Only nine-hole course listed
August 6, 2021
The R. Stuart Dickson’47 Golf Course at Culver Academies has received another accolade from the golfing press. Earlier this summer, Golfweek released its 2021 list of the “Top 200 Classic Courses,” which ranks courses originally built before 1960 in the United States.
Culver’s golf course is ranked 97th overall and is the only nine-hole course and the only course in Indiana on the list. The only other educational institution to have a course listed in the top 100 is Yale at 55. This is the first time the golf course designed and constructed in 1924 by William B. Langford and Theodore J. Moreau has been included.
The course was restored in 2015 by architect Bobby Weed and his senior design associate, Chris Monti. Since that time, the golf course has been included in the “The Finest Nines” book and ranked third in the world for nine-hole courses by Golf magazine. In May, the course was included in the Tom Coyne’s book, “A Course Called America.” Coyne played the prep boarding school's course in July, 2019.
According to the lead-in article written by Jason Lusk, the creative director and travel editor for the Golfweek/USA Today Sports Media Group, members of the ratings panel use a 10-point system evaluate each course and also file a single, overall rating. Those ratings are averaged together for the final rating. Each course is then ranked against other courses to produce the final rankings.
Culver finished with an overall rating of 7.10. Courses also must have a minimum of 25 votes to qualify for the Top 200 Classic Courses. To show the level of courses being evaluated, the top three courses are Pine Valley, 9.59; Augusta National, 9.57; and Cypress Point (Pebble Beach), 9.56.