Ginella's Top 50 public golf courses in the U.S. in 2015: 20-11



We're counting down my Top 50 public courses in the U.S. all week on Golf Channel's Morning Drive and on Golf Advisor.

Courses 20 through 11 feature courses from Hawaii to Pinehurst, and the architects represented here are among the game's most legendary. Pete Dye, in fact, has three designs in this segment (including his co-design with Jack Nicklaus at Harbour Town).

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Ginella's Top public courses in the U.S.: 20 through 11

20. Seaside Course at Sea Island

St. Simons Island, Ga.
Designer: H.S. Colt, Tom Fazio
Price: $225-295
Video: Sea Island


19. Pinehurst No. 8 at Pinehurst Resort

Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
Designer: Tom Fazio
Price: $225-285


18. Chambers Bay

University Place, Wash.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Price: $149-250


17. Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort

Lahaina, Hawaii
Designer: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Price: $295


16. Championship Course at Blackwolf Run

Kohler, Wis.
Designer: Pete Dye
Price: $285
Editor's Note: The Championship routing is a composite course of Blackwolf Run and Meadow Valleys that can be played the first month of any golf season Kohler is hosting a major championship.


Video: Ginella on his top 20-16 courses in the U.S.

15. Pine Needles Resort & Golf Club

Southern Pines, N.C.
Designer: Donald Ross
Price: $200-235


14. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

Pawleys Island, S.C.
Designer: Mike Strantz
Price: $199


13. Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Designer: Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus
Price: $305


12. Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort

Kiawah Island, S.C.
Designer: Pete Dye
Price: $370


11. Red Course at Streamsong Resort

Fort Meade, Fla.
Designer: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Price: $155-225

Video: Ginella talks courses Nos. 15-thru-11

The other 40: 10-1 | 30-21 | 40-31 | 50-41 | honorable mentions

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.

Dec 06, 2015



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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for GolfChannel.com and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.