Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play


Each year we publish three lists that are the foundation of our course-ratings program: Golfweek’s Best Modern CoursesGolfweek’s Best Classic Courses and Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play, state-by-state.

If you’re looking for only the best in public-access golf, we’ve got you covered with this list of the top 100 Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in the United States, as judged by our nationwide network of raters. (Pictured atop this story: Bandon Dunes Golf Resort’s Bandon Dunes)

The members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on our 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course. Those overall ratings on each course are averaged together to produce a final rating for each course.

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

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

*New or returning to the rankings.

Pinehurst No. 2 (Courtesy of Pinehurst)

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, Calif. (No. 9 c)

2. Bandon Dunes (Pacific Dunes)

Bandon, Ore. (No. 2 m)

3. Pinehurst (No. 2)

Pinehurst, N.C. (No. 15 c)

4. Bandon Dunes (Old Macdonald)

Bandon, Ore. (No. 5 m)

5. Whistling Straits (Straits)

Mosel, Wis. (No. 7 m)

6. Bandon Dunes (Bandon Dunes)

Bandon, Ore. (No. 9 m)

7. Shadow Creek

North Las Vegas, Nev. (No. 11 m)

8. Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Ocean Course)

Kiawah Island, S.C. (No. 13 m)

9. Bethpage State Park (Black)

Farmingdale, N.Y. (No. 27 c)

10. Bandon Dunes (Bandon Trails)

Bandon, Ore. (No. 15 m)

11. Pasatiempo 

Santa Cruz, Calif. (No. 32 c)

12. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium)

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (No. 22 m)

13. Sand Valley (Mammoth Dunes)

Nekoosa, Wis. (No. 30 m)

14. Sand Valley (Sand Valley)

Nekoosa, Wis. (No. 32 m)

15. Spyglass Hill

Pebble Beach, Calif. (No. 33 m)

16. Streamsong (Red)

Bowling Green, Fla. (No. 39 m)

17. Gamble Sands

Brewster, Wash. (No. 40 m)

18. Kapalua (Plantation)

Maui, Hawaii (No. 44 m)

19. Streamsong (Black)

Bowling Green, Fla. (No. 46 m)

20. Four Seasons Resort (Manele)

Lanai, Hawaii (No. 51 m)

21. Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs)

Arcadia, Mich. (No. 53 m)

22. Sea Pines Resort (Harbour Town GL)

Hilton Head Island, S.C. (No. 56 m)

23. Streamsong (Blue)

Bowling Green, Fla. (No. 57 m)

24. Chambers Bay

University Place, Wash. (No. 59 m)

25. Lawsonia (Links)

Green Lake, Wis. (No. 66 c)

Still photos from the first drone session at Erin Hills, a daily fee destination golf course and resort in Erin, Wisconsin and site of the 2017 US Open Championship. The course was designed by Hurdzan/Fry and Ron Whitten and built by Landscapes Unlimited, LLC. It opened for play in 2006 and has already hosted the 2011 US Amateur Chanpionship and the 2008 Women's Amateur Public Links. Photograph and copyright by Paul Hundley, September, 2015. Drone piloted by Travis Waibel. Erin Hills (Courtesy of Erin Hills/Paul Hundley and Travis Waibel)

26. Sweetens Cove

South Pittsburg, Tenn. (No. 60 m)

27. Fallen Oak

Saucier, Miss. (No. 68 m)

28. Karsten Creek

Stillwater, Okla. (No. 76 m)

29. Erin Hills

Hartford, Wis. (No. 80 m)

30. Marquette Golf Club (Greywalls)

Marquette, Mich. (No. 83 m)

31. Sea Island (Seaside)

St. Simon Island, Ga. (No. 84 m)

32. The Omni Homestead Resort (Cascades)

Hot Springs, Va. (No. 98 c)

33. Blackwolf Run (River)

Kohler, Wis. (No. 93 m)

34. Wine Valley

Walla Walla, Wash. (No. 94 m)

35. Links of North Dakota

Ray, N.D. (m)

36. Forest Dunes (The Loop Red & Black)

Roscommon, Mich. (m)

37. Primland (Highland)

Meadow of Dan, Va. (m)

38. Prairie Club (Dunes)

Valentine, Neb. (m)

39. Mossy Oak

West Point, Miss. (m)

40. Torrey Pines (South)

San Diego (c)

41. Pinehurst (No. 4)

Pinehurst, N.C. (m)

42. Mid Pines

Southern Pines, N.C. (c)

43. Giants Ridge (Quarry)

Biwabik, Minn. (m)

44. Silvies Valley Ranch (Hankins) 

Seneca, Ore. (m)

45. Wild Horse

Gothenburg, Neb. (m)

46. The Greenbrier (Old White)

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (c)

47. Paako Ridge

Sandia Park, N.M. (m)

48. French Lick Resort (Pete Dye)

French Lick, Ind. (m)

49. Silvies Valley Ranch (Craddock)

Seneca, Ore. (m)

50. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club

Myrtle Beach, S.C. (c)

Caledonia Golf and Fish Club (Courtesy of Caledonia)

51. Rustic Canyon

Moorpark, Calif. (m)

52. Forest Dunes (Weiskopf)

Roscommon, Mich. (m)

53. Montage Palmetto Bluff May River)

Bluffton, S.C. (m)

54. Sand Hollow (Championship)

Hurricane, Utah (m)

55. Pine Needles

Southern Pines, N.C. (c)

56. Whistling Straits (Irish)

Mosel, Wis. (m)

57. World Woods (Pine Barrens)

Brooksville, Fla. (m)

58. Cog Hill GC (No. 4 – Dubsdread)

Lemont, Ill. (m)

59. FarmLinks at Pursell Farms

Sylacauga, Ala. (m)

60. Hawktree

Bismarck N.D. (m)

61. Golden Horseshoe (Gold)

Williamsburg, Va. (m) 

62. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club

Pawleys Island, S.C. (m)

63. Big Cedar Ozarks (National)

Hollister, Mo. (m)

64. Crosswater

Sunriver, Ore. (m)

65. Old Waverly

West Point, Miss. (m)

66. CordeValle

San Martin, Calif. (m)

67. Keswick Hall and GC (Full Cry)

Charlottesville, Va. (m)

68. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Kona, Hawaii (m)

69. Rams Hill

Borrego Springs, Calif. (m)

70. Princeville Makai

Kauai, Hawaii (m)

71. We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro)

Fort McDowell, Arizona (m)

72. The Wilderness at Fortune Bay

Tower, Minn. (m)

73. Trump Golf Links Ferry Point

New York (m)

74. Quintero Golf Club

Peoria, Arizona (m)

75. Black Jack’s Crossing

Lajitas, Texas (m)

Reynolds Lake Oconee’s Great Waters (Courtesy of Reynolds Lake Oconee/Russell Kirk)

76. Torrey Pines (North)

San Diego (m)

77. Cascata

Boulder City, Nev. (m)

78. Linville GC

Linville, N.C. (c)

79. Bulle Rock GC

Havre de Grace, Md. (m)

80. Yocha Dehe at Cache Creek Casino

Brooks, Calif. (m)

81. Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek)

North Plains, Ore. (m)

82. Big Cedar (Buffalo Ridge)

Hollister, Mo. (m)

83. Atlantic City CC

Northfield, N.J. (c)

84. Trump National Doral Miami (Blue Monster)

Doral, Fla. (m)

85. Black Diamond Ranch (Quarry)

Lecanto, Fla. (m)

86. Bay Hill Club and Lodge

Orlando (m)

87. Cape Cod National

Brewster, Mass. (m)

88. Red Sky (Fazio)

Wolcott, Colo. (m)

89. Omni Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons)

Austin, Texas (m)

90. Wolf Creek

Mesquite, Nev. (m)

91. The Broadmoor (East)

Colorado Springs, Colo. (c)

92. Salish Cliffs

Shelton, Wash. (m)

93. Reynolds Lake Oconee (Great Waters)

Greensboro, Ga. (m)

94. SentryWorld

Stevens Point, Wis. (m)

95. True Blue

Pawleys Island, S.C. (m)

96. Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain (Saguaro Tortolita)

Marana, Arizona (m)

97. PGA West (Stadium)

La Quinta, Calif. (m)

98. Turning Stone Resort (Atunyote)

Verona, N.Y. (m)

99. Tobacco Road

Sanford, N.C. (m)

100. Redlands Mesa

Grand Junction, Colo. (m)



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