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The list is good but the one that seems weird is Santapazienda. I’ve never been so cannot comment on the course but seems ‘unlikely’ to be a top 100 course in the world.
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Quote from: Paul Jones on November 24, 2022, 09:18:23 PM51 Shanqin BayDoes it still have 18 holes? And is that one of the criteria?
Their methodology.https://www.top100golfcourses.com/ranking-ratingThe objective of Top100GolfCourses is to curate the most respected ranking lists for global, national, regional and local areas. Our panellists are to be well educated, considered, and exceptionally well-travelledWe don't believe you can simply distill golf courses into numbers and scores, so whilst we have a 'guidance' section for our panellists — it is not a prescriptive set of 'criteria' for you to set scores alongside.We believe we have one of the strongest and well informed panels, and we trust you to draw your own conclusions.Once the lists are submitted and relative positions collated — a core group will check for anomalies, biases or anything that simply looks out of place.Ranking GuidanceWe believe it's important to stand for something. It is simply not possible to be all things to all people, and it's a fools errand to try. For us, that's strategic golf. Varied, interesting and engaging golf that asks questions answered by different golfers in different ways.We do not believe it is possible to take all emotion and personal preference out of the ranking equation, nor should we try to do so. That's why this is not a 'criteria' but a 'guidance'. These are examples of things we believe should be rewarded, but ultimately it is your decision.As long as lists are well considered, devoid of bias and reward the courses you'd like to visit time and time again — that's all we ask for.Our Five main points of guidance are:ArchitectureStrategic ChallengeVarietyConsistencyCondition and Management
Top 100 Golf Courses, warts and all, is pretty good. I like that we can get a read on what reviewers are thinking in lieu of a random ranking with no background.
I know Old Town is highly regarded on this board, but I was a little surprised to see it at #59. That puts in the company of the Cal Club, Garden City, Woodhall Spa, Castle Stuart, Ganton, Cruden Bay, Royal Lytham, Royal Aberdeen, etc. I have not played OT, but have played several of those other courses. Was anyone else surprised to see it ranked so high?
I think this will be my first post about golf course rankings. Rankings are too subjective to get emotional about. To me, they serve as a general guide to what courses are architecturally and otherwise superior. Anyway, my one comment is to wonder how Ganton makes the list but Alwoodley doesn’t. If you’re going to pick the best course from that area, it’s clearly Alwoodley.