76. Quaker Ridge G.C.
John Duncan Dunn (9 1915)/A.W. Tillinghast (R.7 A.11 1918, R. 1926)/Frank Duane (R. 1964)/Rees Jones (R. 1995)/Tom Fazio (R. 2006)/Gil Hanse (R. 2008-2011)
Quaker Ridge returned to America's 100 Greatest in 2013 thanks to a revision by Gil Hanse that included removal of many trees and the rebuilding of bunkers. Hanse also expanded several greens back to Tillinghast dimensions but reduced the size of the par-4 17th green, chopping off a left-hand lobe added by Frank Duane in 1964. Quaker's strong suit has long been its powerful par 4s and Hanse strengthened them all, including the par-4 sixth, squeezed between a creek and hillside, and the drive-and-pitch 11th, where the green is girdled by a stream.
100 Greatest History: Ranked 1967-2010 & since 2013. Highest ranking: No. 14, 1989-1990. Previous ranking: No. 71
“Might be the best seven holes in golf. Such wonderful design variety with every type of shot required. What a great blend of short, sporty holes with long beasts. The par 3s are challenging, and some of the best par 4s around. You need your game at the start of your round.”
“Quaker hired the same company that moved the giant tree on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach to move giant trees on the second hole. That complicated situation and legal battle with the homeowner off the hole has caused a lot of grief for the club.”
“An unbelievable masterpiece done by a legendary designer with tons of unique qualities, including an unforgettable counterclockwise front nine. And through all 18, the greens are a perfect combination of undulating and interesting while being fair.”
“A traditional championship test. Length, variety, lightning greens, firm playing conditions. With Gil Hanse's changes, just a little more length and it could host a prominent tournament on any level.”
“Tom Ashfield's work as the superintendent continues to pay off. The conditioning is as good as it's ever been.”