Yale has always been something of a sleeping giant. For a variety of reasons the course has rarely lived up to its full potential, either due to inconsistent conditioning or some ill-considered changes through the decades that moved the architecture off its brilliant 1926 C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor design. Given the handicaps, it's remarkable Yale has continued to be so breathtakingly profound. The Leviathan-sized golf course bulges with magisterial holes like the Road, Cape, Knoll and the world’s best Biarritz chiseled onto the rocky, tumbling site. Recently made public, it's one of the few places in the U.S. (notably alongside the Old White course at The Greenbrier) where the general public can experience true Macdonald/Raynor architecture. The sleeping giant is about to awaken as Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner will go to work on reestablishing the original hole concepts and upgrade turf and drainage following the 2023 season.
100 Greatest: Ranked for eight years from 1969-'76.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked for six years from 2013-'18.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked 38th, 2023-'24. Previous ranking: Ranked 46th.
Best in State: Ranked second, 2021-'24. Ranked third, 2015-'20. Ranked fourth, 2013-'14. Ranked inside the top 5, 1977-2005. Ranked sixth, 2011-'12. Ranked inside the top 10, 2007-'10.
Current Ranking: 2nd.
America's Greatest College Courses: 1st (2023).