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Watch Ron Whitten answer questions about America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses ranking

January 13, 2015

Last week, Golf Digest released its 2015-16 list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses. And on Tuesday, Golf Digest Senior Editor of Architecture, Ron Whitten, appeared on Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" to discuss the game's oldest ranking.

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Whitten talked about the nation's top tracks with former Golf Digest editor Matt Ginella. He also answered questions submitted via Twitter on everything from how deep the list goes to our other important rankings like America's 100 Greatest Public Courses and our Best in State.

Ron takes the process so seriously he doesn't cut his "playoff beard" for a full year before the biennial rankings are released. Kidding. Sort of. Here's footage of the segment in case you missed it:

Of the courses on the Second 100 Greatest list, Whitten said, "It's not a consolation prize, but what it does is tell you who might contend next time around."

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What are some of the courses he thinks might make more noise when the ranking comes out again in two years? Streamsong (Blue), Trump National Doral (Blue), Desert Forest, and Chambers Bay, the site of this year's U.S. Open.