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March 16 Edition Features Nation's Best Modern, Classic and State-by-State Courses
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 12, 2015) — Golfweek today announced the release of its highly anticipated Best Courses Issue. This special edition unveils the complete rankings of Golfweek's Best Classic, Modern and State-by-State Courses, which together illustrate how public layouts continue to rise through the ranks among the game's greatest tracks.
"Lists of top courses are generally misconstrued as being about private clubs," said Bradley S. Klein, national director of Golfweek's Best Courses rating program. "But this year's Golfweek's Best lists belie that myth, what with seven of our Classic and 27 of our Modern layouts publicly accessible as resorts, daily-fees or municipal facilities. While our frontrunners on both lists continue to be perennial private-club favorites – Pine Valley Golf Club (Pine Valley, New Jersey) on the Classic side and Sand Hills Golf Club (Mullen, Nebraska) on the Modern ledger – the public list is impressive indeed."
To produce Golfweek's Best Courses lists, an expert team of more than 725 course raters uses a 10-point ranking system to identify the best layouts from two distinctly different eras: pre-1960 and 1960-present. The exclusive system recognizes that before 1960 – the year that separates Classic from Modern – most course designers relied on native contours for course features. Since 1960, as the game became more popular, designers began to utilize high-tech engineering and advanced mechanical means to transform the landscape to suit their designs.
In addition to the rankings, Golfweek's Best Courses Issue features an insightful look at golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and how 2015 marks a major milestone in his own iconic career apart from his namesake father's legacy.
"One of the reasons we're focusing this year on the work of Robert Trent Jones Jr. in the form of a lengthy profile is because his municipal project, Chambers Bay in University Park, Washington (No. 29 Modern), will be a showcase for the public game when it holds the U.S. Open in June," said Klein.
To view complete lists of the 2015 Golfweek's Best Modern, Classic and State-by-State Courses, as well as Golfweek's Best Next 100 Classic and Next 100 Modern rankings, visit Golfweek.com/GolfweeksBest.
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