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Golf Digest’s top 100 U.S. courses for this year (see below if you click “read more”) has Augusta National (The Masters) at #1 now, over long time #1 Pine Valley. I guess they like distance in their ranking equation?

Beginning to wonder about Golf Digest’s “rankings”

Golf Digest loves to rank everything. While browsing their web site trying to find the elusive top 100 golf courses list, I found that they’re even ranking the top 100 musicians who golf. Strangely enough, GD had Kenny G listed at #2 on that list. This is why I now take Golf Digest’s rankings with a grain of salt. Everyone knows that Kenny G isn’t a musician, he’s a kazoo player.

I now have my own list of rankings as inspired by Golf Digest.

The Hooked On Golf Blog Top 100 Kazoo Players Who Play Golf

1. Kenny G

Please accept my apologies. I couldn’t find any other kazoo playing golfers for my top 100 list.

Golf Digest’s Top 100 USA Course List:

  1. Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, GA
  2. Pine Valley Golf Club – Clementon, NJ
  3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club – Southampton, NY
  4. Cypress Point Club – Pebble Beach, CA
  5. Oakmont Country Club – Oakmont, PA
  6. Pebble Beach Golf Links – Pebble Beach, CA
  7. Merion Golf Club (East Course) – Ardmore, PA
  8. Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) – Mamaroneck, NY
  9. Fisher’s Island Club – Fisher’s Island, NY
  10. Seminole Golf Club – Juno Beach, FL
  11. Oak Hill Country Club (East Course) – Rochester, NY
  12. Chicago Golf Club – Wheaton, IL
  13. Sand Hills Golf Club – Mullen, NE
  14. Pacific Dunes – Bandon, OR
  15. National Golf Links of America – Southampton, NY
  16. Crystal Downs Country Club – Frankfort, MI
  17. Wade Hampton Golf Club – Cashiers, NC
  18. The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel) – Brookline, MA
  19. Muirfield Village Golf Club – Dublin, OH
  20. Medinah Country Club (No. 3 Course) – Medinah, IL
  21. Prairie Dunes Country Club – Hutchinson, KA
  22. Whistling Straits (Straits Course) – Haven, WI
  23. Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course) – Bloomfield Township, MI
  24. Victoria National Golf Club – Newburgh, IN
  25. The Ocean Course – Kiawah Island, SC
  26. The Olympic Club (Lake Course) – San Francisco, CA
  27. The Club at Black Rock – Coeur d’Alene
  28. Castle Pines Golf Club – Castle Rock, CO
  29. Bethpage State Park (Black Course) – Farmingdale, NY
  30. Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course) – Springfield, NJ
  31. Riviera Country Club – Pacific Palisades, CA
  32. Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2 Course) – Pinehurst, NC
  33. Bandon Dunes – Bandon, OR
  34. Southern Hills Country Club – Tulsa, OK
  35. The Golf Club – New Albany, OH
  36. San Francisco Golf Club – San Francisco, CA
  37. Butler National Golf Club – Oak Brook, IL
  38. The Honors Course – Ooltewah, TN
  39. Sebonack Golf Club – Southampton, NY
  40. Inverness Club – Toledo, OH
  41. Shadow Creek – North Las Vegas, NV
  42. Canyata Golf Club – Marshall, IL
  43. Olympia Fields Country Club (North Course) – Olympia Fields, IL
  44. The Quarry at La Quinta – La Quinta, CA
  45. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium Course) – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  46. Rich Harvest Links – Sugar Grove, IL
  47. Los Angeles Country Club (North Course) – Los Angeles, CA
  48. Kinloch Golf Club – Manakin-Sabot, VA
  49. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club – Arcadia, MI
  50. Shoal Creek – Shoal Creek, AL
  51. Spyglass Hill Golf Course – Pebble Beach, CA
  52. Milwaukee Country Club – Milwaukee, WI
  53. Garden City Golf Club – Garden City, NY
  54. Cherry Hills Country Club – Englewood, CO
  55. Forest Highlands Golf Club (Canyon Course) – Flagstaff, AZ
  56. Double Eagle Club – Galena, OH
  57. Pete Dye Golf Club – Bridgeport, WV
  58. Kittansett Club – Marion, MA
  59. Dallas National Golf Club – Dallas, TX
  60. Peachtree Golf Club – Atlanta, GA
  61. Scioto Country Club – Columbus, OH
  62. Eugene Country Club – Eugene, OR
  63. Flint Hills National Golf Club – Andover, KA
  64. Interlachen Country Club – Edina, MN
  65. Winged Foot Golf Club (East Course) – Mamaroneck, NY
  66. Congressional Country Club (Blue Course) – Bethesda, MD
  67. The Prince Course – Princeville, Kauai, HI
  68. Stone Canyon Club – Oro Valley, AZ
  69. East Lake Golf Club – Atlanta, GA
  70. Galloway National Golf Club – Galloway, NJ
  71. Plainfield Country Club – Plainfield, NJ
  72. Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore Course) – Pebble Beach, CA
  73. Long Cove Club – Hilton Head Island, SC
  74. Shoreacres – Lake Bluff, IL
  75. Harbour Town Golf Links – Hilton Head Island, SC
  76. Aronimink Golf Club – Newtown Square, PA
  77. Laurel Valley Golf Club – Ligonier, PA
  78. The Preserve Golf Club – Carmel, CA
  79. Mayacama Golf Club – Santa Rosa, CA
  80. Bandon Trails – Bandon, OR
  81. Quaker Ridge Golf Club – Scarsdale, NY
  82. The Estancia Club – Scottsdale, AZ
  83. Eagle Point Golf Club – Wilmington, NC
  84. Sahalee Country Club – Sammamish, WA
  85. Kiawah Island Club (Cassique Course) – Kiawah Island, SC
  86. Maidstone Club – East Hampton, NY
  87. Sage Valley Golf Club – Graniteville, SC
  88. Somerset Hills Country Club – Bernardsville, NJ
  89. Black Diamond (Quarry Course) – Lecanto, FL
  90. Tullymore Golf Club – Stanwood, MI
  91. Hazeltine National Golf Club – Chaska, MN
  92. Calusa Pines Golf Club – Naples, FL
  93. Sycamore Hills Golf Club – Fort Wayne, IN
  94. Hudson National Golf Club – Croton-on-Hudson, NY
  95. Valhalla Golf Club – Louisville, KY
  96. Sanctuary – Sedalia, CO
  97. Ocean Forest Golf Club – Sea Island, GA
  98. Grandfather Golf & Country Club – Linville, NC
  99. Blackwolf Run (River Course) – Kohler, WI
  100. Crooked Stick Golf Club – Carmel, IN

3 responses to “Augusta National dethrones Pine Valley as #1 on Golf Digest’s Top 100. Kenny G #1 on my list of kazoo players who golf.”

  1. golfrealist says:

    Distance doesn’t seem to be a deciding factor..or Cypress Point wouldn’t be near the top ten..let alone #4. Merion …Olympic….pretty short fare these days….
    The rankings are done by a conglomerate of opinions together with some apparent “objective” criteria. On integrity of design principles alone the new Augusta is hugely suspect..but easily the most visually exposed course in history. One thing we know for sure..Golf Digest receives notoreity for these rankngs and people may read it for something other than Tiger’s SECRET MOVE..which ironically, like many of the courses listed is inaccessible.

  2. Well my point is that AN moved to #1 after being lengthened…

  3. hsot says:

    the only reason augusta is #1 is because its the 75th anniversary of jones’ grand slam, just like when pebble beach took #1 the year it held the 100th us open, its b.s. augusta cant touch pine valley

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