The dramatic landforms at Lawsonia were built by William Langford and Theodore Moreau, two Golden Age architects who might be lesser-known than those like C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor, but appreciated by those with a passion for course design. The Links course has risen to No. 59 on Golf Digest's latest 100 Greatest Public ranking, its highest position ever.
1 | Cypress Point Golf Club, Pebble Beach, Calif. (9.2636)
Glamorous Cypress Point, Alister Mackenzie's masterpiece woven through cypress, sand dunes and jagged coastline, wasn't always the darling of America's 100 Greatest. Golf Digest demoted it to the Fifth Ten back in the early 1970s, saying, "It's not surprising that good players might find Cypress Point wanting: it has several easy holes and a weak finisher." Our panel has since changed its collective opinion. It is No. 3 on our current 100 Greatest—but earned the top spot in Aesthetics from our course-ranking panelists in our most recent rankings. —Ron Whitten
20 | The Yellowstone Club, Big Sky, Mont)
The ultra-swanky private ski resort also features a Tom Weiskopf-designed course with rolling terrain like you'd expect from a ski mountain. Michael Meldman's Discovery Land group took over club operations in 2009, and the club has recovered from financial issues, as it's ranked as the fourth-best course in Montana in Golf Digest's latest Best in State rankings. --SH