By Bob CullenBrandon TuckerDan RaleyDerek DuncanJoe PassovMike OffitRobert ThompsonThomas Dunne and Tom Ferrell
Updated: February 02, 2017

In the half decade that we’ve compiled lists of each year’s best new courses, some bona fide pilgrimage sites have topped our charts. Cape Kidnappers, Tom Doak’s odyssey along the sea cliffs of New Zealand, was our first Course of the Year, in 2004. Subsequent winners Bandon Trails, Ballyneal and Chambers Bay identified the broad landscapes of the American West as prime soil for cutting-edge golf design, a trend that shows little sign of abating: Six of the ten courses on this year’s list are either in the Rocky Mountains or lie west of them. But 2008’s top honor comes ashore in the Kingdom of Fife. There, in golf’s cradle, the ribbon has been cut on one of the most ambitious (and controversial) designs in recent memory—a course that is certain to keep golfers talking for years to come.

King of the Castle: Course of the Year

The Chase at PGA Golf Club Coyote Springs

Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Creighton Farms

The Club at Tower Ranch

Tetherow Golf Club

Sugarloaf Mountain Golf and Town Club

The Faldo Legacy Course at Roco Ki

Four Mile Ranch Golf Club

Palouse Ridge Golf Club

Rock Creek Cattle Company