Golf Digest

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Golf Digest
GolfDigestCover.jpg
Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde
Frequency monthly
Total circulation
(December 2012)
1,660,022[1]
First issue 1950
Company Condé Nast Publications
Country United States
Language English
Website www.golfdigest.com
ISSN 0017-176X

Golf Digest is a monthly golf magazine published by Condé Nast Publications in the United States. It is a generalist golf publication covering recreational golf and men's and women's competitive golf. Condé Nast Publications also publishes the more specialized Golf for Women, Golf World and Golf World Business. The magazine started in 1950, and was sold to The New York Times Company in 1969. The Times company sold their magazine division to Condé Nast in 2001.

"America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses"[edit]

Since 1965, Golf Digest has produced biennial rankings of "America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses". The courses are voted on by a panel of several hundred golf experts. Although Pine Valley Golf Club has topped the list every year except 2001, when Pebble Beach Golf Links ranked first, it was again outranked on the 2009-10 list - this time by Augusta National Golf Club. The magazine also produces lists of the best new courses, the best golf resorts and the best courses in each U.S. state. Before the "Greatest" rankings were introduced in 1985, Golf Digest produced lists called at different times America's 100 Most Testing Courses and America's 100 Greatest Tests of Golf.

The top ten on the 2009-10 list are as follows:[2]

  1. Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia
  2. Pine Valley Golf Club - Pine Valley, New Jersey
  3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - Southampton, New York
  4. Cypress Point Club - Pebble Beach, California
  5. Oakmont Country Club - Oakmont, Pennsylvania
  6. Pebble Beach Golf Links - Pebble Beach, California
  7. Merion Golf Club (East Course) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  8. Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) - Mamaroneck, New York
  9. Fishers Island Club - Fishers Island, New York
  10. Seminole Golf Club - Juno Beach, Florida

The top ten on the 2007-08 list, published in May 2007, was as follows:

  1. Pine Valley Golf Club - Pine Valley, New Jersey
  2. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - Southampton, New York
  3. Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia
  4. Cypress Point Club - Pebble Beach, California
  5. Oakmont Country Club - Oakmont, Pennsylvania
  6. Pebble Beach Golf Links - Pebble Beach, California
  7. Merion Golf Club (East Course) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  8. Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) - Mamaroneck, New York
  9. Seminole Golf Club - Juno Beach, Florida
  10. Crystal Downs Country Club - Frankfort, Michigan

The top ten on the 2005-06 list, published in May 2005, was as follows:

  1. Pine Valley Golf Club - Pine Valley, New Jersey
  2. Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia
  3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - Southampton, New York
  4. Cypress Point Club - Pebble Beach, California
  5. Oakmont Country Club - Oakmont, Pennsylvania
  6. Pebble Beach Golf Links - Pebble Beach, California
  7. Merion Golf Club - Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  8. Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) - Mamaroneck, New York
  9. National Golf Links of America - Southampton, New York
  10. Seminole Golf Club - Juno Beach, Florida

"America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses"[edit]

Alongside the "100 Greatest Courses" ranking, and using the same methodology, Golf Digest publishes a list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses". In this context, "public" means a golf course that is open to play by the public, as opposed to a private club—not necessarily a course operated by a governmental entity.

The top ten on the 2007-08 list, also published in May 2007, was as follows:

  1. Pebble Beach Golf LinksPebble Beach, California
  2. Pacific Dunes Golf CourseBandon, Oregon
  3. Pinehurst No. 2Pinehurst, North Carolina
  4. The Straits Course, Whistling StraitsHaven, Wisconsin
  5. Bethpage Black CourseFarmingdale, New York
  6. Shadow Creek Golf CourseNorth Las Vegas, Nevada
  7. Bandon Dunes Golf CourseBandon, Oregon
  8. The Ocean Course at Kiawah IslandKiawah Island, South Carolina
  9. Prince Golf CoursePrinceville, Hawaiʻi
  10. Arcadia Bluffs Golf CourseArcadia, Michigan

Of these courses, the only one that is operated by a governmental entity is Bethpage Black.

In addition to its national rankings, Golf Digest also ranks courses at a state level. For example, in a 1998 survey of Connecticut Public Golf Courses, Golf Digest ranked Crestbrook Park Golf Course as one of Connecticut's top public golf courses.

"100 Best Golf Courses Outside the United States"[edit]

The magazine also compiles a list of the leading courses outside the United States. This is created using information from national golf associations, plus votes by the same panelists supplemented by some additional ones with international knowledge.

In 2007, the most represented countries were Scotland with fourteen courses in the top 100, Canada with ten, England with ten, Canada with nine, and Australia and Republic of Ireland with eight. The top 10 were:

  1. Royal County Down Golf Club - Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  2. Old Course at St Andrews - St. Andrews, Scotland
  3. Royal Dornoch Golf Club (Championship Course) - Dornoch, Scotland
  4. Royal Portrush Golf Club (Dunluce Course) - Portrush, Northern Ireland
  5. Muirfield - Gullane, Scotland
  6. Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Composite Course) - Melbourne, Australia
  7. Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course) - Ballybunion, Ireland
  8. Turnberry (Ailsa Course) - Ayrshire, Scotland
  9. Carnoustie Golf Links - Carnoustie, Scotland
  10. Cape Kidnappers Golf Course - Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

In 2005, the most represented countries were Scotland and Canada with thirteen courses each in the top 100. The top 10 were:

  1. Old Course at St Andrews - St. Andrews, Scotland
  2. Royal Melbourne Golf Club - Melbourne, Australia
  3. Royal Portrush Golf Club - Portrush, Northern Ireland
  4. Royal County Down Golf Club - Newcastle, Northern Ireland
  5. Royal Dornoch Golf Club - Dornoch, Scotland
  6. Muirfield - Gullane, Scotland
  7. Ballybunion Golf Club - Ballybunion, Ireland
  8. New South Wales Golf Club - Sydney, Australia
  9. National Golf Club - Woodbridge, Canada
  10. St. George's Golf and Country Club - Toronto, Canada

Recognition[edit]

In 2009, Golf Digest was nominated for a National Magazine Awards by the American Society of Magazine Editorsin the Magazine Section in recognition of the excellence of a regular section of a magazine based on voice, originality and unified presentation.[3]

Controversy[edit]

In April 2014, Golf Digest was widely criticized when, after neglecting to picture a female golfer on their cover for six years, they chose to picture model Paulina Gretzky in a revealing outfit as their May 2014 cover. The move was "particularly frustrating" to LPGA golfers.[4][5][6][7][8][9] [10][11][12][13] [14] LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan issued a statement echoing the concerns expressed by LPGA players.[15]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. December 31, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses/2009-10, Golf Digest, Accessed April 8, 2009
  3. ^ Shea, Danny (March 18, 2009). "National Magazine Awards 2009: New Yorker, GQ, New York Lead Nominations". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Paulina Gretzky's controversial Golf Digest cover". CNN. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Paulina Gretzky's Golf Digest cover comes under fire from LPGA golfers". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Crouse, Karen. "Paulina Gretzky's Golf Digest cover generates criticism from LPGA pros". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Golf Digest cover with Paulina Gretzky draws LPGA fire". The Sports Network. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Paulina Gretzky's Golf Digest Cover is Getting Slammed By The Women's Golf World". Business Insider. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Stacey Lewis: Paulina Gretzky on GD cover is frustrating". Golf Channel. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ Scott, Nate. "Paulina Gretzky poses on the cover of Golf Digest". USA Today. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Paulina Gretzky, Golf Digest criticized for provocative cover photo". The Detroit News. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Paulina Gretzky poses for golf magazine in skimpy workout outfit". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Paulina Gretzky's Golf Digest Cover Spurs Controversy with LPGA Pros". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ Maine, D'Arcy. "Buzz That Was: Paulina Gretzky Backlash". ESPN. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ Holmes, John. "LPGA chief weighs in, Golf Digest responds to comments on Gretzky cover". PGA of America. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 

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