One very interesting thing on this list is that Radrick Farms also made the list at #17, making Michigan the only university (ed. - add Vanderbilt) with two courses on the list. Wisconsin's University Ridge is the most egregiously overrated course in my view; it is a wonderful property and a very nice facility, but not deserving of #5.
Tom Doak's (resident of the Traverse City area) design for Texas Tech is a miracle; built on a flat, uninteresting parcel. He is a genius.
OSU's Scarlet Course is now inarguably a better championship golf course than Michigan, but probably at a terrible cost in terms of changing Alister Mackenzie's historic work forever. OSU let Jack Nicklaus' design team do whatever they wanted to it.
Michigan may be lucky to hold on to a Top-10 ranking for now, but the new golf team facilities, plus clubhouse renovations, and future golf course work (remains to be seen how it can be done) should keep Michigan in that spot.
The weirdest thing to me is how Radrick Farms (one of Pete Dye's first-ever projects) got such a choice listing.
Which Massachusetts university uses The Orchards? Mount Holyoke? Do they even own it?
1. (1) The Course at Yale
New Haven, Conn.
1926, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor, 7.55
2. (2) Taconic GC
1927, Wayne Stiles, John van Kleek, 6.91
3. (4) Rawls Course at Texas Tech University
2003, Tom Doak, 6.52
4. (3) Palouse Ridge GC
2008, John Harbottle, 6.19
5. (5) University Ridge GC
1991, Robert Trent Jones Jr., 6.12
6. (6) Stanford GC
1930, William P. Bell, John Harbottle, George C. Thomas Jr., 6.10
7. (7) Ohio State University (Scarlet)
1939, Alister MacKenzie, 5.99
8. (9) University of Michigan GC
Ann Arbor, Mich.
1931, Alister MacKenzie, 5.91
9. (13) University of Georgia GC
1968, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Davis Love III, 5.90
10. (10) The Orchards
South Hadley, Mass.
1922, Donald Ross, 5.88
11. (12) Duke University GC
1957, Rees Jones, Robert Trent Jones Sr., 5.86
12. (11) Warren GC at Notre Dame
South Bend, Ind.
1999, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw, 5.82
13. (15) Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Kampen)
West Lafayette, Ind.
1998, Pete Dye, 5.76
14. (8) Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
2005, Pete Dye, 5.75
15. (16) University of New Mexico (Championship)
1966, Red Lawrence, 5.65
16. (18) Colbert Hills
2000, Jim Colbert, 5.62
17. (17) Radrick Farms
Ann Arbor, Mich.
1965, Pete Dye, 5.58
18. (19) U.S. Naval Academy GC
1942, William S. Flynn, 5.56
19. (14) Jimmie Austin OU GC
1951, Bob Cupp, Perry Maxwell, 5.45
20. (20) Mark Bostick GC
1921, Donald Ross, Bobby Weed, 5.36
21. (22) Finley GC
Chapel Hill, N.C.
1999, Tom Fazio, 5.26
22. (23) Seven Oaks GC
1955, Robert Trent Jones Sr., 5.24
23. (21) Eisenhower GC (Blue)
Colorado Springs, Colo.
1959, Robert Trent Jones Sr., 5.16
24. (26) Robert Trent Jones GC at Cornell
1930, Robert Trent Jones Sr., 5.12
25. (24) Vanderbilt Legends Club (North)
1992, Bob Cupp, Tom Kite, 5.09
26. (25) University of Virginia GC (Birdwood)
1984, Lindsay Ervin, 5.05
27. (28) Vanderbilt Legends Club (South)
1992, Bob Cupp, Tom Kite, 5.04
28. (27) University of Maryland GC
College Park, Md.
1955, George Cobb, 4.96
29. (NR) Furman University GC*
1955, Richard Webel, Walter Cosby, John LaFoy, 4.96
30. (30) Lonnie Poole GC
2009, Arnold Palmer, 4.85