how we rank the cour­ses

Our pan­elists play and score cour­ses on seven cri­te­ria:

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shot val­ues

How well do the holes present a va­ri­ety of risks and re­wards, and test ac­cu­racy, length and fi­nesse with­out overem­pha­siz­ing any one skill over the other two?

re­sis­tance to scor­ing

How dif­fi­cult, while still be­ing fair, is the course for the scratch player from the back tees?

de­sign va­ri­ety

How var­ied are the holes in terms of dif­fer­ing lengths, con­fig­u­ra­tions, haz­ard place­ments, green shapes and green con­tours?


How well do the de­sign fea­tures (tees, fair­ways, greens, haz­ards, veg­e­ta­tion and ter­rain) pro­vide both in­di­vid­u­al­ity to each hole and a col­lec­tive con­ti­nu­ity from first tee to last green.


How well do the scenic val­ues of the course (in­clud­ing land­scap­ing, veg­e­ta­tion, wa­ter fea­tures and back­drops) add to the plea­sure of a round?


How fast, firm and rolling were the fair­ways, and how firm, yet re­cep­tive, were the greens on the date you played the course?


How well does the over­all feel and at­mos­phere of the course re­flect or up­hold the tra­di­tional val­ues of the game of golf? ▶ To ar­rive at a course’s fi­nal score, we to­tal its av­er­ages in the seven cat­e­gories.

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