Golfweek Publishes Annual Best Courses Issue

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March 16 Edition Features Nation's Best Modern, Classic and State-by-State Courses

Cover of Golfweek's Best Courses Issue

Golfweek today announced the release of its highly anticipated Best Courses Issue. This special edition unveils the complete rankings of Golfweek's Best Classic, Modern and State-by-State Courses, which together illustrate how public layouts continue to rise through the ranks among the game's greatest tracks.

"Lists of top courses are generally misconstrued as being about private clubs," said Bradley S. Klein, national director of Golfweek's Best Courses rating program. "But this year's Golfweek's Best lists belie that myth, what with seven of our Classic and 27 of our Modern layouts publicly accessible as resorts, daily-fees or municipal facilities. While our frontrunners on both lists continue to be perennial private-club favorites – Pine Valley Golf Club (Pine Valley, New Jersey) on the Classic side and Sand Hills Golf Club (Mullen, Nebraska) on the Modern ledger – the public list is impressive indeed."

To produce Golfweek's Best Courses lists, an expert team of more than 725 course raters uses a 10-point ranking system to identify the best layouts from two distinctly different eras: pre-1960 and 1960-present. The exclusive system recognizes that before 1960 – the year that separates Classic from Modern – most course designers relied on native contours for course features. Since 1960, as the game became more popular, designers began to utilize high-tech engineering and advanced mechanical means to transform the landscape to suit their designs.

In addition to the rankings, Golfweek's Best Courses Issue features an insightful look at golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and how 2015 marks a major milestone in his own iconic career apart from his namesake father's legacy.

"One of the reasons we're focusing this year on the work of Robert Trent Jones Jr. in the form of a lengthy profile is because his municipal project, Chambers Bay in University Park, Washington (No. 29 Modern), will be a showcase for the public game when it holds the U.S. Open in June," said Klein.

To view complete lists of the 2015 Golfweek's Best Modern, Classic and State-by-State Courses, as well as Golfweek's Best Next 100 Classic and Next 100 Modern rankings, visit

About Golfweek's Best
Since beginning its rating system in 1997, Golfweek has developed the most respected ranking structure in the industry. Golfweek's expert team of course raters, which currently boasts 725 evaluators, rates each nominated course on the basis of Golfweek's 10 strict standards of evaluation. Collectively, Golfweek raters have turned in more than 65,000 votes. Golfweek's Best Courses lists include: Modern, Classic, Casino, Municipal, Campus, Residential, Resort, Canadian, Caribbean & Mexico, Great Britain & Ireland and Courses You Can Play. The full criteria for evaluating the golf courses may be found at

About Golfweek
Founded in 1975, Golfweek is the most authentic, authoritative and independent voice in golf. Serving enthusiasts who are truly passionate about the game of golf, the Golfweek brand includes Golfweek magazine,, Golfweek Mobile, Golfweek Custom Media, The Golf Wire and Golfweek is part of Turnstile Media Group, which specializes in developing diverse media platforms that engage and strengthen the communities they serve. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Professional Artist, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Seminole Voice, Central Florida Senior and Turnstile Connect.

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