The American Express

La Quinta, Calif.


Course Rankings

Laurel Valley Golf Club

Ligonier, Pa. / 7,366 yards, Par 72 / Points: 60.5095
May 03, 2021

122. Laurel Valley Golf Club

Dick Wilson (1959)

Considered by some to be Dick Wilson’s consummate design, Laurel Valley Golf Club was founded by a group that included Arnold Palmer, who lived a few miles from the site. In fact, the group tried to persuade Arnie to quit the PGA Tour and become the club’s head professional and manager. Palmer reportedly mulled over the prospect for a time before rejecting it. Imagine how different the tour would have been had Arnie not become the dashing head of Arnie’s Army in the early 1960s. Instead, Palmer won seven majors, 52 titles overall and founded a golf design company that thrice remodeled the lovely Laurel Valley for major events.

100 Greatest history: Ranked 1966 through 2018. Second 100 Greatest history: Ranked in 2019-2020 through current. Highest ranking: No. 22, 1989-1990. Previous ranking: No. 105

Panelist comments, Laurel Valley Golf Club:

“Views of the rolling hills of Western PA are breathtaking. Fantastic Shot Values, requiring your utmost attention and the need to think on every shot, from tee to green.”

“The bunkering, particularly the fairway bunkering, provides individuality to each hole and an overall continuity. Only knock is that each par 3 lacks some variety—each requiring a long iron.”

“Too many trees that seem to serve no purpose. Many holes have potentially beautiful views taken away by pine trees that have no role in the play of the hole.”

“A very difficult, but mostly fair, test for the scratch player from the back tees. I found Hole No. 9 to be a little unfair as a 480-yard, uphill par 4 into the wind, but the rest of the course was fair, but quite stern.”

“One of the premier golf meccas in the country. The clubhouse is grand, as is the Palmer house, which adds to the ambiance. Everything was top-notch in every way.”

Courtesy of Stonehouse Golf

Courtesy of Stonehouse Golf