Top 25 Arnold Palmer golf course designs in the U.S. according to your reviews



Arnold Palmer was a prolific businessman, and one of the key pieces of his portfolio was Arnold Palmer Design, which has designed over 300 courses and counting since he designed the first nine holes at Pennsylvania's Indian Lake Country Club in 1967.

The collection he left behind around the world are a huge piece of his legacy, as Arnie's Army will be able to play a course he designed for many years to come.

Palmer's golf course architecture business really took off in the late-1980s and into the mid-2000s. Over these decades, Palmer leaned on excellent lead associates including Frank Duane, Ed Seay and Erik Larsen. Despite Palmer's passing in the fall of 2016, the company moves forward. With Thad Layton now the Senior Golf Course Architect, this year Palmer Design opened brand new Lakewood National near Tampa. In 2016, they redesigned Orlando's Shingle Creek Golf Club. They are also currently working on the second course at Castle Stuart in the Highlands of Scotland.

Golf Advisor reviewers have an affinity for Arnold Palmer Design golf courses, and we saw many reviews of Palmer courses come in shortly after his passing in September 2016 paying their respects. While courses like Bay Hill are regular PGA Tour tournament venues, his courses are known to be fun, and perhaps a little less penal than some of his contemporaries. In 2016, two of his designs, Scotch Hall Preserve and Classic Club, made our Top 50 courses in the U.S., and many more made respective state lists. Three Palmer designs have received 700 or more reviews on Golf Advisor: Starr Pass (700), Legends Course at Orange Lake Resort (709) and Starfire Golf Club (769).

In celebration of the King's legacy, we're sharing the top 25 Palmer-designed golf courses in the U.S. according to our all-time golfer reviews dating back to 2012. To compile the list, we took a course's combined score of their overall and layout all-time averages to determine the Top 25 (minimum 10 reviews all-time).

Top 25 Arnold Palmer Designs according to Golf Advisor ratings

25. Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club

Phoenix
Year built: 1997

24. The BOG

Saukville, Wisc.
Year built: 1995

23. Starr Pass Golf Club

Tucson, Ariz.
Year built: 2003

22. Lakewood National Golf Club

Lakewood, Fla.
Year built: 2017

21. Cherokee Run Golf Club

Conyers, Ga.
Year built: 1995

20. Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort

Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii
Year built: 1992

19. King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village

St. Augustine, Fla.
Year built: 2000 (Co-design with Jack Nicklaus)

18. The Bridges Golf Club at Hollywood Casino

Bay St. Louis
Year built: 1997

17. The Bluffs on Thompson Creek

Saint Francisville, La.
Year built: 1988

16. Dayton Valley Golf Club

Dayton, Nev.
Year built: 1991

15. Championship Course at Bay Hill Club & Lodge

Orlando, Fla.
Year built: 1961 (redesigned, 1989)

14. Coyote Preserve Golf Club

Fenton, Mich.
Year built: 2001

13. King's North at Myrtle Beach National

Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Year built: 1996

12. Aviara Golf Club

Carlsbad, Calif.
Year built: 1991

11. Rivers Edge Golf Club

Shallotte, N.C.
Year built: 1999

10. The Palmer Course at La Cantera

San Antonio, Texas
Year built: 2001

9. The Den at Fox Creek

Bloomington, Ill.
Year built: 1997

8. The Golf Club At North Hampton

Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Year built: 2001

7. The Classic Club

Palm Desert, Calif.
Year built: 2006

6. Palmilla Beach Golf Club

Port Aransas, Texas
Year built: 2008

5. The Ravines Golf Club

Saugatuck, Mich.
Year built: 1999

4. Lost Key Golf Club

Pensacola, Fla.
Year built: 1997 (redesigned 2006)

3. The Legend at Shanty Creek

Bellaire, Mich.
Year built: 1986

2. The Resort at Running Y Ranch

Klamath Falls, Ore.
Year built: 1997

1. Scotch Hall Preserve

Merry Hill, N.C.
Year built: 2009

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.