

-Graham Cooke & Wayne Carleton (2007)

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56. Grand Canyon University Golf Club

63.250

Glendale, Arizona 

-William Bell (1961)

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55. Camelback Golf Club (Ambiente)

63.455

Paradise Valley, Arizona

-Dr. Michael Hurdzan/Dana Fry

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54. Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club

63.500

Coquitlam, British Columbia

-Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry (1995)

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53 (NEW). Kananaskis Country Golf Course (Mount Lorette)

63.550

Kananaskis, Alberta

-Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1983)

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52. Wolf Creek Golf Resort (Old)

63.750

Ponoka, Alberta

-Rod Whitman (1984)

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Credit: Andrew Makarchuk

51. Circling Raven Golf Club

63.800

Worley, Idaho

-Gene Bates (2003)

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Continue with My Top 50 Golf Courses, starting with #50: Riverside Country Club in Saskatoon.


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