I just noticed that Golf Digest’s Top 100 in the US for 2009 is out.
A brief perusal of the list has the usual suspects: Pine Valley, Cyprus Point, Augusta National, Shinnecock Hills, Pebble Beach, Oakmont, Merion, Sand Hills, National Golf Links of America and Pacific Dunes are the top ten. Of those, eight are private, and two are so expensive as to be unreasonable. In the top 50, I counted eight that I actually could play—and most of those only if I took out a loan to pay the resort fees.
Of more interest would be the Top 100 you can actually play if you are a working stiff. GolfWeek’s list of the best public courses is a much more useful resource.
Perhaps the only people for whom that makes a difference are the members of the clubs listed. Gives them something to brag about, I suppose.