- Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 golf courses in the world will be out any day now. But already there’s a lot of talk about it, including a segment on the Golf Channel. The list is done every two years, and though the panel is much smaller than that of Golf Digest (which only does a US list and on which I participate), it includes a number of prominent names, including Canadians Lorne Rubenstein, desiger Tom McBroom and Redtail owner Chris Goodwin. In 2003, Pine Valley was tops, and according to the list Golf Channel showed, that won’t be changing. Interestingly, on their US list, Donald Trump’s overwrought Trump National ended up #48. Let the fighting begin — it’ll all come out in the wash when the magazine hits news stands within a week.
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Golf rankings are always one of the most controversial and anticipated issues that the various golf publications issue each year. It is particularly interesting to see how each seems to favor more classic style courses while others tend to reward more modern, big budget projects. Would you say that it is fair to say that Golfweek’s panel is the most “traditional” in terms of what they like, with Golf Magazine is more “modern” (eg. Trump National) with Golf Digest somewhere in the middle? Does advertising have anything to do with this phenomenon?
Also, having never seen or played Pine Valley, what is it about this course that makes it such a consensus number 1 year in and year out?