Pine Valley remained in the top spot, edging out Augusta National in our latest edition of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses. And as you might imagine, these two heavyweights have played a prominent role in the biennial ranking that was first created in 1966, often going back and forth. But how exactly do they remain on top? Who is determining their standing? And what surprises popped up with the 2019-2020 version of this longstanding list?
To answer those questions and more—including some new changes to the scoring criteria used to evaluate courses—Golf Digest senior editor of architecture Ron Whitten, who also co-designed 2017 U.S. Open site Erin Hills, and associate editor Stephen Hennessey, the man tasked with overseeing Golf Digest's almost 1,500 course-ranking panelists, joined the podcast. Also, Alex Myers, Sam Weinman, and Keely Levins discussed Xander Schauffele's comeback win in Kapalua, Bryson DeChambeau's latest on-course experiment, and a couple recent PGA Tour marriage proposals. Please have a listen: