GOLF magazine has again issued its list of the top 100 golf courses in the U.S. and the world and, once again, there is only one in this region which made the cut on the national list.
Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, KS is ranked 16th, the same place that it occupied in the last rankings in 2009. The next closest to Kansas City are Southern Hills (#35), in Tulsa, OK, and Bellerive (#87), St. Louis, MO. Another is Sand Hills in Nebraska--about as far out in the middle of nowhere as a quality course can get.
The top ten includes the usual suspects: Pine Valley, Pine Valley, NJ; Cypress Point, Pebble Beach, CA; Augusta National, Augusta, GA; Shinnecock Hills, Southampton, NY; Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, CA; Oakmont, Oakmont, PA; Merion (East), Ardmore, PA; Sand Hills, Mullen, NE; National Golf Links of America, Southampton, NY; and Pinehurst (No. 2), Pinehurst, NC.
Good luck if you want to play any of these courses--the top ten list is either (a) ultra-exclusive or (b) more expensive to play than your monthly mortgage.