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Course Rater Confidential: What is the most overrated course in the world?

September 6, 2017

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 seem to get a little too much love.

What is the “always-most-overrated” course?

Seminole Golf Club, 15%

“By a mile. Lovely club, nice course, but a pushover unless the wind is blowing and the greens are brown, running at 13+. The upcoming Coore/Crenshaw renovation will help immensely.”

Baltusrol (Lower) 12%

“A boring slog of long par 4s. Relies on its competitive history and strong conditioning to impress. Its sister, the Upper, is more interesting, more fun.”

Pebble Beach 7%

“The inland holes are good, but not top 10 in the world.”

Medinah (No. 3) 6%

“One long, tree-lined hole after another with uninteresting greens and predictable bunkering, broken up by an occasional water-shot par 3.”