Eight Carolinas courses have landed spots in Golf Digest's prestigious list of the top 100 golf courses in the United States, four of them located in the North Carolina mountains.
Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey tops the new list followed by Augusta National Golf Club. To see the complete list go to
The Carolinas courses in the top 100 are:
No. 21: The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island
No. 22: Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers
No. 40: Pinehurst No. 2
No. 67: Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington
No. 89: Diamond Creek Golf Club, Banner Elk
No. 92: Mountaintop Golf Club, Cashiers
No. 96: Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island
No. 98: Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville.
I'm surprised that Pinehurst No. 2 isn't ranked higher, especially after the brilliant restoration work done by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. It's likely to jump after the U.S. Open is played there in 2014.
Tom Fazio's work around here is obviously respected. He designed Wade Hampton, Eagle Point, Diamond Creek and Mountaintop.
Obviously, this is a subjective ranking based on evaluation by a group experienced course raters. Solid cases for the inclusion of both Quail Hollow Club and Charlotte Country Club could be made.
Friday, January 04, 2013
Posted by Observer Sports at 10:08 AM