Our Top 100 Courses panelists are among the most well-respected and well-traveled design evaluators in the world. They can ball, too (average handicap: 7.5). Opinions are their business, but sometimes they like to (and should) keep things on the down-low. To loosen their lips a bit, we’ve cloaked our raters in anonymity. Here’s what they had to say about courses that just don’t get enough love.
What is the always-most-underrated course in the world?
North Berwick (West Links), 7%
“It’s the most ‘fun’ course in the world.”
Los Angeles Country Club (North), 4%
“[Architect] George Thomas was a genius, and not many people have had the opportunity to see his brilliance on display at this masterpiece, but that’s about to change with this year’s Walker Cup and the  U.S. Open being played at LA North.”
Pebble Beach, 3%
“Many people think it gets the great ratings because it sits on Stillwater Cove, but the course is sensational.”
Royal Melbourne (East), 4%
“Overshadowed by its more famous sibling, it doesn’t fall far behind in quality or architectural strategy, charm and playable fun.”
St. George’s Hill, 3%
“This 1913 Colt classic feels like a cross between Pine Valley and Sunningdale New.”
“Strategically, it’s one of the best courses I have ever played, and it’s always in beautiful condition.”
“Yale University—an architecture master class in scale and consequence.”