Golfweek's Best 2021: From Augusta National to Pebble Beach, these are the top 200 classic golf courses

The top 200 classic golf courses built before 1960. The list includes Augusta National, Shinnecock Hills, Pebble Beach and Pine Valley.

Golfweek's Best 2021: From Augusta National to Pebble Beach, these are the top 200 classic golf courses

Welcome to the Golfweek’s Best 2021 list of the top 200 Classic Courses, built before 1960 in the United States.

Each year we publish many lists, with this Top 200 Classic Courses and the accompanying Top 200 Modern Courses lists being the premium offerings. Also extremely popular and significant are the Best Courses You Can Play State by State and Best Private Courses State by State.

The members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on our 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. Those overall ratings on each course are averaged together to produce a final rating for each course. Each course is then ranked against other courses to produce the final rankings.

To ensure these lists are up-to-date, Golfweek’s Best in recent years has altered how the individual ratings are compiled into the rankings. Only ratings from rounds played in the past 10 years are included in the compilations. This helps ensure that any course in the rankings still measures up.

Courses also must have a minimum of 25 votes to qualify for the top 200 Modern or the top 200 Classic. Other Golfweek’s Best lists, such as Best Courses You Can Play or Best Private, do not require as many votes. This makes it possible that a course can show up on other lists but not on the premium top-200 lists.

Each course is listed with its average rating next to the name, the location, the year it opened and the designers. The top 100 courses also note in parenthesis next to the name of each course where that course ranked in 2020. After the designers are several designations that note what type of facility it is:

  • p: private
  • d: daily fee
  • r: resort course
  • t: tour course
  • u: university
  • m: municipal
  • re: real estate
  • c: casino

* Indicates new to or returning to this list

(Pictured atop this story is Oakmont.)


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'Never can let down Pops': Howard's Greg Odom Jr. wins individual title at PGA Works days after father died

Days after the death of his father, Greg Odom Jr., won the first trophy for Howard University since Steph Curry revived the golf (...)

'Never can let down Pops': Howard's Greg Odom Jr. wins individual title at PGA Works days after father died

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – As Greg Odom Jr. waited for the final round of the PGA Works Collegiate Championship to get underway, he danced a joyous boogie to Pooh Shiesty as if no one was watching.

Odom’s good cheer disguised the hurt underneath.

“Not another player in this field carried a more heavy heart than this kid,” said Howard University men’s and women’s golf coach Sam Puryear Jr.

That’s because Odom’s father, Greg Sr., 67, had died on May 1, back home in Memphis. Odom played on, shooting a final-round 2-over 74 at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, finishing his week at 4-over 220 and winning medalist honors as well as his first collegiate title. It also earned the first trophy for Howard since NBA star Steph Curry breathed life into the school’s golf program 13 months ago.

“I knew my dad wanted me to go out there and ball out,” Odom said. “Never can let down pops.”

It was ‘Pops’ who introduced Odom to the game at age 4 and took him to Irene Golf and Country in Memphis until kidney problems prevented him from playing. He endured a transplant and lived to see his son take to the game, but his health issues grew worse during COVID-19 and he was placed into hospice on Friday. On Saturday, Odom’s mother phoned Puryear, who broke the news to his team’s star.

“He wrapped his arms around me and told me everything would be OK,” Odom said.

Puryear was hired last April, not long after Curry’s foundation, Eat. Learn. Play., committed to support the establishment of the university’s first NCAA Division I golf program for six years. Odom, a 20-year-old junior who transferred from the University of Memphis, was Puryear’s first recruit. Not long after accepting the job, he called one of his Tennessee State University fraternity brothers who lived in Memphis and had been a principal at a school Odom attended and asked for the lowdown on the promising young player.

“He said, ‘That’s your guy,” Puryear said. “He said, ‘He was you when you were in college. You might be the only man who can handle him.’ ”

Men’s Division I Medalist Greg Odom Jr. of Howard University holds the trophy at the PGA Works Collegiate Championship at TPC Sawgrass on May 5, 2021. (Photo: Adam Schupak/Golfweek)

Puryear sold Odom on his track record, telling him to look at his resume, that everywhere he’d coaches he’d helped students improve and become winners.

“He trusted me,” Puryear said. “Once I had him on the hook to come, I knew I would be able to do something special. He was my lion. You’ve got to have a king of the jungle.”

But Pete Dye’s house of horrors is no place to play when the mind is fragile, especially on a day when the winds were whipping more than 20 miles per hour. Odom impressed his coach with his inner strength, but it came as no surprise.

“I saw this coming to fruition. I knew this was going to happen. He walked out of this room after his father passed and said, I’m going to win this event.’ That’s what he said. How many people can do that?” Puryear said, wiping fresh tears from his eyes after the round. “I’ve coached for a long time and I’ve never felt what I feel right now for a win for a kid after what he just went through.”

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