Like the rest of the world, Yale Golf Course fell on hard times in 2020 and even shuttered its doors for a period of time, letting the course grow over while it was forced to downsize staff due to COVID-19. But Yale is the rare course that doesn’t need immaculate grass and landscaping for its superior architecture to shine. Reawakened in the fall of 2020, the Leviathan-sized golf course and magisterial holes like the Road, Cape, Knoll and the world’s best Biarritz once more breathe fire over the rocky, tumbling site. Recently made public, it's one of the few places in the U.S. where the general public can experience the original architecture of C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor.
100 Greatest: Ranked for eight years from 1969-'76.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked for six years from 2013-'18.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked 43rd, 2003-'04. Ranked 46th, 2021-'22.
Best in State: Ranked second, 2021-'22. 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.