RGD's Top Ten Courses

Updated October 2017

Every few years we take an internal poll and hand each employee a form in order to rank our favorite courses. We’ve been fortunate to receive accolades for many of our courses, but at the end of the day, no one knows better than we do whether we have made the most of each site — and we are our own toughest critics. The RGD Top Ten courses represent what we believe is our best work to date.

At least seven different senior associates played a role among these ten courses, and 8 of the ten courses we shaped ourselves, without a contractor. They are personal to us, and we loved creating them. When we surpass any of them with a new course, that’s when we will know we’re doing something special.

We present this list alphabetically, as usual… Only our team knows the true standings of our internal poll, but as we have always said that the results might surprise our clients as much as our fans.

  • Ballyneal Golf Club – Holyoke, Colorado
    • Course Architect:Tom Doak
    • Lead AssociateBruce Hepner
    • Principal Shapers: Brian Schneider, Kye Goalby, Eric Iverson, Don Placek
  • Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links – Bridgport, Tasmania, Australia
    • Course Architects: Tom Doak and Michael Clayton
    •   Lead Associate:Brian Schneider
    • Principal Shapers:Brian SchneiderEric Iverson, Jason McCarthy, Kyle Franz
  • Cape Kidnappers Golf Resort – Te Awanga, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
    • Course Architect: Tom Doak
    • Lead Associate: Bruce Hepner
    • Principal Shapers:Eric Iverson, Brian Slawnik, Brian Schneider, Bruce Hepner
  • Dismal River Club (Red Course) – Mullen, Nebraska
    • Course Architect: Tom Doak
    • Lead Associate: Brian Schneider and Brian Slawnik
    • Principal Shapers:Brian Schneider, Eric Iverson, Brian Slawnik
  • Old Macdonald – Bandon, Oregon
    • Course Architects: Tom Doak and Jim Urbina, with George Bahto, Bradley Klein and Karl Olson
    • Principal Shapers: Jim Urbina, Brian Slawnik, Brian Schneider, Eric Iverson, Bruce Hepner, Kye Goalby, Jonathan Reisetter, Tony Russell
  • Pacific Dunes – Bandon, Oregon
    • Course Architect: Tom Doak
    • Lead Associate: Jim Urbina
    • Principal Shapers: Jim Urbina, Brian Slawnik, Tony Russell, Bruce Hepner, Don Placek
  • Rock Creek Cattle Company – Deer Lodge, Montana
    • Course Architect: Tom Doak
    • Lead Associate: Eric Iverson
    • Principal Shapers: Eric Iverson, Brian Slawnik, Kye Goalby, George Waters, Jonathan Reisetter
  • Streamsong Golf Resort (Blue Course) – Streamsong, Florida
    • Course Architect: Tom Doak
    • Lead Associate: Bruce Hepner
    • Principal Shapers: Eric Iverson, Mike McCartin, Brian Slawnik, Brian Schneider
  • The Golf Club at St. Andrews Beach – Rye, Victoria, Australia
    • Course Architects: Tom Doak and Michael Clayton
    • Lead Associate: Brian Slawnik
    • Principal Shapers: Brian Slawnik, Eric IversonBrian Schneider
  • Tara Iti Golf Club – Mangawhai, New Zealand
    • Course Architect: Tom Doak
    • Lead Associate: Brian Slawnik
    • Principal Shapers: Brian Slawnik, Eric Iverson, Kye Goalby, Brian Schneider