Greg Norman had a remarkable playing career that included two Open Championship victories and 331 total weeks as World No. 1. Yet his business career in golf has been even more dominant. The Shark has irons in the fire from everything from apparel to golf design to wine to golf cart entertainment.
When you consider the phenomenon of PGA Tour players-turned-architects that ramped up from about the 1970s, Norman's total portfolio trails the "Big Three" — Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player — but his firm's 100-plus designs in 34 countries puts him ahead of the total roster of courses by other successful player-designers like Tom Weiskopf, Ben Crenshaw and Davis Love III.
He is particularly prolific in "Australasia." But the golf traveler in the western hemisphere will find many resort courses designed by Norman throughout North America and particularly in Mexico, the Caribbean and U.S. southeast.
He has three North American designs on this year's PGA Tour schedule: Tiburon, El Cameleon at Mayakoba and TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks Course. His course in the Bahamas at Sandals Emerald Reef, despite being an amenity for a luxury couples resort, is no easy loop and hosts a Web.com Tour event. Both TPC San Antonio and El Cameleon are regarded among the tougher courses each year on tour, in particular because both are susceptible to breezy days.
To determine which Norman designs are faring best among amateur golfers, we dug into your ratings and reviews (over 3,700) of Norman's courses. The following courses are his firm's ten best overall rated courses based on your reviews. Keep in mind our user base at this point is largely North American, so his Australasia portfolio isn't represented here.
Do you have a favorite Norman design? Let know in the comments below.
Top 10 overall North America courses designed by Greg Norman
La Quinta, Calif.
San Antonio, Texas
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Norman is certainly a premium brand in golf course development, with virtually every course in a high-end destination, so his courses' value ratings lag behind. But one of his rare courses that is in a less high-end spot earns strong value marks, Elks Run in Ohio. Here are his five best value courses according to your reviews:
Top 5 Norman designs as rated by value
La Quinta, Calif.
What are some of your favorite Norman courses to seek out when on the road? Let your fellow golfers know in the comments.