Architects’ Choice: No. 5

Architects’ Choice: No. 5
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 five on the list is: 

National Golf Links of America
New York, USA
Charles Blair Macdonald, 1911

With painstaking attention to the strategic merits of golf holes and drawing on the influences of his trips to the UK, Macdonald created the National and spent 30 years of his life refining it. “CB Macdonald found such a perfect site for the course, exposed yet beautiful, and created an unforgettable golfing experience,” says Kristine Kerr of Kura Golf Design. Richard Mandell adds: “Macdonald showed the world how fun golf can be and how important it is to derive strategy from the ground.”

Check the website later today as we reveal which courses appear at No. 4 and No. 3 on our Top 100 list.

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