Golf Advisor's Top 50 courses in the United States in 2016: 30-11



We're counting down the 2016 edition of the Top 50 golf courses in the U.S. according to your ratings and reviews in 2016. To view the full methodology, as well as Nos. 50-31, click here.

Top 50 courses in the U.S. according to Golf Advisor reviews: 30-11

30. Wild Rock Golf Club

Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Architect: Dr. Michael Hurdzan/Dana Fry
Green fee: $65-95
What they're saying: "The type of course that you could play every day and never have the same shot twice." - DrEsox

29. Wilderness Golf Course

Lake Jackson, Texas
Architect: Jeff Brauer
Green fee: $27-$67
What they're saying: "Perhaps the best public course in the Houston area." - jayjud

28. Hiland Park Country Club

Queensbury, N.Y.
Architect: Stephen Kay
Green fee: $40-$60
What they're saying: "If country club for a day is what you're looking for, this is it." - bw22retouch

27. Southern Hills Plantation Club

Brooksville, Fla.
Architect: Pete Dye
Green fee: $74-$79
What they're saying: "Southern Hills is now on our yearly 'must play' list." - jbaje

26. Los Caballeros Golf Club

Wickenburg, Ariz.
Architect: Greg Nash/Jeff Hardin
Green fee: $30-$99
What they're saying: "If you time it right, there is a nearby horse ranch and they cross between holes." - Leilani Heying

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25. Scotch Hall Preserve

Merry Hill, N.C.
Architect: Arnold Palmer
Green fee: $40-$50
What they're saying: "I must say was the best golf course I've ever played on." - Shaun1342406

24. Royal Hylands Golf Club

Knightstown, Ind.
Architect: Gary Kern
Green fee: $29-$49
What they're saying: "Yes, you're driving 45-60 minutes from the Indy area, but it's well worth it." - DrOldSchool

23. Dye Course at French Lick Resort

French Lick, Ind.
Architect: Pete Dye
Green fee: $350 + $30 forecaddie fee
What they're saying: "After playing it three times, I'm starting to realize just how good this golf course is." - Mike Bailey

22. Cedarbrook Country Club

Elkin, N.C.
Architect: Ellis Maples/Ed Seay
Green fee: $23-$39
What they're saying: " For the cost I cannot imagine there is a better golf value in North Carolina." - pcvecchio

21. Bowes Creek Country Club

Elgin, Ill.
Architect: Rick Jacobson
Green fee: $49-$85
What they're saying: "Top public course for the money in western Chicago suburbs." - kbmac2

20. Chariot Run

Laconia, Ind.
Architect: Bill Bergin
Green fee: $49-69
What they're saying: "Clearly a high priority is put on maintenance and customer service." - Liz Todd

19. Classic Club

Palm Desert, Calif.
Architect: Arnold Palmer
Green fee: $74-$145
What they're saying: "Played this as the last course of seven over the week and what finale it was!" - Andy Rose

18. Bayonet at Bayonet/Black Horse

Seaside, Calif.
Architect: Gene Bates
Green fee: $45-$165
What they're saying: "Possibly the best value on the west coast. Monterey Peninsula golf will drain your wallet." - mikewgolftime

17. Woodstock Country Club

Woodstock, Vt.
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Green fee: $73-125
What they're saying: "I'm normally not a fan of short courses, but this course is laid out as best it could be." - Ken6614917

16. Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club

Fairview, Texas
Architect: Arthur Hills
Green fee: $30-$61
What they're saying: "The staff was friendly and treated me like loyal member." - Rob Kempinski

15. Richard B. Russell at Arrowhead Pointe

Elberton, Ga.
Architect: Robert Walker
Green fee: $24-$45
What they're saying: "Don't allow it being a state park course [deter] you." - ameribrithhi

14. Thistle Golf Club

Sunset Beach, N.C.
Architect: Tim Cate
Green fee: $69-$149
What they're saying: "Thistle is everything everyone here has said it would be." - JackStraw6

13. El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort & Club

Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Architect: C.E. Clarke/George O'Neil
Green fee: $75-$150
What they're saying: "Absolutely the best place you can play in Florida." - CaptainDave13

12. Yocha Dehe Golf Club

Brooks, Calif.
Architect: Brad Bell
Green fee: $55-$140
What they're saying: "Very relaxing as the staff there make sure all players give each other comfortable playing room." - u000005989652

11. The Jewel Golf Club

Lake City, Minn.
Architect: Hale Irwin
Green fee: $47-75
What they're saying: "Almost every shot felt uniquely different and interesting." - tlm17


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Green fees are based on latest peak-season rates and are subject to change. In the case of resort courses, stay-and-play packages and specials often greatly reduce the price of the green fee. Many of these courses also offer dynamic online tee times, off-season and twilight rates that lower the green fee.

Jan 23, 2017



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