Gil Hanse is an earth-mover with an Ivy League pedigree. Hanse, who received his masters in landscape architecture from Cornell University, is entrenched as one of golf’s foremost 21st-century course architects. From Winged Foot to Sleepy Hollow and Pinehurst to Rio de Janeiro (where Hanse designed the first Olympic golf course in more than a century), Hanse has built a career shaping many of the game’s finest tracks.
Hanse’s top 10 courses list (or rather, top 2 courses, with eight runners-up) reflect decades of experience as a mover-and-shaker in the golf design industry. From golden age to modern-day, few architects unite creativity with tradition better.
Gil Hanse’s top 10 courses in the world
1. The Old Course at St. Andrews – St. Andrews, Scotland
2. National Golf Links of America – Southampton, N.Y.
(Remainder are in alphabetical order)
Chicago Golf Club – Wheaton, Ill.
Cypress Point Club – Pebble Beach, Calif.
Los Angeles Country Club, North Course – Los Angeles, Calif.
Merion Golf Club, East Course – Ardmore, Pa.
Muirfield Golf Club – Muirfield, Scotland
Pine Valley Golf Club – Pine Valley, N.J.
Royal County Down – Newcastle, United Kingdom
Royal Melbourne, West Course – Melbourne, Australia