Pete Dye’s mountaintop design, Golf Digest’s 2009 Best New Public winner, established that at age 80 the designer still had fresh ideas, including rumpled chipping swales, country-lane cart paths and volcano bunkers. Measuring just over 8,100 yards from the tips, Pete Dye at French Lick is not the first course over 8,000 yards to land on our rankings. That would be Runaway Brook in Massachusetts, now called the Pines Course at The International Golf Club. It was 8,040 yards when ranked in 1967. Today it’s 8,325 yards. The world’s longest is Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in China at 8,415 yards.
100 Greatest: Ranked 93rd, 2013-'14. Ranked 96th, 2015-'16.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2017. Highest ranking: No. 104, 2017-'18. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 117.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked since 2011. Highest ranking: No. 17, 2013-'16, 2019-'20. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 19.
Best in State: Ranked third, 2011-'22.