Golfweek Magazine – March 2003
March 1, 2003 -- Golfweek Magazine was founded in 1975. In the March 1st issue of Golfweek Magazine their annual list of “America’s Best 100 Modern and 100 Classical Golf Courses” was released. The list is in its seventh year as Clubs and Members all around America eagerly await the release.
The Classical list relates to those courses built before 1960 and includes 92 private courses and eight public access courses. The Modern list consists of those courses built after 1960, with 65 private courses, 16 resorts, and 19 daily fee courses. Golfweek’s America’s Best Team consists of 225 raters (representing 48 states) as they perennially scour the country in search of great golf design. The criterion used includes strategic considerations of shot making and design balance as well as the aesthetics of conditioning and setting.
The “walk-in-the-park” test is also a crucial variable and refers to the four plus hours spent on the golf course and its relation to the golf experience it provides. The modern diversity of today’s golf courses are shown by chief proponents such as Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw who have four courses rated in the Top 100. Other rating criterion includes natural setting and overall land plan, variety and memorability of the Par 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s, and landscape and tree management.
Cuscowilla’s Coore/Crenshaw course remains in 2003 the highest ranked Georgia golf course at #14, with Haw’s Ridge the closes Georgia rival at #24. Cuscowilla’s General Manager, Andrew Ward, states “We are particularly pleased to be listed in the Best 100 Courses Built in America Since 1960 for the fourth year running. We are very proud of what Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw created, and that our Golf Course Superintendent, Rusty Mercer, and his team are able to maintain our course at such a high level, together with an excellent operations team headed by Chuck Little and Jarrod Clark.”
For further information contact Andrew Ward, General Manager of Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee, at 706-485-0885.