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Home to the top-ranked Cardinal men’s and women’s golf teams, the Stanford Course is a par-70 George C. Thomas and Billy Bell Jr. design that dates to the early 1930s. Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, Michelle Wie, and many more famed Stanford alums developed their games at this sprawling layout that was ranked on our America's 100 Greatest list in the 1970s. Grand oak trees line the fairways and elevated tee boxes provide beautiful views of the surrounding mountain scenery, especially on the 18th tee, where you can see San Francisco in the distance. There is strong layout variety at Stanford, with holes moving in each direction and a mix of wide-open tee shots and others that are quite narrow. Though it's a pleasant walk with few houses on the course, it can be strenous given the elevation changes and distance between some holes.
100 Greatest: Ranked for eight years from 1969-1976.
Best in State: Ranked inside the top 20, 1987-'89, 1999. Ranked inside the top 25, 1995-'97, 2003. Ranked inside the top 30, 2001.
2023-'24 ranking: 54th.
Previous ranking: Unranked.
America's Greatest College Courses: 7th (2023).