Golfweek’s Best 2020: Top 200 Classic Courses


Welcome to Golfweek’s Best list of top 200 Classic courses, built before 1960 (pictured atop this story is No. 9 Pebble Beach).

Each year we publish three lists that are the foundation of our course-ratings program: Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses, Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses and Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play.

The members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on our 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. Those overall ratings on each course are averaged together to produce a final rating for each course. Each course is then ranked against other courses to produce the final rankings.

To make these lists more up-to-date, Golfweek’s Best has altered how the individual ratings are compiled into the rankings. Only ratings from rounds played in the past 10 years are now included in the compilations within these pages. This will help ensure that any course in the rankings still measures up.

With the change from previous Golfweek’s Best rankings, in which ratings older than 10 years were accepted, there were a few courses that shuffled, and that’s as it should be. Golf courses are never static, and these rankings should not be, either.

Any course that appears on the top 200 Modern or Classic lists has been reviewed by at least 3 percent of Golfweek’s Raters, which works out to 25 entries. The benchmark for the Best Courses You Can Play list doesn’t require as many votes, so you might notice a few discrepancies on courses that appear on those lists but not on the top 200 Modern or Classic lists. 

We hope you enjoy poring over these rankings, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on this Best Classic Courses list.

Key: p – private; r – resort; d – daily fee; c – casino; re – real estate; * new or returning to the rankings.

Seminole Golf Club (David Cannon/Getty Images)

Rank Course (2019) Location Architect(s)  Year opened  Avg. rating
1 Pine Valley GC (1) Pine Valley, New Jersey George Crump and Harry S. Colt; p 1919 9.60
2 Cypress Point (2) Pebble Beach, California Alister MacKenzie; p 1928 9.56
3 Augusta National (4) Augusta, Georgia Alister MacKenzie, Bobby Jones; p 1932 9.54
4 Shinnecock Hills (3) Southampton, New York William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey; p 1931 9.28
5 National Golf Links
of America (5)
Southampton, New York Charles Blair Macdonald; p 1911 9.21
6 Oakmont (6) Oakmont, Pennsylvania Henry Fownes; p 1903 9.05
7 Merion (East) (7) Ardmore, Pennsylvania Hugh Wilson; p 1912 8.86
8 Chicago GC (10) Wheaton, Illinois Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor; p 1894 8.79
9 Pebble Beach
Golf Links (8)
Pebble Beach, California Douglas Grant, Jack Neville; r 1919 8.78
10 Fishers Island Club (9) Fishers Island, New York Seth Raynor; p 1926 8.78
11 Prairie Dunes (12) Hutchinson, Kansas Perry Maxwell, Press
Maxwell; p
1937 8.60
12 Seminole (13) North Palm Beach, Florida Donald Ross; p 1929 8.52
13 Crystal Downs (11) Frankfort, Michigan Alister MacKenzie, Perry Maxwell; p 1931 8.46
14 Los Angeles CC (North) (15) Los Angeles William P. Bell, Herbert Fowler, George C. Thomas Jr.; p 1927 8.43
15 Pinehurst (No. 2) (14) Pinehurst, North Carolina Donald Ross; r 1903 8.39
16 Winged Foot (West) (17) Mamaroneck, New York A.W. Tillinghast; p 1923 8.33
17 San Francisco GC (16) San Francisco A.W. Tillinghast; p 1915 8.27
18 Riviera (18) Pacific Palisades, California George C. Thomas Jr., William P. Bell; p 1927 8.19
19 Shoreacres (19) Lake Bluff, Illinois Seth Raynor; p 1921 8.13
20 Old Town Club (23) Winston-Salem, North Carolina Perry Maxwell; p 1939 8.03
21 Peachtree (22) Atlanta Robert Trent Jones Sr., Bobby Jones; p 1948 8.01
22 Somerset Hills (24) Bernardsville, New Jersey A.W. Tillinghast; p 1918 8.00
23 Oakland Hills
(South) (21)
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Donald Ross; p 1918 7.96
24 Camargo Club (20) Indian Hill, Ohio Seth Raynor; p 1925 7.96
25 The Country Club
(Composite) (26)
Brookline, Massachusetts Willie Campbell, Howard C. Toomey and William S. Flynn; p 1895 7.90
26 Plainfield CC (27) Plainfield, New Jersey Donald Ross; p 1921 7.89
27 Bethpage State Park
(Black) (25)
Farmingdale, New York A.W. Tillinghast; d 1935 7.88
28 Quaker Ridge (31) Scarsdale, New York A.W. Tillinghast; d 1926 7.85
29 Garden City
Golf Club (28)
Garden City, New York Devereux Emmet, Walter J. Travis; p 1901 7.85
30 Maidstone Club (33) East Hampton, New York William H. Tucker, Willie Park Jr.; p 1899 7.78
31 Myopia Hunt Club (34) Hamilton, Massachusetts Herbert Leeds; p 1896 7.78
32 Pasatiempo (37) Santa Cruz, California Alister MacKenzie; d 1929 7.78
33 Olympic Club
(Lake) (35)
San Francisco William Watson, Sam Whiting; p 1929 7.77
34 California GC (36) South San Francisco A. Vernon Macan, Alister MacKenzie, Kyle Phillips; p 1926 7.77
35 Winged Foot (East) (29) Mamaroneck, New York A.W. Tillinghast; p 1923 7.74
35 Winged Foot (East) (29) Mamaroneck, New York A.W. Tillinghast; p 1923 7.74
36 Southern Hills (32) Tulsa, Oklahoma Perry Maxwell; p 1936 7.72
37 Philadelphia Cricket Club
(Wissahickon) (30)
Flourtown, Pennsylvania A.W. Tillinghast; p 1922 7.71
38 Valley Club of
Montecito (38)
Santa Barbara, California Alister MacKenzie, Robert Hunter; p 1928 7.69
39 Baltimore CC
(East)
Timonium, Maryland A.W. Tillinghast; p 1926 7.67
40 Piping Rock (39) Locust Valley, New York Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor; p 1913 7.65
41 Essex (43) Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts Donald Ross; p 1917 7.61
42 Eastward Ho! (45) Chatham, Massachusetts Herbert Fowler; p 1922 7.60
43 Yeamans Hall Club (42) Charleston, South Carolina Seth Raynor; p 1925 7.58
44 Sleepy Hollow (51) Scarborough-on-Hudson, New York Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor; p 1913 7.57
45 Milwaukee CC (49) Milwaukee Charles H. Alison; p 1929 7.56
46 Kittansett Club (48) Marion, Massachusetts William S. Flynn and Fred Hood; p 1922 7.55
47 Baltusrol (Lower) (44) Springfield, New Jersey A.W. Tillinghast; p 1922 7.54
48 Newport CC (41) Newport, Rhode Island Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast; p 1915 7.54
49 St. Louis CC (52) St. Louis Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor; p 1914 7.52
50 Inverness Club (47) Toledo, Ohio Donald Ross, Andrew Green; p 1919 7.50

 

Lawsonia Lawsonia Links (Courtesy of Lawsonia)

Rank Course (2019) Location Architect(s)  Year opened  Avg. rating
51 Ridgewood (Championship) (56) Paramus, New Jersey A.W. Tillinghast; p 1929 7.50
52 Wannamoisett (46) Rumford, Rhode Island Donald Ross; p 1916 7.46
53 Scioto (50) Columbus, Ohio Donald Ross; p 1916 7.45
54 The Course at Yale (53) New Haven, Connecticut Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor; p 1926 7.45
55 Olympia Fields (North) (54) Olympia Fields, Illinois Willie Park Jr.; p 1923 7.44
56 Baltusrol (Upper) (59) Springfield, New Jersey A.W. Tillinghast; p 1922 7.41
57 Bel-Air (66) Los Angeles George C. Thomas Jr. and William P. Bell; p 1925 7.41
58 Monterey Peninsula (Dunes) (80) Pebble Beach, California Charles Banks, Robert Hunter, Seth Raynor; p 1926 7.38
59 Hollywood (81) Deal, New Jersey Walter J. Travis; p 1913 7.38
60 Old Elm (61) Highland Park, Illinois Harry S. Colt and Donald Ross; p 1913 7.36
61 Aronimink (64) Newtown Square, Pennsylvania Donald Ross; p 1928 7.34
62 Brookside (60) Canton, Ohio Donald Ross; p 1922 7.33
63 Interlachen (57) Edina, Minnesota Donald Ross, William Watson; p 1919 7.32
64 Canterbury Golf Club (63) Beachwood, Ohio Herbert Strong; p 1922 7.32
65 Creek Club (79) Locust Valley, New York Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor; p 1925 7.31
66 Lawsonia (Links) (62) Green Lake, Wisconsin William B. Langford, Theodore J. Moreau; d 1930 7.30
67 Fox Chapel (67) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Seth Raynor, Charles Banks; p 1925 7.30
68 Augusta CC (74) Augusta, Georgia Donald Ross; p 1927 7.28
69 Oak Hill (East) (58) Pittsford, New York Donald Ross, Tom Fazio, George Fazio; p 1924 7.27
70 Medinah (No. 3) (85) Medinah, Illinois Tom Bendelow, Roger Packard, Rees Jones; p 1928 7.26
71 Franklin Hills (72) Franklin, Michigan Donald Ross; p 1927 7.26
72 Moraine (77) Dayton, Ohio Alex Campbell; p 1930 7.24
73 Colonial (65) Fort Worth, Texas John Bredemus, Perry Maxwell; p 1935 7.23
74 Salem CC (71) Peabody, Massachusetts Donald Ross; p 1925 7.23
75 Whitinsville GC (55) Whitinsville, Massachusetts Donald Ross; p 1923 7.22
76 Mountain Lake (69) Lake Wales, Florida Seth Raynor; re, p 1917 7.22
77 Fenway (75) Scarsdale, New York A.W. Tillinghast; p 1924 7.21
78 White Bear Yacht Club (68) White Bear Lake, Minnesota Donald Ross; p 1916 7.21
79 Charlotte CC (94) Charlotte Donald Ross; p 1923 7.20
80 Cedar Rapids CC (83) Cedar Rapids, Iowa Donald Ross; p 1915 7.19
81 St. George’s G&CC (87) Setauket, New York Devereux Emmet; p 1917 7.17
82 Roaring Gap Club (82) Roaring Gap, North Carolina Donald Ross; p 1926 7.16
83 Sankaty Head (88) Siasconset, Massachusetts H. Emerson Armstrong; p 1921 7.16
84 Skokie (92) Glencoe, Illinois Tom Bendelow, Donald Ross, William B. Langford, Theodore J. Moreau; p 1938 7.16
85 Lancaster CC (73) Lancaster, Pennsylvania William S. Flynn; p 1920 7.15
86 Congressional (Blue) (84) Bethesda, Maryland Devereux Emmet, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Rees Jones; p 1924 7.14
87 Monroe (103) Pittsford, New York Donald Ross; p 1924 7.13
88 East Lake (78) Atlanta Tom Bendelow, Donald Ross, George Cobb, Rees Jones; p 1915 7.12
89 Davenport (159) Pleasant Valley, Iowa Charles H. Alison and Harry S. Colt; p 1924 7.12
90 Cherry Hills (89) Englewood, Colorado William S. Flynn; p 1923 7.12
91 Laurel Valley (70) Ligonier, Pennsylvania Dick Wilson; p 1959 7.11
92 CC of Fairfield (97) Fairfield, Connecticut Seth Raynor, A.W. Tillinghast; p 1914 7.10
93 CC of Buffalo (105) Williamsville, New York Donald Ross; p 1926 7.10
94 Kirtland (93) Willoughby, Ohio Charles H. Alison; p 1922 7.10
95 Glens Falls (157) Queensbury, New York Donald Ross; p 1912 7.09
96 Indian Creek (96) Miami Beach, Florida William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey; p 1930 7.09
97 Misquamicut (99) Westerly, Rhode Island Donald Ross; p 1923 7.09
98 Omni Homestead Resort (Cascade) (76) Hot Springs, Virginia William S. Flynn; r 1923 7.08
99 CC of Scranton (90) Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania Walter J. Travis; p 1927 7.07
100 Holston Hills (95) Knoxville, Tennessee Donald Ross; p 1928 7.06

 

Sunnehanna (Courtesy of Sunnehanna)

Rank Course Location Architect(s) Avg. rating
101 Meadow Brook Jericho, New York Dick Wilson, Joe Lee; p 7.05
102 Minikahda Club Minneapolis Donald Ross, William Watson; p 7.04
103 Wykagyl New Rochelle, New York Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast; p 7.03
104 NCR (South) Kettering, Ohio Dick Wilson; p 7.02
105 Whippoorwill Armonk, New York Charles Banks, Donald Ross; p 7.02
106 Ekwanok Manchester, Vermont Walter J. Travis; p 7.02
107 Brook Hollow Dallas A.W. Tillinghast; p 7.01
108 Indianwood (Old) Lake Orion, Michigan Wilfred Reid; p 6.99
109 Torrey Pines (South) San Diego William F. Bell; d 6.95
110 Gulph Mills King of Prussia, Pennsylvania Donald Ross; p 6.94
111 Meadow Club Fairfax, California Alister MacKenzie, Robert Hunter; p 6.93
112 Mid Pines Southern Pines, North Carolina Donald Ross; r 6.93
113 Cherokee Town & CC (North) Dunwoody, Georgia Willard Byrd, David Gill, Tom Fazio; p 6.93
114 Rolling Green Springfield, Pennsylvania William S. Flynn and Howard C. Toomey; p 6.92
115 Essex County West Orange, New Jersey Seth Raynor and Charles Banks; p 6.92
116 Tamarack Greenwich, Connecticut Charles Banks; p 6.92
117 Mountain Ridge West Caldwell, New Jersey Donald Ross; p 6.91
118 Wilshire Los Angeles Norman Macbeth; p 6.90
119 Beverly Chicago Donald Ross; p 6.90
120 The Country Club Pepper Pike, Ohio William S. Flynn and Howard C. Toomey; p 6.89
121 Westchester (West) Rye, New York Walter J. Travis; p 6.89
122 Philadelphia CC (Spring Mill) Gladwyne, Pennsylvania William S. Flynn and Howard C. Toomey; p 6.88
123 Palmetto Aiken, South Carolina Herbert Leeds, Alister MacKenzie; p 6.88
124 CC of Birmingham (West) Birmingham Donald Ross; p 6.87
125 Deepdale Manhasset, New York Dick Wilson; p 6.86
126 The Greenbrier (Old White) White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor, Lester George; r 6.86
127 Taconic Williamstown, Massachusetts Wayne Stiles and John van Kleek; p 6.85
128 Waverley Portland, Oregon H. Chandler Egan; p 6.83
129 Oak Hill (West) Pittsford, New York Donald Ross; p 6.83
130 Hyannisport Club Hyannis Port, Massachusetts Alex Findlay, Donald Ross; p 6.83
131 Westhampton CC Westhampton Beach, New York Seth Raynor; p 6.82
132 Winchester CC Winchester, Massachusetts Donald Ross; p 6.82
133 The Dunes Golf and Beach Club Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Robert Trent Jones Sr.; r, p 6.82
134 Century Purchase, New York Charles H. Alison and Harry S. Colt; p 6.81
135 Lehigh Allentown, Pennsylvania William S. Flynn and Howard C. Toomey; p 6.81
136 Sands Point GC Sands Point, New York A.W. Tillinghast, Keith Foster; p 6.80
137 Saucon Valley (Old) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Herbert Strong; p 6.80
138 Huntingdon Valley CC Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey; p 6.80
139 Round Hill Greenwich, Connecticut Walter J. Travis; p 6.77
140 Vesper Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Donald Ross; p 6.77
141 Rancho Santa Fe CC Rancho Santa Fe, California Max Behr; re, p 6.77
142 Lookout Mountain GC Lookout Mountain, Georgia Seth Raynor and Charles Banks; p 6.76
143 Pine Needles Southern Pines, North Carolina Donald Ross, John Fought; r 6.76
144 Sunnehanna Johnstown, Pennsylvania A.W. Tillinghast; p 6.75
145 Omaha CC Omaha, Nebraska Perry Maxwell; p 6.74
146 Longmeadow CC Longmeadow, Massachusetts Donald Ross; p 6.74
147 Southampton GC Southampton, New York Seth Raynor; p 6.74
148 CC of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina Seth Raynor; p 6.72
149 Engineers Club Roslyn, New York Herbert Strong; p 6.72
150 Meadowbrook Northville, Michigan Jack Daray, Willie Park Jr., Andy Staples; p 6.71

 

The Broadmoor’s East course (Courtesy of the Broadmoor)

Rank Course Location Architect(s) Avg. rating
151 Blue Mound Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Seth Raynor; p 6.71
152 Oak Hills San Antonio A.W. Tillinghast; p 6.70
153 Orchard Lake CC Orchard Lake, Michigan Charles H. Alison and Harry S. Colt; p 6.69
154 Worcester CC Worcester, Massachusetts Donald Ross; p 6.69
155 Cape Fear Wilmington, North Carolina Donald Ross; p 6.66
156 Pittsburgh Field Club Pittsburgh Alex Findlay; p 6.66
157 Timuquana Jacksonville Donald Ross; p 6.66
158 CC of Florida Village of Golf, Florida Robert Bruce Harris; p 6.65
159 Olympia Fields CC (South) Olympia Fields, Illinois Tom Bendelow, Steve Smyers; p 6.64
160 Rhode Island CC Barrington, Rhode Island Donald Ross; p 6.63
161 Biltmore Forest Asheville, North Carolina Donald Ross; p 6.63
162 Barton Hills Ann Arbor, Michigan Donald Ross; p 6.63
163 Brae Burn West Newton, Massachusetts Donald Ross; p 6.62
164 Linville GC Linville, North Carolina Donald Ross; r 6.61
165 Charles River Newton Centre, Massachusetts Donald Ross; p 6.61
166 Manufacturers Fort Washington, Pennsylvania William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey; p 6.60
167 Northland Duluth, Minnesota Donald Ross; p 6.59
168 Firestone (South) Akron, Ohio W.H. Way, Robert Trent Jones Sr.; p 6.59
169 Atlantic City CC Northfield, New Jersey William S. Flynn, Tom Doak; d 6.58
170 San Diego CC Chula Vista, California William P. Bell; p 6.57
171 Sedgefield Greensboro, North Carolina Donald Ross; p 6.57
172 Wee Burn Darien, Connecticut Devereux Emmet; p 6.56
173 Allegheny Sewickley, Pennsylvania Tom Bendelow; p 6.56
174 Kansas City CC Mission Hills, Kansas A.W. Tillinghast; p 6.55
175 Broadmoor (East) Colorado Springs, Colorado Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones Sr.; r 6.55
176 Flossmoor CC Flossmoor, Illinois H.J. Tweedie, Ray Hearn; p 6.53
177 Teugega Rome, New York Donald Ross; p 6.52
178 Hackensack Oradell, New Jersey Charles Banks; p 6.52
179 Chattanooga G&CC Chattanooga, Tennessee Donald Ross; p 6.51
180 Chevy Chase CC Chevy Chase, Maryland Donald Ross; p 6.51
181 Lakeside Burbank, California Max Behr; p 6.50
182 Columbia CC Chevy Chase, Maryland Herbert Barker; p 6.50
183 Knickerbocker Tenafly, New Jersey Donald Ross; p 6.50
184 Medinah (No. 1) Medinah, Illinois Tom Bendelow, Tom Doak; p 6.50
185 Point O’Woods Benton Harbor, Michigan Robert Trent Jones Sr.; p 6.50
186 Hope Valley Durham, North Carolina Donald Ross; p 6.49
187 Old Warson St. Louis Robert Trent Jones Sr.; p 6.49
188 Metropolis White Plains, New York A.W. Tillinghast; p 6.48
189 Brooklawn Bridgeport, Connecticut A.W. Tillinghast; p 6.48
190 Lake Merced Daly City, California William Locke, Alister MacKenzie, Robert Muir Graves, Rees Jones; p 6.48
191 Onwentsia Club Lake Forest, Illinois James Foulis, Robert Foulis, H. J. Tweedie, H. J. Whigham, Tom Doak; p 6.48
192 CC of Detroit Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan Charles H. Alison and Harry S. Colt, Robert Trent Jones Sr.; p 6.46
193 Sunningdale Scarsdale, New York Seth Raynor, A.W. Tillinghast, Walter J. Travis, Mike DeVries; p 6.46
194 Idle Hour Lexington, Kentucky Donald Ross; p 6.45
195 Forsgate (Banks) Monroe Township, New Jersey Charles Banks; p 6.45
196 Shuttle Meadow Kensington, Connecticut Willie Park Jr.; p 6.44
197 Champions (Cypress Creek) Houston Ralph Plummer; p 6.43
198 CC of Waterbury Waterbury, Connecticut Donald Ross; p 6.43
199 Country Club of York York, Pennsylvania Donald Ross; p 6.42
200 Oyster Harbors Osterville, Massachusetts Donald Ross; p 6.42

Note: p – private; r – resort; d – daily fee; c – casino; re – real estate.



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