Architects’ Choice: No. 3

Architects’ Choice: No. 3
Toby Ingleton
By Toby Ingleton

We have been counting down which courses have made it into the top 100 of our Architects’ Choice Top 100 Golf Courses in the World, as voted for by over 240 golf course architects from 28 countries across the globe.

Number three on the list is Pine Valley.

New Jersey, USA
George Crump, Harry Colt, 1919

Upon the foundation of the club and acquisition of the land in 1913, the design of Pine Valley became Philadelphia hotelier George Crump’s obsession – consulting with Harry Colt and numerous other architects for his one and only design. 14 holes were complete by the time of his death in 1918, with the 12th to 15th completed by the following year, when the full 18 opened. Brandon Johnson of Arnold Palmer Design Company says: “This course confirmed a lot of my beliefs about what great golf course architecture could be. It is an original rustic, natural aesthetic golf course that was created. The golf course is a great combination of routing, site, beauty, design, variety, strategy, challenge and fun.”

Check the website tomorrow as we reveal which course appears at No. 2, and which is the No.1 course as voted for by the architects themselves.

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