A golf fan leaves a tee stuck in the grass as a quiet testament to the game of golf in front of the clubhouse at Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Augusta.
Photo: Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com
Photo: Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Three Georgia courses in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 in U.S.

Golf Magazine unveiled its most-recent rankings of the top 100 golf courses in the United States – and the state of Georgia was represented with three famous tracks. The 2017-18 rankings, released Thursday, feature two Atlanta courses. All three of the ranked courses have a connection to Bobby Jones.

There should be little surprise in the highest-ranked course as Augusta National Golf Club is ranked No. 3.

On Augusta the magazine wrote: “Nearly every hole at Augusta National provides a safe route to the green and also a riskier one. Combine staggering beauty and Masters tradition and it’s easy to see why Augusta National is so revered.”

Only No. 1 Pine Valley and No. 2 Cypress Point out ranked the home of the Masters.

Peachtree Golf Club came in at No. 49.

Of the Atlanta course, the magazine wrote: “Bobby Jones and Robert Trent Jones Sr. collaborated on this hilly, forested track north of the city. Like that other top-ranked Georgia course, Peachtree features inspired green contouring, dogwoods and pines along the fairways and minimal fairway bunkering.”

East Lake Golf Club is ranked No. 70. 

Of the home of the Tour Championship, the magazine wrote: “Once better known as the club where Bobby Jones learned to play, and then as host to the 1963 Ryder Cup, East Lake is now a staple for golf fans as the 17-time host to the season-ending PGA Tour Championship.”

Here is the link to the complete list of 100 courses.

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