My 2015 top 50 public courses in the U.S.: Nos. 30-21



This week on Golf Channel's Morning Drive and here on Golf Advisor, I'm counting down my Top 50 Courses that you can play in the United States.

In the first installment of this countdown, courses 50 through 41, I shared my criteria for establishing this list.

The next 10 courses, 40 through 31, is another grouping of mostly modern designs from a mix of geographical pockets of golf, including two different layouts in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. Plus, a much-anticipated U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

This group includes multiple courses in the TPC network, the Sandhills of North Carolina, plus some of the most prestigious municipals in the country.

Lists are the ultimate generators of debate. You can join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #MattsTop50. Or, write your own review of the course and compare your assessments with other avid golfers on Golf Advisor.

Ginella's Top 50 public courses: 30-21

30. South Course at Torrey Pines

La Jolla, Calif.
Designer: William F. Bell, Rees Jones
Price: $61-229


29. Stadium Course at PGA West

La Quinta, Calif.
Designer: Pete Dye
Price: $199


28. Blue Course at Streamsong Resort

Fort Meade, Fla.
Designer: Tom Doak
Price: $170-225


27. Old Macdonald at Bandon Dunes Resort

Bandon, Ore.
Designer: Tom Doak, Jim Urbina
Price: $265-310


26. TPC Old White at The Greenbrier

White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
Designer: C.B. MacDonald, Seth Raynor
Price: $335-385

Video: Ginella on courses 30 through 26


25. TPC Harding Park

San Francisco, Calif.
Designer: Willie Watson
Price: $53-176


24. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club

Southern Pines, N.C.
Designer: Donald Ross
Price: $125-195


23. Pinehurst No. 4 at Pinehurst Resort

Pinehurst, N.C.
Designer: Tom Fazio
Price: $180-250


22. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club

Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Price: $219


21. PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Designer: Pete Dye
Price: $350-400

Video: Ginella on courses 25 through 21

The other 40: 10-1 | 20-11 | 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.

Dec 05, 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.