Golf Magazine

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Golf Magazine
File:Golf magazine cover.png
Categories Golf
Frequency Monthly
Total circulation
First issue April 1959
Company Time Inc.
Country United States
Based in New York City
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.[2] 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

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

The best courses in the United States in 2007 were:

Rank Name Location 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

Here are the top ten courses in the world:[when?]

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

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

Country Courses
United States 52
Scotland 11
England 10
Australia 6
Ireland 4
Japan 4
Canada 3
New Zealand 2
Northern Ireland 2

Club Test 2007

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

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

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

2011 player of the year selection

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.”[3]

The McIlroy selection was heavily criticized by golf bloggers.[4] 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."[5]

See also


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  2. "List of Top 10 Best Sports Magazines of All time". Sporty Ghost. March 3, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. sigroup (2011-11-01). "Rory McIlory: Golf Magazine's 2011 Player of the Year". Retrieved 2013-06-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Yani Tseng is NOT Golf Magazine's Player of the Year". Archived from the original on December 5, 2011. Retrieved 2014-10-01. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. @LukeDonald

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