Sept. 18, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind.- Golfweek Magazine has named the University of Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course as one of top 30 campus courses in the nation for the third consecutive year.
The 18-hole, par 71 public course ranks eleventh on the list just in front of Duke University Golf Course (Durham, N.C.) and behind The Orchards (South Hadley, Mass.).
Warren Golf Course has increased its rankings by at least one spot every year since making the list, ranking 14th in 2010 and 12th in 2011.
“The Golfweek Best Campus Courses ranking is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Warren Golf Course’s maintenance staff and golf operations staff. The resulting product is something of which the entire Notre Dame community can be proud,” general manager John Foster says.
The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame was designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. The pair carry an extensive portfolio designing courses all over the world including Golf du Medoc “The Chateaux Course (Le Pian Medoc Bordeaux, France), Country Club of Montreal (Montreal, Canada) and Lost Farm at Barnbougle Dunes (Bridport, Tasmania Australia) to name a few.
Since its opening in the spring of 2000, thanks to the generous donation of Notre Dame alumnus Bill Warren (’56), the Warren Golf Course has hosted numerous events that most recently included the 2012 United States Men’s Amateur Championship, the ’11 NCAA Division I Women’s Regional Championship and Men’s U.S. Open Qualifier in ’10.
The 7,020-yard course features scenic views modeling after the early 1900s vintage style that is channeled through 250 wooden acres on the southwest side of campus.
Warren Golf Course is distinctively famous for its late 1800s style clubhouse and features rectangular tee boxes with no marked par on the course, posting only the yardage on each hole.
The United States Golf Association currently gives the course a 74.6 course rating from the men’s championship tees and a 135 slope rating.
Golfweek Magazine is the second ranking the course have received this year after being named a top ten collegiate course by Links Magazine in August.
“Every day we try to make the golf experience at the Warren Golf Course even better than the day before,” Foster remarks.
Golfweek Magazine’s Top 30 College Golf Courses
1. The Course at Yale New Haven, Conn. 1926, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor – 7.50
2. Taconic GC Williamstown, Mass. 1927, Wayne Stiles, John van Kleek – 6.91
3. Palouse Ridge GC Pullman, Wash. 2008, John Harbottle – 6.42
4. Rawls Course at Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas 2003, Tom Doak – 6.41
5. University Ridge GC Verona, Wis. 1991, Robert Trent Jones Jr. – 6.02
6. Stanford GC Stanford, Calif. 1930, William P. Bell, John Harbottle, George C. Thomas Jr. – 5.99
7. Ohio State University (Scarlet) Columbus, Ohio 1939, Alister MacKenzie – 5.98
8. Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. 2005, Pete Dye – 5.88
9. University of Michigan GC Ann Arbor, Mich. 1931, Alister MacKenzie – 5.86
10. The Orchards South Hadley , Mass. 1922, Donald Ross 5.81
11. Warren GC at Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. 1999, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw – 5.81
12. Duke University GC Durham, N.C. 1957, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Rees Jones – 5.80
13. University of Georgia GC Athens, Ga. 1968, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Davis Love III – 5.79
14. Jimmie Austin GC at the U. of Oklahoma Norman, Okla. 1951, Perry Maxwell, Bob Cupp – 5.74
15. Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Kampen) West Lafayette, Ind. 1998, Pete Dye – 5.73
16. University of New Mexico (Championship) Albuquerque, N.M. 1966, Red Lawrence – 5.71
17. Radrick Farms Ann Arbor, Mich. 1965, Pete Dye – 5.62
18. Colbert Hills Manhattan, Kansas 2000, Jim Colbert – 5.59
19. U.S. Naval Academy GC Annapolis, Md. 1942, William S. Flynn – 5.58
20. Mark Bostick GC Gainesville, Fla 1921, Donald Ross, Bobby Weed – 5.28
21. Eisenhower GC (Blue) Colorado Springs, Colo. 1959, Robert Trent Jones Sr. – 5.25
22. Finley GC Chapel Hill, N.C. 1999, Tom Fazio – 5.22
23. Seven Oaks GC Hamilton, N.Y. 1955, Robert Trent Jones Sr. – 5.12
24. Vanderbilt Legends Club (North) Franklin, Tenn. 1992, Bob Cupp, Tom Kite – 5.07
25. University of Virginia GC (Birdwood) Charlottesville, Va. 1984, Lindsay Ervin – 5.05
26. Robert Trent Jones GC at Cornell Ithaca, N.Y. 1930, Robert Trent Jones Sr. – 5.00
27. University of Maryland GC* College Park, Md. 1955, George Cobb – 5.00
28. Vanderbilt Legends Club (South) Franklin, Tenn. 1992, Bob Cupp, Tom Kite – 4.96
29. Karsten Course at Arizona State University Tempe, Ariz. 1989, Pete Dye, Perry Dye – 4.80
30. Lonnie Poole GC Raleigh, N.C. 2009, Arnold Palmer – 4.80