Central Oregon has placed three golf courses on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses for 2015-16 and another on the publication’s top 200 courses.

Pronghorn Club’s Nicklaus Course (No. 33), Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater Club (No. 51) and Tetherow Golf Club (No. 54) all placed in Golf Digest’s annual list of top courses that allow public access. All three courses are mainstays on the list, but this is the first year all three have made the top 55.

In addition, Pronghorn’s private Fazio Course (No. 144) and Nicklaus (No. 156) placed on Golf Digest’s list of The Second 100 Greatest courses in the U.S. — a list that includes both public and private courses.

The lists, which will be released in the magazine’s February 2015 issue, are the result of a survey of golf experts who are asked to rate both private and public golf courses based on seven criteria.

The four courses at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, led by Pacific Dunes at No. 3, and Pumpkin Ridge’s Ghost Creek course (No. 67) were the other Oregon courses ranked in the magazine’s lists of top public courses.

— Bulletin staff report

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