Golf Digest ranks America's top 100 golf courses
Golf Digest has released its 2013-2014 list for the top 100 golf courses in America.
Here's the criteria used by the Golf Digest panelists to determine the rankings:
1. Shot Values. How well do the holes pose risks and rewards and equally test length, accuracy and finesse?
2. Resistance to Scoring. How difficult, while still being fair, is the course for a scratch player from the back tees?
3. Design Variety. How varied are the holes in differing lengths, configurations, hazard placements, green shapes and green contours?
4. Memorability. How well do the design features provide individuality to each hole yet a collective continuity to the entire 18?
5. Aesthetics. How well do the scenic values of the course add to the pleasure of a round?
6. Conditioning. How firm, fast and rolling were the fairways, and how firm yet receptive were the greens on the day you played the course?
7. Ambience. How well does the overall feel and atmosphere of the course reflect or uphold the traditional values of the game?
To arrive at a course's final score, we total its averages in the seven categories, double-weighting Shot Values. A course needs 45 evaluations over the past eight years to be eligible for America's 100 Greatest.
To take a look at the stout list -- and believe it or not, Augusta National dropped a spot since 2011 -- click here.
PGA of America Championships
Benton Harbor, Mich.
Sahalee Country Club
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Hazeltine National Golf Club