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I vividly remember the first time I drove through Salt Lake City.  I was on my way to see my sister in Denver.  While the traffic was gridlock on the way through the valley, the vistas of the Wasatch Mountains were ...

Salt Lake City

Davis Park Golf Course is one of the most underrated tracks in the SLC area.  That’s what the locals say at least, and I couldn’t agree more.While there’s nothing fancy about this facility, the layout is top-notch.  No ...

1074 Nicholls Rd. Kaysville, UT 84037

Lakeside golf course is the home to the prestigious West Bountiful Amateur.  Every year, players come from all over the state to compete in this tournament. And with good reason.  This track is always in great shape ...

1201 N. 1100 W. West Bountiful, UT 84807

Everyone knows I’m a fan of golf at elevation.  The ball goes a mile and the air crystal clear. That’s precisely what you’ll find at Wasatch Mountain Golf Course.  The name of this facility really should be “Wasatch ...

975 Golf Course Dr. Midway, UT 84049

Thanksgiving Point is one of the premier public facilities in the SLC area. Designed by Johnny Miller, this course is set alongside the picturesque Jordan River.  It’s a big boy’s golf course too, stretching to over ...

3300 Club House Dr. Lehi, UT 84043

The Gold and Silver Courses at Soldier Hollow in the town of Midway are unbelievable.  That’s the consensus amongst our readers and I couldn’t agree more. As part of Wasatch Mountain State Park, the views here are yet ...

1370 West Soldier Hollow Ln. Midway, UT 84049

Ask anyone in the SLC area what the most challenging course is, and they’ll likely say the Dye Canyon Course at Promontory. Elevation changes and holes that run across plateaus and through canyons present a challenge ...

8758 N. Promontory Ranch Rd. Park City, UT 84098

Sun Hills was designed by native son Bruce Summerhays and opened in 1995. Set amongst the native hills of East Layton, this links style layout is purported to be one of the best in the state.  If you’re a fan ...

3185 E. North Hills Dr. Layton, UT 84041

I’ve been fortunate to play the Nicklaus Painted Valley Course.  To this day, it’s my favorite course in the entire state. In true Nicklaus fashion, the features are big and there’s a premium on good ball ...

8758 N. Promontory Ranch Rd. Park City, UT 84098

You’ll find 27 holes of spectacular golf at Stonebridge. As one of the longest courses in Utah, all three nines will give you all the challenge you want.  If the tips aren’t your idea of a good time, not to worry.  ...

4415 Links Dr. West Valley City, UT 84120

River Oaks is a relatively new track, and the design reflects that.  The course sits in a lowland area where marsh and water come into play on most holes. While the fairways and greens are generous, there’s plenty of ...

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One of the newer designs in the Nashville area is the Legacy. Open since 1996, this track was designed by hall-of-famer Raymond Floyd. The layout meanders through verdant hills and natural woodlands.  This is the ...

100 Raymond Floyd Dr. Springfield, TN 37172

If you’ve read our course guide for the state of Tennessee, you know I love the Volunteer State.  You might recall I mentioned a trip to Nashville that I don’t remember much about.  That was a long time ago and golf ...

Nashville TN

There’s no better facility to improve your game in the Nashville area than Harpeth Valley Golf Center.The driving range is world class.  So are the short game and putting areas.  If there’s a shot you need to work on, ...

7629 Old Harding Pike Nashville, TN 37221

A course doesn’t have to be 8,000 yards and a par of 72 to be a quality experience.  I’m a firm believer in this notion and many of you are as well. That’s precisely the reason why Cheekwood Golf Course is high on our ...

285 Spencer Creek Rd. Franklin, TN 37069

Another iconic track in the bedroom community of Franklin is Franklin Bridge Golf Club.This course is in the heart of the Harpeth River Bottom. Unlike a lot of the courses in this area, Franklin Bridge isn’t surrounded ...

750 Riverview Dr. Franklin, TN 37064

If you’ve served in the military or are a current or former first responder and like to play golf, you need to play on Tuesdays at Nashboro Golf Club.  Every Tuesday, there are tee times set aside for these heroes.  ...

1101 Nashboro Blvd. Nashville, TN 37217

Even though Pine Creek is just minutes from the airport, it provides an escape that everyone needs once in a while, I don’t care who you are.The clubhouse is a log cabin.  I’m not kidding.  The design not only ...

1835 Logue Rd. Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

The Cumberland River is a theme in Nashville Golf.  I can personally attest.  In fact, this track was originally called the Cumberland Golf Course when it opened in 1953.The story gets better, and that’s why I make it ...

1901 Ed Temple Blvd. Nashville, TN 37208

After enough time vacationing in Nashville, there comes a point when you need to get away from the neon lights and songs about broken hearts.  Not that it’s all bad, but I’ll admit that my younger self had that ...

7972 Mona Rd. Munfreesboro, TN 37129

By now, you’ve figured out that I’m a fan of courses owned by the city that are well operated.  There’s just something about bridging gaps in a community that really gets me going.That’s precisely the case at Smyrna ...

101 E. Sam Ridley Pkwy. Smyrna, TN 37167

Flying into Nashville?  After the luggage carousel, your first stop needs to be at Gaylord Springs. Located just 10 minutes from the airport, this course isn’t just convenient.  It’s a hawt damn warm welcome to Music ...

18 Springhouse Ln. Nashville, TN 37214

Obviously, we’re on a Carolina kick when it comes to course guides here at Golfer’s Authority.  I don’t know if it’s the warm weather that has everyone excited, or the fact that this week is the RBC Heritage at ...

Greenville SC

Paris Mountain is one of the oldest courses in the Greenville area.  A J.P. Traynham design, it dates all the way back to 1938.Full of character is how locals describe this course.  Some of the holes are a little ...

301 Old Rockhouse Rd. Greenville, SC 29609

I’ve always been a fan of guys that are great putters.  Maybe it’s because I struggle with the flatstick so much.  One of the greatest putters of the modern era is Brad Faxon.  His alma mater is Furman University, and ...

400 N. Hwy 25 Bypass Greenville, SC 29617

Pebble Creek is another 27-hole facility that’s not to be missed. The layout ventures through a native dogwood forest that’s dotted with mountain-fed creeks and idyllic ponds.Don’t get too caught up in the natural ...

101 Pebble Creek Dr. Taylors, SC 29687

River Falls Plantation is located halfway between Greenville and Spartanburg. The rolling zoysia fairways of this Gary Player design are bordered by the South Tyger River.  This is one of the more scenic courses in the ...

100 Player Blvd. Duncan, SC 29334

Hands down, one of the best values in the Greenville area is Rolling Green Golf Course.Three distinct nine make up this property, and each offers its own unique set of challenges. Rolling terrain and undulating greens ...

386 Hester Store Rd. Easley, SC 29640

If you’re looking to get away for a few days, the Rock Golf Course and Resort is the place to be.The golf course is set amidst an old growth forest that butts right up against the fairways.  Straight is more important ...

171 Sliding Rock Rd. Pickens, SC 29671

Another Tom Jackson design, the Club at Brookstone is heralded as one of the top courses in Upstate South Carolina.  With that said, this track is also one of the best values you’ll find.A traditional parkland layout, ...

100 River Club Dr. Anderson, SC 29621

Village Greens Golf Club has been around for a minute, 1969 to be exact.  Designed by Russel Breeden, this classic design isn’t going to kill you with length.  Instead, it’s narrow fairways and small greens require ...

13921 Asheville Hwy. Gramling, SC 29348

One of the premier courses in Greenville, the Preserve at Verdae Golf Club was designed by area legend, Willard Byrd.Even though the Preserve is located in the heart of Greenville, it sits on more than 100 acres of ...

650 Verdae Blvd. Greenville, SC 29607

The Links O’Tryon presents a breath of fresh air in a land of courses many.  This is a classic Scottish Links layout. The vision of Tom Jackson, Links O’Tryon is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge ...

11250 New Cut Rd. Campobello, SC 29322

Another track with its state in its name, my favorite.  Of course, I’ve played here and I absolutely love it. A classic design that’s steeped in history, this track is meant for shot makers.  Holes ...

3525 McDonald Blvd. Florence, SC 29506

Legendary architect Tom Jackson designed 27 memorable holes at Mount Vintage. Built into the hill country of the western part of the state, this course’s topography is one-of-a-kind. While each nine has its ...

375 Mount Vintage Plantation Dr. North Augusta, SC 29860

Heralded as the best golf course in upstate South Carolina, the Links at Stoney Point is another venerable Tom Jackson design. Links courses are hard to come by in South Carolina.  This course is a good one ...

709 Swing About Greenwood, SC 29649

One of finest courses in the South Carolina countryside is Edgewater Golf Club.Since opening in 2008, this track has garnered a reputation for being one of the most difficult courses in the state.  The fairways ...

2380 Catawba Blvd. Lancaster, SC 29720

Santee National is the perfect mixture of rolling country hillsides and lowland terrain. Mossy oaks and stately pines dot this property that’s far removed from outside noise and influence. The Champion ...

8636 Old Six Hwy. Santee, SC 29142

I’ve always loved a golf course with a difficult finish.  There’s just something extra special if you’re able to top off a good round by really grinding it out.That’s exactly what Glen Dornoch demands from you. This ...

4840 Glen Dornoch Way Little River, SC 29566

The second course at Sea Pines Resort is Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III. This track has received the prestigious honor of being named the National Golf Course Owners Association “Course of the ...

32 Greenwood Dr. Hilton Head, SC 29928

Heron Point is a classic Pete Dye design in every sense of the word.  Intimidating sight lines, lots of bulkhead hazards, white sand bunkers, and mounding throughout.There’s also a lot of risk and reward.  ...

100 N. Sea Pines Dr. Hilton Head, SC 29928

Chances are you’ve seen Harbour Town on television.  The PGA Tour shows up here every year the week after the Masters.  You remember, right?  The course with the red and white club house behind the 18th ...

11 Lighthouse Ln. Hilton Head, SC 29928

Some of the best golf courses in the country are University courses.  It makes sense.  Usually, these courses are owned and operated by the school.  Let’s face it, a great golf course doesn’t hurt when ...

210 Marden Center Dr. Clemson, SC 29634

As we’ve well documented here at Golfer’s Authority, South Carolina is the ultimate golf destination on the East Coast.  Home to places like Myrtle Beach, it’s not hard to see why.  Not to mention the weather is darn ...

Columbia SC,usa

Looking for a casual round or day at the range with family or friends?  You’ve come to the right place at Riverside Golf Center. In addition to a full-service practice facility, there’s nine-hole par three course ...

1600 Garner Ln. Columbia, SC 29210

Called “The Wood”, Charwood Golf Club is about as downhome a place as you’re going to find.  The course has been family owned and operated since the 1960's. Locals and visitors keep coming back to Charwood not just for ...

222 Clubhouse Dr. #2589 West Columbia, SC 29172

There might not be a more scenic round of golf than that at River Golf Club.Set along the banks of the Savannah River, this course offers an enjoyable round for golfers of all abilities.  Multiple tees and a variety of ...

307-Riverside Blvd. North Augusta, SC 29841

Cobblestone Park is one of the most underrated courses in the greater Columbia area.  No less than 27 outstanding holes await.Home to a collegiate event every year, the course was built to test the game’s best ...

1298 University Pkwy. Blythewood, SC 29016

The Spur Course at Northwoods Golf Club was designed by P.B. Dye, son of the iconic Pete Dye. A locals’ favorite for years, the atmosphere here is one of a private club, and that’s reflected in both the course and the ...

201 Powell Rd. Columbia, SC 29203

Timberlake Country sits on the shores of Lake Murray.  Thanks to its setting alone, it’s one of the most picturesque courses in the state.Willard C. Byrd designed this track which isn’t considered long by modern ...

222 Timberlake Dr. Chapin, SC 29036

Lynn Young designed Indian River Golf Club which opened for play in 1992.Large greens and frequent elevation changes are the hallmarks of this course, making it different from a lot of other tracks in the area.While ...

200 Indian River Dr. West Columbia, SC 29170

Edgewater Golf Club is considered by many one of the best kept secrets in South Carolina. Located just outside the community of Lancaster, this difficult track winds its way through the beautiful South Carolina ...

2380 Catawba Ridge Blvd. Lancaster, SC 29720

Pete Dye was the mastermind behind the 18 magnificent holes at the Windermere Club.  And these holes are memorable, let me be the first to tell you.  In typical Dye fashion, site lines are intimidating, and misses are ...

1101 E. Longtown Rd. Blythewood, SC 29016

Even though Golden Hills maintains a thriving private membership, it’s open to everyone. Set amongst rolling hills and featuring holes lined by gorgeous trees, this parkland setting has been described as tranquil.  The ...

100 Scotland Dr. Lexington, SC 29072

It’s hard to believe that there’s much room for golf courses in the smallest state in the Union.  But there is.  And some of them are absolutely iconic. I haven’t played any of them personally, as I’ve never even set ...

Rhode Island, usa

Another semi private facility of note is Louisquisset Golf Club.Located in the town of North Providence, this Ken Venturi design is both challenging for the discerning player, and enjoyable for the newcomer.  The ...

1 Overlook Cir. North Providence, RI 02904

The motto at Valley Country Club is “Everyone Welcome”.  That seems to be the truth according to what I’ve been told.The course itself is one of the more picturesque in the area.  Views of the surrounding countryside ...

251 New London Ave. Warwick, RI 02886

If you happen to find yourself in the historic city of Providence, you need to play Triggs Memorial. The course is set on some 140 acres of what was formerly the Obadiah Brown Farm.  To this day, many of the original ...

1533 Chalkstone Ave. Providence, RI 02909

Just because this facility has the words “country” and “club” in its name, doesn’t mean it’s off limits to everyone.  Actually, quite the opposite.  While it’s semi-private, the public is welcome with open arms.This is ...

371 Union St. Portsmouth, RI 02871

When it comes to golf in the community of Rumford, Agawam Hunt is the crown jewel. Dating all the way back to 1897, this track has too much history to get into in a short guide.Located on 130 acres of beautiful ...

15 Roger Williams Ave. Rumford, RI 02916

I have to admit, I’ve never set foot in Oklahoma City.  I’ve spent some time in Tulsa, but that’s the extent of my experience in the Sooner State. With that said, I’ve received a number of requests from our readers ...

Oklahoma City usa

Golf is meant to be fun at Cobblestone Creek Golf Club.  Even though this facility consists of only nine holes that are all par threes, everyone that plays here absolutely loves it.  We’re talking about ...

1350 Cobblestone Creek Dr. Norman, OK 73072

Another tremendous short course option is the Links at Oklahoma City.Again, this course is only nine holes but it’s a blast to play.  The holes are short and if you’re on your game with the scoring clubs, you can make ...

700 NE 122nd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73114

No less than 36 holes of great golf await at Earlywine Golf Club.The North Course is fun to play.  A balance of risk and reward opportunities can be found throughout.  This is especially true on the par four third hole ...

11600 S. Portland Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73170

The Trails Golf Club is quite the track.  It’s hosted prestigious events like the Oklahoma Amateur, Oklahoma Senior Championship, South Section PGA Senior Championship, Senior Four Ball Championship, and U.S. Amateur ...

3200 S. Berry Rd. Norman, OK 73072

The Links at Norman is located on an old sheep ranch in the heart of Oklahoma.Less than three miles from the University of Oklahoma campus, this track is easily accessible and a great place to spend the morning before ...

3297 SE 24th Ave. Norman, OK 73071

Cleveland is a wonderful city.  I’ve spent some here for work.  While I’ve been fortunate enough to take in both a Reds and Bengals’ game, I’ve yet to play any golf. Being the sleuth I am however (not really), I was ...

Cleveland,usa

Valley of the Eagles is the only public Jack Nicklaus design in Northern Ohio. Set on the shores of the Black River, this course is both tranquil and beautiful.  Majestic trees line most fairways and ...

1100 Gulf Rd. Elyria, OH 44035

Coppertop Golf Club is considered by many one of the best parkland designs in the Midwest. Tree lined fairways wreak havoc with wayward shots while making for a most beautiful setting. The layout has a variety of long ...

5740 Center Rd. Valley City, OH 44280

Pleasant Valley Country Club occupies 165 of the most scenic acres to be found anywhere in the area. The facility has been owned and operated by the Ostmann family since 1970.  It’s that family type of ...

3830 Hamilton Rd. Medina, OH 44256

Another Metroparks course you need to play is Big Met. This track, which dates to 1926, is estimated to have witnessed more than 6,000,000 rounds since it opened.  That’s a lot of golf and more than any other course in ...

4811 Valley Pkwy. Fairview Park, OH 44126

Stonewater Golf Club is one of the newer designs in the Cleveland area.  It opened in 1996. Even though this track is in the suburbs, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of nature. Water accents the ...

1 Club Dr. Highland Heights, OH 44143

During my research, it quickly became apparent that network of city-owned courses in Cleveland is among the best in the country.Another shining example is Shawnee Hills.The original 18-hole course was designed by Ben ...

18753 Egbert Rd. Bedford, OH 44146

Fowler’s Mill allows golfers the chance to get out of the city and into the country even though it’s only a short drive away. Designed by mastermind Pete Dye, Fowler’s Mill was called the “Best Public Course in the ...

13095 Rockhaven Rd. Chesterland, OH 44026

For more than 50 years, Pine Hills Golf Club has been considered one of the premier public facilities in the northeast part of the state. This classic design features woodlands, rolling hills, and narrow ...

433 W. 130th St. Hinckley, OH 44233

Manakiki Golf Course is another facility operate by Cleveland Metroparks.Located just 17 miles east of downtown, this Donald Ross design is full of character and charm.  Multiple doglegs, several hazards, and elevation ...

35501 Eddy Rd. Willoughby, OH 44094

Sleepy Hollow Golf Course is owned by the city and operated by the Metroparks Department. Voted “Ohio’s #2 Municipal Golf Course”, Sleepy Hollow offers splendid views of Cuyahoga River Valley.The course has roots ...

9445 Brecksville Rd. Cleveland, OH 44141

If there’s a state in the Lower 48 where the romance of the Cowboy still lives on, it’s Nevada.  Sure, the Silver State is best known for the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas, but there’s oh so much more to discover in ...

Nevada,usa

Another iconic course in Henderson is Desert Willow. A short course designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash, this course is the perfect spot for beginners, or just a casual round with your family of friends. Featuring ...

2020 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy. Henderson, NV 89012

You don’t have to travel across the pond to play some of the most iconic holes in links golf.  They can be found in Las Vegas. If you’ve ever dreamed of playing the Postage Stamp or Road Hole, this is the ...

5995 E. Vegas Valley Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89142

One of the most recognized courses in Northern Nevada is Dayton Valley. Designed by Arnold Palmer, this course is set in the breathtaking high desert.  It’s been named a Golf Digest “Best Places to Play”. More than 40 ...

101 Palmer Dr. Dayton, NV 89403

No other course on Earth is quite like Wolf Creek. There are truly 18 signature holes at this facility.Emerald greens are accented by white sand bunkers and shale colored desert canyons and arroyos.Just like Falcon ...

403 Paradise Pkwy. Mesquite, NV 89027

Coyote Springs is one of the most underrated Jack Nicklaus designs in the country. This track is as scenic as it gets in the southern part of the state.  Views of surrounding desert mountain ranges can be found in ...

3100 NV-168 Moapa, NV 89025

Considered one of the premier public courses not just in Las Vegas, but all of Nevada, Rio Secco is a course not to be missed. It was designed by Rees Jones and opened for play in 1997.  To this day, it’s ...

2851 Grand Hills Dr. Henderson, NV 89052

Just 90 miles east of Las Vegas is the town of Mesquite.  This is a golf destination.  One of the most highly acclaimed courses is Falcon Ridge. Like a lot of courses in Mesquite, Falcon Ridge wanders through vast ...

1024 Normandy Ln. Mesquite, NV 89027

Let’s leave the hot, dry southern desert and escape to the alpine paradise of Lake Tahoe. While this area, nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is known as a winter wonderland, there’s equally as much to do in ...

180 Lake Pkwy. Stateline, NV 89449

If you find yourself in Las Vegas and are looking to get out of town, Pahrump is only a short drive away. Here you’ll find Mountain Falls Golf Club. Considered one of the best values anywhere in the state, ...

5001 Clubhouse Dr. Pahrump, NV 89061

There are three outstanding courses to choose from at this wonderful property.  The consensus is that the very best is the Wolf Course.Not only is the Wolf Course the longest in Nevada, it’s considered one of the most ...

10325 Nu-Wav-Kaiv Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89124

When you think of Lake Tahoe, skiing and snowboarding are probably the first things that come to mind.  And with good reason.  The Sierra Nevada Mountains get a ton of snow and the facilities are some of the best in ...

Lake Tahoe,usa

Maybe the best public property in Tahoe proper is Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Located right on the shores of the famous lake, Edgewood Tahoe is a classic alpine design that dates back to 1968. The tree lined fairways ...

180 Lake Pkwy. Stateline, NV 89449

Every decent golf story includes a good muni.  Washoe County Golf Course fits the bill. It’s all about golf at this track.  The course is a good test, but everyone is welcome.  No need to iron Sunday’s slacks or even ...

2601 Foley Way Reno, NV 89509

This semiprivate facility sits right in the heart of Reno, only a short drive from Tahoe. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., this course affords splendid views of the city skyline and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The ...

1218 Golf Club Dr. Reno, NV 89519

The Lakes Course was designed by John Harbottle and Peter Jacobsen. This higher end public facility affords breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is always in pristine condition. Native wetlands and the ...

1 Genoa Lakes Dr. Genoa, NV 89411

The Biggest Little City in the World is only a short drive from Lake Tahoe.  We’re talking about Reno, Nevada.Here you’ll find Wolf Run Golf Club, home to the men’s and women’s golf teams of the University of Nevada at ...

1400 Wolf Run Rd. Reno, NV 89511

Another one of Carson City’s finest is Empire Ranch. Set alongside the Carson River, this course occupies more than 250 acres that offer magnificent views of the surrounding valley and the Eastern Sierras. Target golf ...

1875 Fair Way Carson City, NV 89701

The second course at Eagle Valley is the East Course. This course is perfect for everyone.  Its user-friendly design is easy to walk and wide open.  The perfect spot for a casual round with friends, family, or ...

3999 Centennial Park Dr. Carson City, NV 89706

Set in the Toiyabe National Forest at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Toiyabe Golf Club offers an unparalleled golf experience. Designed by Robert Muir Graves, this course blends seamlessly with the ...

19 Lightning W. Ranch Rd. New Washoe City, NV 89704

Just a short drive down into the Carson Valley leads you to Sunridge Golf Club. The course meanders through sage-dotted hills and has plenty of elevation change.  This can make club selection tricky, especially when ...

1000 Long Cir. Dr. Carson City, NV 89705

Arthur Jack Snyder designed the West Course at Eagle Valley. This track opened in 1987 and is a classic desert links layout.  There’s ample room off the tee and you can run the ball into the greens. With that said, ...

3999 Centennial Park Dr. Carson City, NV 89706

A while back we reviewed the best public golf courses in Michigan.  As you might recall, one of my best friends from college moved to Ann Arbor and loved it.  He’s still there by the way. I’ve made a few trips to see ...

Southeast Michigan

Another great option for golf in the town of Taylor is Lakes of Taylor Golf Course. Designed by Arthur Hills and opened in 1995, this is one of the longer courses in the area measuring more than 7,000 yards from the ...

25505 Northline Rd. Taylor, MI 48180

Constructed in 1923 by the late, great Robert Herndon, Dearborn Hills has provided an excellent experience for area golfers for a long time.This is a short course but it’s ripe with character.  Subtle humps and bumps ...

1300 S. Telegraph Rd. Dearborn, MI 48124

Taylor Meadows was designed by the infamous Arthur Hills. This classic parkland design will test your game from tee to green.  Holes dogleg in either direction so you’ll have to move full shots both ways. The fairways ...

25360 Ecrose Rd. Taylor, MI 48180

St. Clair Shores is owned and operated by the city.  Unlike a lot of city-owned facilities though, this course is always in great condition. Opened in 1975, this track isn’t the longest in the world, but it’s fun to ...

22185 Masonic, St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

Just a short 30-minute drive from downtown Detroit, you’ll find Mystic Creek Golf Club. When you come to Mystic Creek, you’ll truly be getting away from it all on 27 holes that aren’t surrounded by houses.  ...

1 Champion Cir. Milford, MI 48380

One of the best values in the Detroit area is Fern Hill Golf Club. The course far surpasses its expected value, however.  It’s always in wonderful condition and the experience is complete.This is a user-friendly track ...

17600 Clinton River Rd. Clinton Twp, MI 48038

Sanctuary Lake sits on 190 pristine acres.This links design is playable for golfers of all abilities and provides a stern test from all the way back. Over 80 bunkers come into both from the tee and into the green.  The ...

1450 E. South Blvd. Troy, MI 48084

Fox Creek is owned and operated by the city of Livonia.  It’s the newest course in the city’s rota and opened in 1988. The front nine is significantly longer than the back nine but is forgiving of errant shots.  ...

36000 W. Seven Mile Rd. Livonia, MI 48152

Tanglewood is almost a century newer than Washtenaw.  That’s reflected in its design.  The layout is fairly wide open and gives you room off the tee.  Green complexes are large and undulating.The best part about ...

22805 Country Club Dr. South Lyon, MI 48178

One of the oldest courses in Michigan is Washtenaw Golf Club.  It dates all the way back to 1899. Located in the town of Ypsilanti, this is a classic old school design.  The fairways are narrow and lined by centuries ...

2955 Packard St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

If there’s a city that owns its identity more than Boston, I haven’t heard of it.  The people that call it home are a proud tribe and they’ll let you know all about it in a big way.  Not to mention that you know a ...

Owned and operated by the city of Boston, George Wright Golf Course has been around since 1938. Designed by none other than Donald Ross, this course continues to be a pinnacle of public golf in the area to this day.  ...

420 West St. Hyde Park, MA 02136

Unicorn Golf Course is considered one of the best nine-hole courses in Boston. Conveniently located just a 15-minute drive from downtown, this track sits atop a hill that affords memorable views of the surrounding city ...

460 William St. Stoneham, MA 02180

You guys know I’m a sucker for a good muni, and we haven’t talked about one in a while. From what I’m told, that’s exactly what you’ll find at Maynard Golf Course.Owned and operated by its namesake city, this is ...

50 Brown St. Maynard, MA 01754

Maybe the finest daily fee facility in the Boston area is Braintree Municipal Golf Course.  One look at this place and you’ll start salivating.  That’s what I’ve been told at least.  And I can’t say I disagree having ...

101 Jefferson St. Braintree, MA 02184

There are two courses at this facility, but the Player’s Course seems to be everyone’s favorite. Home to the longest par three east of the Mississippi, this course has plenty of moxy for an executive track. The course ...

276 Plain St. Rockland, MA 02370

Pembroke Country Club was designed by Philip A. Wogan all the way back in 1973. Like a lot of older designs, accuracy is more useful than length around this track.  The fairways are lined by magnificent conifers that ...

94 W. Elm St. Pembroke, MA 02359

Even though Quail Ridge Country Club is only nine holes, it’s a local’s favorite. The natural beauty of this course is a sight to behold.  Built in concert with a lush forest, beauty can be found around every corner at ...

354 Great Rd. Acton, MA 01720

One of the most historic courses in the Boston area is South Shore Country Club.  This Wayne Stiles design dates all the way back to 1922. Raised greens and elevation changes all the hallmarks of this layout.  Choose ...

274 South St. Hingham, MA 02043

Weathervane Golf Club is a fun round of golf according to everyone I’ve heard from.Rolling hills and beautiful, white sand bunkers shape this course and put a premium on ball striking. Even though weather can have a ...

14 Sand Trap Cir. Weymouth, MA 02190

Granite Links is home to 27 of the most spectacular holes to be found in the Northeast. This is modern links golf.  The fairways are mostly wide open, so finding the short stuff shouldn’t be a problem. The course’s ...

100 Quarry Hill Dr. Quincy, MA 02169

If you happen to find yourself in the town of Post Falls, make time for a round at Prairie Falls Golf Club.The tale of two nines, this track has both parkland and links characteristics.  Built on 199 acres, Prairie ...

3200 N. Spokane St. Post Falls, ID 83854

If you’ve never ventured to the great state of Idaho, you’re missing out.  The state is full of wonder and beauty.  Much of it has yet to be discovered and overrun by out of state migrants.I’ve been fortunate to spend ...

Idaho,usa

Locals say that Rosedale is arguably the best conditioned golf course in Sarasota.  I don’t know about you, but that certainly piques my interest. The layout is challenging in that it asks you to execute a ...

4700 S. Umatilla Ave. Boise, ID 83709

Our writer who I mentioned earlier was recruited to play golf at the University of Idaho and has played this track. Located just eight miles from the Washington border in the town of Moscow, this course is full of ...

1215 Nez Perce Dr. Moscow, ID 83843

Shoshone Golf Club dates all the way back to the 1920’s when a rough and tumble miner decided the Silver Valley needed a golf course.Today, this track remains of the “One of America’s Top-Ranked 9-Hole Golf ...

2000 Country Club Rd. Kellogg, ID 83837

You’ll find Twin Lakes Village Golf Course in the town of Rathdrum. As its name would suggest, the 18 emerald fairways at Twin Lakes are surrounded by their namesake bodies of water.One of North Idaho’s top-rated ...

5416 West Village Blvd. Rathdrum, ID 83858

Located in the quaint community of Driggs, the Links at Teton Peaks is a unique golf experience that you won’t forget anytime soon.There are virtually no trees on this course and the layout is a classic links style ...

129-137 N 4000 W, Tetonia, ID 83452

McCall is one of those spots we were talking about in the opening.  Located in the center of the state, this remote community is paradise for anyone that loves the outdoors. For golfers, that means Jug Mountain ...

13834 Farm to Market Rd. McCall, ID 83638

If you’re looking for a hidden gem in Idaho’s panhandle, you’ll find it at Priest Lake Golf Club. This is mountain golf at it’s finest.  Elevation change is persistent throughout and lakes come into play on a number of ...

152 Fairway Dr. Priest River, ID 83856

I’m back at it with another cool track that bears the name of the state in which it resides.The Idaho Club is located in the town of Sandpoint.  As the only course designed by Jack Nicklaus in the entire state, this is ...

216 Clubhouse Way Sandpoint, ID 83864

One of the finest munis in the southwest part of the state is Purple Sage Golf Course. Located in the town of Caldwell just off Interstate 84, Purple Sage has played host to the Idaho Open and Idaho Amateur on numerous ...

15192 Purple Sage Rd. Caldwell, ID 83607

We’ve been on a kick with course guides in the South as of late.  I don’t know if we’re just trying to make everyone in the North jealous, or if it’s just that folks are beginning to dust off their clubs as the season ...

Savannah,usa

Another great value is Lost Plantation Golf Club in the town of Rincon.  Believe it or not, this course is owned and operated by the city.Even though the layout is straightforward, it’s full of character and charm.   ...

1 Clubhouse Dr. Rincon, GA 31326

Mary Calder Golf Course dates all the way back to 1937. Even though it’s only nine holes, locals and visitors love this place.  The staff treat everyone like family and the course is a blast to play. Not terribly long, ...

Mary Calder Dr. Savannah, GA 31415

Golf can get expensive in this part of the world.  When it comes to value, Southbridge Savannah Golf Club is a breath of fresh air.Yet another Rees Jones design, this course is conveniently located just minutes from ...

415 Southbridge Blvd. Savannah, GA 31405

The Club at Savannah Harbor appeared at the top of everyone’s list.  Having done a little research on my own, I can see why.  This place looks flat out cool. The course winds its way through tidal wetlands and affords ...

2 Resort Dr. Savannah, GA 31421

You might not know it, but Hilton Head Island is just a short drive away from Savannah.  That’s why Oyster Reef Golf Club is a must play if you happen to be in the Savannah area.Rees Jones designed this track that ...

155 High Bluff Rd. Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Clyde Johnston was the mastermind behind Old South Golf Links.  True to its name, this track is set in classic lowland country.  The atmosphere is the epitome of Old South gentility.  And yes, the sweet ...

50 Buckingham Plantation Dr. Bluffton, SC 29910

My favorite architect, Arnold Palmer, stamped his name on Crescent Pointe Golf Club. The characteristics of this course epitomize the way the King played the game.  The fairways are wide so you can grip and ...

1 Crescent Pointe, Bluffton, SC 29910

Another Rees Jones design, Bear Creek Golf Club is a quintessential southern design. Not overly long, all 18 holes demand strategy and sound execution.  You won’t need driver much out here.  Instead, ...

237 Whooping Crane Way Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Back in Savannah proper, Crosswinds Golf Club is a local’s favorite. An open parkland design, this course is unique in that it has five par threes and five par fives.  You know what that means… Plenty of chances for ...

232 James B Blackburn Dr. Savannah, GA 31408

Less than an hour’s drive from Savannah in the town of Ellabell, you’ll find the hidden gem of Black Creek Golf Club.The course is laid out across sprawling countryside that’s marked by vast meadows and rolling hills.  ...

32.17294969486117, -81.49891284661445

It’s been a while since I’ve been to Atlanta, let alone played any golf.  When I do find myself in the Big Peach, it’s normally for work.While I have played a little bit, I’m by no means an authority on the area’s ...

Atlanta,usa

Built in 1963, Lake Spivey Golf Club has been a staple on the menu of Atlanta golf for a long time.  To this day, Golf Digest calls this track the “The Best Value in Atlanta”. Lake Spivey’s 18 holes meander ...

8255 Clubhouse Way Jonesboro, GA 30236

Located only minutes from downtown Atlanta, Heritage Golf Links has been a local’s favorite since it opened in 1966. To this day, it has one of the highest slope ratings in the state.  If you play all the way ...

4445 Britt Rd. Tucker, GA 30084

Bobby Jones Golf Course is arguably the most historical public track in Atlanta.  The facility is home to Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and the Grand Slam Academy. This Bob Cupp design is revolutionary in that ...

2205 NW Northside Dr. Atlanta, GA 30305

Since it opened in 1993, Gwinnett Country Club has been the pride and joy of Snellville. Designed by Steve Melnyk, this course requires you to think your way around.  Shot values are outstanding. While ...

3254 SW Clubside View Ct. Snellville, GA 30039

Mystery Valley is in the heart of Dekalb County in the Stone Mountain area. Designed in the 1970’s, the is a classic layout that sits on more than 230 acres of gently rolling land.  People that play here ...

6094 Shadow Rock Dr. Lithonia, GA 30058

Since opening for play in 2001, Wolf Creek Golf Course has had a reputation as one of the toughest tests in Atlanta. Designed by Mike Young, this layout features some holes that are flat and set in lowland areas, ...

3000 SW Union Rd. Atlanta, GA 30331

Just outside the community of Alpharetta, you’ll find RiverPines Golf Course.Here, the Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens are exquisite.  You won’t be able to blame poor shots on a bad lie.Nestled alongside ...

4475 Old Alabama Rd. Johns Creek, GA 30022

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, make the trip to Crystal Lake. Designed by the infamous Denis Griffiths, this course is the perfect opportunity to either test your game or go ...

100 Crystal Lake Blvd. Hampton, GA 30228

West Pines Golf Club is the flagship course in the community of Douglasville. Known for outstanding customer service, this facility has everything a golfer could need.  From a pro shop that’s stocked with all ...

9090 Rose Ave. #1625, Douglasville, GA 30134

Legacy Golf Links was designed by Georgia native and multiple Major Champion, Larry Nelson.Even though the course is short and only plays to a par of 58, many call it Atlanta’s best kept secret. On most holes, ...

1825 SE Windy Hill Rd. Smyrna, GA 30080

If you haven’t experienced golf in Jacksonville, Florida, you’re missing out.  Even though there are lots of other destinations for great golf that are more well known in Florida, Jacksonville shouldn’t be ...

Jacksonville, Florida

Brentwood golf course is said to be one of the best nine-hole courses in Florida. This is a feel-good layout where everyone is welcome.  If you’re a good player, you can make some birdies.  If you’re new ...

1157 MB01 Golfair Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32209

Hidden Hills Golf Club was designed by my all-time favorite, Arnold Palmer. Unlike most courses in the Jacksonville area, you’ll actually encounter some elevation change here. Even though Hidden Hills is less ...

3901 Monument Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32225

Another Arnold Palmer design, don’t miss a chance to play Blue Sky Golf Club.Located in the heart of Jacksonville, this track is unique in that it offers routings for three, six, nine, and 18 holes.  Only have an ...

1700 Monument Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32225

Located in between St. Augustine and Jacksonville, St. Johns is yet another Clyde Johnston design you won’t want to miss out on. Noted for exceptional condition and customer service, it’s easy to see why this ...

205 St. Johns Golf Dr. St. Augustine, FL 32092

Everyone agrees that Amelia River Golf Club is one of the best public facilities in the Jacksonville area. Known as one of the better tests as well, this course is always in tremendous shape.  The pin ...

4477 Buccaneer Tr. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

If there’s a player friendly course in the Jacksonville area, it’s the Golf Club at South Hampton. This family-owned Mark McCumber design offers plenty of risk and reward for the better player.  However, the ...

315 S. Hampton Club Way, St. Augustine, FL 32092

At Magnolia Point, it’s all about golf.  Well, there’s tennis also but we’re mainly concerned with chasing whitey. A breath of fresh air in the Jacksonville area, you won’t find homes and swimming pools ...

3670 Clubhouse Dr. Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

Every year, the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course plays host to golf’s fifth major, the Players Championship.  Millions of people tune during the tournament to watch as the drama unfolds on the last three holes.  ...

110 Championship Way Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Eagle Landing is Clyde Johnston design that provides a private club experience at a public price.No detail is overlooked here.  From the time you check in to the time you leave, you’ll receive first-rate service, ...

3989 Eagle Landing Pkwy. Orange Park, FL 32065

Eagle Harbor Golf Club is set among a mature pine forest on Fleming Island. Another Clyde Johnston design, this course is kept in great shape too.The Bermuda greens are some of the purest you’ll find ...

2217 Eagle Harbor Pkwy. Fleming Island, FL 32003

Virginia isn’t a state I’ve spent a lot of time in.  I was there as a child on a family vacation but unfortunately, I haven’t been back since.  From everything I hear however, the state is full of wonder ...

Northern Virginia,usa

One of the best kept secrets in Northern Virginia is South Riding Golf Club. Designed by Dan Maples and opened in 1997, South Riding is set amidst hardwood forests, rolling meadowlands, and a number of lakes and ...

43237 Golf View Dr. Chantilly, VA 20152

Stonewall Golf Club is set along the shores of Lake Manassas.  This makes it one of the most picturesque courses in the whole state.  That’s especially true if you play here during the fall when the leaves ...

15601 Turtle Point Dr. Gainesville, VA 20155

Players in Northern Virginia call 1757 Golf Club “Golf Heaven”.  The course has been open to the public since 2009 and has received rave reviews. This is a shot maker’s track that demands precision, not ...

45120 Waxpool Rd. Dulles, VA 20166

Bristow Manor is an iconic course that sits in the beautiful Northern Virginia countryside. This links layout is a breath of fresh air in a state filled with plenty of parkland designs.  The fairways are wide ...

11507 Valley View Dr. Bristow, VA 20136

Blue Ridge Shadows is the perfect mix between old and new design styles.  On one hand the course has an intimate feel and subtle peculiarities.  On the other hand, big features and plentiful hazards can be ...

456 Shadows Dr. Front Royal, VA 22630

If you’re a history buff, chances are you’ll find yourself in close proximity to Bull Run Golf Club at some point.  The course is situated near a number of Civil War battle sites. Open since 1998, the open ...

3520 James Madison Hwy. Haymarket, VA 20169

The infamous Ed Ault designed Reston National Golf Course which opened in 1970.A classic parkland design, this is yet another ball striker’s paradise.  Tree lined fairways and small, sloping greens ask for ...

11875 Sunrise Valley Dr. Reston, VA 20191

Raspberry falls was designed by Gary Player.  He built the course using nature to his advantage, not for it. The course has received countless awards and accolades from the likes of Golf Digest, Golf Monthly, ...

41601 Raspberry Dr. Leesburg, VA 20176

Just a short 30-minute drive south of Washington D.C., you’ll find Potomac Shores Golf Club.This is the only Nicklaus design open to the public in the northern part of the state.The layout meanders through dense, ...

1750 Dunnington Pl. Dumfries, VA 22026

Westfields Golf Club is located in the charming town of Clifton. Designed by Fred Couples, this course fits seamlessly with the natural landscape.  The course makes its way through wetlands, rolling hills, ...

13940 Balmoral Greens Ave. Clifton, VA 20124

Houston.  It’s a town where I’ve spent a lot of time, but it’s always been for work.  I’ve always heard about the golf scene here but have yet to check it out for myself. So, when a number of our readers ...

Houston

Sienna Golf Club is said to be one of the sterner tests in Houston. The layout has been contoured to create significant elevation changes on a number of holes.  Club selection can be difficult, especially in ...

1 Waters Lake Blvd. Missouri City, TX 77459

Clear Creek Golf Club is known as one of the best kept golf courses in all of Houston.  Every single piece of feedback I received about this track mentioned what wonderful shape it’s always in. The atmosphere ...

3902 Fellows Rd. Houston, TX 77047

Any golf course with the word “national” in its name just sounds regal.  Am I right?  Regardless, players have nothing but good things to say about Houston National Golf Club. Located on the northwest ...

16500 Houston National Blvd. #6908 Houston, TX 77095

It’s called the Lakes Course for a reason.  There’s no shortage of water to be found here.Unlike most other courses in the area, elevation plays a role here too.  Throw in a little wind and it’s easy to see ...

12000 Almeda Rd. Houston, TX 77045

Elevation comes into play at the Highlands Course as well.  From the course’s highest points, you’re treated to stunning views of the downtown Houston skyline.At first glance, this course’s open nature reminds you ...

12000 Almeda Rd. Houston, TX 77045

Pearland Golf Club is only a short 15-minute drive from downtown Houston. Like a lot of other courses in the Houston area, this old school design dictates accuracy from the tees and into the greens.  Most ...

3123 Flower Field Ln. Pearland, TX 77584

There might not be a finer blend of old and new in the Houston area than the Golf Club at Cinco Ranch. Situated on the west side of town, this layout is part of a master plan residential community.  With that ...

23030 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Katy, TX 77450

There was no shortage of land to work with when Jersey Meadow Golf Club was built.  The course sits on 1,236 acres that was formerly owned by rancher, Clark W. Henry. Not one of the longer courses around, ...

8502 Rio Grande St. Jersey Village, TX 77040

The Golf Club of Houston boasts two championship courses that have both played host the Houston Open.The Tournament Course is open to the public and was designed by none other than Rees Jones in consultation with David ...

5860 Wilson Rd. Humble, TX 77396

One of the best values for public golf in Houston sounds like Bay Forest Golf Club.Called “One of the Best 20 Municipal Golf Courses in Texas” by the Dallas Morning News, everyone has high praise for this ...

201 Bay Forest Dr. La Porte, TX 77571

The younger generation might laugh at me, but I’ll admit I’m a huge fan of George Strait.  I know women swoon over the guy, but I can’t help but love him too.  Well, more like his music.  It just so ...

DFW,уса

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Sky Creek Ranch is one of the most revered public facilities in the DFW area.Carved from gorgeous land on top of the highest point in Tarrant County, the views are ...

600 Promontory Dr. Keller, TX 76248

If adventure is something you like in a round of golf, you’ve come to the right place at Coyote Ridge. This course offers two nines that are distinctly different.  One the front side, you’ll be reminded of ...

1640 W. Hebron Pkwy. Carrollton, TX 75010

Opened in 1983, Thorntree Golf Club was designed by Richard Mai.  For years, this course was the qualifying site for the Texas State Open. Rated as one of the most challenging courses in the DFW area, you’d ...

825 W. Wintergreen Rd. DeSoto, TX 75115

It seems fitting that the only NFL team with a golf course dedicated solely to them is the Cowboys.If America’s Team is a favorite of yours, you have to make it here for a round.Designed by Jeff Brauer, the course ...

1600 Fairway Dr. Grapevine, TX 76051

As its name would suggest, Southern Oaks is set amongst a mature oak forest. Trees and creeks come into play on the majority of holes so careful navigation is key. The mixture of holes keeps the round ...

13765 Southern Oaks Dr. Burleson, TX 76028

Only four miles from downtown Fort Worth, you’ll find Hawks Creek Golf Club.  This track has two distinct nines.  The outward half asks you to play strategically from the tee and is shorter in ...

6520 White Settlement Rd. Westworth Village, TX 76114

What players seem to like most about Tangle Ridge is that it’s a different golf course every time you play.  The wind can come from any direction.  Varying tee boxes and plenty of tricky hole locations can ...

818 Tangle Ridge Dr. Grand Prairie, TX 75054

There are 27 holes of memorable golf at Prairie Lakes.  Coupled with the largest practice area in Texas, no golfer will get bored at this facility.This is modern target golf with a touch of old school ...

3202 SE 14th St. Grand Prairie, TX 75052

I had the pleasure of playing Bridlewood Golf Club not all that long ago.  I arrived more than an hour before my tee time and was hungry, so I decided to grab lunch on property from Barbos Pizza.  Man alive, ...

4000 W. Windsor Dr. Flower Mound, TX 75028

Waterchase Golf Club has been voted Fort Worth’s “Top Public Golf Course Destination”. This is a modern layout with large features.  Expansive lakes come into play on most holes.  The greens are big and ...

8951 Greek Run Rd. Fort Worth, TX 76120

I love the state of Tennessee.  Music, food, culture, sports, people, variety, this state has it all.  One of my favorite trips involved a trip to Nashville when I was a hell of a lot younger than I am ...

Tennessee

Egwani Farms is the perfect blend between fun, nuance, and strategy. The course’s name comes from the Native American word meaning “little river”.  In fact, a river runs along some seven holes of this ...

3920 S. Singleton Station Rd. Rockford, TN 37853

The pride and joy of golf in Jefferson County is Patriot Hills Golf Club. Here, lush Bermuda fairways and greens are always in good shape and a pleasure to play from. The layout affords a unique mix of holes ...

735 Constitution Dr. Jefferson City, TN 37760

Some of the best Tif Eagle Bermuda greens await players at Glen Eagle Golf Club.  If putting on pure surfaces sounds like fun, you can’t miss this place. Located in close proximity to Memphis, this course is ...

6168 Attu St. Millington, TN 38053

The valley below the Clinch Mountains in Eastern Tennessee is home to some of the most beautiful country in the eastern part of the country. As scenic as this course is, it’s equally fun to play.  Both long ...

970 US-11W Bean Station, TN 37708

Part of the Tennessee Golf Trail, Bear Trace at Harrison Bay is classic design by Jack Nicklaus. Located just a short drive from downtown Chattanooga, this track’s Bermuda fairways are lined by substantial ...

8919 Harrison Bay Rd. Harrison, TN 37341

Designed by major champion, Larry Nelson, Gaylord Springs is a links style layout the challenges the best players, yet is fun to play for everyone. Deep bunkers and water hazards dot this course putting a premium ...

18 Springhouse Ln. Nashville, TN 37214

Trouble awaits around most every turn at Mirimichi.  For that reason, accuracy trumps length on this challenging course.Known as a thinking man’s course, Mirimichi is target golf at it’s finest.  Even though ...

6195 Woodstock Cuba Rd. Millington, TN 38053

Mark McCumber was the genius behind GreyStone Golf Club. Located in the historic community of Dickson, is a modern design.  The fairways are generous and the features big.  If you hit shots offline, ...

2555 US-70 Dickson, TN 37055

Knoxville is home to one of the best daily fee facilities in the state.  That’s saying a lot considering this track is a par three course. Designed by the infamous Tom Fazio, this track has holes that range ...

2351 Dandridge Ave. Knoxville, TN 37915

I’m going to start this guide off with a course that’s tied to a University.  You guys know how cool I think these tracks are.  In this case we’re talking about the Course at Sewanee, home of the University ...

444 Greens View Rd. Sewanee, TN 37375

When I hear the Words “Pennsylvania” and “golf” in the same sentence, one thing comes immediately to mind.  Arnold Palmer.  The King was born in the town of Latrobe and where his dad was the Superintendent at ...

Pennsylvania

Toftrees Golf Club is located in the wonderful community of State College.  Go Nittany Lions!Designed by Ed Ault and opened in 1968, this course has all the hallmarks of a classic layout.  The fairways are ...

1 Country Club Ln. State College, PA 16803

There’s more than a little history to be found in the town of Gettysburg.  Civil War anyone? The town is also home to the Links at Gettysburg. This track is known for being one of the better tests in the ...

601 Mason Dixon Rd. Gettysburg, PA 17325

Even though Old Stonewall was built in 1999, you’ll feel like you’re stepping back to medieval times when you play here.  To start, the clubhouse is a castle.  Literally. Voted a “Top 50 Public Course in ...

1495 Mercer Rd. Ellwood City, PA 16117

In the heart of the Pocono Mountains, you’ll find Jack Frost National Golf Club. Unlike a lot of mountain courses, Jack Frost National has generous fairways and is somewhat flat.  You won’t have many uneven ...

1 Jack Frost Mountain Rd. Blakeslee, PA 18610

The Founders Course at Penn National sits on the site of an old iron mine.  In the 1960’s the land was turned into the present-day golf course.This is a traditional design that features narrow fairways, a number ...

3720 Club House Dr. Fayetteville, PA 17222

The perfect compliment to the Founders Course, is the Iron Forge Course at Penn National. A much more modern design, this course gives you ample room off the tee and into the greens. When you’re on the ...

3720 Club House Dr. Fayetteville, PA 17222

Berkleigh Golf Club was ranked the “#8 Best Golf Course in Pennsylvania” by Golf Magazine, but our readers say it’s a top-five track.Formerly home to the LPGA Betsy King Classic, Berkleigh is a traditional parkland ...

14623 Kutztown Rd. Kutztown, PA 19530

Pete Dye’s first golf course was Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Resort.  And boy, did he come in with a bang?  From the back tees, this track has a rating of 77 and a slope of 149.The course is set in the Laurel ...

1001 Lafayette Dr. Farmington, PA 15437

Wyncote Golf Club is a heathland-style course that opened in 1993.  It was designed by renowned architect, Brian Ault. Unlike a lot of courses in this part of the world, this layout has modern design ...

50 Wyncote Dr. Oxford, PA 19363

By now, you guys know that I’m a huge fan of mountain golf from coast to coast.  There’s just something about the crisp morning air and the views that I can’t get enough of. That’s exactly what you’ll find ...

1 Skytop Lodge Rd. Skytop, PA 1835

Pittsburgh.  When I think of this city, I think of hard working folks that are tough as nails.  And their unwavering loyalty to one of the most storied football teams in history.  These folks are proud ...

Pittsburgh

Longue Vue Golf Club’s name is fitting.  From many of the holes, you can see for miles. This course is one of the more difficult tests in the Pittsburgh area.  Narrow fairways, undulating greens, and ...

400 Longue Vue Dr. Verona, PA 15147

Hickory Heights is a classic American eastern seaboard design.Set amongst stately trees and rolling hills, this track is full of character.Small greens and narrow fairways demand your best from tee to green. Once ...

116 Hickory Heights Dr. Bridgeville, PA 15017

Meadowink Golf Course sits in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.  This is as good as it gets in Pennsylvania for mountain golf.If you get a chance to play this course in the fall, it comes highly ...

4076 Bulltown Rd. Murrysville, PA 15668

Moon Golf Club is only a short drive from downtown Pittsburgh. Even though it’s in the middle of the city, you’ll feel like you’re anywhere but a concrete jungle.  The natural setting is as quiet as it is ...

505 McCormick Rd. Moon Twp, PA 15108

Grandview Golf Club is an experience unlike any other in the Pittsburgh area.  The course is perched high atop a hill and overlooks the downtown skyline and the Monongahela River.  Bring your camera.The ...

1000 Clubhouse Dr. Braddock, PA 15104

One of the best munis in the country just might be Fort Cherry Golf Course.  This track gets a lot of play.  With that said, it’s always in good shape and pace of play moves along.The layout is fairly open ...

80 Fort Cherry Rd. McDonald, PA 15057

Mt. Lebanon Golf Course opened on Independence Day, 1907.  I bet that was one heck of a party!Even though this track has been renovated a few times over the last century, much of its original charm remains to this ...

1000 Pine Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Conley Resort and Golf Club is one the premier destination resorts in the state.  There’s something for everyone to do here. Locals describe a round here as peaceful.  The course is set in the country ...

740 Pittsburgh Rd. Butler, PA 16002

Rolling Fields Golf Club dates all the way back to 1955. True to its name, this layout traverses rolling terrain through wooded forests.  Keeping the ball in play is a must and you can expect some uneven ...

4138 Hankey Church Rd. Murrysville, PA 15668

Quicksilver Golf Club is located a bit of a drive from downtown Pittsburgh in the lush rolling countryside of Western Pennsylvania.  The views are splendid, and the course is to die for.Known for being one of the ...

2000 Quicksilver Rd. McDonald, PA 15057

When I think of Philadelphia, I think of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell, brotherly love, the Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers. One thing that doesn't immediately come to mind is ...

Philadelphia ,usa

Donald Ross designed Jeffersonville Golf Club.  Another classic design, this course isn’t long at all.  It is narrow though.  Well placed shots off the tee are a must.Once you get to the greens, the real ...

2400 W. Main St. Norristown, PA 19403

Even though this course is 65 miles from downtown Philadelphia, we couldn’t help but put it on the list.Known as the “Birthplace of the Birdie,” this seaside links course is rich with history and tradition.  It ...

1 Leo Fraser Dr. Northfield, NJ 08225

Built in 1906, Philmont Country Club is a semi-private facility.  The amenities here are first-rate and the golf course is outstanding.As you might expect with such an old design, the fairways are narrow here and ...

301 Tomlinson Rd. Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

There are 27 holes of memorable golf at Cross Creek Resort. Each nine has its own distinct features, but all three are challenging and fun. Like a lot of other courses in the area, keeping the ball in play is ...

3815 PA-8 Titusville, PA 16354

Broad Run Golfer’s Club is set in the beautiful Amish countryside.  Built on some 372 acres, this Rees Jones layout is as fun to play as it is visually stunning. Even though the course is on the shorter side, ...

1520 Tattersall Way West Chester, PA 19380

Unlike a lot of tracks in Philadelphia, Pitman Golf Course is open year around as long as the weather permits. Players say this is the place to come to have fun and to make yourself feel good about your ...

501 Pitman Rd. Sewell, NJ 08080

Golden Pheasant is a parkland style layout that’s always in tiptop shape.  The greens are said to be some of the truest in all of the Philadelphia area. This parkland layout is a shot makers dream.  The ...

141 Country Club Dr. Lumberton, NJ 08048

Northampton Country Club dates all the way back to 1899.  If you’re a fan of classic American designs, this is a course you won’t want to miss. Another parkland design, the layout is straightforward.  By ...

5049 William Penn Pkwy. Easton, PA 18045

Yet another iconic course in the Philly Metro area is Rancocas Golf Club. This is one of the narrowest courses you’ll find anywhere.  Not only do you have to hit the fairways, you have to be in the correct ...

12 Club Ridge Ln. Willingboro, NJ 08046

Lester George gets all the credit for making Rock Manor what it is today.  He was the architect in charge of the expansive renovation that turned this course into a premier public track. A large part of the ...

1319 Carruthers Ln. Wilmington, DE 19803

The state of Oklahoma is what folks on both the east and west coast refer to as “flyover country.”  We have it in our heads that it’s nothing but flat land, straight roads, corn fields, and small towns. I’ve ...

Oklahoma, usa

Oklahoma’s sand belt region is home to some of the most interesting topography in the country.  That means some unique golf experiences too. One of those courses is Boiling Springs.  Nestled along the ...

5283 OK-34C Woodward, OK 73801

Just a short drive south of Stillwater, you’ll find the Golf Club at Cimarron Trails.Open since 1994, this Kevin Benedict design has wonderful bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways.  The course’s condition is ...

1400 Lovers Ln. Perkins, OK 74059

Guymon, Oklahoma is known as a banana belt when it comes to weather in Oklahoma.  That’s one of the reasons Sunset Hills Golf Course is so popular. This course is user friendly which makes it fun to play for ...

6000 Sunset Dr. Guymon, OK 73942

Tucked away in the distant hills north of Sand Springs, you’ll find the Canyons at Blackjack Ridge. From nearly every hole on the course, you’re afforded breathtaking views of the downtown Tulsa skyline. The ...

1801 N. McKinley Ave. Sand Springs, OK 74063

Locals say Battle Creek Golf Course is always in outstanding shape.  For as much play as it gets, it continues to get rave reviews. Just 15 minutes from downtown Tulsa, it’s also considered one of the area’s ...

3200 NW Battlecreek Dr. Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Locals say the best option for public golf in the town of Claremore is Heritage Hills.Even though the course isn’t long by modern standards, it’s considered a stern test.  That’s largely due to the fact that water ...

3140 Dave Wilber Ln. Claremore, OK 74019

One of the most underrated public courses in Oklahoma is Arrowhead State Park.Even though the course’s design is minimalist in nature, it’s a treat to play.  Much of the course overlooks Lake Eufaula from atop a ...

1201 Burcale Rd. Canadian, OK 74425

One of the finest daily fee facilities in Tulsa is Page Belcher Golf Course.  No less than 36 holes await to be enjoyed here.The Old Page course was built in 1977.  It occupies rolling terrain, and the greens ...

6666 South Union Ave. Tulsa, OK 74132

Another course that sits in a state park is Cedar Creek.  It’s located in the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains on the shores of Broken Bow Lake.  Bring your camera because the views are ...

3650 Golf Course Rd. Broken Bow, OK 74728

Designed by Tripp Davis, Patricia Island is one of the most highly touted public courses in Oklahoma. Situated on the shores of Grand Lake, the course features a wide variety of holes that offer plenty of risk and ...

4980 Clubhouse Rd. Grove, OK 74344

If you’re a golf fan and you hear about Columbus, Ohio, you probably recognize the city as the birthplace of the Golf Bear, Jack Nicklaus.  And yes, it’s also home to “The” Ohio State University, Nicklaus’ alma ...

Columbus, Usa

Clover Valley was built on 240 pristine acres of wooded countryside.  An idyllic site indeed.While the fairways and landing areas are expansive, the bunkers and hazards are never too far offline.  Play ...

8644 Johnstown-Alexandria Rd. Johnstown, OH 43031

Bent Tree Golf Club is considered one of the premier courses in the Columbus area.  That’s saying something since there are so many to choose from. The layout spans more than 167 acres and every hole feels ...

350 Bent Tree Rd. Sunbury, OH 43074

Safari Golf Club is owned and operated by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The layout makes its way through a wooded forest adjacent to the zoo proper.Known for being in excellent condition, this spot makes the ...

4850 Powell Rd. Powell, OH 43065

The bent grass playing surfaces at Royal American Links are to die for.  Regulars say there’s hardly a bad lie anywhere on the course. Set in the countryside northeast of Columbus, you’ll find yourself far ...

3300 Miller-Paul Rd. Galena, OH 43021

Don’t get too excited.  We aren’t talking about the course across the pond that’s in the British Open rota. This Turnberry is in Columbus.  It’s owned and operated by the city. Designed by Arthur ...

1145 Clubhouse Ln. Pickerington, OH 43147

You can find Cumberland Trail Golf Club just east of downtown Columbus, in the suburb of Pataskala. This track, which stretches more than 7,200 yards from all the way back, has perfect bent grass greens, ...

8244 SW Columbia Blvd. Pataskala, OH 43062

No, we aren’t talking about a golf course in the state of Delaware.  Instead, the town of Delaware, Ohio. Undulation is the name of the game here.  The course meanders through three valleys, numerous ...

3329 Columbus Pike Delaware, OH 43015

Both old and new can be found at Glenross Golf Club.  Having undergone a renovation, much of the course was changed, but distinct characteristics of what once was can still be seen.The fairways are almost all ...

231 Club House Dr. Delaware, OH 43015

If you’re looking for a country club experience but don’t have any interest in paying expensive monthly dues, New Albany is the place for you.The amenities at this facility are stupendous.  Everything from the ...

7100 New Albany Links Dr. New Albany, OH 43054

Golfers call the Golf Club of Dublin the “only true links course in the Midwest.”  The turf is fescue, something you hardly ever see in this part of the country. Additionally, you find stone walls, sod-faced ...

5805 Eiterman Rd. Dublin, OH 43016

No one is going to argue that Cincinnati’s one of the great sports towns in the country.  The Bengals, Reds, and Nascar all draw fans from every walk of life.  Take it from me, if you’ve never been to a ...

Cincinnati

Just across the river from downtown Cincinnati, you’ll find Devou Park Golf Course in Covington, Kentucky. The original nine holes was opened in 1922.  A second nine was added in 1995. Devou Park isn’t a ...

1201 Park Dr. Covington, KY 41011

Located just minutes from downtown, Avon Fields is one of the most historic courses in Cincinnati.  It’s also owned and operated by the city.The course is set amongst rolling hills and the fairways are lined by ...

4081 Reading Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45229

There might not be a more family-friendly course in Cincinnati than Reeves Golf Course. The fairways are wide out here and the layout is straight forward. With that being said, the greens are small in size, ...

4757 Playfield Ln. Cincinnati, OH 45226

Legendary Run has been voted the “Friendliest Course in Ohio.”  From what our readers have said, that absolutely holds true. Designed by Arthur Hills and opened in 1997, this is a Scottish links style ...

915 E. Legendary Run Cincinnati, OH 45245

Not far from Stonelick Hills, you’ll find Cedar Trace Golf Club, another one of Cincinnati’s finest.Set on 197 pristine acres, you’ll feel anything but crowded when you play here.  Again, the surroundings of ...

5466 Hutchinson Rd. Batavia, OH 45103

Sugar Ridge was designed by Brian Huntley.  Known for its impeccable condition, the tees at Sugar Ridge are bent grass.  The fairways are Zoysia.  If you’ve never played on Zoysia fairways, let me tell ...

21010 State Line Rd. Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Green Crest Golf Club dates all the way back to 1972.  It was then that an abandoned family farm was converted into the golf course.  Safe to say the fertile soil made it easy to grow grass.Today, this ...

7813 Bethany Rd. Liberty Township, OH 45044

Stonelick Hills was designed by Jeff Osterfeld.  It’s about golf and only golf out here.  You won’t find any homes or edifices surrounding this track.The layout meanders seamlessly through wooded forests and ...

3155 Sherilyn Ln. Batavia, OH 45103

Aston Oaks is a Jack Nicklaus design located just a few minutes from downtown Cincinnati. Set high above the banks of the Ohio River, this course is stunningly carved out of a mature white oak forest. Aston ...

1 Aston Oaks Dr. North Bend, OH 45052

Even though Pebble Creek isn’t the longest course, it’s known for having greens that are some of the truest in the city.  They’re quick too.  Especially in the summer when temperatures get hot, and grass ...

9799 Prechtel Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45252

It’s no secret that the Empire State is home to some of the most storied golf courses in the country.  National Golf Links, Shinnecock, Winged Foot, the list goes on.  It’s also true that most of these iconic ...

New York

Wild Wood Country Club is a semi-private facility in the town of Rush.Truly a mom-and-pop operation, Mike and Liz Sweazy run the show here.  That’s reflected in the personalized, welcoming service you receive from ...

1201 West Rush Rd. Rush, NY 14543

For more than 50 years, Camillus Hills has been a premier golf facility in Syracuse. Known for its laid back atmosphere and playable design, Camillus Hills is the perfect place for golfers of all ...

5690 Bennetts Corners Rd. Camillus, NY 13031

Seven Oaks Golf Club is the home track for Colgate University. Robert Trent Jones designed this historic course all the way back in 1934. Even though the course has undergone a number of renovations since ...

2 E. Lake Rd. Hamilton, NY 13346

Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course is considered one of the finest courses in the western part of the state.The layout is hallmarked by pristine fairways, tranquil lakes, native grasses, and mature trees.Designed by ...

4560 Creek Rd. Lewiston, NY 14092

The number of awards and accolades that Hiland Park Country Club has received is too long to list.  Clearly, this course is the place to be.Located in the community of Queensbury, Hiland Park is a classic parkland ...

8702, 195 Haviland Blvd. Queensbury, NY 12804

Just a short drive south of Rochester you’ll find Ravenwood Golf Club.  When it opened in 2003 Golf Digest called this track the “5th Best New Public Golf Course in the United States.” Unlike a lot of courses ...

929 Lynaugh Rd. Victor, NY 14564

When you think of Cooperstown, New York, the Baseball Hall of Fame is the first attraction that comes to mind.  And rightfully so.  Though I haven’t been myself, I’m told the facility is something every ...

60 Lake St. Cooperstown, NY 13326

Just an hour north of New York City, you’ll find Pound Ridge Golf Club. Designed by the venerable Pete Dye, Pound Ridge has been ranked as the “#7 Toughest Public Golf Course in the Country.” While it might ...

18 High Ridge Rd. Pound Ridge, NY 10576

Hands down, the Links at Union Vale is the premier golf course in the Hudson Valley.  It’s easily accessible to golfers from Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York City. This links design is virtually treeless ...

153 N. Parliman Rd. Larangeville, NY 12540

There are three courses at Turning Stone Resort, but everyone’s favorite seems to be the Shenendoah Course. This American links style layout will test every facet of your game.  Not only is it long from the ...

5218 Patrick Rd. Verona, NY 13478

When you think of New Mexico, tumbleweeds, constant wind, and long, lonely highways are probably the first things that come to mind.  And with good reason.  There’s plenty of all three to be found in the Land ...

New Mexico, usa

Paradise Hills is the only public course that’s privately owned in the city of Albuquerque.  For that reason alone, it comes as no surprise that it’s also one of the best kept. From the course, you’ll be ...

10035 NW Country Club Ln. Albuquerque, NM 87114

When you play a round at Angel Fire Resort, your chances of hitting your longest drive ever are pretty darn good.  The course sits at more than 8,500 feet of elevation. This is mountain golf at its ...

10 Miller Ln. Angel Fire, NM 87710

Las Cruces is one of the most diverse communities in all of New Mexico.  If you’re all about culture, this place is for you.Our writer loves this city and all that is has to offer.  No, it isn’t affluent and ...

1274 Golf Club Rd. Las Cruces, NM 88011

Desert Lakes Golf Course sits at the base of the Sacramento Mountain Range.  No, we aren’t mistaking this spot for the capitol of California. It’s the story of two nines out here.  The front nine is tree ...

2351 Hamilton Rd. Alamogordo, NM 88310

You know I’m a huge fan of courses that are tied to schools.  In fact, it’s my goal to play every university course in the country.  I’ve yet to check this one off my list but I’m motivated after hearing from ...

3000 Herb Wimberly Dr. Las Cruces, NM 88011

Unlike a lot of the courses on our list so far, the Links at Sierra Blanca sits high up in the timbered mountains that surround the community of Ruidoso.  We’re talking about the very southern tip of the Rocky ...

105 Sierra Blanca Dr. Ruidoso, NM 88345

Located in the town of Hobbs, Rockwind Community Links is a city-owned 27-hole facility. Open since 2015, players rave about both the 18-hole championship course, and the nine-hole par three course. Inclusion ...

5001 Jack Gomez Blvd. Hobbs, NM 88240

Mescalero.  It rolls off the tongue so sexy, you just know this place is cool.  That’s nothing short of the truth at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Unlike a lot of courses in New Mexico, this track sits in a ...

287 Carrizo Canyon Rd. Mescalero, NM 88340

I don’t know the first thing about golf in what my kids call “Albuquerque he’s my turkey.”  But one of our writers has a close friend that lives there.  He’s visited a number of times and sampled some of the ...

Albuquerque ,USA

Twin Warriors Golf Club is an experience unlike any other.  Our writer has played here and says it’s a blend between links and target golf… What the hell does that mean?In his words, it reminds him of some of the ...

1301 Tuyuna Tr. Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004

Albuquerque Country Club has been in existence since 1914.  It’s fascinating to think about what this community looked like more than 100 years ago.  I’m guessing the greens weren’t rolling at 12’ like they ...

601 SW Laguna Blvd. Albuquerque, NM 87104

Paradise Hills is the only privately owned, public golf course in Albuquerque. This is an upscale public facility, but that’s not at all reflected in price.  During the peak season, green fees top out at $53 with ...

10035 NW Country Club Ln. Albuquerque, NM 87114

Santa Ana Golf Club has consistently been revered as one of the best public tracks in all of New Mexico, not just Albuquerque.  It’s received high praise from the likes of Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, and the New York ...

288 Prairie Star Rd. Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004

Our writer has had the chance to play Sandia Golf Club and says it’s nothing short of spectacular.  That seems to be the tenor from you guys as well.Designed by Scott Miller and opened in 2005, this course ...

30 NE Rainbow Rd. Albuquerque, NM 87113

It appears that the course guides I keep writing are a hit.  In no way am I tooting my own horn.  Even though I’ve played plenty of golf across the nation, I’m in no position to call myself an authority on ...

New Hampshire, usa

Right in the middle of the state, you’ll find Ridgewood Country Club. This track is the story of two different nines.  The outward half is narrow and requires accuracy off the tee and on approach shots.  The back nine ...

258 Governor John Wentworth Hwy. Moultonborough, NH 03254

Maybe the best value to be had in New Hampshire is Waukewan Golf Club. The course sits on the site of an old cattle farm and remnants of the former property can still be seen today. The layout is ...

166 Waukewan Rd. Center Harbor, NH 03226

The more and more I hear about golf in New Hampshire, the more it becomes apparent just how much of an influence Donald Ross had on golf in this state.Another sparkling example of his work is Crotched Mountain Golf ...

740 N. 2nd New Hampshire Turnpike, Francestown, NH 03043

Golf Magazine called Hale’s Location “One of the most unique and singularly beautiful golf developments in the country.”  That’s some pretty high praise.Locals say playing here is an experience unlike anything ...

86 Fairway Dr. Hale’s Location, NH 03860

Canterbury Woods is the centerpiece for golf in the namesake town. Even though the course is tree lined, the fairways and landing areas are wide.  As long as you don’t miss too wide, you can let it eat off ...

15 West Rd. Canterbury, NH 03224

There’s no shortage of historic golf in New Hampshire.  Manchester Country Club is no exception as it dates all the way back to 1923. Just a short drive north of Boston, this course is built on 116 pristine ...

180 S. River Rd. Bedford, NH 03110

Even though Breakfast Hill is a relatively new course, it feels like it’s been in place for hundreds of years.Set amongst a forest of mature pines, this track has continually received four stars from Golf ...

339 Breakfast Hill Rd. Greenland, NH 03840

Another iconic course, the Maplewood Golf Club dates all the way back to 1914. Located in the town of Bethlehem, and designed by the one and only Donald Ross, this course is a classic American design.Even though ...

2691 Main St. Bethlehem, NH 03754

Golf goes all the way back to 1895 at Conway Country Club.  That makes sense since it’s located in the heart of the Mt. Washington Valley, one of the most historic places in North America.This is mountain golf in ...

76 Norcross Cir. North Conway, NH 03860

At the top of the list is a course I played once at a bachelor party.  And yes, I do remember everything in case you’re wondering.This track is as classic as you’ll find when it comes to New England ...

360 Laconia Rd. Tilton, NH 032756

North Carolina.  All I really new about the Tar Heel State growing up was that it was home to one of the most dominant basketball powerhouses in history.  Dean Smith’s infamous “four corners” offense proved ...

North Carolina

One property I haven’t play is Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest.  I can tell you that it’s definitely on my list next I’m in North Carolina though.  Our readers have nothing but praise for this ...

1281 Cape Fear National Dr. Leland, NC 28451

There’s not much better than a great layout, accessibility, and value when it comes to public golf.That’s exactly what you’ll find when you put a peg in the ground at Rocky River Golf Club. Located in the city of ...

6900 Burton Smith Blvd. Concord, NC 28027

No less than 27 holes of historic golf are waiting for you at Thistle Golf Club.  The facility is rooted in Scottish heritage that goes back over 200 years.  If there’s a property in North Carolina that ...

1815 Olde Thistle Club Rd. Sunset Beach, NC 28468

Rees Jones designed the Currituk Club. One of the finest experiences on the Outer Banks, the course is set amongst rolling sand dunes and seaside vegetation.  During a round here, you’ll be treated to ...

620 Currituck Clubhouse Drive Corolla, NC 27927

Lonnie Poole is the university course at NC State.  It’s the only university course designed by Arnold Palmer. Even though this track isn’t touted as the most difficult in the world, it’s a blast to play for ...

1509 Main Campus Dr. Raleigh, NC 27606

Tiger’s Eye is part of the greater Big Cat golf courses that occupy a single property. Even though I haven’t played this course myself, and I’m told that they’re all outstanding, this one is the best by all ...

360 SW Ocean Ridge Pkwy. Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

Seeing as UNC is my favorite college basketball team of all time, you know I’ve had the chance to play UNC Finley Golf Course.Designed by none other than Tom Fazio, this track received 4.5 stars from Golf ...

500 Finley Golf Course Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514

When you hear about Pinehurst, No. 2, No. 4, and No. 7 are the courses that come immediately to mind.  And with good reason, they’re iconic.What’s not as well known though, is the great course that awaits at Mid ...

1 Palmer Dr. Southern Pine, NC 28387

One of the finest coastal courses in North Carolina is Scotch Hall Preserve. Another Arnold Palmer design, this layout features 11 holes that offer expansive views of the surrounding bay.  If you have a ...

216 Rieder Blvd. Merry Hill, NC 27957

Olde Beau opened for play in 1992 and has kept golfers coming back ever since.Situated a mere 15 minutes from the Virginia state line, this course is east coast mountain golf in every sense of the word. Tree lined ...

729 Olde Beau Blvd. Roaring Gap, NC 286668

Charlotte, North Carolina is one of my favorite cities on the East Coast.  There’s a lot to do, both indoors and out.  From food, music, and culture, to fun in the sun, there’s something for everyone.Every ...

Charlotte NC

Beautiful views, stunning bent grass greens, and a fun mix of short and long holes make up Charles T. Myers Golf Course. For a municipal course that gets as much play as it does, it’s remarkable how well manicured ...

7817 Harrisburg Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215

You know I’m a sucker for a good executive course.  That’s exactly what you’ll find at Paradise Valley. With 18 holes that all measure less than 100 yards, this is a great spot to come dial in your ...

110 Barton Creek Dr. Charlotte, NC 28262

You’d never know it, but Harry L. Jones Sr. Golf Course sits on the site of an old landfill.Designed by Michael Hurzdan, this track is considered one of the best munis in Charlotte.  While the facilities aren’t ...

1525 W. Tyvola Rd. Charlotte, NC 28217

At Sunset Hills, the belief is that golf should be accessible to everyone.  For that reason, this is one of the least expensive rounds you’ll find anywhere.The “Old Course” features 18 holes with a design that’s ...

800 Radio Rd. Charlotte, NC 28216

If you’re looking to get away from the concrete jungle and escape for a round in the country, make the trip to Red Bridge Golf Club.Set on more than 500 acres in the foothills of the Uwharrie Mountains, this course is ...

6801 Gatehouse Rd. Locust, SC 28097

Beginning in 2001, Springfield has continually made a name for itself for golfers in Charlotte. In 2010, the course underwent a substantial renovation where the greens were updated with MiniVerde grass.  ...

639 Hambley House Ln. Fort Mill, SC 29715

Since 1997 Olde Sycamore has been a favorite for both Charlotte locals and area visitors alike. The course was designed by the hall-of-fame architect, Tom Jackson. Bermuda fairways and greens are immaculately ...

7500 Olde Sycamore Dr. Charlotte, NC 28227

Fort Mill Golf Club sits just over the state line in South Carolina.  With that said, it’s less than 20 miles from downtown Charlotte.This old school layout opened in 1948.  Even though improvements have been ...

101 Country Club Dr. Fort Mill, SC 29715

If you’re a fan of short holes, you need to play Carolina Lakes.  This track’s par threes are said to be the toughest in the area.The other 14 holes are memorable too.  Unlike a lot of courses in the ...

23012 Kingfisher Dr. Indian Island, SC 29707

Dan Maples designed the layout at Rocky River Golf Club, one of the premier daily fee facilities in the Charlotte area. Bordered by the Rocky River, there are plenty of wetlands that come into out here.  If you start ...

6900 Burton Smith Blvd. Concord, NC 28027

If you’re a fan of the Western U.S. and haven’t ever been to Montana, your experience isn’t complete.  Not only is Montana one of the largest states in the Union, it’s one of the most diverse in terms of ...

Montana

Northwest Montana boasts some of the most remote country in the Lower 48.  My favorite place is the Yaak Valley, but that’s a story for another time.Maybe the best kept secret for golf in the state is the ...

1885 Sophie Lake Rd. Eureka, MT 59917

The Ranch Club in Missoula was ranked the “#3 Golf Course in Montana” by Golfweek.Built on an old ranch site that dates back to 1869, this track wanders over rolling hills and has a number of large water hazards that ...

8501 Ranch Club Rd. Missoula, MT 59808

The trip to Ronan, Montana is worth it for both the stunning mountain views, and a round at Mission Mountain Golf Club.The layout is somewhat open and allows you to swing away.  Be forewarned, the wind blows, ...

46664 Golf Course Way Ronan, MT 59864

Anaconda Hills was originally designed in the 1920’s as a nine-hole course for workers in the company town of Black Eagle.  In 1992, it was expanded to 18.  To this day, it continues to serve as a staple in ...

2315 Smelter Ave. Black Eagle, MT 59414

Built on 160 pristine acres, this course is resort golf at its best. Subtle elevation changes, numerous lakes, and creek crossings not only add to this track’s beauty, but keep you on your toes. The 15th hole ...

828 Upper Continental Dr. Red Lodge, MT 59068

If you’re lucky enough to make it to the community of Livingston, make sure you bring your clubs.  Livingston Golf Course is full of charm.This old school design is generous from the tee.  However, subtle ...

44 View Vista Dr. Livingston, MT 59047

If you’ve read enough of our course guides, you know I’m partial to University courses.  This track in Missoula is no different.Even though it’s only nine holes, it’s an old school design that oozes ...

515 E. South Ave. Missoula, MT 59801

The best thing about Big Sky is there’s something to do every month of the year.  Even though the resort is known most as a ski destination, there’s great golf to be found when there isn’t snow on the ground.Big ...

2100 Black Otter Rd. Big Sky MT, 59716

If you get the chance, you need to visit the north part of the state and the country that surrounds Flathead Lake. In particular, the communities of Whitefish and Kalispell are full of vibrancy and life.In ...

1176 N. Main St. Kalispell, MT 59901

A Golf Digest “Top 100 Golf Course,” Old Works is located in the community of Anaconda. The site where the course sits today used to be a biohazard created by over a century’s-long mining operation.  Through ...

1205 Pizzini Way Anaconda, MT 59711

Missouri.  It’s a land rich with opportunity and diversity.  From the Ozark Mountains, to rolling farmlands, to lowland valleys, the Show-Me State has something for everyone.While you might not think of ...

Missouri

Maybe the best kept secret in Franklin County is Wolf Hollow Golf Club. Spread out over 175 acres, this course has a natural feel and setting.  Tree lined fairways ask you to keep the ball in play and think ...

4504 MO-100 Labadie, MO 63055

The Golf Club at Deer Chase is one beautiful track. Rolling hills, frequent elevation changes, and pristine conditions make it a treat to play. You won’t find any bad lies or bumpy greens out here.If you’re a ...

770 Lowell Williams Rd. Linn Creek, MO 65052

Eldon Golf Club is one of the most iconic classic tracks in all of Missouri.Open since 1934, this course is a classic design with tree lined fairways and sloped greens.  In the summer, they’re known for being ...

35 Golf Course Rd. Eldon, MO 65026

Old Kinderhook was designed by the venerable Tom Weiskopf. Much like many other courses in Lake of the Ozarks country, the views and natural beauty of Old Kinderhook have to be seen to be believed.  The ...

678 Old Kinderhook Dr. Camdenton, MO 65020

Some 27 holes await at Osage National Golf Club.  Two of the nines were designed by my favorite, Arnold Palmer. Each nine has its own distinct flavor which makes for an exciting experience. One thing ...

400 County Rd. 52-42 Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Golf Advisor called Branson Hills Golf Club the “#1 Best Golf Place to Play in Missouri.”  It’s not hard to see why either.The Chuck Smith design sits in the heart of the Ozark Mountains and offers an experience ...

100 N. Payne Stewart Dr. Branson, MO 65616

Designed by Coore and Crenshaw, Ozarks National is nothing short of spectacular. Beautiful views abound at this course which sits high up the mountains. From the back tees, this track is big.  There are ...

1250 Golf Club Dr. Hollister, MO 65672

Buffalo Ridge Springs was the conception of Johnny Morris and Tom Fazio.With nature and conservation at the heart of this design, the two have created a most wonderful track that epitomizes that mission.  In fact, ...

1001 Branson Creek Blvd. Hollister, MO 65672

There’s no denying that Heritage of Hawk Ridge Golf Course is one of the premier tracks not just in St. Louis, but the whole state.  With that said, you’d probably be surprised to hear that it’s a nine-hole par ...

235 Pigeon Dr. Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

Even though Rolling Hills is located in the quiet town of Versailles, it’s considered one of the finest public courses in the whole state. The Zoysia fairways and Bermuda greens are a dream to play from.  ...

13986 County Club Rd. Versailles, MO 65084

St. Louis, the Gateway to the West.  A city steeped in American history unlike any other.  Today, this great city is home to culture, sports, food, commerce, and some of the best golf you’re going to find in ...

St. Louis

Another 18 holes of great golf await at Riverside Golf Club.  Since 1965, golfers have strolled these fairways. This course isn’t long, but it’s a blast to play.  Playing to a par of 69 and a length of ...

1210 Larkin Williams Rd. Fenton, MO 63026

Another timeless track in the St. Louis area is Creve Coeur Golf Course.  It dates all the way back to 1924.Even though this course is only nine holes, it’s full of character and charm. The fairways are ...

11400 Olde Cabin Rd. Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Even though Paradise Valley is located in an urban area, strolling its fairways gives you the sense you’re far away from the hustle and bustle. Situated in a pristine valley and surrounded by hardwood forest, ...

1055 Lochmoor Dr. High Ridge, MO 63049

Unlike a lot of golf courses in the St. Louis area, the fairways are wide at Far Oaks Golf Club.  You can tee it high and let it fly. The front nine resembles a Scottish links layout with fairways that are ...

419 Old Collinsville Rd. Caseyville, IL 62232

Just minutes from downtown, you’ll find Forest Park Golf Course.One of the finest munis in the state, Forest Park is full of character.  You’ll have to work the ball both ways as there are numerous doglegs.  ...

6141 Lagoon Dr. St. Louis, MO 63112

Opened in 1964, Florissant Golf Club has been enjoyed by golfers from all over for a long time.While the layout is both fun and challenging, the greens are what this track is known for.  They’re undulating and as ...

50 Country Club Ln. Florissant, MO 63033

Gary Player designed 27 holes of spectacular golf at Tapawingo. Here, you’ll find three distinct nines that are characterized by hardwood forests, plenty of water, and abundant native wildlife.Target golf is on ...

13001 Gary Player Dr. St. Louis, MO 63127

Stonewolf Golf Club is another course just across the Mississippi River in Illinois, but it’s only a short drive from downtown St. Louis. This Jack Nicklaus Signature design is considered one of the premier tracks ...

1195 Stonewolf Tr. Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Normandie Golf Club is one of the oldest golf courses in St. Louis.  It opened its doors in 1901.  That’s reflected in the design too.  Tree lined Bermuda fairways and small, undulating greens ...

7605 St. Charles Rock Rd. St. Louis, MO 63133

Even though Gateway National is technically across the Mississippi River in Illinois, it’s only a short drive from St. Louis.True to its name, this links course is one of the best you’ll find in the ...

18 Golf Dr. #1677 Madison, IL 62060

The Land of 10,000 Lakes.  If you’ve never ventured to Minnesota and like to be outside, you’re missing out.  This great state is full of outdoor activities 12 months a year. While I’m not a huge fan of ...

Minneapolis, Minnesota

One of the best values in Minneapolis is Forest Hills.You’re not going to find the lavish trappings of the finest private clubs at Forest Hills.  Instead, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile, and a golf facility ...

7530 N. 210th St. Forest Lake, MN 55025

Hastings Golf Club is the social hub in the community of Hastings. Along with great golf, this facility plays an integral part in hosting community events, meetings, and social gatherings.Without a doubt however, ...

2015 Westview Dr. Hasting, MN 55033

Since 1987, Centerbrook Golf Course has been a staple in the Minneapolis golf scene. Located just minutes from downtown, this course is one of the more challenging par three layouts you’ll find anywhere.  Not ...

5500 N. Lilac Dr. Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Oak Marsh Golf Course is a muni favorite for all kinds of golfers in the Twin Cities. Even though this layout is somewhat flat and wide open, it’s anything but a pushover.  Water hazards come into play on no ...

526 N. Inwood Ave. Oakdale, MN 55128

If you’re a fan of hidden gems like me, you’ll want to check out Shamrock Golf Course.  Will you be lucky and play well?  That’s up for the golf gods to decide.What you will find is a course that’s surprisingly ...

19625 Larkin Rd. Corcoran, MN 55340

When golfers think of Chaska, they think of Hazeltine.  Unfortunately, most of us common folk won’t ever get to play this prestigious private club.The good news is Chaska Town Course offers a tremendous ...

3000 Town Course Dr. Chaska, MN 55318

Loggers Trail is considered to be one of the premier golf courses in all of Minnesota, not just the Twin Cities. A varied layout, you’ll experience a number of holes that are open and exposed, and others that are ...

11950 N. 80th St. Stillwater, MN 55082

Designed by Joel Goldstrand and opened in 1997, Heritage Links is centrally located in the heart of the Twin Cities.This isn’t a long golf course measuring a touch over 6,600 yards.  However, it demands course ...

8075 Lucerne Blvd. Lakeville, MN 55044

The Meadows at Mystic Lake is a modern design that complements many of the older designs that are present on the Minneapolis golf scene. The layout is fairly open and features plenty of water.  Yes, you can ...

2400 NW Mystic Lake Blvd. Prior Lake, MN 55372

Eagle Valley is owned and operated by the city of Woodbury.  When you hear the term “city course,” it’s easy to assume the track is rundown and overcrowded.Such couldn’t be further from the truth when you’re ...

2600 Double Eagle Ln. Woodbury, MN 55129

If you’ve lived in the state of Michigan, or have spent any significant amount of time here, you know the rivalry between those that live in the central and southern parts of the state, and those that live up ...

Northern Michigan

Tullymore was named the “#1 Upscale Public Course in America” by Golf Digest when it opened in 2002. Golfers of all skill levels revere Tullymore for it’s outstanding condition and it’s unique layout.  The ...

11969 Tullymore Dr. Stanwood, MI 49346

A true resort course in every sense of the word, the Mountain Ridge Course is downright fun to play for everyone.Set amongst the towering pines of the Northern Michigan forest, this course will have you feeling like ...

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr. Thompsonville, MI 49683

The Cedar River Course is another gem designed by Tom Weiskopf. Set on what was a glacier thousands of years ago, this course is classic Northwoods golf today. The fairways are narrow and tree lined.  ...

5780 Shanty Creek Rd. Bellaire, MI 49615

It’s only fitting that this course is called the Bear.  It was designed by the Golden Bear himself. When it opened in 1985, this track was ranked the “18th Toughest Course in America” by Golf Digest.  It ...

Valleyway Dr. Williamsburg, MI 49690

The Heather Course at Boyne Highlands was named “National Course of the Year” in 2019.  Though I haven’t played here personally, I’m told it’s more than deserving of such high praise.Designed by Robert Trent Jones ...

1343 Heather Dr. Harbor Springs, MI 49740

The Tribute Course sits on 1,100 acres of pristine ground in the heart of the Sturgeon River Valley. Here, you can expect breathtaking views, dramatic elevation changes, and excellent playing conditions during the ...

696 M-32 Gaylord, MI 49735

When the Masterpiece Course opened in 1987, it was named the “Second-Best Course in the Country” by Golf Digest. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., this track is built into deep, mountainous ravines.  Plenty ...

3962 Wilkinson Rd. Gaylord, MI 48735

My favorite designer of all-time, Arnold Palmer, gets all the credit for designing the outstanding Legend Course at Shanty Creek Resorts.As you might expect from a Palmer design, this track is meant for people to have ...

5780 Shanty Creek Rd. Bellaire, MI 49615

Locals say that there are 18 signature holes at Black Lake Golf Club. This Rees Jones design was the creation of nature, not man.  That’s evidenced by the abundant wildlife and lack of infrastructure that’s ...

2800 Maxon Rd. Onaway, MI 49765

Not only is Forest Dunes one of the finest golf courses in Northern Michigan, it’s one of the best in the entire state.Located in the town of Roscommon, this Tom Weiskopf design has both elements of links and target ...

6376 Forest Dunes Dr. Roscommon, MI 48653

If you’ve never been to Louisiana and played golf, you’ve haven’t lived a full life.  I’m a native Arizonan who’s used to dry heat and trying to hit it over a certain cactus to shave off some yardage on ...

Louisiana

Even though there are a lot of notable courses in New Orleans, Lakewood occupies a spot near the top by all accounts. Ron Garl is credited with the renovation of Lakewood that largely maintains the course’s ...

4801 General de Gaulle Dr. New Orleans, LA 70131

Located in the historic town of Lafayette, the Wetlands Golf Course is golf at its finest.The course measures anywhere from 5,000 to 7,000 yards so it’s playable for everyone. If you like to swing away from the ...

2129 U. University Ave. Lafayette, LA 70507

This Dennis Griffiths design is located only minutes from downtown New Orleans.Even though this track plays to only a par of 62, it’s the setting and condition that make it such a treat to play.The course is set inside ...

6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118

Less than a half-hour drive from New Orleans, you’ll find Oak Harbor in the quaint community of Slidell.Given 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, Oak Harbor is a classic southern design.  The fairways are surrounded by ...

201 Oak Harbor Blvd. Slidell, LA 70458

By now you know I’m a fan of staying and playing all in one spot.There’s no better place to do it in Louisiana than Koasati Pines at Coushatta Casino Resort.The course winds through tall, mature pine trees and features ...

300 Koasati Pines Dr. Kinder, LA 70648

As I mentioned, the Zurich Classic used to be played at English Turn.  Now, it’s played at TPC Louisiana.Designed by the one and only Pete Dye, this tracked was named the “#4 Upscale Public Golf Course” by Golf ...

11001 Lapalco Blvd. Avondale, LA 70094

Southern Charm is the word that comes to mind when you visit this gem of a property.The golf course was designed by Louisiana native, David Toms.  It’s been named a “Top 10 Course You Can Play” by Golf ...

23475 Crater Trace Springfield, LA 70462

Here we go again with a golf course with its state’s name in it. The National Golf Club of Louisiana has been called a “Best of the Best” by Golfweek Magazine. Some 14 lakes and 65 bunkers provide a wonderful ...

1400 National Dr. Westlake, LA 70669

Copper Mill presents the opportunity to play a round on a links course, not something you’ll find too often in Louisiana.Since opening in 2004, this course has continued to exceed everyone’s expectations.  What ...

2199 Coppermill Blvd. Zachary, LA 70791

English Turn is a Jack Nicklaus design and played host to a PGA Tour event for years.  You know how much I enjoy playing where the pros play, so it should come as little surprise that I’ve played here a few ...

1 Clubhouse Dr. New Orleans, LA 70131

I’ve been fortunate to spend some time in Kansas.  Even though I still don’t know exactly what a Jayhawk is, I’ve chased plenty of pheasants and whitetail deer in this state. What I haven’t done is play any ...

Designed by Steve Wolfard, Shoal Creek is one of the best public facilities in Kansas City.  That’s saying something for a course that’s owned by the city.Even though this track is built in an urban area, the ...

8905 NE Shoal Creek Pkwy. Kansas City, MO 64157

Buffalo Dunes is currently ranked as the “#1 Golf Course in Kansas” by Golf Digest. Located in the community of Garden City, this course opened in 1976 and has an air of a Scottish links in its design.  The ...

5685 US-83 Garden City, KS 67846

Mariah Hills is the premier course in Western Kansas.  Even at that, it remains somewhat of a hidden treasure. The layout spans the rolling hills of the high plains that are covered in native grasses.  ...

1800 Matt Down Rd. Dodge City, KS 67801

Osawatomie Golf Course dates all the way back to 1941.  It’s rich with history and tradition to say the least.A story of two different nines, the outward stretch demands precision, especially into the ...

32942 W. Lakeside Dr. Osawatomie, KS 66064

Jay Morrish was the genius behind the design at Falcon Lakes which opened in 2002. This links-style layout features Zoysia fairways which are a dream to play off.  You’ll feel like you’re hitting every shot ...

4605 Clubhouse Dr. Basehor, KS 66007

Cherry Oaks Golf Course is the premier track in the Cheney area.  Owned and operated by the city, this course is open an astounding 362 days a year.  Not many other courses in Kansas can say that. Even ...

1119 N. Main St. Cheney, KS 67025

Turkey Creek has been open since 1990.  Since then, it’s become well known for its beautiful bent grass greens and bluegrass fairways.Native golden grasses line most holes and provide a wonderful contrast against ...

1000 Fox Run Rd. McPherson, KS 67460

Falcon Valley is hands down the best nine-hole golf course in the state.  Some say it’s the best in the Midwest. The mixture of holes that make up this track is really something.  Short, risk reward ...

9801 Falcon Valley Dr. Lenexa, KS 66220

Right on the Kansas and Missouri state line, Ironhorse Golf Club is one of the most renowned public courses in the state.Having received four stars from Golf Digest, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that players rave ...

15400 Mission Rd. Leawood, KS 66224

Spring Creek Golf Course is one of the newer courses in the state. It’s also one of the most fun to play.  A diverse variety of holes creates plenty of chances for risk and reward.  Both the payoffs and ...

1800 Spring Creek Dr. Seneca, KS 66538

For as far north as the great city of Indianapolis sits, and as short as the golf season is, it’s remarkable how vibrant the golf culture is.  Not only does that mean people take their golf seriously, it also ...

Indianapolis

South Grove Golf Course dates all the way back to 1902.  It’s one of the oldest golf courses in Indiana. Set in the heart of downtown, this track affords splendid views of the Indianapolis skyline. The ...

1800 W. 18th St. Indianapolis, IN 46202

Plum Creek Golf Club was the vision of the venerable Pete Dye. Characteristics of this course include penal bunkers, plenty of water, and difficult greens.  From the tees, the fairways look narrower than they ...

12401 Lynnwood Blvd. Carmel, IN 46033

In the suburb of Greenwood, you’ll find Hickory Stick Golf Club. Designed by Tom Liddy, this course’s rolling bent grass fairways and mounded rough are unlike anything else in the area.  While the fairways ...

4422 Hickory Stick Pkwy. Greenwood, IN 46143

Indianapolis’ best nine-hole golf course is Dakota Landing. This course is short but asks a lot from your game.  Narrow fairways mean you have to hit it straight.  Small greens dictate that your ...

6636 S. Franklin Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46259

Called the finest course on the eastside of Indianapolis, Morningstar Golf Club is most known for having some of the most challenging greens in Indiana.  Not only are they undulating, they’re especially firm and ...

271 S. Mitthoeffer Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46229

Situated on 152 acres, Saddlebrook Golf Club is said to be the most welcoming, inclusive golf course in the Indianapolis area.  That set of values can be seen by how every staff member treats guests.  ...

5516 Arabian Run Indianapolis, IN 46228

Smock Golf Course is revered as one of the finest and most accessible public facilities in the entire state of Indiana. While the layout is somewhat open, it’s prone to afternoon winds that can make keeping the ...

3910 County Line Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46327

Opened in 2,000, Winding Ridge has spent the last 20 years providing a first-class experience to golfers of all levels.  There’s no sign of slowing down either.The course was designed for all golfers from ...

5450 Bogey Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46235

Prairie View Golf Club is the only course in Indiana that was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course sits on the banks of the White River in Hamilton County. A traditional parkland layout, the fairways ...

7000 Longest Dr. Carmel, IN 46033

The original Fort Golf Resort Course underwent a major redesign by Tom Liddy and Pete Dye in 1998.  That was over 20 years ago. Since then, this track has continued to reign supreme as the premier daily fee ...

6002 N. Post Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46216

At the time of this writing, the PGA Tour just finished up it’s two-week Hawaii swing that christens the beginning of the golf season. Even though the days are still short, and the temperatures remain frigid in ...

In a land full of high-end prestigious golf facilities, it’s nice to know there’s a muni to be found amongst the lot.  That’s exactly what you’ll find at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course. This course overlooks ...

200 Halewaiu Rd. Wailuku, HI 96793

Hence this course’s name, the Dunes at Maui Lani is the only course in Hawaii that exists on naturally occurring sand dunes. When this course was designed, minimal earth was moved.  Each hole was crafted in ...

1333 Maui Lani Pkwy. Kahului, HI 96732

Pukalani Country Club is arguably one of the more underrated courses on Maui. The course is set high up in the hills of “Up-Country” Maui.  For that reason, the layout features plenty of elevation change and ...

360 Pukalani St. Pukalani, HI 96768

Maui Nui Golf Club is considered one of the best values on the island.  You can play here for less than $100.  That’s cheap by Hawaii standards, take it from me. At this property, you’ll experience ...

1345 Piilani Hwy. Kihei, HI 96753

A round at Kahili Golf Course allows you to understand why Maui is known as the Valley Isle.  Unlike a lot of the courses mentioned above, this track is nestled into the foothills of the West Maui ...

2500 Honoapiilani Hwy. Wailuku, HI 96793

Formerly home to the ancient Royal Chiefs of Maui, this course affords incredible views and gently sloping fairways. The layout is geographically diverse in that some holes are along the water while others wander ...

2290 Ka’anapali Pkwy. Lahaina, HI 96761

The other course at the famed Kaanapali Resort is the Kai Course.  The property on which this track sits was once the vacation spot for the Royal Chiefs of Maui.  It was in this very spot where they enjoyed ...

2290 Ka’anapali Pkwy. Lahaina, HI 96761

The Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club is the most challenging of the three.  Since it opened, it’s been touted as one of the finest resort courses in the country.The design traverses rugged lava fields not far from ...

100 Wailea Golf Club Dr. Kihei, HI 96753

If you’re just starting out with golf or are looking for a fun round with family and friends, the Emerald Course at Wailea Golf Club is the perfect venue. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, this course’s features ...

100 Wailea Golf Club Dr. Kihei, HI 96753

The Old Blue Course was designed by Arthur Jack Snyder.  For a long time, this course has been a favorite for both its challenge and charm. While the panoramas have to be seen to be believed, the layout ...

100 Wailea Golf Club Dr. Kihei, HI 96753

As I continue to churn out these guides as quickly as I can, I keep getting requests to write yet another one about a specific location in Florida.  Having spent ample time in the Sunshine State, I thought I knew ...

Sarasota Florida

Mark Alden was the one chosen to re-design Serenoa Golf Club.  His vision was to create a golf course unlike anything else in Sarasota.  That’s exactly what he proceeded to do.Serenoa Golf Club is designed ...

6773 Serenoa Dr. #9276 Sarasota, FL 32241

Misty Creek Country Club has a distinction that belongs to no other course in Southwest Florida.  It sits inside a wildlife preserve.  If you fancy nature along with your golf, this place gives you the best ...

8954 Misty Creek Dr. Sarasota, FL 34241

Locals say that Rosedale is arguably the best conditioned golf course in Sarasota.  I don’t know about you, but that certainly piques my interest. The layout is challenging in that it asks you to execute a wide variety ...

5100 E. 87th St. Bradenton, FL 34211

Designed by Ted McAnlis, Tatum Ridge is a favorite track for both better players and seniors.  If you’re looking to test your game, you’ve come to the right place. A rarity in Florida, this track is a ...

421 Tatum Rd. Sarasota, FL 34240

In the summer of 2015, Bent Tree underwent a substantial renovation.  Since then, golfers have had nothing but glowing reviews.  Notable improvements include excellent bunker conditions, and pure TifEagle ...

4700 Bent Tree Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34241

One of the things everyone seems to love about The Palms is its location.  It’s just a short drive from Bird Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key, and downtown Sarasota.Variety, distinct water features, and beautiful ...

1990 S. Beneva Rd. Sarasota, FL 34232

Rolling Green Golf Club is the epitome of Suncoast public golf.Plenty of lakes, strategic bunkers, and tree lined fairways make golfers think their way around this track.Perhaps the most challenging holes at Rolling ...

4501 N. Tuttle Ave. Sarasota, FL 34234

If you’re looking for a country club experience at a public price, you’ll be treated to an exceptional round of golf at the Highlands Course at the Meadows Country Club.Quality ball striking is the name of the game at ...

3400 Longmeadow Sarasota, FL 34235

Legacy Golf Club was designed by the late, great Arnold Palmer.  By now you know he’s my favorite course designer of all-time.  For that reason alone, you know I’m putting this track on my bucket ...

8255 Legacy Blvd. Bradenton, FL 34202

One of the newer courses in the Sarasota area is University Park Golf Club.  The course was rated as the “#1 Golf Course in Southwest Florida” by Golf Digest. This 27-hole facility was designed by Ron Carl ...

7671 The Park Blvd, University Park, FL 34201,USA

Most everyone has a story to tell about spending time in San Francisco.  For my parents, the memories were somewhat blurred by their time there in the peace, love, and happiness of the 60’s.  Or so I’m ...

San Francisco

Franklin Hills is located in the verdant, rolling hills that surround San Francisco in the town of Hercules.This Robert Muir Graves design is characterized by narrow fairways, tight doglegs, and expansive greens that ...

CA-4 Hercules, CA 94547

Lake Chabot is about as close to mountain golf as you’re going to find in the Bay Area. Situated high up in the Oakland Hills, this track has plenty of undulation and elevation change to keep you ...

11450 Golf Links Rd. Oakland, CA 94605

If you’re a fan of muni culture and history, you’ve come to the right place at Sharp Park.This seaside links was designed by none other than Alister MacKenzie.  Yeah, the same guy whose genius was Augusta ...

1 Sharp Park Rd. Pacifica, CA 94044

The 18-hole course at Monarch Bay boasts a reputation as one of the best kept courses, and also one of the best values in the Bay Area. Designed by John Harbottle, this seaside layout features six sets of tees ...

13800 Monarch Bay Dr. San Leandro, CA 94577

One of the Bay Area’s most memorable golf courses, Crystal Springs sits high on the rolling hills above Crystal Springs Reservoir. The course opened for play in 1924 and was designed by William Herbert ...

6650 Golf Course Dr. Burlingame, CA 94010

Metropolitan Links is an iconic American links layout.  You won’t find many tree lined fairways out here.  Instead, they’re expansive and rolling. Don’t be fooled though, there are plenty of well-placed ...

10051 Doolittle Dr. Oakland, CA 94603

Locals say Diablo Hills is one of the best kept secrets in San Francisco. Even though it’s only nine holes, this course is touted as one of the best tests you’re going to find anywhere.  The holes are ...

1551 Marchbanks Dr. Walnut Creek, CA 95598

I was on the edge of my seat for hours during the 2020 PGA Championship.  Colin Morikawa stole the show, and when he drove the green on a short par four on the back nine on Sunday, I was in awe of how impressive ...

99 Harding Rd. San Francisco, CA 94132

Australia is home to some of the finest golf courses in the world.  Most of them are located in the country’s Sandbelt Region. The good news is you can find the same experience in the Bay Area at Corica ...

1 Clubhouse Memorial Rd. Alameda, CA 94502

For great views of the Oakland and San Francisco skylines, as well as stunning vistas of the Bay, plan a round at Tilden Park Golf Course. Located on the UC-Berkeley campus, you’ll have the feeling of nostalgia as ...

10 Golf Course Dr. Berkeley, CA 94708

California’s capital city is known for a lot of different things.  But golf isn’t necessarily one of them.  I’m here to tell you that there is absolutely some great golf to be played here though. I’ve ...

Sacramento

Diamond Oaks Golf Course has been in existence since 1963.   One of Sacramento’s most storied public tracks, this course is meant for the everyman. Another muni, you won’t find much pretention ...

349 Diamond Oaks Rd. Roseville, CA 95678

Ancil Hoffman Golf Course is the work of William Francis Bell.  He’s the son of William Park Bell.  The father-son duo is renowned for their classic West Coast designs including Torrey Pines, Bermuda Dunes, ...

6700 Tarshes Dr. Carmichael, CA 95608

If you’re looking to get out of the city for a peaceful round in the country, River Oaks is your place.Built on what was formerly a 600-acre farm, this course is rich in history and a treat to play. The greens are ...

201 Lee Rd. Nicolaus, CA 95659

Wildhorse Golf Club, a Jeff Brauer design, is classic West Coast parkland.  Trees, bunkers, water hazards, and the ever-present Covell Creek all make shot placement paramount. This track is a favorite for ...

2323 Rockwell Dr. Davis, CA 95618

Locals say WildHawk is one of the best kept secrets in Sacramento. This course is always in great shape and the service is first class.  More than most courses, the staff here are knowledgeable and happy to ...

7713 Vineyard Rd. Sacramento, CA 95289

Kyle Phillips designed Morgan Creek, and a classic design it is. All 18 holes are built in a way that leads you to believe that the course has been here all along, just as nature intended. What I love about ...

8791 Morgan Creek Ln. Roseville, CA 95747

If there’s one course I play religiously when I visit Sacramento, it’s Teal Bend.Set amongst a vast array of native wetlands that border the Sacramento River, there are plenty of birds to be seen.  If you’re on ...

7200 Garden Hwy. Sacramento, CA 95837

Golf Advisor calls Timber Creek the “Golfer’s Choice #1 Course in Sacramento.” Not only is this course an outstanding layout and fun to play, it’s one of the best values in all of Sacramento. Even though this ...

7600 Whistlestop Way Roseville, CA 95747

Just a short drive from downtown on the outskirts of the city, you’ll find Whitney Oaks Golf Club.Thousands of ancient live oaks line the fairways here.  You’ll need to hit it straight or else you’ll be left with ...

2305 Clubhouse Dr. Rocklin, CA 95765

This daily fee facility sits in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Here, you’ll find a balanced variety of holes that offer ample opportunity for risk and reward. A blend of links and parkland design, ...

1620 E. Natoma St. Folsom, CA 95630

There’s no place on the West Coast with a larger concentration of golf courses than Palm Desert.  I suppose you could argue that Scottsdale is right up there, but I live in Scottsdale and my vote still goes to ...

Palm Desert

Date Palm Country Club is another course that doesn’t get as much attention as it should. Having been around for years, Date Palm is steeped in history and tradition.  A classic, old-school design, this ...

36200 Date Palm Dr. Cathedral City, 92234

The Desert Willow golf complex is owned by the city.  It just might be the finest city-owned facility on the West Coast.  The Mountain View Course is one that we always play on my buddies’ ...

38-995 Desert Willow Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92260

There are 36 holes of golf at Mountain Vista which is located in Cathedral City.  The consensus is that the Santa Rosa Course is the better of the two. Rolling hills and narrow fairways characterize this ...

38180 Del Webb Blvd. Palm Desert, CA 92211

Big Rock Golf Club is a classic muni in the town of Indio.  Known for its pristine condition and excellent putting surfaces, this is a place where the everyman can enjoy quality golf.  Maybe that’s ...

79440 Westward Ho Dr. Indio, CA 92201

Another remarkable par three golf course in the valley is Palm Royale. Centrally located in the community of La Quinta, this course is walking friendly and always in tremendous shape. Another Ted Robinson ...

78259 Indigo Dr. La Quinta, CA 92253

The Mountain Course was designed by Pete Dye and is nestled into the base of gorgeous Santa Rose Mountains.  In true dye fashion, this track is full of pot bunkers, bulkhead hazards, rock formations, and ...

50-200 Avenida Vista Bonita La Quinta, CA 92253

The South Course at Indian Canyon Resort is a must play when you’re in the Palm Desert area.  Known for affording spectacular scenery from every hole, this course is both breathtaking and fun to ...

1097 E. Murray Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92264

The Oasis Country Club has been around for a long time.  It’s widely regarded as one of the best short courses in the entire valley. Even though this course only plays to a par of 60, it will test your ...

42330 Casbah Way, Palm Desert, CA 92211

Classic Club was part of the rota for the Bob Hope PGA Tour tournament for years.  It still remains one of the valley’s most iconic courses to this day.  The course is long from the back tees. Afternoon ...

75-200 Classic Club Blvd. Palm Desert, CA 92211

World renowned architect, John Fought, designed the Player’s Course which opened for play in 2007. The bunkering is unique here and resembles that of other classic designs like Riviera and Winged ...

44-500 Indian Wells Ln. Indian Wells, CA 92210

I’ve played some golf in Northern California.  One of our writers has played quite a bit too as the region is only a short drive from his home in Central Oregon.  In this part of the state, the landscape and ...

Orange County

Don’t get me wrong, I love Disneyland just like everyone else.  But, after two or three days of long lines and cotton candy, I’m happy to leave the kids with my wife and escape.  More often than not, that ...

6501 Nohl Ranch Rd. Anaheim, CA 92807

I love Newport Beach Golf Course.  This place screams muni and the layout is plain fun to play. An executive design, Newport Beach Golf Course is rich with character and a cast of characters that I absolutely ...

3100 Irvine Ave. Newport Beach, CA 92660

Tranquility is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Strawberry Farms.  Our readers seem to agree.The course is laid out among natural wetlands and a 35-acre reservoir.  The views of the ...

11 Strawberry Farm Rd. Irvine, CA 92612

Black Gold Golf Club was designed by the one and only Arthur Hills. This course isn’t long by modern standards, but it demands your very best.  Rolling hills, elevation changes, and strategic bunkers and ...

1 Black Golf Dr. Yorba Linda, CA 92886

You know I’m a sucker for really good nine-hole courses.  Let’s face it, you don’t always have time for 18.Ben Brown’s Golf Course is hands down the best nine-hole track in Orange County. This is a short ...

31106 Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA 92561

Tustin Ranch Golf Club was voted “Best Orange County Golf Course” by the Orange County Register in 2009, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2015.  That’s pretty impressive.Designed by the infamous Ted Robinson, Tustin Ranch is ...

12442 Tustin Ranch Rd. Tustin, CA 92782

Locals call Oak Creek Golf Club a hidden gem. Designed by Tom Fazio, this track is fun to play while challenging for golfers of all levels. The fairways are tapered.  That means that the farther you hit ...

1 Golf Club Dr. Irvine, CA 92618

Another course set high on the cliffs above the Pacific is Monarch Beach Golf Links. This Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design is challenging and fair in the same breath.  Target golf without a ton or room for ...

50 N. Drive Dana Point, CA 92629

If you’re looking for world-class golf at a fair price, you won’t want to miss Tijeras Creek.The two nines here are quite different from one another.  The front nine is a tight, parkland design with plenty of ...

29082 Tijeras Creek, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

You can’t talk about golf in the OC without mentioning Pelican Hill.  Both courses are out of this world, but the South Course is my personal favorite.It’s not cheap to play here but it’s more than worth ...

22800 S. Pelican Hill Rd. Newport Coast, CA 92657

Way up in the northern part of the state, you’ll find the quiet interstate town of Weed.  There’s not much here other than some hotels, a brewery, and a community college.Just north and east of town is Lake ...

5925 Country Club Dr. Weed, CA 96084

You know how much I love munis.  Bidwell Park in the city of Chico is one of the best around.This course is over 100 years old and its charm hasn’t worn off in the least.  It still plays host to the Chico ...

3199 Golf Course Rd. Chico, CA 95973

Truckee, CA is high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the Nevada border. This is mountain golf at its finest where you can tee it high and let it fly.  The ball goes a long way at this elevation. The ...

10685 Northwoods Blvd. Truckee, CA 96161

Bayonet Golf Course sits near the coast in the town of Seaside. This course is designed in a way that will test every facet of your game.  The fairways are narrow and the holes long. A testament to how ...

1 McClure Way Seaside, CA 93995

Greg Norman is a wine connoisseur.  It reasons that he designed the Course at Wente Vineyards.Having played host to the Nationwide Tour’s Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship, you can rest assured this is a ...

5040 Arroyo Rd. Livermore, CA 94550

Playing where the pros play.  It’s something all golfers dream of doing.  Guess what?  You can at Harding Park.Having played host to last year’s PGA Championship and a President’s Cup, Harding Park is ...

99 Harding Rd. San Francisco, CA 94132

Darkhorse Golf Club is quintessential Northern California golf. Rolling hills, tree lined fairways, and strategic hazards define this course’s character. Expect to hit shots from point A to point B out ...

24150 Darkhorse Dr. Auburn, CA 95602

Alister MacKenzie is one of my favorite architects of all time.  Yeah, he’s the guy that designed Augusta National. Pasatiempo is an iconic track rich with history. From tee to green, the course isn’t ...

20 Clubhouse Rd. Santa Cruz, CA 95060

One of the best values in Northern California is Pacific Grove Golf Links. Here, classic coastal links design is married with the natural landscape where jagged cliffs overlook the Pacific. The front nine is ...

71 Asilomar Blvd. Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Yocha Dehe means “home by the spring water” in the native language of Yocha Dehe Native Americans.  That makes sense considering this course features plenty of crystalline water and the surrounding country is ...

14455 CA-16 Brooks, CA 95606

West Virginia is called the Mountain State.  That alone has my intrigue, and I can’t believe I’ve never been to the state.  I love mountains and especially mountain golf. After receiving an email from ...

West Virginia

The Mountainview Course at Lakeview Resort was designed by Bryan Ault.  It opened in 1985.Since then, this course has been a favorite for both locals and summertime vacationers. Set in the foothills of the ...

150 Lakeview Dr. Morgantown, WV 26508
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