Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches

PGA National (Champion Course)



Rock Creek Cattle Company

Deer Lodge, MT Private

Overview

In the high plains north of Butte, Mont., minimalist master Tom Doak fashioned a splendid inland links from a working cattle ranch. His broad, looping routing starts in pasture, makes a slow but steady climb to the seventh tee, then plays through pines and over the ravines of Rock Creek, as gorgeous a fly-fishing stream as can be imagined. At the ninth, the course bursts back into the open, atop rolling hills offering hogback, punchbowl and sideslope fairways, then rolls downward and homeward, finishing back along the stream. Doak moved little earth because it was so rocky. Greens are huge to fit the scale and bunkers shaped to emulate those blown out by constant winds. Rock Creek Cattle Co. is high-country golf at its finest.

About

Holes 18
Length 7466
Slope 146
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 2008
Designer Tom Doak

Awards

100 Greatest
100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013.
2023-'24 ranking: 56th (highest).
Previous ranking: 81st.

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked from 2013-'20.

Best in State: Ranked first, 2011-'14, 2017-'24. Ranked second, 2015-'16.
2023-'24 ranking: 1st.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.7

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.7465
Character
7.7488
Challenge
7.5783
Layout Variety
7.86
Fun
7.8147
Aesthetics
7.9048
Conditioning
7.7375

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