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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: 231.

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? Let me know in the comments below!


100 (59). Windermere Golf & Country Club

62.500

Edmonton, Alberta

-C.E. Robinson (1957)

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99 (NEW). Big Sky Golf Club

62.55

Pemberton, British Columbia

-John Fought & Bob Cupp (1993)

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98 (58). Wilderness Club

62.755

Eureka, Montana

-Nick Faldo (2009)

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97 (56). Grand Canyon University Golf Club

63.250

Glendale, Arizona 

-William Bell (1961)

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96 (55). Camelback Golf Club (Ambiente)

63.455

Paradise Valley, Arizona

-Dr. Michael Hurdzan/Dana Fry

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95 (54). Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club

63.500

Coquitlam, British Columbia

-Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry (1995)

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

63.550

Kananaskis, Alberta

-Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1983)

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93 (36). Desert Mountain Golf Club (Renegade)

63.750

Scottsdale, Arizona

-Jack Nicklaus (1987)

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92 (NEW). Islington Golf Club

63.765

Etobicoke, Ontario

-Stanley Thompson (1923)

91 (NEW). Copper Point Golf Club (Point)

63.775 points

Windermere, British Columbia

6807 yards, 71.4/124

-Gary Browning (2003)

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90 (51). Circling Raven Golf Club

63.800 points

Worley, Idaho

7189 yards, 74.0/144

-Gene Bates (2003)

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89 (NEW). Point Grey Golf & Country Club

63.815

Vancouver, British Columbia

6801 yards, 73.2/135

-Duncan Sutherland (1924)

88 (50). Riverside Country Club

63.825

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

7064 yards, 74.1/127

-Bill Kinnear (1912)

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87 (NEW). Copper Creek Golf Group (Copper Creek Golf Club)

63.835 points

Kleinburg, Ontario

7097 yards, 74.3/142

-Doug Carrick (2002)

86 (49). Quintero Golf Club

63.850 points

Peoria, Arizona

7208 yards, 74.9/147

-Rees Jones (2000)

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85 (48). The Idaho Club

65.000

Sandpoint, Idaho

7089 yards, 74.6/148

-Jack Nicklaus (2008)

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84 (45). Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club

66.000

Canmore, Alberta

7195 yards, 74.0/129

-Gary Browning (2000)

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83 (47). The Woodlands Country Club (Tournament)

65.150

The Woodlands, Texas

7025 yards, 74.4/138

-Robert van Hogge (1987)

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82 (46). TPC Scottsdale (Stadium)

65.650

Scottsdale, Arizona

7261 yards, 74.7/142

-Tom Wieskopf & Jay Morrish (1987)

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81 (NEW). Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club (Hawk)

65.700

Priddis, Alberta

6926 yards, 73.1/136

-Bill Newis (1986)

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80 (NEW). Hamilton Golf & Country Club (West/East)

65.725

Ancaster, Ontario

6733 yards, 72.7/127

-H.S. Colt (1915), C.E. Robinson (1974)

79 (57). Talking Rock Golf Resort at Quaalot Lodge

65.750

Chase, British Columbia

7129 yards, 74.0/127

-Graham Cooke & Wayne Carleton (2007)

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78 (NEW). Magna Golf Club

65.775 points

Aurora, Ontario

7306 yards, 75.4/141

-Doug Carrick (2001)

77 (52). Wolf Creek Golf Resort (Old)

66.000 points

Ponoka, Alberta

6624 yards, 72.0/135

-Rod Whitman (1984)

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76 (44). Troon North Golf Club (Pinnacle)

66.250

Scottsdale, Arizona

7009 yards, 72.8/144

-Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morrish (1995)

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75 (43). The Glencoe Golf and Country Club (Forest)

66.500

Calgary, Alberta

7505 yards, 76.9/144

-Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1987)

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74 (NEW). The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

66.750

Whistler, British Columbia

6635 yards, 71.5/145

-Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1993)

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73 (41). Phoenix Country Club

66.855

Phoenix, Arizona

6763 yards, 72.6/131

-Harry Collis (1919)

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72 (NEW). The Toronto Hunt

66.900

Scarborough, Ontario

5496 yards, 68.9/123

-Willie Park Jr. (1907)

71 (29). Kananakis Country Golf Course (Mount Kidd)

67.875

Kananaskis, Alberta

7136 yards, 73.7/140

-Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1983)

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70 (42). Marine Drive Golf Club

67.000

Vancouver, British Columbia

6361 yards, 70.5/129

-A.V. Macan (1922)

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69 (40). Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa (Gold)

67.700

Litchfield Park, Arizona

7345 yards, 74.3/132

-Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1964)

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68 (39). Commonground Golf Course

67.750

Aurora, Colorado

7229 yards, 73.2/131

-Tom Doak (2006)

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67 (NEW). Port Carling Golf & Country Club

67.850

Port Carling, Ontario

6430 yards, 72.6/143

-Thomas McBroom (1991)

66 (37). Waterton Lakes Golf Course

68.000

Waterton, Alberta

6103 yards, 68.9/113

-Stanley Thompson (1929)

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65 (NEW). Devil’s Pulpit Golf Association (Devil’s Pulpit)

68.150 points

Caledon, Ontario

7162 yards, 74.4/137

-Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry (1992)

64 (35). Desert Highlands Golf Club

68.350 points

Scottsdale, Arizona

7108 yards, 74.0/150

-Jack Nicklaus (1983)

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63 (NEW). Algonquin Resort

68.400 points

Saint Andrews By-The-Sea, New Brunswick

7135 yards, Not Rated

-Thomas McBroom (1999) & Rod Whitman (2017)

62 (NEW). St. Thomas Golf & Country Club

68.450 points

Central Elgin, Ontario

6848 yards, 73.1/128

-Stanley Thompson (1922)

61 (34). Tower Ranch Golf and Country Club

68.500 points

Kelowna, British Columbia

7212 yards, 73.3/127

-Thomas McBroom (2008)

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60 (33). Iron Horse Golf Club

68.555 points

Whitefish, Montana

7028 yards, 72.9/137

-Tom Fazio (2000)

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59 (32). Kelowna Golf and Country Club

68.700 points

Kelowna, British Columbia

6344 yards, 70.6/131

-A.V. Macan (1923)

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58 (31). Talking Stick Resort (O’odham)

68.750

Scottsdale, Arizona

7133 yards, 72.7/125

-Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw (1998)

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57 (30). Cascata

69.580 points

Boulder City, Nevada

7137 yards, 74.6/143

-Rees Jones (2000)

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56 (28). Sahalee Country Club (North/South)

69.000 points

Sammamish, Washington

7003 yards, 74.6/139

-Kieth Evans & Ted Robinson Sr. (1969)

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55 (27). Mirabel Club

69.250 points

Scottsdale, Arizona

7147 yards, 72.8/136

-Tom Fazio (2001)

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54 (NEW). Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club

70.000 points

Vancouver, British Columbia

7045 yards, 74.7/135

-AV Macan (1961)

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53 (26). Sand Hollow Resort (Championship)

71.000 points

Hurricane, Utah

7315 yards, 73.7/131

-John Fought (2008)

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52 (NEW). Eagle’s Nest Golf Club

71.050 points

Maple, Ontario

7476 yards, 76.3/143

-Doug Carrick (2004)

51 (NEW). Lookout Point Country Club

71.075 points

Pelham, Ontario

6702 yards, 72.3/133

-Walter J. Travis (1922)


Continue with My Top 50 Golf Courses, starting with #50: Tobiano, a high-desert Thomas McBroom roller coaster of a round in Kamloops, British Columbia!


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