As Jack Nicklaus wound down his competitive career, his empathy for average golfers rose, and rather than continue to build back-breaking championship-length courses, he began to tailor some of his designs toward the average golfers who foot the bill. Thus Mayacama is less than 6,800 yards and is routed to be a very comfortable walk, essential since the club has no golf carts. A bold design, it explores every facet of the oak-dotted hillsides above Santa Rosa. Watersheds and gulches figure prominently in the layout, which has some dramatically elevated tees and four stunning, gambling par 5s.
100 Greatest: Ranked for 14 years from 2005-'14 and 2017-'20. Highest ranking: No. 66, 2007-'08.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked for four years from 2015-'16 and 2021-'22. Highest ranking: No. 101, 2015-'16. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 114.
Best in State: Ranked 10th, 2013-'14. Ranked inside the top 10, 2005-'07. Ranked 11th, 2011-'12. Ranked 12th, 2015-'18. Ranked 13th, 2019-'20. Ranked inside the top 15, 2003, 2009-'10. Ranked 16th, 2021-'22.