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World's Top 100 Golf Courses (2005)

This is the World's Top 100 golf courses according to US Golf Magazine.

Australian Courses Steady in World Top 100

The positions of the four Australian courses in US Golf Magazine's World Top 100 courses remains steady in the 12th edition of the biennial survey. The latest rankings are available for Australian readers in the October edition of the Australian Golf Magazine.

Four Australian courses and one New Zealand course remain part of the list. Royal Melbourne (10th, down from 9th), Kingston Heath (28th, down from 27th), New South Wales GC (47th, down from 43rd) and Royal Adelaide (80th, up from 85th) form the Australian contingent while host of next year's New Zealand Open, Paraparaumu Beach dropped 16 spots to 95th.
"The two big newcomers were Pacific Dunes in Oregon, US and Kingsbarn at St Andrews, Scotland," says Australian Golf Magazine editor Andrew Berkman. "Both are sand-base courses built on the coast, a fact which augers well for the future of a number of recently opened and soon-to-be opened Australian projects."

Other Australian courses to receive votes, but just miss the Top 100, included Victorian sandbelt gems Metropolitan, Victoria and Commonwealth.

The survey is compiled by an international panel of 100 golfers, journalists, architects and industry figures looking at each courses' strategic integrity, how well a course tests the full range of golf skills and its rhythm of design, location, ambiance, conditioning, tradition and visual appeal.

The panel includes Greg Norman, golf course architect Michael Wolveridge, journalist Tom Ramsey, cricket commentator Richie Benaud, former British Open winner Sir Bob Charles, former Australian Amateur Champion Tom Crow and Kiwi Frank Nobilo.

The World's Top 100 Golf Courses, 2002

1. Pine Valley (Clementon, NJ)
2. Cypress Point (Pebble Beach, Calif)
3. Pebble Beach (Pebble Beach, Calif)
4. Augusta National (Augusta, Ga)
5. St. Andrews (Old Course) (St. Andrews, Scotland)
6. Shinnecock Hills (Southampton, N.Y)
7. Pinehurst (No. 2) (Pinehurst, N.C)
8 . Royal County Down (Newcastle, N. Ireland)
9. Muirfield (Gullane, Scotland)
10. Royal Melbourne (Composite) (Melbourne, Australia)
11. Ballybunion (Old) (Ballybunion, Ireland)
12. Sand Hills (Mullen, Neb)
13. Merion (East) (Ardmore, Pa)
14. Royal Portrush (Dunluce) (Portrush, N. Ireland)
15. Royal Dornoch (Dornoch, Scotland)
16. Oakmont (Oakmont, Pa)
17. Seminole (North Palm Beach, Fla)
18. Turnberry (Ailsa) (Turnberry, Scotland)
19. Winged Foot (West) (Mamaroneck, N.Y)
20. San Francisco (San Francisco, Calif)
21. Prairie Dunes (Hutchinson, Kan)
22. Carnoustie (Championship) (Carnoustie, Scotland Braid)
23. National GL of America (Southampton, N.Y)
24. Crystal Downs (Frankfort, Mich)
25. Oakland Hills (South) (Birmingham, Mich)
26. Pacific Dunes (Bandon, Ore)
27. Royal St. George's (Sandwich, England)
28. Kingston Heath (Melbourne, Australia)
29. Royal Birkdale (Southport, England)
30. Fishers Island (Fishers Island)
31. Chicago GC (Wheaton, Ill)
32. Olympic (Lake) (San Francisco, Calif)
33. The Country Club (Open) (Brookline, Mass)
34. Portmarnock (Portmarnock, Ireland)
35. Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) (La Romana, Dominican Republic)
36. Sunningdale (Old) (Sunningdale, England)
37. Oak Hill (East) (Rochester, N.Y)
38. Baltusrol (Lower) (Springfield, N.J)
39. Muirfield Village (Dublin, Ohio)
40. Royal Troon (Old) (Troon, Scotland)
41. Hirono (Kobe, Japan)
42. Riviera (Pacific Palisades, Calif)
43. Woodhall Spa (Woodhall Spa, England)
44. Southern Hills (Tulsa, Okla)
45. Bethpage (Black) (Farmingdale, N.Y)
46. Kingsbarns (St. Andrews, Scotland)
47. New South Wales (La Perouse, Australia)
48. The Golf Club (New Albany, Ohio)
49. Royal Lytham & St. Annes (St. Annes on Sea, England)
50. Whistling Straits (Haven, Wis)
51. Camargo (Cincinnati, Ohio)
52. Loch Lomond (Luss, Scotland)
53. Medinah (No. 3) (Medinah, Ill)
54. Morfontaine (Senlis, France)
55. Cruden Bay (Cruden Bay, Scotland)
56. TPC at Sawgrass (Stadium) (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla)
57. Garden City GC (Garden City, N.Y)
58. Kawana (Fuji) (Kawana, Japan)
59. Winged Foot (East) (Mamaroneck, N.Y)
60. Naruo (Osaka, Japan)
61. Los Angeles (North) (Los Angeles)
62. Quaker Ridge (Scarsdale, N.Y)
63. Shoreacres (Lake Bluff, Ill)
64. Inverness (Toledo, Ohio)
65. Maidstone (Easthampton, N.Y)
66. Royal Liverpool (Hoylake, England)
67. Lahinch (Lahinch, Ireland)
68. Shadow Creek (North Las Vegas, Nev)
69. Highlands Links (Ingonish, N.S., Canada)
70. Bandon Dunes (Bandon, Ore)
71. Ganton (Ganton, England)
72. Scioto (Columbus, Ohio)
73. Wentworth (West) (Virginia Water, England)
74. Spyglass Hill (Pebble Beach, Calif)
75. Harbour Town (Hilton Head Island, S.C)
76. World Woods (Pine Barrens) (Brooksville, Fla)
77. Ocean Forest (Sea Island, Ga)
78. El Saler (Valencia, Spain)
79. Somerset Hills (Bernardsville, N.J)
80. Royal Adelaide (Adelaide, Australia)
81. Walton Heath (Old) (Tadworth, England)
82. The Honors Course (Ooltewah, Tenn)
83. Cascades (Upper) (Hot Springs, Va)
84. Cherry Hills (Englewood, Colo)
85. Peachtree (Atlanta, Ga)
86. Kasumigaseki (East) (Tokyo, Japan)
87. Valderrama (Sotogrande, Spain)
88. Wade Hampton (Cashiers, N.C)
89. Durban (Durban, South Africa)
90. East Lake (Atlanta, Ga)
91. Nantucket (Siasconset, Mass)
92. Congressional (Blue) (Bethesda, Md)
93. Cabo del Sol (Los Cabos, Mexico)
94. Valley Club of Montecito (Santa Barbara, Calif)
95. Paraparaumu Beach (Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand)
96. St. George's (Islington, Ontario, Canada)
97. Double Eagle (Galena, Ohio)
98. Colonial (Forth Worth, Tex)
99. Baltimore (Five Farms East) (Timonium, Md)
100. Black Diamond (Lecanto, Fla)

Cypress Point
No. 2 - Cypress Point, USA

 


Pebble Beach
No. 3 - Pebble Beach, USA


 

Ballybunion Old
No. 11 - Ballybunion Old, Ire



Royal Portrush
No. 14 - Royal Portrush, N Ire

 


Turnberry Ailsa Course
No. 18 Turnberry Ailsa Course, Sco