Golf's Greatest

No club is immune from the quest for perfection. Some are renovated to lure a major championship. Others are retrofitted with the latest irrigation and drainage. Some are restored to reclaim the luster of an original architect. Such efforts aren't done primarily in search of a ranking. But an improved ranking on America's 100 Greatest is often the result.

Even a stalwart like Pine Valley Golf Club, No. 1 on Golf Digest's 2007-2008 list and approaching its 90th year of play, occasionally needs upgrading. It seems to be paying off. Take a look at Pine Valley and the other 99 on the Greatest list:

America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses
Pine Valley G.C. in New Jersey tops Shinnecock Hills for the No. 1 spot. Also see: Photo gallery

America's 100 Greatest Public Courses
No surprise: Pebble Beach heads the list of places you can play.

America's 50 Toughest Golf Courses
The most diabolical links in the country. Photo gallery

Planet Golf: Top 100 Courses Outside the U.S.
Old St. Andrews is one of 13 courses from Scotland on the list.

Ultimate Golf Getaways
Where duffers dare to dream. Palm Springs gallery | Las Vegas gallery

Best Places to Play: Top 10 by City
The top 10 public courses for cities around the U.S.

How They Were Rated
Golf Digest used eight criteria to rate the courses.

Master Augusta
Enjoy a Georgia city known for golf but that is robust and dynamic year-round.

More from Golf Digest:
State-by-State Rankings
Best Places to Play Directory
Top courses in 184 countries

Text provided by Golf Digest.