Two popular Myrtle Beach designs have once more assumed a lofty perch in a major course ranking – with a twist this time, as GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com have now expanded their geographic reach outside the United States for its “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” for 2021-2022.
The classic Robert Trent Jones design at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club comes in at No. 53, while Mike Strantz’s Lowcountry masterpiece at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club joins the ranking at No. 84. The honors come on the heels of their 2020 inclusion in Golfweek’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S.,” and in addition to their customary place in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greates Public Courses” ranking.
Pebble Beach, Pinehurst No. 2, Pacific Dunes, Cabot Cliffs and Bethpage Black comprise the top five on the most recent GOLF Magazine list, while South Carolina’s top inclusion and host of the 2021 PGA Championship, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, comes in at No. 6.
For the first time, this ranking of the best public-access courses ventured outside the 50 U.S. states into Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Cabot Cliffs (No. 4, Canada) and Casa De Campo (No. 7, Dominican Republic) are the top non-U.S. courses in this edition.
To compile this ranking, each GOLF Magazine panelist was provided a list of 489 courses. Beside that list of courses were 11 “buckets,” or groupings, and if panelists considered a course to be among the top three in the country in a particular bucket, they ticked that box. If they believed the course to be among Nos. 4-10 in the U.S., they checked that box, followed by 11-25, 26-50, and so on. Panelists were also free to write in courses that they felt should have been included on the ballot.
To see GOLF Magazine’s full 2021-2022 list, click here.