The Quarry at La Quinta remains among Golf Digest‘s top 100 golf courses in the country, checking in at No. 83.
Golf Digest began its Top 100 list in 1996. The magazine ranks each course on seven criteria: Resistance to Scoring, Design Variety, Memorability, Aesthetics, Conditioning, and Ambience.
• See a 2011 Palm Springs Life story on The Quarry: Pure Gold
The Quarry has been ranked since 1999 and has been as high as No. 44. Last year the course was ranked No. 77. The No. 1 course in 2017 is Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey, which has held the top spot from 1985-2000, and again 2003-2008, and 2013-14. Last year it was ranked No. 2.
The Quarry also ranked No. 10 among Golf Digest‘s California-only courses. Leader of the pack is Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, followed by Pebble Beach Golf Links, Los Angeles Country Club (site of the 2023 U.S. Open)Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. and The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Golf Digest wrote about The Quarry: “The developers of The Quarry hired Tom Fazio in the early 1990s with instructions that he was to trump his design of Shadow Creek. Fazio was savvy enough to ignore those instructions, because he recognized The Quarry site was much better than what he had in Las Vegas. Thus The Quarry has more variety, starting and ending in the gravel quarry now lavishly landscaped. In between, holes play on high desert overlooking the Palm Springs Valley, with four holes tucked in an isolated notch of the Santa Rosa Mountains.
Coachella Valley courses dominated the top state courses ranked by Golf Digest. Following The Quarry were Stone Eagle Golf Club in Palm Desert at No, 14 (previously ranked 20th); The Madison Club in La Quinta at No. 15 (They were 14th last year); The Tradition Golf Club in La Quinta (was No. 14 last year); Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert — the Mountains course at No. 23 (was 21 last year); The Vintage Club in Indian Wells — the Mountain course (they were 27th last year), and PGA West in La Quinta — the TPC Stadium course (they were 25th last year).