Monday, July 11, 2005

Golf Digest Rankings - Quality

Here is the list of Texas cities in the Golf Digest "best golf cities in America list" ranked only on their showing in the Quality category. We rank them in the order that they appear on the GD list (the number in parentheses is where the city ranks overall on the GD list; San Antonio, for example, is No. 1 in Texas but No. 18 overall).

1. San Antonio (18)
2. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission (41)
3. Killeen-Temple (42)
4. Fort Worth-Arlington (45)
5. El Paso (68)
6. Lubbock (71)
7. Austin-San Marcos (91)
8. Dallas (96)
9. Houston (110)
10. Waco (132)
11. Amarillo (134)
12. Odessa-Midland (143)
13. Beaumont-Port Arthur (174)
14. Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito (237)
15. Tyler (253)
16. San Angelo (259)
17. Abilene (262)
18. Brazoria (267)
19. Galveston-Texas City (271)
20. Longview-Marshall (287)
21. Corpus Christi (290)
22. Wichita Falls (297)
23. Sherman-Denison (298)
24. Bryan-College Station (313)
25. Victoria (316)
26. Texarkana (326)
27. Laredo (329)

Here's where we really see the problem with the Golf Digest rankings. Look at Laredo: it's down there at No. 329. There are only 330 cities ranked by Golf Digest, which means Laredo is rated the second-worst city in the U.S. in terms of the quality of its golf courses.

It's even worse than that for Laredo, actually, because the city at No. 330 - Jersey City, N.J. - doesn't have any golf courses.

So Laredo actually ranks last in Quality. Yet, in the overall rankings, Golf Digest says that Laredo is a better golf city than San Antonio, which the magazine ranks No. 18 in the U.S. in quality! Laredo is ranked No. 237 overall, which puts it ahead of Austin-San Marcos, Fort Worth-Arlington, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, among others. All of these cities rank 200
spots ahead of Laredo, or much better, in Quality.

When a city that is dead last in Quality is ranked ahead of a city that is in the Top 20 in the country in Quality, you should know your rankings have problems.

But as to the specific list above for Quality: San Antonio deserves to be No. 1 in the state. I believe Austin, Dallas, Waco and Houston should be higher, as should San Angelo, Abilene and Victoria.

But hey, that's just me.

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