Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Golf Digest Top 100 Pure Movers

The latest Digest rankings are out. Here are my personal thoughts on some of the "pure" golf courses and their respective moves up and down the list or there inaugural listing.

A couple that jump out are Crystal Downs' solid move from 16 to 12 - Mackenzie's gem is well worth the trip. (see the picture above)

Sand Hills vaults into the top 10 and well deserved it is - a wonderful golf course

Bandon Trails also made a huge jump from 80 to 63. One a recent trip to Bandon Dunes Resort, all 8 of our group placed Trails in the top 2 (with Pacific) and some had it as their number one course on the property.

Also worth commenting on are the fallers...

Chicago fell a couple of places - who knows why? ...and equal with Whistling Straits - I don't think so!

Shoreacres fell 18 spots? - I loved Raynor's course. What's up, no one going to Chicago these days?

The new entries are notable for the volume of "pure" plays

Friars Head in at 34 seems high to me. Ballyneal on the other hand at 95 is way too low. Doak did a magnificent job. I can only think that more people accessed the formers New York location than Ballyneal's remote Colorado geography. Boston and Old Sandwich are both in and represent fine work by Gil Hanse and Coore and Crenshaw.

You can see the full list here.