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In March of 2013 I got the crazy idea that I wanted to play all of the Top 100 Courses Public Courses in the country.

It only took about another month when I realized that, while that was great, what I really wanted to do is play the actual Top 100 Courses in the country.

So I decided to do both.

run a business that allows me to work whenever and wherever I want, so it would be a waste not to play as much golf as possible right?

That said, one thing that sets me apart from other people trying to accomplish this list is that I’m young – I’m only 28.  I started with zero connections in the golf industry and zero connections at any private courses. That said, these days I think pretty much anyone or anything is within reach and if you’re able to provide mutual value to someone else, good things can happen.

Golf Magazine Top 100 in the World Progress (41/100)

  • #3 – St Andrews (Old) – St. Andrews, Scotland
  • #7 – National Golf Links of America – Southampton, NY
  • #9 – Pebble Beach Golf Links – Monterey Peninsula, California
  • #12 – Merion Golf Club (East) – Ardmore, Pennysylvania
  • #14 – Royal Dornoch – Dornoch, Scotland
  • #16 – Turnberry (Ailsa Course) – Ayrshire, Scotland
  • #18 – Pinehurst #2 – Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • #19 – Fishers Island Club – Fishers Island, NY
  • #22 – Los Angeles CC (North) – Los Angeles, CA
  • #25 – San Francisco GC – San Francisco, CA
  • #26 – Pacific Dunes – Bandon, Oregon
  • #27 – Winged Foot (West) – Mamaroneck, NY
  • #28 – Carnoustie Golf Links (Championship Course) – Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland
  • #32 – Riviera CC – Los Angeles, CA
  • #36 – Diamante (Dunes) – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • #37 – The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel) – Brookline. Massachussetts
  • #46 – Trump International Golf Links – Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • #47  – Royal Troon Golf Club – Ayrshire, Scotland
  • #49 – Portmarnock GC – Dublin, Ireland
  • #51 – North Berwick Golf Club – North Berwick, Scotland
  • #52 – Bethpage State Park (Black Course) – Farmingdale, New York
  • #53 – Oakland Hills (South) – Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • #56 – Garden City Golf Club – Garden City, New York
  • #58 – Whistling Straits (Straits) – Kohler, Wisconsin
  • #59 – Muirfield Village – Columbus, OH
  • #60 – TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  • #63 – Camargo Club – Cincinatti, OH
  • #64 – Kingsbarns Golf Links – St. Andrews, Scotland
  • #65 – Bandon Dunes – Bandon, Oregon
  • #67 – Olympic (Lake) – San Francisco, California
  • #70 – Maidstone Club – East Hampton, New York
  • #71 – Castle Stuart – Inverness, Scotland
  • #73 – California Golf Club of San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
  • #75 – Somerset Hills CC – Bernardsville, NJ
  • #76 – Ayodhya Links – Bangkok, Thailand
  • #77 – Cruden Bay – Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • #78 – Quaker Ridge GC – Scarsdale, NY
  • #79 – The Golf Club – New Albany, OH
  • #83 – Winged Foot (East) – Mamaroneck, NY
  • #86 – Ballyneal Golf & Hunt – Holyoke, CO
  • #88 – Machrihanish GC – Campbeltown, Scotland

Golf Digest Top 100 Public Progress (2017-2018) (39/100):

Golf Digest Top 100 Progress (2019-2020) (45/100)

Here are the golf courses I’ve played on the 2019-2020 Golf Digest Top 100 List:

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  1. Marc Lerner

    Sean, nice to check out your site. I played with you at Royal Troon (which ate my lunch). I did much better at Prestwick and Turnberry. You mentioned you might have some of the photos of the day that I might access. Let me know, or if they are posted. All the best in your efforts! Go USA for Sunday at the Ryder Cup. Marc

  2. Zeb Welborn

    Sean,

    Looks like you’ve played a great list of golf courses. I’m jealous. Would be curious to know what you do that gives you the chance to play all these great golf courses. Whatever it is . . . I want in.

    Zeb

  3. Jordan

    Great plan playing top 100. I’ve played several also. I’m a member at Victoria National in Indiana. I think it’s #47. Be glad to get you on if your in the area. Also a few others closeby that are on the public top 100

  4. Ivan

    Great site, Sean! Enjoyed every minute browsing through it. Love your goals and the way you deliver information. Nice photography! Keep’em coming!

  5. David

    Hi Sean. I love the site. I’ve got a slightly less structured plan to play some of the best courses around and my be able to help. I’ve set up up a website which will track the progress although I’ve got plenty to write up. I managed to get Shinnecock, NGLA Friar’s Head and a couple of others on your side of the pond in last week. When you’re in Scotland next let me know and maybe we can knock a couple of the top ones off together?

  6. Go&Golf

    Hi Sean, great progress on the top 100, we’ve a few friends from our site trying something similar albeit more localised top 100’s (e.g. Scotland top 100) and not a global list. Interesting to see how this develops going forward.


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