For the first time since 2012 Augusta National is the top rated course in the United States, at least to Golf Digest. The list, America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, was released by Golf Digest and has the home of Magnolia Lane and the Masters at the top, ahead of Pine Valley in Pine Valley, Nee Jersey.
The list, which began in 1966 has shuffled the top two back and forth over the past decade with Pine Valley holding the top spot from 2003-2008, Augusta National taking over from 2009-2012, and Pine Valley re-gaining the top spot for the past two years.
Now it is Augusta National’s turn to take the top spot back over, at least for 2015. Cypress Point and Shinnecock Hills hold their spots at #3 and 4 respectively, while Merion Golf Club jumped one spot to round out the top 5.
For the 49th consecutive year, Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach finds itself on the list, this year coming in at #12 and up one spot from 2014. Having made the least every year since the list’s inception, Seminole has had the distinction of being one of the most exclusive clubs in America, but will open it’s doors for the first time in 2021 when it hosts the Walker Cup.
Seminole wasn’t the only course in Florida to make the list. The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, home of the famed island 17th green and THE Players Championship, came in at #47 this year, down three spots from last year. Also, making the list for the first time this year coming in at #100 is the Streamsong Red Course in Streamsong, Florida.
Some notable courses that will host PGA Tour events this year or in the near future on the list include Pebble Beach at #7 (& countless U.S. Opens), Muirfield Village at #15 (the Memorial & 2013 Presidents Cup), Whistling Straights at #22 (2015 PGA Championship), Riviera CC at #24 (Northern Trust Open), and Pinehurst #2 at #28 (2014 Men’s and Women’s U.S. Open).
For the complete list, visit golfdigest.com.
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