There is nothing worse than wasting a great day for golf on a second-rate course. And a cheap price doesn’t offer much consolation when you are on the second hole and realize that you’ve invested the next four hours on mediocrity. A great track always starts with design, and while names like Flynn, Mackenzie, Tillinghast or Ross may not be familiar, your round is guaranteed to be more enjoyable if the course was laid out by a quality architect. Conditioning and scenery are important as well, but the thought and care that went into a course design will leave the most lasting impression. When I was young my father was a member of Gardner’s Bay Country Club on Shelter Island at the east end of Long Island, NY. I always loved playing that course, but never really knew why. I had heard Seth Raynor’s name mentioned here and there, but it meant nothing to me at the time. Years later when I understood who Raynor was and why his courses are considered among the finest in the world, the reason I found Gardner’s Bay so much fun to play became clear.
The course rating given by GolfDay is based on a variety of criteria, including local and national rankings by Golf Digest, Golfweek and Links Magazine as well as USGA Course and Slope rating, general course conditioning and the scope and quality of practice facilities. But the most important aspect of rating any course is design, and we have given architecture a great deal of consideration.
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