Considering today is the last day of February, we want to wrap up Golf Month with a little fun from Golf Digest, which has ranked America’s 100 greatest golf courses for 2017-2018. Did you know this publication has ranked its 100 best every other year since 1966? In case any golf enthusiasts want to do a little traveling, here’s a look at the top five:
- Pine Valley Golf Club. Located in Pine Valley, New Jersey, this course is strategically designed to show off its beauty, as recent tree removal in certain places now allows golfers to see stunning views of the area’s landscape. This course has been ranked from the very beginning (1966) and was built as far back as 1918.
- Augusta National Golf Club. This well-known course is found in Augusta, Georgia and is one of the most altered golf courses around — for the better — mostly to keep it competitive for the Masters Tournament, which has occurred yearly since 1934 (with the exception of WWII). As a result, its layout is a combination of design decisions unlike the rest. It’s been around since 1933 and has also been on the Golf Digest list from the start.
- Cypress Point Club. Bordering the Pacific Ocean in Pebble Beach, California, this gorgeous golf course runs along a jagged coastline through cypress trees and sand dunes. Its timeless architecture is praised, and its charm is seen through its unique bunkering and similar features. Established in 1928, it makes number three for grabbing a spot on the first list in 1966.
- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Taking on the appearance of what could be 1895, this Southampton, New York course is historic and considered one of the nation’s earliest (opened in 1931). Its grandeur provides such awe-inspiring beauty that its architecture remained largely untouched for around 50 years. Shinnecock will host both the 2018 and 2026 U.S. Open, and it’s been ranked by Golf Digest since 1967.
- Oakmont Country Club. Known for its difficult bunkers, this course in Oakmont, Pennsylvania has the game’s fasting putting surfaces and lots of variety between each hole. With the removal of its fairway trees, its long vistas are narrow but pleasing to the eye. Oakmont has hosted the most U.S. Opens ever, with its most recent in 2016 and its upcoming in 2025. Created in 1903, it’s also been in the Golf Digest’s top 100 since its inaugural year.
Going beyond personal enjoyment of the game, are you a local golf course that wants to add more members or stand out from competitors? If so, golf-themed promotional items are for you! We have some great ideas to get you started in our Golf Outings Idea Center — and for more golf items, visit our Golf Accessories page. As the weather gets warmer and people start spending more time outside, you’ll want to promote your course in a memorable way.
Whatever you choose, be sure to really go “fore” it!