Neither Augusta National, the home of the Masters, nor the Old Course at St. Andrews, the home of golf, took top honors in a recent ranking of the world's 100 greatest courses.
The exclusive Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey came in at No. 1 on Golf Digest's list, with Cypress Point and its magnificent views of the Northern California coast near Pebble Beach ranking No. 2.
Augusta National was third and the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland seventh. Royal County Down (Northern Ireland) was fourth and Shinnecock Hills on Long Island was fifth.
Of the courses from Nos. 6-10, three -- St. Andrews, Muirfield and Oakmont -- host major championships while a fourth -- Royal Melbourne -- recently held the World Cup of Golf and includes the Presidents Cup in 2011 on its résumé.
Forty of the top 100 courses are in the U.S. The panelists, according to the magazine, included more than 800 "knowledgeable, well-traveled" golfers.
Here's a list of the top 10 courses:
• No. 1 Pine Valley Golf Club (Pine Valley, N.J.)
• No. 2 Cypress Point Club (Pebble Beach, Calif.)
• No. 3 Augusta National (Augusta, Ga.)
• No. 4 Royal County Down (Newcastle, N. Ireland)
• No. 5 Shinnecock Hills (Southampton, N.Y.)
• No. 6 Royal Dornoch [Championship] (Scotland)
• No. 7 St. Andrews Links [Old] (Scotland)
• No. 8 Muirfield (Gullane, Scotland)
• No. 9 Royal Melbourne [West] (Cheltenham, Australia)
• No. 10 Oakmont (Oakmont, Pa.)