Featured Courses

The Old Course body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-1.jpg

Type: Public course
Location: St. Andrews, Scotland
Website: http://www.standrews.org.uk
The Old Course at St. Andrews is considered one of the most influential courses in golf course architecture. St. Andrews influenced many of the earliest golf course designs in America.


Lookout Mountain Golf Club body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-2.jpg

Type: Private golf club
Location: Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Website: http://www.lookoutmountaingolfclub.com
Architect: Seth Raynor
Opened: 1926
Lookout Mountain is located in Georgia near the border with Tennessee. It was designed by Golden Age architect Seth Raynor who passed away before the course was completed.


Shadow Creek Golf Course body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-3.jpg

Type: Private course
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Website: http://www.shadowcreek.com
Architect: Tom Fazio
Opened: 1989
Shadow Creek is one of the most expensive golf courses ever built in the United States and is considered the best example of architect Tom Fazio's "total site manipulation" design approach.

Shadow Creek Golf Course


Baltusrol Golf Club body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-4.jpg

Type: Private club
Location: Springfield, New Jersey
Website: http://www.baltusrol.org
Architect: A.W. Tillinghast
Opened: 1895  
Tillinghast redesign: 1922
Baltusrol Golf Club has hosted 16 national golf championships, including seven U.S. Opens and one PGA Championship.

Batrusol Golf Club


National Golf Links of America body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-5.jpg

Type: Private golf club
Location: Southhampton, New York
Architect: Charles Blair Macdonald
Opened: 1909
The National Golf Links is considered one of the most influential golf course designs from the early days of golf course architecture in America. Macdonald's design is pattered after some of the best holes and features from courses in Great Britain.


Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-6.jpg

Type: Public course
Location: Bronx, New York
Architect: Thomas Bendelow
Opened: 1895
Van Cortlandt was the first municipal golf course in America and opened up the game to a wider group of people.

Van Cortlandt


Lake Shore Country Club body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-7.jpg

Type: Country club
Location: Rochester, New York
Website: http://www.lakeshore-cc.com
Opened: 1932
Lake Shore Country Club is owned by Rochester natives, and PGS professionals, Jeff Sluman and Dudley Hart along with Dudley's father Chuck Hart who is the Managing Partner.


Lake Shore Golf Course


Streamsong Resort body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-8.jpg

Type: Resort course
Location: Polk County, Florida
Website: http://www.streamsongresort.com
Architects: Tom Doak
Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
The two courses at Streamsong are built on a former phosphate mining site in Polk County, Florida, located between Tampa and Orlando. Both courses are scheduled to open by late 2012--early 2013.



The Dunes Golf & Beach Club body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-9.jpg

Type: Country club
Location: Myrtle Beach., South Carolina
Website: http://www.thedunesclub.net
Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Opened: 1948
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club was one of the first courses built in Myrtle Beach, which today is home to around a hundred golf courses.

The Dunes Golf and Beach Club


Country Club of Landfall body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-10.jpg

Type: Country club
Location: Wilmington, North Carolina
Website: http://www.countrycluboflandfall.com
Architect: Jack Nicklaus

There are a total of 45 holes at Landfall and 27 of them were designed by Jack Nicklaus. A second 18-hole course was designed by Pete Dye.

Country Club of Landfall


Pinehurst No. 2 body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-11.jpg

Type: Resort course
Location: Pinehurst, South Carolina
Website: http://www.pinehurst.com
Architect: Donald Ross
Opened: 1907

When the course originally opened, it had hard-packed sand greens. When it was redesigned by Ross in 1935, the greens were fully grassed. The recent redesign by Coore & Chrenshaw was done in preparation for the 2014 Men's and Women's U.S. Open Championships.

Pinehurst No. 2


Crooked Stick Golf Club body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-12.jpg

Type: Private golf club
Location: Carmel, Indiana
Website: http://www.crookedstick.org
Architects: Pete and Alice Dye
Opened: 1966

Much of the design for Crooked Stick was based on the discoveries of Pete and Alice when they toured golf courses in Scotland and Ireland a few years earlier.

Crooked Stick


Sand Hills Golf Club body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-13.jpg

Type: Private golf club
Location: Mullen, Nebraska
Architects: Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw
Opened: 1995

The golf course flows through the beautiful but sparse Sand Hills area of Nebraska and is considered one of the most natural golf course designs in America.

Sand Hills Golf Club


Bandon Dunes Golf Course body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-14.jpg

Type: Resort course
Location: Bandon, Oregon
Website: http://www.bandondunesgolf.com
Architect: David McLay Kidd
Opened: 1999

The Bandon Dunes course was the first of five courses built as part of the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The courses are located along the southern Oregon coast.

Bandon Dunes


Old Macdonald Golf Course body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-15.jpg

Type: Resort course
Location: Bandon, Oregon
Website: http:www.bandondunesgolf.com
Architect: Tom Doak
Opened: 2010

The fourth course at Bandon was created as a homage to Charles Blair Macdonald.

Old Macdonald Golf Course


Champion Hills Country Club

Type: Country club
Location: Hendersonville, North Carolina
Website: http://www.championhills.com
Architect: Tom Fazio
Opened: 1991


Augusta National Golf Club body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-16.jpg

Type: Private golf club
Location: Augusta, Georgia
Website: http://www.augusta.com
Architects: Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie
Opened: 1933


TPC at Sawgrass

Type: Resort course
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Website: http://www.tpc.com
Architects: Pete and Alice Dye
Opened: 1981

TPC at Sawgrass is home to the annual Players Championship and features the famous island green at No. 17.


The Country Club at Muirfield Village body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-17.jpg

Type: Country club
Location: Dublin, Ohio
Website: http://www.tccmv.com
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Opened: 1974

Muirfiled Village is named after the course where Nicklaus won his first British Open championship but is designed more like Augusta National, home of The Maters Championship (and one of Nicklaus' favorite courses).


Harbour Town Golf Links body_program-featuredcourses_GolfsGrandDesign-18.jpg

Type: Resort course
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Website: http://www.seapines.com
Architect: Pete Dye
Opened: 1969

Jack Nicklaus provided input to Pete Dye on Harbour Town, which is recognized as an important course design that changed the direction of golf course architecture at the time.

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Woman tees off at Lookout Mountain Golf Club

Tom Fazio and his design team


Bandon Dunes Golf Course is true to the spirit of Scotland's ancient links



(Courtesy Tripoli Country Club)
Tom Bendelow hammering a flag into the ground


(Courtesy The Tillinghast Association)
A.W. Tillighast looking at a map of course layout





Golfer at Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Nebraska


Learning the Game


Golfer Setting Up the Shot



Tom Doak pointing at a distant dune during construction of Streamsong Resort



(Courtesy USGA Museum)
Robert Trent Jones Sr.


(Courtesy Jim Mandeville)
A young Jack Nicklaus holding course plans 


(Courtesy The Tufts Archives)
Golfer putting on a Pinehurst sand green


Pete and Alice Dye at Crooked Stick Golf Club


Pete Dye with his dog at Crooked Stick Golf Club


Pete Dye with staff member at Crooked Stick Golf Club


(Courtesy Scotty Sayers)
Ben Crenshaw, Bill Coore and Dick Youngscap at Sand Hills in winter 1990


(Courtesy Scotty Sayers)
Ben Crenshaw, Bill Coore and others surveying the land during construction of the Sand Hills Golf Club


Tom Doak pointing at a distant dune during construction of Streamsong Resort



(Courtesy George Bahto)
Charles Blair Macdonald


(Courtesy USGA Museum)
Robert Trent Jones Sr.


(Courtesy Zuma Films)
The foliage in full bloom on the Augusta National course


(courtesy Jim Mandeville)
Photo of Jack Nicklaus teeing off at the 1978 British Open


(Courtesy Rolling Greens Photography)
The Builders of Harbor Town Course—Charles E. Fraser, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye and Donald O'Quinn
look over their diamond in the rough in 1967