Introduction: Why These Courses?

Everyone knows who's number 1 and 2 on Golf Digest's 100 Greatest Courses ranking, but sussing out the true momentum-gainers takes a little more work. Find out what we looked for to pinpoint the "hottest" courses on the list. Presented by Porsche.

Released on 2/27/2017

Credits

Director: Ben Miller, Atomic Kid Studios
Producer: Stephen Barrante, Atomic Kid Studios

Transcript

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[Narrator] There are 15,372 golf courses
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in the United States
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and Golf Digest's ranking of America's 100 greatest courses
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is the gold standard in course reviews.
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This biennial list is a result of 50,000 ballots
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cast by 954 course raters
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over an eight year rollout period
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and each course is ranked on seven different criteria.
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Shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety,
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memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience.
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The brand new 2017/2018 ranking has a shakeup at the top
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with Pine Valley reclaiming the number one spot
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from August National
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but the most interesting part of every new list
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is to look at the courses across the ranking
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that have the most movement.
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That's why Golf Digest is bringing you this video series
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in collaboration with Porsche.
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Which four courses are truly the hottest
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on the 2017/2018 ranking?
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Who's disrupting the status quo?
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We looked at the honorees' history and points game
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and identified the four designs
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that have the most momentum.
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These courses are all distinctly different
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yet groundbreaking in their own way.
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Oregon's Old Macdonald
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is the youngest course on the 100 greatest ranking
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built with the most cutting edge tools
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yet it features one of the most timeless designs.
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Friar's Head on New York's Long Island
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is a Coore Crenshaw design
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with lots of variety
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that challenges every club in players bags.
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Whispering Pines, a stunning Texas layout
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that's a mix of iconic golf course designs
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has a unique focus on philanthropy.
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And lastly, there's Seth Raynor's Shoreacres
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on Lake Michigan, which jumps 33 spots
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on the 100 greatest ranking this year
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thanks to its innovative use of land and focus on fun.
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Now, sit back and watch each episode
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to learn more
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about what makes these four courses so popular.
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