Golfweek's Best 2021: Best public golf courses you can play, state by state (2023)

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With this list of Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play, we present the best public-access courses in each state, as judged by our nationwide network of raters.

The members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on our 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. Those overall ratings on each course are averaged together to produce a final rating for each course. Each course is then ranked against other courses in its state to produce the final rankings.

All the courses on this list allow public access in some fashion, be it standard daily green fees, through a resort or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there’s a will, there’s a tee time.

KEY: (m) modern, built in 1960 or after; (c) classic, built before 1960. (For courses with a number preceding the (m) or (c), that is where the course ranks on Golfweek’s Best lists for top 200 modern and classic courses in the U.S.). * indicates new or returning to the rankings.

Alabama

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Pursell Farms’ FarmLinks in Alabama (Courtesy of FarmLinks/Michael Clemmer)

1. Pursell Farms (FarmLinks)
Sylacauga (m)

2. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Ross Bridge)
Birmingham (m)

3. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Capitol Hill Judge)
Prattville (m)

4. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Grand National Lake)
Opelika (m)

5. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Cambrian Ridge Sherling/Canyon)
Greenville (m)

6. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Oxmoor Valley Ridge)
Birmingham (m)

7. Kiva Dunes
Gulf Shores (m)

8. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Magnolia Grove Falls)
Mobile (m)

9. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Grand National Links)
Opelika (m)

10. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Magnolia Grove Crossings)
Mobile (m)

Alaska

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Anchorage Golf Club in Alaska (Photo courtesy Anchorage Golf Club.)

1. Anchorage GC
Anchorage (m)

2. Chena Bend
Fairbanks (m)

3. Moose Run (Creek)
Fort Richardson (m)

4. Moose Run (Hill)
Fort Richardson (c)

5. Kenai GC*
Kenai (m)

Arizona

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We-Ko-Pa’sSaguaro in Arizona (Courtesy of We-Ko-Pa Golf Club/Lonna Tucker)

1. We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro)
Fort McDowell (m)

2. Quintero
Peoria (m)

3. Golf Club at Dove Mountain (Saguaro/Tortolita)
Marana (m)

4. Wickenburg Ranch
Wickenburg (m)

5. TPC Scottsdale (Stadium)
Scottsdale (m)

6. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes
Maricopa (m)

7. We-Ko-Pa (Cholla)
Fort McDowell (m)

8. Troon North (Monument)
Scottsdale (m)

9. Ventana Canyon (Mountain)
Tucson (m)

10. Troon North (Pinnacle)
Scottsdale (m)

11. Grayhawk (Talon)
Scottsdale (m)

12. Grayhawk (Raptor)
Scottsdale (m)

13. Laughlin Ranch*
Bullhead City (m)

14. Apache Stronghold
San Carlos (m)

15. Sewailo
Tucson (m)

16. Verrado (Founders)
Buckeye (m)

T17. Boulders Resort (North)
Carefree (m)

T17. Boulders Resort (South)
Carefree (m)

19. La Paloma (Ridge/Canyon)
Tucson (m)

20. Papago
Phoenix (m)

T21. Legacy GC
Phoenix (m)

T21. Tucson National (Catalina)
Tucson (m)

23. Gold Canyon Golf Resort (Dinosaur Mountain)
Gold Canyon (m)

T24. Sedona Golf Resort
Sedona (m)

T24. Starr Pass
Tucson (m)

T26. Las Sendas
Mesa (m)

T26. SunRidge Canyon
Fountain Hills (m)

28. Camelback (Ambiente)
Scottsdale (m)

29. Verrado (Victory)
Buckeye (m)

30. Los Caballeros
Wickenburg (m)

Arkansas

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Mystic Creek Golf Club in Arkansas (Courtesy of Mystic Creek)

1. Mystic Creek
El Dorado (m)

2. The Ridges at Village Creek
Wynne (m)

3. Big Creek
Mountain Home (m)

4. Stonebridge Meadow*
Fayetteville (m)

5. Prairie Creek*
Rogers (m)

California

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Pebble Beach Golf Links in California (Courtesy of Pebble Beach)

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach (No. 9 c)

2. Pasatiempo
Santa Cruz (T34 c)

3. Spyglass Hill
Pebble Beach (No. 31 m)

4. Torrey Pines (South)
San Diego (c)

5. Rustic Canyon
Moorpark (m)

6. Rams Hill
Borrego Springs (m)

7. CordeValle
San Martin (m)

8. Torrey Pines (North)
San Diego (m)

9. Yocha Dehe at Cache Creek Casino
Brooks (m)

10. Links at Spanish Bay
Pebble Beach (m)

11. PGA West (Stadium)
La Quinta (m)

12. Barona Creek
Lakeside (m)

13. Poppy Hills
Pebble Beach (m)

14. Pelican Hill (Ocean North)
Newport Coast (m)

15. Corica Park (South)*
Alameda (m)

16. The Grand
San Diego (m)

17. Pelican Hill (Ocean South)
Newport Coast (m)

18. Bayonet
Seaside (c)

19. Baylands Golf Links
Palo Alto (m)

T20. Desert Willow (Firecliff)
Palm Desert (m)

T20. Trump National
Rancho Palos Verdes (m)

22. SilverRock
La Quinta (m)

23. Soule Park*
Ojai (m)

24. TPC Harding Park
San Francisco (c)

25. PGA West (Nicklaus)
La Quinta (m)

26. Oak Quarry
Riverside (m)

27. GC at Copper Valley (formerly Saddle Creek)
Copperopolis (m)

28. La Quinta Resort & Club (Mountain)
La Quinta (m)

29. Maderas GC
Poway (m)

30. Indian Wells Golf Resort (Players)
Indian Wells (m)

Colorado

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Red Sky’s Fazio Course in Colorado (Courtesy of Red Sky)

1. Red Sky (Fazio)
Wolcott (m)

2. Redlands Mesa
Grand Junction (m)

3. The Broadmoor (East)
Colorado Springs (c)

4. TPC Colorado*
Berthoud (m)

5. Red Sky (Norman)
Wolcott (m)

6. Haymaker
Steamboat Springs (m)

7. CommonGround
Aurora (m)

8. Riverdale (Dunes)*
Brighton (m)

9. The Broadmoor (West)
Colorado Springs (c)

10. Breckenridge GC (Bear/Beaver)*
Breckenridge (m)

Connecticut

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Keney Park in Connecticut (Courtesy of Keney Park)

1. Keney Park
Hartford (c)

2. Great River
Milford (m)

3. Wintonbury Hills
Bloomfield (m)

4. Lake of Isles (North)
North Stonington (m)

5. Fox Hopyard
East Haddam (m)

6. Hotchkiss
Lakeville (c)

7. Shennecossett
Groton (c)

8. Richter Park*
Danbury (m)

9. Oxford Greens
Oxford (m)

10. Mohegan Sun
Baltic (m)

Delaware

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Bayside Resort Golf Club in Delaware (Courtesy of Bayside)

1. Bayside Resort
Selbyville (m)

2. Baywood Greens
Long Neck (m)

3. Bear Trap Dunes
Bethany Beach (m)

4. White Clay Creek
Wilmington (m)

5. Plantation Lakes*
Millsboro (m)

Florida

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TPC Sawgrass’s Players Stadium Course in Florida (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

1. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium)
Ponte Vedra Beach (T21 m)

2. Streamsong (Red)
Bowling Green (T37 m)

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3. Streamsong (Black)
Bowling Green (T44 m)

4. Streamsong (Blue)
Bowling Green (T55 m)

5. World Woods (Pine Barrens)
Brooksville (m)

6. Trump National Doral Miami (Blue Monster)
Doral (m)

7. Black Diamond Ranch (Quarry)
Lecanto (m)

8. Bay Hill Club
Orlando (m)

9. Innisbrook (Copperhead)
Palm Harbor (m)

10. PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion)
Palm Beach Gardens (m)

11. Hammock Beach Resort (Ocean)
Palm Coast (m)

12. Camp Creek
Panama City Beach (m)

13. Capital City*
Tallahassee (c)

14. Turnberry Isle (Soffer)
Aventura (m)

15. Hammock Beach Resort (Conservatory)
Palm Coast (m)

16. Sandestin Resort (Burnt Pine)
Miramar Beach (m)

17. PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker)
Port St. Lucie (m)

18. Crandon Park
Key Biscayne (m)

19. Trump National Doral Miami (Gold)
Doral (m)

20. Juliette Falls
Dunnellon (m)

21. Hammock Bay
Naples (m)

22. World Woods (Rolling Oaks)
Brooksville (m)

23. Orange County National (Panther Lake)
Winter Garden (m)

T24. Regatta Bay*
Destin (m)

T24. The Breakers (Rees Jones)*
West Palm Beach (m)

26. Mission Inn Resort (El Campeon)
Howey-in-the Hills (c)

27. PGA Golf Club (Dye)
Port St. Lucie (m)

T28. Black Diamond Ranch (Ranch)
Lecanto (m)

T28. Turnberry Isle (Miller)
Aventura (m)

30. Gasparilla Inn & Club
Boca Grande (c)

Georgia

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The Seaside Course at Sea Island in Georgia (Courtesy of Sea Island)

1. Sea Island (Seaside)
St. Simons Island (No. 84 m)

2. Reynolds Lake Oconee (Great Waters)
Greensboro (m)

3. Kinderlou Forest*
Valdosta (m)

T4. McLemore Club*
Rising Fawn (m)

T4. Reynolds Lake Oconee (Oconee)
Greensboro (m)

T6. Harbor Club
Greensboro (m)

T6. University of Georgia GC
Athens (m)

8. Achasta
Dahlonega (m)

9. Bear’s Best Atlanta
Suwanee (m)

10. Reynolds Lake Oconee (The Preserve)
Greensboro (m)

11. Reynolds Lake Oconee (National)
Greensboro (m)

12. Reynolds Lake Oconee (The Landing)
Greensboro (m)

13. Sea Island (Plantation)
St. Simons Island (c)

14. Woodmont*
Canton (m)

15. Sea Island (Retreat)
St. Simons Island (m)

Hawaii

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Kapalua’s Plantation Course in Hawaii (Courtesy of Kapalua)

1. Kapalua (Plantation)
Maui (No. 41 m)

2. Four Seasons Resort (Manele)
Lanai (T49 m)

3. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Kohala Coast (m)

4. Princeville Makai
Kauai (m)

5. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Kailua Kona (m)

6. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (Poipu Bay)
Kauai (m)

7. Wailea (Gold)
Maui (m)

8. Mauna Lani (North)
Kona (m)

9. Wailea (Emerald)
Maui (m)

10. Turtle Bay Resort (Arnold Palmer)
Kahuku (m)

11. Wailua Municipal
Kauai (m)

12. Kapolei GC
Kapolei (m)

13. Mauna Lani (South)
Kona (m)

14. Ko Olina*
Kapolei (m)

15. Ocean Course at Hokuala
Kauai (m)

Idaho

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Circling Raven in Idaho (Courtesy of Circling Raven)

1. Circling Raven
Worley (m)

2. Coeur d’Alene Resort
Coeur d’Alene (m)

3. BanBury
Eagle (m)

4. Jug Mountain Ranch*
McCall (m)

5. Falcon Crest*
Kuna (m)

Illinois

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Cog Hill in Illinois (Charles Cherney)

1. Cog Hill GC (No. 4-Dubsdread)
Lemont (m)

2. TPC Deere Run
Silvis (m)

3. Stonewall Orchard
Grayslake (m)

4. Highlands of Elgin
Elgin (m)

5. The Glen Club
Glenview (m)

6. Thunderhawk
Beach Park (m)

7. Eagle Ridge (The General)
Galena (m)

8. Preserve at Oak Meadow
Addison (m)

9. Weaver Ridge
Peoria (m)

10. Mistwood
Romeoville (m)

11. Ravisloe
Homewood (c)

T12. Cantigny
Wheaton (m)

T12. Harborside International (Starboard)
Chicago (m)

14. Mt. Prospect
Mount Prospect (c)

15. Prairie Landing*
West Chicago (m)

Indiana

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French Lick’s Pete Dye course in Indiana (Courtesy of French Lick)

1. French Lick Resort (Pete Dye)
French Lick (m)

2. The PFAU Course at Indiana University*
Bloomington (m)

3. French Lick Resort (Ross)
French Lick (c)

4. The Fort
Indianapolis (m)

5. Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Kampen)
West Lafayette (m)

6. Coyote Crossing*
West Lafayette (m)

7. Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Ackerman-Allen)*
West Lafayette (m)

8. Warren GC at Notre Dame
South Bend (m)

9. Harrison Hills
Attica (c)

Iowa

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Spirit Hollow in Iowa (Courtesy of Spirit Hollow)

1. Spirit Hollow
Burlington (m)

2. Blue Top Ridge
Riverside (m)

3. Tournament Club of Iowa
Polk City (m)

4. Bent Tree*
Council Bluffs (m)

5. Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort
Larchwood (m)

Kansas

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Firekeeper in Kansas (Courtesy of Firekeeper/Paul Hundley)

1. Firekeeper
Mayetta (m)

2. Buffalo Dunes
Garden City (m)

3. Iron Horse
Leawood (m)

4. Sand Creek Station
Newton (m)

5. Colbert Hills
Manhattan (m)

Kentucky

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Lassing Pointe in Kentucky (Courtesy of Lassing Point)

1. Lassing Pointe
Union (m)

2. Heritage Hill
Shepherdsville (m)

3. Kearney Hill
Lexington (m)

4. Cherry Blossom
Georgetown (m)

5. Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa
Lexington (m)

Louisiana

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TPC Louisiana (Courtesy of TPC Louisiana)

1. Country Club at the Golden Nugget
Lake Charles (m)

2. TPC Louisiana
Avondale (m)

3. Carter Plantation
Springfield (m)

4. English Turn
New Orleans (m)

5. National GC of Louisiana
Westlake (m)

Maine

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Belgrade Lakes in Maine (Courtesy of Belgrade Lakes)

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1. Boothbay Harbor*
Boothbay (c)

2. Cape Arundel
Kennebunkport (c)

3. Sunday River
Newry (m)

4. Belgrade Lakes GC
Belgrade Lakes (m)

5. Ledges
York (m)

Maryland

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Bulle Rock in Maryland (Courtesy of Bulle Rock/Ken E. May)

1. Bulle Rock
Havre de Grace (m)

2. Links at Perry Cabin
St. Michaels (m)

3. Lake Presidential
Upper Marlboro (m)

4. Lodestone
McHenry (m)

5. Queenstown Harbor (River)
Queenstown (m)

6. Links at Lighthouse Sound
Ocean City (m)

7. Whiskey Creek
Ijamsville (m)

8. Worthington Manor
Urbana (m)

9. University of Maryland GC
College Park (c)

10. Musket Ridge*
Myersville (m)

Massachusetts

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Cape Cod National in Massachusetts (Courtesy of Cape Cod National)

1. Cape Cod National
Brewster (m)

2. Miacomet
Nantucket (m)

3. The Ranch
Southwick (m)

4. Crumpin-Fox
Bernardston (m)

5. Farm Neck*
Oak Bluffs (m)

6. George Wright Municipal
Boston (c)

7. Red Tail
Devens (m)

8. Pinehills (Nicklaus)
Plymouth (m)

9. William J. Devine GC*
Dorchester (c)

10. Club at New Seabury (Ocean)*
Mashpee (m)

Michigan

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Arcadia Bluff’s Bluffs course in Michigan (Courtesy of Arcadia Bluffs)

1. Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs)
Arcadia (No. 53 m)

2. Marquette GC (Greywalls)
Marquette (T80 m)

3. Forest Dunes (The Loop Red & Black)
Roscommon (m)

4. Forest Dunes (Weiskopf)
Roscommon (m)

5. Eagle Eye
Bath (m)

6. Arcadia Bluffs (South)
Arcadia (m)

7. Gull Lake View Resort (Stoatin Brae)
Augusta (m)

8. Bay Harbor (Links/Quarry)
Bay Harbor (m)

9. Belvedere
Charlevoix (c)

10. Pilgrim’s Run
Pierson (m)

11. LochenHeath
Williamsburg (m)

12. University of Michigan GC
Ann Arbor (c)

T13. Orchards
Washington (m)

T13. Timberstone
Iron Mountain (m)

T15. Island Resort and Casino (Sweetgrass)
Harris (m)

T15. Treetops (Signature)
Gaylord (m)

17. Black Lake
Onaway (m)

18. Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Brutus (m)

19. Boyne Highlands (Arthur Hills)
Harbor Springs (m)

20. Tullymore Golf Resort (Tullymore)*
Stanwood (m)

Minnesota

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Giants Ridge’s Quarry Course in Minnesota (Courtesy of Giants Ridge/Brian Oar)

1. Giants Ridge (Quarry)
Biwabik (m)

2. Wilderness at Fortune Bay
Tower (m)

3. Breezy Point Resort (Deacon’s Lodge)
Brainerd (m)

4. Grand View Lodge (Preserve)
Nisswa (m)

T5. Rush Creek
Maple Grove (m)

T5. Madden’s on Gull Lake (Classic)
Brainerd (m)

7. Chaska Town Course
Chaska (m)

8. Giants Ridge (Legends)
Biwabik (m)

9. Jewel*
Lake City (m)

10. Meadows at Mystic Lake
Prior Lake (m)

Mississippi

1. Fallen Oak
Saucier (T65 m)

2. Mossy Oak
West Point (m)

3. Old Waverly
West Point (m)

4. The Preserve
Vancleave (m)

5. Dancing Rabbit (Oaks)
Philadelphia (m)

6. Grand Bear
Saucier (m)

T7. Dancing Rabbit (Azaleas)
Philadelphia (m)

T7. Shell Landing
Gautier (m)

9. The Bridges at Hollywood Casino
Bay St. Louis (m)

10. Windance
Gulfport (m)

Missouri

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Ozarks National at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri (Courtesy of Big Cedar Lodge)

1. Big Cedar Lodge (Ozarks National)
Hollister (m)

2. Big Cedar Lodge (Buffalo Ridge)
Hollister (m)

3. Branson Hills
Branson (m)

4. Creekmoor
Raymore (m)

5. Old Kinderhook
Camdenton (m)

6. Swope Memorial
Kansas City (c)

7. Ledgestone
Branson (m)

8. Stone Canyon
Blue Springs (m)

9. Missouri Bluffs
St. Charles (m)

10. Shoal Creek
Kansas City (m)

Montana

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The Wilderness Club in Montana (Courtesy of the Wilderness Club)

1. The Wilderness Club Montana
Eureka (m)

2. Old Works
Anaconda (m)

3. Northern Pines
Kalispell (m)

4. The Ranch Club
Missoula (m)

5. Eagle Bend*
Bigfork (m)

Nebraska

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The Dunes Course at The Prairie Club in Nebraska (Courtesy of the Prairie Club)

1. Prairie Club (Dunes)
Valentine (m)

2. Wild Horse
Gothenburg (m)

3. Bayside
Ashland (m)

4. Prairie Club (Pines)
Valentine (m)

5. Quarry Oaks
Ashland (m)

Nevada

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Shadow Creek in Nevada (Kelvin Kuo-USA Today Sports)

1. Shadow Creek
North Las Vegas (No. 10 m)

2. Cascata
Boulder City (m)

3. Wolf Creek
Mesquite (m)

4. Edgewood Tahoe
Tahoe (m)

5. Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas Resort
Henderson (m)

6. Coyote Springs (Chase)
Coyote Springs (m)

7. Conestoga
Mesquite (m)

8. Incline Village (Championship)
Incline Village (m)

9. Paiute (The Wolf)
Las Vegas (m)

10. Paiute (Sun Mountain)
Las Vegas (m)

11. Rio Secco
Henderson (m)

12. Paiute (Snow Mountain)
Las Vegas (m)

13. TPC Las Vegas
Las Vegas (m)

14. Bear’s Best
Las Vegas (m)

15. Genoa Lakes (Ranch)
Genoa (m)

New Hampshire

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Omni Mount Washington in New Hampshire (Courtesy of Omni Mount Washington)

1. Omni Mount Washington
Bretton Woods (c)

2. CC of New Hampshire
Sutton (c)

3. Portsmouth
Greenland (c)

4. Breakfast Hill
Greenland (m)

5. Atkinson Resort*
Atkinson (m)

New Jersey

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Atlantic City Country Club in New Jersey (Bill McCay/WireImage)

1. Atlantic City CC
Northfield (c)

2. Crystal Springs Resort (Ballyowen)
Hamburg (m)

3. Neshanic Valley
Neshanic Station (m)

4. Twisted Dune
Egg Harbor Township (m)

5. Seaview (Bay)
Galloway (c)

6. Rock Spring*
West Orange (c)

7. Scotland Run
Williamstown (m)

8. Shore Gate
Ocean View (m)

9. Architects
Lopatcong (m)

10. Crystal Springs Resort (Wild Turkey)
Hardyston (m)

11. Ballamor
Egg Harbor Township (m)

12. Heron Glen
Ringoes (m)

13. Blue Heron Pines
Galloway (m)

14. Seaview (Pines)
Galloway (c)

15. Knoll (West)
Boonton (c)

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New Mexico

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Paako Ridge in New Mexico (Courtesy of Paako Ridge/Michael DeYoung)

1. Paako Ridge
Sandia Park (m)

2. Red Hawk
Las Cruces (m)

3. Black Mesa
Espanola (m)

4. Piñon Hills
Farmington (m)

5. University of New Mexico (Championship)
Albuquerque (m)

6. Sandia
Albuquerque (m)

7. Cochiti GC*
Cochiti Lake (m)

8. Twin Warriors
Santa Ana Pueblo (m)

9. Taos CC
Taos (m)

10. Inn of the Mountain Gods
Mescalero (m)

New York

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Bethpage Black in New York (Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)

1. Bethpage State Park (Black)
Farmingdale (No. 30 c)

2. Trump Golf Links Ferry Point
New York (m)

3. Turning Stone Resort (Atunyote)
Verona (m)

T4. Leatherstocking
Cooperstown (c)

T4. Sagamore
Bolton Landing (c)

6. Pound Ridge GC
Pound Ridge (m)

7. Montauk Downs State Park
Montauk Point (m)

8. Bethpage State Park (Red)
Farmingdale (c)

9. Turning Stone Resort (Shenendoah)
Verona (m)

10. Conklin Players Club
Conklin (m)

11. Links at Union Vale
Lagrangeville (m)

12. Turning Stone Resort (Kaluhyat)
Verona (m)

13. Seneca Hickory Stick Golf
Lewiston (m)

14. Saratoga National
Saratoga Springs (m)

15. Timber Banks*
Baldwinsville (m)

North Carolina

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Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina (Courtesy of Pinehurst)

1. Pinehurst (No. 2)
Pinehurst (No. 16 c)

2. Pinehurst No. 4
Pinehurst (T88 m)

3. Mid Pines
Southern Pines (c)

4. Pine Needles
Southern Pines (c)

5. Linville GC
Linville (c)

6. Tobacco Road
Sanford (m)

7. Pinehurst No. 8
Pinehurst (m)

8. Bald Head Island Club
Bald Head Island (m)

9. UNC Finley Golf Course
Chapel Hill (m)

10. Duke University GC
Durham (c)

11. Pinehurst No. 7
Pinehurst (m)

12. Ocean Ridge Plantation (Tiger’s Eye)*
Ocean Isle Beach (m)

13. The Omni Grove Park Inn
Asheville (c)

14. Ocean Ridge Plantation (Leopard’s Chase)
Ocean Isle Beach (m)

15. Mid South
Southern Pines (m)

North Dakota

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The Links of North Dakota (Courtesy of the Links of North Dakota)

1. Minot CC*
Minot (m)

2. Links of North Dakota
Ray (m)

3. Hawktree
Bismarck (m)

4. Bully Pulpit
Medora (m)

5. Vardon
Minot (c)

Ohio

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Manakiki Golf Course in Ohio (Kyle Lanzer/Cleveland Metroparks)

1. Fowler’s Mill (Lake and River)
Chesterland (m)

2. Manakiki
Willoughby (c)

3. The Virtues
Nashport (m)

4. Sleepy Hollow
Brecksville (c)

5. Boulder Creek
Streetsboro (m)

6. The Quarry
Canton (m)

7. Stonelick Hills
Batavia (m)

8. Pine Hills*
Hinckley (c)

9. Little Mountain
Painesville (m)

10. Valley of the Eagles*
Elyria (m)

Oklahoma

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Karsten Creek in Oklahoma (Courtesy of Karsten Creek)

1. Karsten Creek
Stillwater (T69 m)

2. Jimmie Austin GC at the University of Oklahoma
Norman (c)

3. Chickasaw Pointe
Kingston (m)

4. Shangri-La Resort
Afton (m)

5. Cherokee Hills
Catoosa (c)

Oregon

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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort’s Sheep Ranch in Oregon (Courtesy of Bandon Dunes)

1. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Pacific Dunes)
Bandon (No. 2 m)

2. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Old Macdonald)
Bandon (No. 5 m)

3. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon Dunes)
Bandon (No. 9 m)

4. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Sheep Ranch)*
Bandon (No. 13 m)

5. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon Trails)
Bandon (No. 15 m)

6. Silvies Valley Ranch (Hankins)
Seneca (m)

7. Crosswater
Sunriver (m)

8. Silvies Valley Ranch (Craddock)
Seneca (m)

9. Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek)
North Plains (m)

10. Pronghorn (Nicklaus)
Bend (m)

Pennsylvania

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Shepherd’s Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands in Pennsylvania (Courtesy of Nemacolin Woodlands)

1. Nemacolin Woodlands (Mystic Rock)
Farmington (m)

2. Omni Bedford Springs (Old)
Bedford (c)

T3. Golf Course at Glen Mills
Glen Mills (m)

T3. Olde Stonewall
Ellwood City (m)

5. Nemacolin Woodlands (Shepherd’s Rock)
Farmington (m)

6. Hershey CC (West)
Hershey (c)

7. Wyncote
Oxford (m)

8. Links at Gettysburg
Gettysburg (m)

9. Berkleigh
Kutztown (c)

10. Jeffersonville GC*
Jeffersonville (c)

Rhode Island

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Newport National in Rhode Island (Courtesy of Newport National)

1. Newport National
Newport (m)

2. Triggs Memorial
Providence (c)

3. Meadow Brook
Richmond (m)

4. North Kingstown GC
North Kingstown (c)

5. Montaup CC*
Portsmouth (c)

South Carolina

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course (Courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort)

1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Ocean)
Kiawah Island (No. 14 m)

2. Sea Pines Resort (Harbour Town GL)
Hilton Head Island (No. 54 m)

3. Montage Palmetto Bluff (May River GC)
Bluffton (m)

4. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Myrtle Beach (c)

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5. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Pawleys Island (m)

6. True Blue
Pawleys Island (m)

7. Tidewater
North Myrtle Beach (m)

8. Sea Pines Resort (Atlantic Dunes)
Hilton Head Island (m)

9. Sea Pines Resort (Heron Point)
Hilton Head Island (m)

10. TPC Myrtle Beach
Murrells Inlet (m)

11. Heritage Club
Pawleys Island (m)

T12. Myrtle Beach National (King’s North)
Myrtle Beach (m)

T12. Legends Golf Resort (Moorland)
Myrtle Beach (m)

14. Barefoot Resort & Golf (Dye)
North Myrtle Beach (m)

15. The Links at Stono Ferry*
Hollywood (m)

South Dakota

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The Golf Club at Red Rock in South Dakota (Courtesy of the Golf Club at Red Rock)

1. Golf Club at Red Rock
Rapid City (m)

2. Hart Ranch
Rapid City (m)

3. Prairie Green
Sioux Falls (m)

4. Willow Run
Sioux Falls (m)

5. Meadowbrook
Rapid City (m)

Tennessee

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Sweetens Cove in Tennessee (Courtesy of Sweetens Cove)

1. Sweetens Cove
South Pittsburg (T59 m)

2. Course at Sewanee
Sewanee (m)

3. Stonehenge
Fairfield Glade (m)

4. Gaylord Springs Golf Links*
Nashville (m)

5. Hermitage Golf Course (President’s Reserve)
Old Hickory (m)

Texas

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Black Jack’s Crossing in Texas (Courtesy of Black Jack’s Crossing)

1. Black Jack’s Crossing
Lajitas (m)

2. Omni Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons)
Austin (m)

3. The Rawls Course at Texas Tech
Lubbock (m)

4. Pine Dunes Resort
Frankston (m)

5. TPC San Antonio (Oaks)
San Antonio (m)

6. TPC Four Seasons (Las Colinas)
Irving (m)

7. La Cantera Resort (Palmer)
San Antonio (m)

8. Omni Barton Creek (Fazio Foothills)
Austin (m)

9. TPC San Antonio (Canyons)
San Antonio (m)

10. Old American
The Colony (m)

11. Cowboys
Grapevine (m)

12. GC of Houston (Tournament)
Humble (m)

13. Omni Barton Creek (Crenshaw Coore Cliffside)
Austin (m)

14. Brackenridge Park
San Antonio (c)

15. Clubs of Kingwood (Deerwood)*
Kingwood (m)

16. The Texas Rangers GC*
Arlington (m)

17. The Woodlands (Tournament)*
The Woodlands (m)

18. The Tribute
The Colony (m)

19. Palmilla Beach*
Port Aransas (m)

20. Memorial Park*
Houston (c)

Utah

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Sand Hollow Resort in Utah (Courtesy of Sand Hollow)

1. Sand Hollow (Championship)
Hurricane (m)

2. Hideout
Monticello (m)

3. Entrada at Snow Canyon
St. George (m)

4. Soldier Hollow (Gold)
Midway (m)

5. Thanksgiving Point
Lehi (m)

6. Sunbrook (Pointe/Woodbridge)
St. George (m)

7. Green Spring
Washington (m)

8. Soldier Hollow (Silver)
Midway (m)

9. Coral Canyon
Washington (m)

T10. Canyons*
Park City (m)

T10. The Ledges of St. George
St. George (m)

Vermont

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Jay Peak in Vermont (Courtesy of Jay Peak)

T1. Jay Peak
Jay (m)

T1. Stowe Mountain Club
Stowe (m)

3. Okemo Valley
Ludlow (m)

4. Rutland CC
Rutland (c)

5. GC at Equinox
Manchester (c)

Virginia

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Omni Homestead Resort’s Cascades in Virginia (Courtesy of Omni Homestead Resort)

1. Omni Homestead Resort (Cascades)
Hot Springs (c)

2. Primland (Highland)
Meadows of Dan (T95 m)

3. Golden Horseshoe (Gold)
Williamsburg (m)

4. Keswick Hall and GC (Full Cry)
Keswick (m)

5. Royal New Kent Golf Club*
Providence Forge (m)

6. Spring Creek*
Zion Crossroads (m)

7. Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
Radford (m)

8. Bay Creek (Palmer)
Cape Charles (m)

9. Independence
Midlothian (m)

10. Riverfront GC at Harbour View
Suffolk (m)

11. Kingsmill (River)
Williamsburg (m)

12. Bay Creek (Nicklaus)
Cape Charles (m)

13. The Club at Viniterra
New Kent (m)

14. Golden Horseshoe (Green)*
Williamsburg (m)

15. Potomac Shores GC
Potomac Shores (m)

Washington

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Gamble Sands in Washington (Courtesy of Gamble Sands/Brian Oar)

1. Gamble Sands
Brewster (No. 40 m)

2. Chambers Bay
University Place (No. 52 m)

3. Wine Valley
Walla Walla (T92 m)

4. Salish Cliffs
Shelton (m)

5. Gold Mountain (Olympic)
Bremerton (m)

6. Palouse Ridge
Pullman (m)

7. Trophy Lake Golf & Casting
Port Orchard (m)

8. Kalispel
Spokane (c)

9. White Horse
Kingston (m)

10. Indian Canyon
Spokane (c)

West Virginia

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The Greenbrier’s Old White in West Virginia (Courtesy of The Greenbrier)

1. The Greenbrier (Old White)
White Sulphur Springs (c)

2. Stonewall Resort
Roanoke (m)

3. The Resort at Glade Springs (Stonehaven)
Daniels (m)

4. The Greenbrier (Greenbrier)*
White Sulphur Springs (c)

5. Snowshoe Mountain (Raven)
Snowshoe (m)

Wisconsin

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Whistling Straits’ Straits course in Wisconsin (Courtesy of Whistling Straits)

1. Whistling Straits (Straits)
Mosel (No. 8 m)

2. Sand Valley (Mammoth Dunes)
Nekoosa (No. 29 m)

3. Sand Valley (Sand Valley)
Nekoosa (No. 32 m)

4. Lawsonia (Links)
Green Lake (No. 66 c)

5. Erin Hills
Hartford (T82 m)

6. Blackwolf Run (River)
Kohler (m)

7. Whistling Straits (Irish)
Mosel (m)

8. University Ridge
Madison (m)

9. SentryWorld
Stevens Point (m)

T10. Blackwolf Run (Meadow Valleys)
Kohler (m)

T10. Troy Burne
Hudson (m)

12. Wild Rock
Wisconsin Dells (m)

13. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms*
Sheboygan Falls (m)

14. Geneva National (Gary Player)
Lake Geneva (m)

15. Geneva National (Arnold Palmer)
Lake Geneva (m)

Wyoming

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Teton Pines in Wyoming (Courtesy of Teton Pines)

1. Teton Pines
Wilson (m)

2. Rochelle Ranch
Rawlins (m)

3. Bell Nob
Gillette (m)

4. Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club
Jackson (m)

5. Three Crowns
Casper (m)

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FAQs

Which state has the most golf courses 2021? ›

Florida. The state with the most golf courses is unsurprising, Florida.

What state has the most beautiful golf courses? ›

California is more than just beaches and surfing. It's also home to 921 beautiful golf courses, including four of the top 25 courses in the USA according to Business Insider. Both Pebble Beach Golf Links and Cypress Point Club made the top 10.

What is the number 1 golf course in America? ›

PEBBLE BEACH (Calif.)

Pebble Beach has been the No. 1 course ever since we introduced the 100 Greatest Public in 2003.

What is the best state to play golf in? ›

THE BEST STATES FOR A GOLF VACATION
RankStateCourse Rank
1Kansas19
2Minnesota13
3Florida2
4California1
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Which state has the most public golf courses? ›

Florida has the most golf courses in the country overall, but it's Michigan that leads the way when it comes to the most courses open to the general public.

What is the golf capital of the United States? ›

Myrtle Beach, SC - USA

Still, it does its best to compensate for it with good old-fashioned numbers. Strung across 60 miles of the gorgeous Carolina coastline, Myrtle Beach offers 80 award-winning golf courses, assuring there's something to keep even the most avid golfer busy for years to come.

Which US state has the most golf courses per capita? ›

Conclusion & Full Rankings
RankStatePeople Per Course
1Iowa9,988
2North Dakota10,191
3Kansas10,528
4South Dakota10,713
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1 Jul 2020

What is the number 1 golf course in the world? ›

1 [1] ROYAL COUNTY DOWN G.C. (CHAMPIONSHIP)

On a clear spring day, with Dundrum Bay to the east, the Mountains of Mourne to the south and gorse-covered dunes in golden bloom, there is no lovelier place in golf.

What's the most difficult golf course in the world? ›

Carnoustie Golf Links, Dundee, Scotland

Measuring 7,421 yards, par-71 the course can play much longer when the wind whips in from the North Sea which it usually does. It is also the most difficult golf course in the world.

What is the most prestigious country club in the US? ›

Congressional Country Club

What city has the best golf courses? ›

City Rankings
Overall Rank (1=Best)CityOverall Score
1Scottsdale, AZ59.74
2Orlando, FL45.09
3Cincinnati, OH42.77
4Las Vegas, NV37.84
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3 Oct 2022

What city in the United States has the most golf courses? ›

The full list of top cities for golfers
RankCityGolf Courses Rank
1Las Vegas, NV5
2Scottsdale, AZ9
3Roseville, CA7
4Mesa, AZ30
32 more rows
21 May 2021

Where is the best place to live for golfers? ›

1. Naples, Florida. Golf greats such as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods lived in Naples, Florida, which is home to 90 golf courses and the most golf holes per capita than any other golf community in the U.S.

What city in Florida has the most golf courses? ›

Not only does Naples have more golf courses than anywhere else in Florida, it also rates high in any quality of life factor that's measured.

Where do most professional golfers live? ›

Most professional golfers live in Florida for a few reasons. The weather is great all year round, and there are plenty of good courses to play on. Additionally, the Sunshine State has a large population of people who can afford to spend big on golfing equipment, making it one of the most lucrative sports in the world.

Which US state has the most golf courses per capita? ›

Conclusion & Full Rankings
RankStatePeople Per Course
1Iowa9,988
2North Dakota10,191
3Kansas10,528
4South Dakota10,713
46 more rows
1 Jul 2020

What state has the most golfers per capita? ›

To me, this shows that the amount of golfers per capita in these states is suprsigly low.
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How does your state compare?
RankStateSearch Popularity
1Minnesota100
2South Carolina99
3Michigan96
4Wisconsin93
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26 Dec 2016

Who has the most golf courses per capita? ›

The most golf-mad state in the union, based on per capita golf courses is …. North Dakota. With one course for every 5,468 people, it is far and away the best served state in terms of course availability.
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Golf Courses Per Capita.
StateNorth Dakota
Courses123
Population672,591
Per capita (Golf Wealth)5,468
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5 Feb 2011

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