Golf Magazine

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Golf Magazine
Golf magazine cover.png
Categories Golf
Frequency Monthly
Total circulation
First issue 1960
Company Time Inc.
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 1056-5493

Golf Magazine is a monthly golf magazine owned by Time Inc.. It was started in April, 1959 by Universal Publishing and Distributing, who sold it to Times Mirror in 1972. Time Inc. acquired it in 2000. It was the world's most widely read golf publication from August 2006 to January 2007. The magazine is for golfers of all skill levels. Some features it includes are instruction from the top 100 teachers in America, interviews with famous golfers, tips on the best values for golf courses to go to on vacation, and an annual club test.

Top 100 Courses[edit]

Golf Magazine conducts an annual survey of experts to determine the best course in the United States and the world.

Top 100 in the United States[edit]

The best courses in the United States in 2007 were:

Rank Name Location State Designer, Year
1 Pine Valley Pine Valley  New Jersey George Crump/Harry Colt, 1918
2 Cypress Point Pebble Beach  California Alister MacKenzie, 1918
3 Augusta National Augusta  Georgia Alister MacKenzie/Bobby Jones, 1933
4 Pebble Beach Pebble Beach  California Jack Neville/Douglas Grant, 1919
5 Shinnecock Hills Southampton  New York William Flynn, 1931
6 Oakmont Oakmont  Pennsylvania Henry Fownes, 1903
7 Merion (East) Ardmore  Pennsylvania Hugh Wilson, 1912
8 Sand Hills Mullen  Nebraska Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 1994
9 Pacific Dunes Bandon  Oregon Tom Doak, 2001
10 National Golf Links of America Southampton  New York Charles B. Macdonald, 1911

Top 100 in the World[edit]

Here are the top ten courses in the world:

Rank Name Location Country Designer, Year
1 Pine Valley Pine Valley  United States George Crump/Harry Colt, 1918
2 Cypress Point Pebble Beach  United States Alister MacKenzie, 1918
3 St Andrews (Old Course) St Andrews  Scotland Nature
4 Augusta National Augusta  United States Alister MacKenzie/Bobby Jones, 1933
5 Pebble Beach Pebble Beach  United States Jack Neville/Douglas Grant, 1919
6 Shinnecock Hills Southampton  United States William Flynn, 1931
7 Royal County Down Newcastle Northern Ireland Tom Morris, 1889
8 Muirfield Gullane  Scotland Tom Morris/Harry Colt, 1891/1925
9 Oakmont Oakmont  United States Henry Fownes, 1903
10 Merion (East) Ardmore  United States Hugh Wilson, 1912

Many countries had courses in the top one hundred, including:

Country Courses in Top 100
 Australia 6
 Canada 3
 England 10
 Ireland 4
 Japan 4
Northern Ireland 2
 New Zealand 2
 Scotland 11
MexicoFranceDominican RepublicSouth AfricaSouth KoreaSpain Several countries 1 each
 United States 52

Club Test 2007[edit]

Golf magazine also conducts an annual test of some of the finest golf products available so that the golfer will be armed with the knowledge of which club is the best value. Winners in each category were:

Club Type Name Manufacturer Percent Rating 1
Driver r7 Draw TaylorMade 84
Game-Improvement Iron 2 775.CB Titleist 83.3
Hybrid Baffler DWS Cobra 85
Maximum Game-Improvement Iron 3 r7 Draw TaylorMade 87.8
Fairway Wood Big Bertha Callaway 85
Better-Player Iron 4 Carbon CB Cobra 87.8
Wedge Vokey Spin Milled Titleist 89
Putter Black Series #1 Odyssey 86.7


  • 1 Percent rating was determined by dividing points earned by the most possible points the product could have earned
  • 2 The game-improvement iron category was tested only by golfers with a 7 to 15 handicap.
  • 3 The maxiumum game-improvement iron category was tested only by golfers with a 14 to 20 handicap.
  • 4 The better-player iron category was tested only by golfers with handicaps 10 and under.

Top 100 Teachers in America[edit]

Golf Magazine also honours some of the best instructors in the business. On the emeritus list are:

Name Hometown
Jimmy Ballard Florida Key Largo, Florida
Peggy Kirk Bell North Carolina Southern Pines, North Carolina
Chuck Cook Texas Austin, Texas
Manuel de la Torre Wisconsin River Hills, Wisconsin
Michael Hebron New York Smithtown, New York
David Leadbetter Florida Champions Gate, Florida
Eddie Merrins California Los Angeles, California
Dave Pelz Texas Austin, Texas
Phil Ritson Florida Winter Garden, Florida
Phil Rodgers California La Jolla, California
Craig Shankland Florida Daytona Beach, Florida
Dr. Jim Suttie Florida Naples, Florida
Bob Toski Florida Coconut Creek, Florida
Dr. Gary Wiren Florida West Palm Beach, Florida

2011 player of the year selection[edit]

On November 1, 2011, Golf Magazine selected Rory McIlroy over Yani Tseng for its 2011 player of year. The Magazine's editor, David Clarke wrote, “We are pleased to name Rory McIlroy as our inaugural Player of the Year.” Americans have embraced this young Northern Irishman, taking him into their hearts not just out of admiration for his amazing talent, but also for the grace he has shown in victory and defeat, his generosity of time with fans, and his commitments to causes beyond golf.”[2]

The McIlroy selection was heavily criticized by golf bloggers.[3] The #1 male player in the world at the time, Luke Donald, tweeted, "So rude and disrespectful of Yani. Whoever had final decision just diminished your magazine."[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. June 30, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ sigroup (2011-11-01). "Rory McIlory: Golf Magazine’s 2011 Player of the Year". Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  3. ^ "Yani Tseng is NOT Golf Magazine’s Player of the Year". Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  4. ^ @LukeDonald

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