Wells Fargo Championship

Quail Hollow Club


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Golf Digest's course rankings: How Our Process Works

Courtesy of the club/Russell Kirk

May 05, 2021

To arrive at our ranking of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses, our panelists play and score courses on eight criteria:

SHOT OPTIONS
How well does the course present a variety of options involving risks and rewards and require a wide range of shots?

CHALLENGE
How challenging, while still being fair, is the course for a typical scratch golfer playing from the tees designated as back tees for everyday play (not from seldom-used championship tees)?

LAYOUT VARIETY
How varied is the physical layout of the course in terms of differing lengths (long, medium and short par 3s, 4s and 5s), configurations (straight holes, doglegs left and right), hazard placements, green shapes and green contours?

DISTINCTIVENESS
How individual is each hole when compared to all others on this course?

Watch Golf Digest’s latest “Every Hole At” course videos below:

AESTHETICS
How well do the scenic values of the course add to the pleasure of a round?

CONDITIONING
How firm, fast and rolling were the fairways, how firm yet receptive were the greens and how true were the roll of putts on the day you played the course?

CHARACTER
How well does the course design exude ingenuity and uniqueness and possess profound characteristics that you would consider outstanding for its era?

FUN
How enjoyable for all levels of golfers would this course be to play on a regular basis?

Golf Digest's Fun category was introduced two years ago, so we do not have enough data to use in the calculations of our 100 Greatest rankings.

To arrive at a course's final score, we total its averages in the seven categories, doubling Shot Options. A course needs 75 evaluations over the past 10 years to be eligible for America's 100 Greatest and the Second 100 Greatest.

Here are the category-by-category scores for all courses on our 100 Greatest and Second 100 Greatest.

BY THE NUMBERS

SECOND 100: