Top 50 Public Golf Courses in the U.S.

Top 50 Golf Courses

What constructs one course better than another?

Architecture? Shot value? History? Cost? Access? Condition? Ambiance? Name-brand course designer?

The importance of any single criterion is, in the final analysis, wholly up to the individual golfer. And, as with our industry-leading golf equipment testing, we belief most golfers best relate to feedback and sentiments from …. is looking forward to it … other regular golfers.

Sure, we’d all love to walk the fairways at Pine Valley or Augusta National. But what good is a course ranking if the opportunity to play it is somewhere between no chance in hell and perfectly 100% no chance in hell.

To build our listing of the best golf destinations, we turned to TheGrint and to real golfers just like you.


To generate our higher-rankings, we leveraged data from TheGrint, a golf handicap and stat-tracking service that likewise allows golfers to rate such courses they play. Think of it as something similar to Yelp for golf courses.

Here are the pertinent details 😛 TAGEND

Ranking derived from more than 300,000 golf course evaluations from golfers just like you. Only reviews from the previous year( 2020) are used. Only considered courses with a minimum of 50 reviews. Golfers considered course situations and overall suffer as ranking criteria.

We get that most of what goes into a golf course review is subjective and there’s always going to be a difference of opinion. Then again, some might argue that the primary purpose of such higher-ranking is to foster dialogue and debate.

We’ve also rendered an interactive map that allows you to quickly view course location and ranking. The large the bubble, the higher the grade. You get the idea.

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10. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Jack Nicklaus famously remarked,” If I only had one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach .” If there’s a golf equivalent to Mecca, Pebble Beach is likely it.

9. Pinehurst Resort | No. 4

Alongside Pinehurst No. 2, which is the centerpiece of Pinehurst’s nine courses, the No. 4 track co-hosted the U.S. Amateur in 2019. Gil Hanse redesigned No. 4 in 2018 and abundance of golfers feel it’s now every bit as good as its even-numbered sibling.

8. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort | Bandon Dunes

It’s hard to believe Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is more than two decades old-time. Originally designed to give golfers an authentic relates’ experience, the resort now includes six distinct courses. However, it’s the original David McLay Kidd design that tops our rankings.

7. Whistling Straits Golf Course | Straits Course

Wisconsin is home to the world’s best cheese curds, architect Frank Lloyd Wright–and plenty of outstanding golf. More specifically, the village of Kohler on the west shore of Lake Michigan is world-renowned as a premier golf destination with five-star amenities including two outstanding golf campuses: Whistling Straits( two tracks) and Blackwolf Run( three tracks ).

6. Harbour Town Golf Links

Situated on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, Harbour Town Golf Links has hosted the RBC Heritage on the PGA TOUR since 1969. The Pete Dye creation supports golfers the opportunity to tee it up on a championship course where a solid round is likely the result of finesse, imagination and shot-making as opposed to brute strength. And you can’t miss the iconic red-and-white striped lighthouse on the par-4 18 th hole.

5. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course

Edgewood Tahoe is an upscale resort on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. At 6,200 paws above sea level, it mixes lakeside golf with alpine terrain. And my hunch is that most golfers would tell you that the pictures, while striking, don’t quite do it justice.

4. TPC Sawgrass | Stadium Course

The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is home to the PGA TOUR’s flagship event, The Players. But it’s the iconic island-green par-3( No. 17) that everyone remembers. Fun fact: the most prominent rating ever recorded on this pit during The Players is 12( Bob Tway, 2005 ).

3. Erin Hills

Erin Hills is just over an hour southwest of Kohler, Wisc ., and hosted the 2017 U.S. Open. The track stretches out to 7,700 yards( 77.9 rating) and recently opened a 63,000 square-foot practise putting green.( Side note: I have a buddy who has played a lot of top-shelf resort tracks and firmly homes this as one of his top five .)

2. Blackwolf Run Golf Course | River

In words of Midwest golf destinations, Herb Kohler is making a strong push as the heartland Dairy King( unofficial name ). Of the four championship tracks at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, three are ranked in the top 20 and two in the top 10.

1. Spyglass Hill Golf Course | Spyglass Hill

The Monterey Peninsula is like that friend who lookings good in any getup. It nearly feels unfair. While Pebble Beach is perhaps the first track most golfers associate with this prized piece of land, it’s Spyglass Hill that pinnacles our higher-rankings this year.

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