2015's top 50 golf courses you can play in the U.S.: 40-31



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, which can be found here.

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. My list contains seven courses from Carolina's Sandhills, two of which are represented in this section of 10.

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: 40-31

40. Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort

Kahuku, Hawaii
Designer: Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay
Price: $155-185
Video: Ginella's Top 5 courses in Hawaii


39. CordeValle Golf Club

San Martin, Calif.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Price: $325
Video: Ginella, Rymer and Williams on CordeValle


38. Erin Hills

Erin, Wis.
Designer: Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, Ron Whitten
Price: $265


37. Tobacco Road Golf Club

Sanford, N.C.
Designer: Mike Strantz
Price: $140

36. Saguaro at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

Fountain Hills, Ariz.
Designer: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Price: $210-235

Video: Ginella discusses courses 40 through 36


35. Dormie Club

West End, N.C.
Designer: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Price: $190-215


34. The Classic at Madden's on Gull Lake

Brainerd, Minn.
Designer: Scott Hoffman
Price: $86-120


33. Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Ariz.
Designer: Tom Weiskopf, Jay Morrish
Price: $200-309
Video: On Tom Weiskopf and TPC Scottsdale


32. Gamble Sands

Brewster, Wash.
Designer: David McLay Kidd
Price: $110-160


31. Arcadia Bluffs

Arcadia, Mich.
Designer: Rick Smith
Price: $190
Video: Michigan among Ginella's favorite fall destinations


Video: Ginella discusses courses 35 through 31

The other 40: 10-1 | 20-11 | 30-21 | 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 03, 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.