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Pine Valley Golf Club Tops Golf Digest's 2013-2014 Ranking Of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses


Oldest Ranking in Golf Welcomes Eight Additions to Biennial List

Pebble Beach Golf Links Claims No. 1 in Ranking of 100 Greatest Public Courses


(NEW YORK, NY) —New Jersey’s Pine Valley Golf Club claims the No.1 spot on Golf Digest’s biennial survey of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses in a photo finish, barely creeping by the 2011/2012 ranking’s No. 1 course and famed Masters venue, Augusta National, by three-thousandths of a point (.003). 

"This time, Pine Valley finished back on top, nipping Augusta National by three-thousandths of a point, 71.9201 to 71.9171,” said Senior Architecture Editor Ron Whitten. “The balloting was so intense that we're left with the gut feeling that had a single panelist sneezed while keyboarding scores onto the electronic ballot, the outcome might have been different."

Established in 1966, America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses is the oldest ranking in the game and is based on the extensive play and scrutiny of thousands of courses by Golf Digest’s course evaluation panel, comprised of over 1,100 avid golfers. The America’s 100 Greatest package, which also includes America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses and the Best In State rankings, appears in the February 2013 issue (on tablets now and newsstands January 8.)

Golf Digest for the first time has also  produced The Second 100 Greatest, a ranking of courses from 101-200, using the same seven criteria scores and minimum 45 ballots as required for consideration to America’s 100 Greatest. In addition, the magazine debuts a ranking of the Top 30 courses in Canada.

America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses—including all new rankings, supplemental stories, methodology, newcomers & drop-offs to the list and a detailed account of how every 100 Greatest course scored in all judging criteria—can be viewed at  In addition, the entire editorial package is attached to this email. Courses are evaluated on seven criteria, each on a scale of 1 to 10: Shot Value, Resistance to Scoring, Design Variety, Memorability, Aesthetics, Conditioning and Ambience. After panelists filed their evaluations, Golf Digest averaged the scores (scores in the Shot Values category count double) and totaled the averages to determine the overall rankings.

A course must be two years old to be considered for America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and at least a year old for any other ranking.

At No. 3 behind No.1 Pine Valley and No. 2 Augusta National G.C., is California’s Cypress Point, moving up two places from the 2011/2012 ranking. Rounding out the top ten are: No. 4 Shinnecock Hills G.C., No. 5 Oakmont C.C., No. 6 Merion G.C. (East), host of the 2013 U.S. Open, No. 7 Pebble Beach G. Links, No. 8 Winged Foot G.C. (West), No. 9 Sand Hills G.C. and No. 10 Fishers Island Club, which moves up from No. 11 on the 2011/2012 ranking to crack the Top-10.


The Eight Additions to America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2013-2014


27. Gozzer Ranch G. & Lake Club, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho  

45. Pikewood National G.C., Morgantown, W.Va.          

49. Old Macdonald, Bandon, Ore.                                

59. Baltusrol G.C. (Upper), Springfield, N.J.                            

69. Quaker Ridge G.C., Scarsdale, N.Y.                           

75. Whispering Pines G.C., Trinity, Texas                                

93. The Pete Dye Cse. at French Lick Resort, French Lick, Ind.          

98. Grandfather G. & C.C., Linville, N.C.


Because America's 100 Greatest is dominated by private courses to which few readers have ready access, in 2003 Golf Digest established a ranking of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses to showcase the top courses in the nation that are open to all golfers.

Pebble Beach Golf Links ranked No. 1 among America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in the ranking’s inaugural year, and claims the top spot once again in the 2013/2014 ranking. Rounding out the Top 10 are: No. 2 Whistling Straits (Straits), No. 3 Pacific Dunes, No. 4 The Ocean Course (Kiawah Island), No. 5 Shadow Creek, No. 6 Bandon Dunes, No. 7 Pinehurst Resort (No. 2), No. 8 Bethpage State Park (Black), No. 9 TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) and No. 10 Erin Hills G. Cse., new to the ranking in 2013. The Ocean Course was recently recognized by Golf Digest as the nation's toughest course in its January 2012 ranking of America's 75 Toughest Golf Courses, proving that the best public courses are not necessarily pushovers.


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Friday, January 4, 2013