Golf Digest Ranks Whispering Pines Golf Club in Top 100

January 10th 2013 -

Houston, Texas—Whispering Pines Golf Club, ranked the #1 golf course in the State of Texas for the past seven years, is officially ranked as one of Golf Digest’s Top 100 Golf Courses in America.   With an impressive No. 75 debut in the 2013-2014 rankings, this honor completes an impressive resume for Whispering Pines.  The course is currently ranked in the Top 100 Courses of America in all three major golf publications - Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golfweek.

“The Golf Digest Top 100 in America list has long been recognized as the most prestigious in golf course rankings. We are extremely honored to make that list and to be ranked in the Top 75,” said Corby Robertson, Founder of Whispering Pines Golf Club. “It has been a passion to experience the evolution of the course over the past 15 years. Most importantly, the course serves as a means to support our charitable missions and promote the global goodwill of golf.”

Each approved Golf Digest rater is required to play the course before submitting a score using the seven category rating system. The following criteria categories are used: Shot Values, Resistance to Scoring, Design Variety, Memorability, Aesthetics, Conditioning and Ambience. To arrive at a course final score, the total is averaged in the seven categories with double–weight in the shot values portion. A course needs 45 evaluations over the past eight years to be eligible for America’s 100 Greatest List.

Located outside Trinity, Texas along the northern shores of Lake Livingston, Whispering Pines Golf Club was designed by Chet Williams and showcases the beautiful piney woods of East Texas. It offers its philanthropic membership a secluded and first-class golf experience.  Since opening in 2000, Whispering Pines has received national honors. Golf Digest listed Whispering Pines the “Third Best New Private Course in America”, the “Best in Texas” and 11th in America’s 50 Greatest Golf Retreats. In Texas, the Dallas Morning News –Texas Golf Course Rankings has named Whispering Pines as the #1 golf course in the state every year since 2006.

Dedicated to hosting the finest amateur events, Whispering Pines hosts The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship. A biennial event, The Spirit International showcases the best men and women amateur players from 20 countries. The Spirit International Past Champions include Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Yani Tseng, Alexi Thompson, Brandt Snedeker, Martin Kaymer, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Matteo Manassero, Francesco and Edoardo Molinari. Whispering Pines Golf Club is also the host site for The Big 12 Conference Men’s Golf Championships.

The Spirit Golf Association, a 501 c- 3 charitable organization, is responsible for the Whispering Pines membership program and tournament management of The Spirit International. The Texas Golf Association is the governing association for The Spirit International and The Big 12 Men’s Conference Championship.

For information on The Spirit Golf Association membership and Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship opportunities visit or contact The Spirit Golf Association office at 281-298-2610.