In the list of 100 best courses, you can easily find a tasteful classical courses like Old Glory. Of course, Greenland is not enough for a top course. Now we show you what are top courses should possess with 5 examples.
This old spot could be retrospected from 1780, and it’s the world’s sixth oldest golf club. Thanks to the designer Martin Hauter who pairs it every year. It now gains the favor of young generation. It has held 2005 Senior British Open, 2011 Walker Cup and 2014 Scottish Open. This championship course ranked 106th
in last time’s selection, and it will be a strong competitor in next selection.
In Ireland located over the Atlantic Ocean, the courses on the list are the old course Ballybunion and the new course Waterville. It’s hard for a fresh one to be popular in southwestern Ireland, but Hogs Head did it. This potential course plans to open at 2018. It takes Robert Trent Jones Ⅱ 11 years to redesign on the base of Skelling Bay. What make it special is the first 9 holes’ stretching long along the Finglas River and the latter 9 holes’ overlooking the whole Atlantic Ocean. Also the designer shows his respect to his predecessor Mackenzie, Harst and Colt in the work.
It’s worth has always been covered by the halo of its neighbor Monterey Bay. The preserve course is a mountain-meadow course which is engraved on the cliff along Pacific Ocean and enjoys the great natural resources of Santa Lucia reserve. Designed by Tom Fazio and engineered by Mike Poellet, it has a repairmen on it’s 17th
birthday. Now the handsome new fairway is solid and smooth with creek and oak; the rebuilt bunker get more gameplay—all of those bring more fans to the course.
Losing the last Top100 selection by a nose, this 56-year-old course proves itself the paragon of tournament courses this year. It is benefited from Tom Fazio’s series of redesign and Justin Thomas’s winning his first major in 2017 PGA. The beauties include embedding the hardwood seamlessly with the rolling hill, which bring a “frame” to the fairway and the sprinkled artificial lakes and creeks. The praise also rise from the Top100 jury and tour players. The make high evaluation to the last three hole which is both harsh and conclusive, and they call them “the green mile”. These three holes is attracting people to adventure but it is pretty fair. It may top the list in the next selection.
Mammoth Dunes in Sand Valley Golf Resort
The impressive work Sand Valley will show in 2018 is this 18-hole course—covering 3700mu, it is designed by David McLay Kidd. Compared with the course of the same name as the resort, it is specialized in its dramatic fairway, including a 24-meter standing-inside huge sand dune which is similar as it in Bally Bunion. Up to the end of September, it has opened nine holes and got very positive evaluation.