Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pine Valley slips to No. 2

In addition to the state-by-state rankings of courses you can play, the latest issue of Golfweek offers its ranking of the top modern and classic courses.

Among the classics (before 1960), for the second consecutive year, perennial No. 1 Pine Valley plays bridesmaid to top-ranked Cypress Point in California. From history, I know the folks at Pine Valley tend to shrug these things off. Ho-hum, we're still Pine Valley.

In other developments, Merion (East), which has had tons of publicity in the past couple of years because of the 2005 U.S. Amateur and the 2013 U.S. Open, has crept up the rankings from 7th to 4th place this year, behind only Cypress, the Valley and Shinnecock Hills on Long Island.

Oakmont, outside Pittsburgh, host of this year's Open, holds steady at No. 6.

The biggest shocker in this year's rankings is Augusta National, host of the Masters, in virtual free-fall, dropping from No. 3 last year down to 10th. Wonder what that's about?

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