September 17, 2009

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__1.__ __Oak Hill CC, Rochester, N.Y.__     [#image: /photos/55ada080add713143b43c9cc]|||quality of course||| [#image: /photos/55ada080b01eefe207f80b11]|||course conditions||| [#image: /photos/55ada080add713143b43c9d0]|||reputation/prestige||| [#image: /photos/55ada080add713143b43c9ca]|||practice facilities||| [#image: /photos/55ada081add713143b43c9d6]|||speed of play||| [#image: /photos/55ada080b01eefe207f80b1c]|||clubhouse||| [#image: /photos/55ada081add713143b43c9db]|||caddie program||| [#image: /photos/55ada081add713143b43c9d9]|||food/dining||| [#image: /photos/55ada081add713143b43c9dd]|||service||| [#image: /photos/55ada081b01eefe207f80b29]|||overall value|||Total       9.91 9.91 9.92 9.35 9.60 9.41 9.61 9.59 9.71 9.78 98.40 __2.__ __Augusta National GC, Augusta Ga.__     9.84 9.93 9.96 9.07 9.53 9.86 9.52 9.71 9.87 9.67 98.18 __2.__ __Pine Valley GC, Pine Valley, N.J.__     9.99 9.74 9.93 9.53 9.53 9.45 9.67 9.51 9.71 9.57 98.18 __4.__ __Kinloch CC, Manakin Sabot, Va.__     9.70 9.95 9.55 9.95 9.70 9.75 9.70 9.37 10.00 9.60 97.83 __5.__ __Oakmont CC, Oakmont, Pa.__     9.94 9.83 9.99 8.77 9.11 9.63 9.58 9.20 9.43 9.47 97.70 __6.__ __Robert Trent Jones GC, Manassas, Va.__     9.83 9.83 9.78 9.35 9.33 9.83 9.73 9.56 9.50 9.50 97.62 __7.__ __Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio__     9.85 9.64 9.83 9.61 9.52 9.75 9.70 9.52 9.65 9.66 97.35 __8.__ __The Ridge at Back Brook, Ringoes, N.J.__     9.81 9.76 9.49 9.72 9.20 9.79 9.19 9.19 9.48 9.24 96.85 __9.__ __Aronimink GC, Newtown Square, Pa.__     9.66 9.60 9.63 9.37 9.32 9.56 9.65 9.42 9.49 9.43 95.97 __10.__ __Cypress Point Club, Pebble Beach, Calif.__     9.82 9.58 9.93 7.23 9.64 8.67 9.47 8.63 9.26 9.45 95.45 __11.__ __Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio__     9.58 9.68 9.66 9.35 8.81 9.39 9.13 9.30 9.32 9.11 95.36 __12.__ __Shinnecock Hills GC, Southampton, N.Y.__     9.88 9.45 9.86 8.38 9.25 9.06 9.10 8.42 8.95 9.31 95.32 __13.__ __Hidden Creek GC, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.__     [#image: /photos/55ada081b01eefe207f80b23]|||quality of course||| [#image: /photos/55ada081b01eefe207f80b26]|||course conditions||| [#image: /photos/55ada081add713143b43c9e9]|||reputation/prestige||| [#image: /photos/55ada081add713143b43c9ec]|||practice facilities||| [#image: /photos/55ada081add713143b43c9f1]|||speed of play||| [#image: /photos/55ada082add713143b43c9f7]|||clubhouse||| [#image: /photos/55ada082b01eefe207f80b34]|||caddie program||| [#image: /photos/55ada082b01eefe207f80b31]|||food/dining||| [#image: /photos/55ada082add713143b43c9f5]|||service||| [#image: /photos/55ada082b01eefe207f80b3b]|||overall value|||Total       9.55 9.57 9.40 9.53 9.48 9.63 9.36 9.01 9.54 9.58 95.29 __14.__ __The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tenn.__     9.63 9.59 9.48 9.07 9.07 9.33 9.38 9.00 9.41 9.36 95.26 __15.__ __Trump International GC, West Palm Beach__     9.51 9.54 9.28 9.58 9.42 9.49 9.33 9.33 9.48 9.12 94.79 __16.__ __Cuscowilla on Lake Oconge, Eatonton, Ga.__     9.59 9.57 9.31 9.22 9.17 8.72 9.15 8.66 9.08 9.19 94.54 __17.__ __Laurel Valley GC, Ligonier, Pa.__     9.50 9.45 9.59 8.91 9.00 9.32 9.38 9.33 9.14 9.32 94.22 __18.__ __Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio__     9.40 9.64 9.32 9.59 8.95 9.42 8.96 9.16 9.09 8.53 94.01 __19.__ __Colleton River Plantation GC, Bluffton, S.C.__     9.56 9.49 9.44 9.26 9.38 9.57 7.13 9.29 9.39 9.22 93.92 __20.__ __Whisper Rock GC, Scottsdale, Ariz.__     9.21 9.64 9.18 9.64 9.38 9.45 9.53 9.19 9.64 8.74 93.82 __21.__ __Northland CC, Duluth, Minn.__     9.70 9.27 9.43 8.05 9.27 9.55 8.44 9.41 9.20 9.32 93.77 __22.__ __Peachtree GC, Atlanta, Ga.__     9.59 9.41 9.25 7.87 9.53 9.44 9.23 8.60 9.19 9.18 93.72 __23.__ __Trump National GC, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.__     9.46 9.52 8.71 9.41 8.44 9.54 9.44 9.07 9.22 8.85 93.71 __24.__ __Crystal Downs GC, Frankfort, Mich.__     9.77 9.47 9.62 7.65 9.21 7.73 7.50 8.24 8.60 8.85 93.23 __25.__ __Sand Hills GC, Mullen, Neb.__     9.65 9.40 9.46 6.54 9.35 7.83 8.67 9.08 9.50 8.95 93.07 [#image: /photos/55ada082b01eefe207f80b41]|||symbol key||| __26.__ __Merion GC, Ardmore, Pa.__     [#image: /photos/55ada082b01eefe207f80b3e]|||quality of course||| [#image: /photos/55ada082add713143b43ca05]|||course conditions||| [#image: /photos/55ada082add713143b43ca02]|||reputation/prestige||| [#image: /photos/55ada083add713143b43ca0d]|||practice facilities||| [#image: /photos/55ada083b01eefe207f80b4b]|||speed of play||| [#image: /photos/55ada083add713143b43ca08]|||clubhouse||| [#image: /photos/55ada083add713143b43ca10]|||caddie program||| [#image: /photos/55ada083b01eefe207f80b50]|||food/dining||| [#image: /photos/55ada083b01eefe207f80b55]|||service||| [#image: /photos/55ada083add713143b43ca18]|||overall value|||Total       9.58 9.38 9.79 7.14 8.69 8.73 9.03 8.50 8.99 8.77 92.97 __27.__ __Oakland Hills CC, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.__     9.39 9.53 9.44 8.03 8.34 9.17 8.71 8.69 8.74 8.65 92.61 __27.__ __Valhalla GC, Louisville, Ky.__     9.50 9.36 9.36 8.67 8.41 8.52 9.12 8.00 9.00 8.36 92.61 __29.__ __Chechessee Creek Club, Okatie, S.C.__     9.40 8.93 8.63 9.17 9.82 9.59 9.49 9.31 9.71 9.74 92.34 __30.__ __San Francisco GC, San Francisco, Calif.__     9.43 9.33 9.40 7.17 9.12 9.05 9.14 8.79 8.88 8.77 92.19 __31.__ __Castle Pines GC, Castle Rock, Colo.__     9.31 9.17 9.21 7.90 8.79 9.62 9.09 9.48 9.38 9.08 91.87 __32.__ __Pete Dye GC, Bridgeport, W.Va.__     9.31 9.35 9.19 8.84 8.58 9.19 8.80 8.04 8.96 8.40 91.84 __33.__ __Bayonne GC, Bayonne, N.J.__     9.22 9.29 9.04 8.29 8.71 9.20 9.14 8.93 9.27 9.22 91.77 __34.__ __Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, N.Y.__     9.44 9.15 9.72 7.37 8.46 9.12 8.84 8.64 8.70 8.89 91.64 __35.__ __Medinah CC, Medinah, Ill.__     9.38 9.11 9.54 8.76 8.25 9.43 8.69 8.64 8.91 8.52 91.61 __36.__ __Friar's Head GC, Riverhead, N.Y.__     9.36 9.16 8.68 9.13 9.12 8.86 9.00 8.72 8.76 8.79 91.57 __36.__ __Trump National GC, Bedminster, N.J.__     9.15 9.27 8.98 9.12 8.90 9.06 9.04 9.11 9.18 8.93 91.57 __38.__ __The Bear's Club, Jupiter, Fla.__     [#image: /photos/55ada083b01eefe207f80b58]|||quality of course||| [#image: /photos/55ada083add713143b43ca1c]|||course conditions||| [#image: /photos/55ada083b01eefe207f80b5b]|||reputation/prestige||| [#image: /photos/55ada084add713143b43ca24]|||practice facilities||| [#image: /photos/55ada084add713143b43ca27]|||speed of play||| [#image: /photos/55ada084add713143b43ca29]|||clubhouse||| [#image: /photos/55ada084add713143b43ca2c]|||caddie program||| [#image: /photos/55ada084b01eefe207f80b61]|||food/dining||| [#image: /photos/55ada084b01eefe207f80b68]|||service||| [#image: /photos/55ada084add713143b43ca3a]|||overall value|||Total       9.11 9.28 9.17 9.17 9.22 9.22 9.06 8.94 9.22 8.28 91.41 __39.__ __The Kiawah Island Club, Kiawah Island, S.C.__     9.41 9.10 9.28 8.89 8.03 8.91 8.56 8.91 8.87 8.15 91.29 __40.__ __The Olympic Club, Daly City, Calif.__     9.42 9.04 9.55 8.24 8.31 8.98 8.53 8.67 8.68 8.85 91.25 __41.__ __Interlachen CC, Edina, Minn.__     9.38 9.21 9.17 7.96 8.50 8.96 8.84 8.76 8.63 8.27 91.22 __42.__ __Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.__     9.16 9.16 9.21 9.11 8.79 9.11 8.50 9.05 9.21 8.61 91.04 __43.__ __Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, Minn.__     9.32 9.11 9.29 8.75 8.43 8.25 9.00 8.16 8.46 8.81 90.98 __44.__ __Reynolds Landing, Greensboro, Ga.__     9.04 9.15 8.52 9.11 9.15 9.00 9.44 8.92 9.00 9.22 90.67 __45.__ __Jupiter Hills Club, Tequsta, Fla.__     9.18 9.14 9.09 8.64 9.18 9.14 7.92 8.60 9.05 8.86 90.59 __46.__ __Baltusrol GC, Springfield, N.J.__     9.24 9.14 9.51 7.07 8.37 9.08 8.95 8.40 8.66 8.65 90.42 __47.__ __The Desert Mountain Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.__     9.25 9.06 9.13 9.06 8.31 9.41 7.38 8.90 9.09 8.28 90.32 __48.__ __Galloway National GC, Absecon, N.J.__     9.20 9.11 8.75 8.86 8.73 8.73 8.41 8.32 8.80 8.60 90.23 __49.__ __CC of Fairfield, Fairfield, Conn.__     9.33 9.07 9.00 7.04 9.07 8.70 8.43 8.58 8.67 8.88 90.22 __50.__ __The Glen Club, Glenview, Ill.__     9.09 9.13 8.97 8.81 8.39 8.60 9.09 9.00 8.81 8.30 90.16