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Handful of Colorado courses earn national and regional recognition from

By Gary Baines – 11/4/2020

Golf Magazine’s biennial list of the top courses in the U.S. may not be the oldest such national rankings — that honor goes to Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”, which debuted in 1966 — but it is nevertheless well-respected.

The latest edition, published this week by, features two Colorado courses among the top 100 in the country. One of them — Ballyneal Golf Club in Holyoke — is a 21st-century, well-off-the-beaten-path creation of Tom Doak. The other — Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village — dates back to 1922 and is arguably Colorado’s most well known course, having hosted five of the six men’s open-age major championships ever held in the Centennial State, and nine USGA championships. slotted Ballyneal at No. 34 out of its top 100, while Cherry Hills checked in at No. 100.

Here’s what had to say about the two Colorado courses:

34. Ballyneal: “Founding a private club in a remote destination is not without peril and it is reasonable to expect a club to take some time find its footing. Now in its second decade, and courtesy of a new greenkeeper, Ballyneal enjoys its best playing conditions since opening. With the greens now Stimping in the 10 to 10.5 range, balls are releasing across the rumpled ground and players are delighting in finding creative ways to use banks and punchbowl features to work their shots close. Fescue fairways help the ground-game options flourish.” 

100. Cherry Hills: “When it opened in the early 1920s, Cherry Hills was a ground-breaking design that featured America’s first par-5 island green. Today, the Denver club is best-known for the thrilling 1960 U.S. Open, when Arnie fired a 65 on the final day to take out an aging Hogan and a young Nicklaus. The 2023 U.S. Amateur will likely only further enhance this classic William Flynn layout’s reputation for hosting big events while remaining a joy for its members to play. While much of (William) Flynn’s work is clustered around Philadelphia, this design stands out as one of the few he did west of the Mississippi River.” 

Pine Valley in New Jersey landed Golf Magazine’s No. 1 slot nationally, followed by Cypress Point in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Also this week, posted its top 50 courses in the different regions of the country. In the West, Ballyneal and Cherry Hills were joined in the top 50 by 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship host Colorado Golf Club in Parker, former International venue Castle Pines Golf Club and the West Course at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

Here’s a look at’s top courses — overall and from Colorado — both nationally and regionally: 

2020-2021 Top 100 Courses in the United States

Top 5

1. Pine Valley in Pine Valley, N.J.

2. Cypress Point in Pebble Beach Calif.

3. Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y.

4. National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.

5. Oakmont in Oakmont, Pa.

Colorado Courses on List

34. Ballyneal in Holyoke

100. Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village

For’s complete list, CLICK HERE.

2020-2021 50 Best Golf Courses in the West

Top 5

1. Cypress Point in Pebble Beach, Calif.

2. Pebble Beach in Pebble Beach, Calif.

3. Los Angeles Country Club North Course

4. Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

5. Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Ore.

Colorado Courses on List

8. Ballyneal in Holyoke

24. Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village

27. Colorado Golf Club in Parker

39. Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock

48. West Course at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

For’s complete list, CLICK HERE.