36 Nicklaus Design courses recognized in “Best Public Courses” in US ranking

Thirty-six Nicklaus Design courses spread across 22 states were ranked in Golf Magazine’s new list of Best Public Courses by State, published in July 2012. Two courses were given the top spot in their respective states: Ross Creek Landing in Clifton, Tenn., and The Greenbrier Course at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Twelve of the 36 Nicklaus Design courses to be recognized were in the top five, and nine others were ranked within the top 10 for their state. Overall, almost half of the public Nicklaus Design courses in the U.S. placed.

Nicklaus Design is widely regarded as the world’s leading golf course design firm. With courses in 39 states and 36 countries, Nicklaus Design has been a leader in golf course architecture since Jack Nicklaus designed his first golf course in 1969 alongside Pete Dye (Harbour Town, in Hilton Head, S.C., which ranked second-in-state). Each of the 371 Nicklaus Design courses around the world is classified as daily fee, resort, semi-private, or private. Only 78 of the courses in the United States were eligible for the rankings.

Golf Magazine released the “Best Courses by State” list as part of its biennial “Top 100 Courses You Can Play”. Below is a full list of Nicklaus Design courses that ranked in the list.

12. Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain (Saguaro/Tortolita), Marana
23. La Paloma (Ridge/Canyon), Tucson
28. G.C. at Estrella, Goodyear

19. Old Greenwood, Truckee

9. Breckenridge (Beaver/Bear),Breckenridge
14. Cougar Canyon, Trinidad

2. Bayside, Selbyville

4. Hammock Beach Resort (Ocean), Palm Coast
7. PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens
12. Grand Cypress (New), Orlando
16. Old Corkscrew, Estero
29. North Palm Beach C.C., North Palm Beach

3. Reynolds Plantation (Great Waters), Greensboro
14. Bear’s Best Atlanta, Suwanee

4. The Challenge at Manele, Lana’i
6. Four Seasons Hualalai (Nicklaus), Big Island
7. Kauai Lagoons, Kauai

9. Rocky Gap, Cumberland

7. Pinehills (Nicklaus), Plymouth

8. Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor

3. Grand Bear, Saucier

2. Old Works, Anaconda

New York
18. Timber Banks, Baldwinsville
20. Mansion Ridge, Mansion Ridge, Monroe

5. Coyote Springs (Chase), Coyote Springs
11. Bear’s Best Las Vegas, Las Vegas

5. The Club at Pronghorn (Nicklaus), Bend

14. Great Bear, East Stroudsburg

South Carolina
2. Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island
5. May River at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton
18. Daufuskie Island (Melrose), Daufuskie Island
20. Pawleys Plantation, Pawleys Island

1. Ross Creek Landing, Clifton

6. Bay Creek (Nicklaus), Cape Charles

West Virginia
1. The Greenbrier (Greenbrier), White Sulphur Springs

8. The Bull, Sheboygan Falls

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