Kauri Cliffs - "Top 100 Courses in the World" - Golf Magazine September 2003
1/09/2003
Golf Magazine
September 2003

"Top 100 Courses in the World"



The game has changed too much to say that Tiger Woods is better then Ben Hogan or bobby Jones. Equipment, agronomy, instruction and fitness have evolved.

The only constant has been the courses - golf's one direct link to the past. Woods can never tee it up against Jones or Hogan, but he, like the rest of us, can walk the same turf. You can still drop a ball on Merion's 18th fairway and try to duplicate Hogan's immortal 1-iron in the 1950 U.S. open. Or try to match the curling 12-foot putt Jones made on winged foot west's 18th green to force a playoff he later won in the 1929 U.S. open.

If he were here today, Jones might be confused by a cart with a global positioning system, but he still could advise the pros on playing Augusta national. After all, he built the place.

The timelessness of golf allows us to compare courses from different eras, and classic layouts are the gold standard in golf magazine's top 100 courses in the world. In fact, no course in the top 10 was built in the past 70 years. Seminole still trumps trump international, and Valhalla, a course named for the paradise of Norse myth, is no match for pebble beach, heaven on earth. Note that sand hills and pacific dunes, the most celebrated modern designs, are throwbacks, as are the four newcomers to this year's top 100.

New Zealand's Kauri Cliffs, South Carolina's ocean course at Kiawah island and Irelands European club evoke windswept scenes like those at the old course at St. Andrews, Royal Dornoch and Turnberry. Our final newcomer, South Carolina's Yeamans hall, calls to mind the intimate settings of Ballybunion and Merion. Timeless they may be, but the classics are not frozen in time.




"Top 100 Courses in the World" 
 Golf Magazine September 2003
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