The best courses in America’s best golf states (you can actually play)
Oregonians rejoice and Alaskans despair! Golfweek made waves nationwide this week with the publication of their piece “What is America’s best golf state?”
It’s a brilliant depth charge into the golf media space: Rather than merely indicating the best public courses in each state, why not light the fires of state loyalty and pit, say, Michigan against Massachusetts. If you have the slightest ounce of state pride, you’re going to click through to the ranking. You can’t help but know.
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In compiling their ranking, Golfweek, fortunately, stuck to courses you can actually play. Because, really, who cares what state has the best private venues? So the handful of best public, semi-private, and resort courses only, were considered for the ranking. Not surprisingly, distinguished private course/old money heavy states like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania don’t place highly.
So there are two points of curiosity here for the golf fan.
- How the top states stack up.
- What are these glorious public tracks?
With respect to the latter, we’ve got you covered. Here are the 10 best states for golf and the best public venues therein, based on consensus opinion and no shortage of debate.
Shadow Creek GC, (pictured, source/Shadow Creek). North Las Vegas. Cascata, Boulder City. Wolf Creek, Mesquite. Wynn GC, Las Vegas. Coyote Springs (Chase), Coyote Springs
Kapalua (Plantation), Maui (pictured. Source/Kapalua). Manele GC, Lanai. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel GC, Kona. Princeville Makai, Kauai. Wailea GC (Gold), Maui
Chambers Bay, University Place (pictured. Source/Chambers Bay). Gamble Sands, Brewster. Wine Valley, Walla Walla . Salish Cliffs, Shelton. Gold Mountain (Olympic), Bremerton.
Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia (pictured. Source/Arcadia Bluffs). Greywalls at Marquette GC, Marquette. Forest Dunes, Roscommon. Belvedere GC, Charlevoix. Bay Harbor (Links/Quarry), Bay Harbor
6. South Carolina
Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Kiawah Island (pictured. Source/Ocean Course). Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island. May River Course at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton .
5. North Carolina
Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst (pictured. Source/Pinehurst). Mid Pines Club, Southern Pines. Dormie Club, Pinehurst. Pine Needles, Southern Pines. Tobacco Road, Sanford.
TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach (pictured/ Source/Wikipedia). Streamsong (Red), Streamsong. Streamsong (Blue), Streamsong. Trump National Doral Miami (The Blue Monster), Doral.Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill (Championship), Orlando.
Whistling Straits (Straits), Mosel (pictured. Source/Whistling Straits). Blackwolf Run (River), Kohler . Erin Hills, Hartford. Sentry World, Stevens Point. Lawsonia (Links), Green Lake
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach (pictured. Source/Wikipedia). Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach. Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz. Torrey Pines (South), San Diego. Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach.
Pacific Dunes, Bandon (pictured. Source/Bandon Dunes). Old Macdonald, Bandon. Bandon Dunes, Bandon. Bandon Trails, Bandon. Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Ghost Creek), North Plains.