We've spent much of 2017 showcasing the best golf courses of 2016 according to your ratings and reviews. Now, it's time to look at the destinations as the total sum of its parts. We looked at each destination's review count and rating averages to determine which ones left golfers most satisfied in 2016.
Our destinations are determined based on courses within a 30-mile radius from the destination's center point. A minimum of 100 reviews were needed within the destination in 2016 to be considered. (We combined several destinations for this list that are close enough together there were many overlapping courses, including Gaylord-Traverse City, Seattle-Tacoma and Reno-Lake Tahoe).
The result is a list with a mix of bucket-list destinations (in fact, our No. 1 destination may be America's most coveted) and some lesser-known hotspots that may be worth a look if you're in the area. We've also included the top-rated course within the destination based on 2016 reviews. Many of these destinations earned a spot in our Golf Advisor Top 50 courses in the U.S. or subcategory lists.
Click on each destination to see their Top 10 courses according to your ratings, as well as articles and more courses to play.
Top 25 golf destinations in 2016, based on your ratings and reviews
25. Miami, FloridaTop course: Red Tiger at Trump National Doral Miami
White Birch at Brighton Dale Links
Chaska Town Course
Royal Manchester Golf Links
Hawk's Landing Golf Club
18. Destin, FloridaTop course: Kelly Plantation Golf Club
UNC Finley Golf Club
Sun Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute
Palmer Course at La Cantera Hill Country Resort
Olympic Course at Gold Mountain
12. Naples, FloridaTop course: The Rookery at Marco
Championship course at Incline Village
River Course at Sevierville
Kings Way Course at the Club at Yarmouthport
Bartram Trail Golf Club
6. Bend, OregonTop course: Woodlands at Sunriver Resort
Buffalo Ridge Springs
Cedar River at Shanty Creek
Deerhurst Highlands Course at Deerhurst Highlands Resort
Bayonet at Bayonet/BlackHorse