To compare the present Caves Valley against that which was originally built in the early 1990s is to recognize how much Tom Fazio has felt obligated to adjust his courses to today’s club and ball technology. Back in 1991, the opening hole was a dogleg-left with a trap at the turn. Today it has four bunkers framing the landing area. The par-5 third had just two “buffer bunkers” along a lake to the right to stop high-handicap slices from landing in the drink. Those buffers are still there, but so too are three enormous bunkers down the left, stretching over 300 yards from the back tee. And so it is all the way around Caves Valley. There are now target bunkers mainly in play for big hitters and frontal bunkers at several greens to force pin-seekers to throw it in the air. Caves Valley is a players’ club, and one remains a player only by being constantly challenged during a round.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013.
2023-'24 ranking: 157th.
Previous ranking: 135th.
Highest ranking: No. 132, 2015-'16.
Best in State: Ranked second, 2011-'12. Ranked third, 2013-'22. Ranked inside the top 5, 1993-2010.
Current ranking: 3rd.