The Home Course • DuPont
In 2017, the gap in our rankings between the sixth- and seventh-ranked courses (110 points) was bigger than the gap from third to sixth (96 points). It seemed that we had a “Big Six” of courses that voters clearly preferred over any others — which is what makes The Home Course’s jump from seventh in 2017 to sixth in 2019 one of this year’s biggest surprises.
While the ranking — just a one-spot improvement — may not seem all that big of a deal, consider the fact that in 2013, The Home Course was ranked one spot behind Washington National; in 2015, it was just behind Rope Rider — this year, those two courses couldn’t even get within 300 points of The Home Course’s total, representing a nearly 14-fold increase in points from 2013 to 2019 that dwarfs any other course in the state.
Credit the surge to an increase in traffic from CG readers, the ongoing efforts of an outstanding staff who maintain one of the state’s most enjoyable courses, or a greens fee that tops out at just $66. Whatever the cause, the “Big Six” is clearly a thing of the past — welcome to the era of the “Big Seven.”