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Ranking the best private and public short courses and the best nine-hole courses in all 50 states

June 2013

We define a "short course" as one with fewer than 18 holes and playable in two hours or less. The courses on our lists of America's Top Nine Private and Top Nine Public Short Courses were voted on by the Golf Digest panelists, the 1,100 architecture enthusiasts who create our rankings of America's 100 Greatest Courses. The Best in State picks were made by Architecture Editor Ron Whitten, with input from panelists. The Top Nine Outside the United States were selected by Contributing Editor John Barton and our international affiliates.

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AMERICA'S TOP NINE PRIVATE SHORT COURSES

1. Dunes Club, New Buffalo, Mich.
2. Augusta (Ga.) National G.C. (Par 3)
3. Pine Valley (N.J.) G.C. (Short)
4. Whitinsville (Mass.) G.C.
5. Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
6. The Olympic Club (Cliffs), San Francisco
7. Headwaters G.C., Cashiers, N.C.
8. Ansley G.C. (Ansley), Atlanta
9. The Links at Fisher Island (Fla.)

AMERICA'S TOP NINE PUBLIC SHORT COURSES

1. Bandon (Ore.) Preserve
2. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Cambrian Ridge (Short), Greenville, Ala.
3. Aetna Springs G.C., Pope Valley, Calif.
4. White Oak Plantation G.C., Yulee, Fla.
5. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Highland Oaks (Short), Dothan, Ala.
6. Sun Valley Resort (White Clouds), Sun Valley
7. Battle Creek Golf and Sportsman's Club, South Pittsburg, Tenn.
8. Sewanee G. Cse., Sewanee, Tenn.
9. Northwood G.C., Monte Rio, Calif.

TOP NINE SHORT COURSES OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

1. Royal Worlington & Newmarket G.C., Bury St. Edmunds, England
2. Musselburgh Links, Musselburgh, Scotland
3. G. de Morfontaine (Valliére), Mortefontaine, France
4. Gowrie Farm, Nottingham Road, South Africa
5. Cruit Island G.C., Donegal, Ireland
6. The Track, Meydan G., Dubai, U.A.E.
7. King Island G. & Bowling C., Tasmania, Australia
8. Helsingborgs G.C., Viken, Sweden
9. Niagara On The Lake G.C., Ontario, Canada

BEST NINE-HOLE COURSES IN EACH STATE

ALABAMA
1. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Cambrian Ridge (Short), Greenville
2. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Highland Oaks (Short), Dothan
3. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes (Short), Glencoe

ALASKA
1. Birch Ridge G. Cse., Soldotna
2. Fairbanks G. Cse., Fairbanks
3. Valley of the Eagles G. Links, Haines

ARIZONA
1. Hilton El Conquistador G. & Tennis Resort
2. Shalimar C.C., Tempe
3. Hidden Cove G. Cse., Holbrook

ARKANSAS
1. The Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy, Little Rock
2. Lakeside Country G.C., Hot Springs
3. Branchwood G. Cse., Bella Vista

CALIFORNIA
1. Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage
2. The Olympic Club (Cliffs), San Francisco
3. Aetna Springs G.C., Pope Valley
4. Northwood G.C., Monte Rio
5. Monarch Dunes G.C. (Challenge), Nipomo

COLORADO
1. Steamboat G.C., Steamboat Springs
2. Cherokee Ridge G. Cse., Colorado Springs
3. Mount Massive G. Cse., Leadville

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