Bay Harbor Golf Club along Lake Michigan is a rare Midwest course where green fees can top $200. (Courtesy of Brian Walters) Hawaii is another hotbed of costly winter golf. Pictured is the 17th hole on the North Course at Mauna Lani Resort. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor) A round on the South Course at Torrey Pines, host of the 2008 U.S. Open, costs $229. (David R. Holland/Golf Advisor)

A price guide to America's most expensive green fees: Part 2



While part 1 of America's most expensive courses features all the usual suspects, like Pebble Beach Golf Links and Pinehurst No. 2, the second half of the list contains a few surprises.

Not all of the courses no. 65 and below are household names, yet they still charge "rack rate" green fees in excess of $200 or more. You've got PGA Tour venues like the South Course at Torrey Pines and TPC Louisiana mixed in with unheralded places like Saratoga National Golf Club, an upstate gem really only known by New Yorkers, and Beaver Creek Golf Club, located in Colorado ski country in the Vail Valley. It's an interesting list, for sure.

Read part 1 of this story here.

65. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

Peak rate: $235

Comment: Tall pines frame this great championship track -- host of three U.S. Women's Opens -- although I favor the restored Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club across the street (peak rate $195).

T-66. Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Oak Point and Cougar Point at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Peak rate: Non-resort guest: $232; resort guests: $198

Comment: Turtle Point by Nicklaus is closed until this fall for a renovation.

70. Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club

Peak rate: $230

Comment: The private club in southwest Michigan, a longtime host of the Western Amateur, allows some public play Tuesday-Friday arraigned by your home course's head professional.


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T-71. South Course and North Course at The Boulders

Peak rate: $225 plus 7.95 percent sales tax

Comment: Golfers who don't hit a giant boulder at least once in their round should be on Tour.

T-73. South Course at Torrey Pines

Peak rate: $229

Comment: It will be interesting to see what Torrey Pines' North Course ($125) costs once its renovation by Weiskopf is complete.

T-73. TPC Stadium Course at PGA West

Peak rate: $229

Comment: Dye's demanding track in California's Coachella Valley hosted the final round of the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge after a hiatus of three decades. Those guys hit it so far now that some of its fear factor is gone.

T-73. TPC Louisiana

Peak rate: $229

Comment: Dye's tiny pot bunkers always create some interesting lies during the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

T-73. TPC Treviso Bay

Peak rate: $229

Comment: Public tee times are limited in high season in Naples, Fla.

T-77. Shepherd's Rock and Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Resort & Spa

Peak rate: $225

Comment: Dye's thrilling Mystic Rock design in the heart of Pennsylvania hosted the 84 Lumber Classic from 2003-06. Shepherd's Rock is a Dye/Tim Liddy reboot of an old course that debuted in 2017.

T-77. Atunyote Course at Turning Stone Resort

Peak rate: $225 non-resort guest; $200 resort guest

Comment: This Fazio track was home to a PGA Tour event from 2006-10. The 2016 PGA Professional National Championship this summer will be a decade after the first one at upstate New York's most luxurious golf and gaming destination.

T-77. West Course at The Broadmoor

Peak rate: $225

Comment: This Colorado course is a combination of the original 1918 Donald Ross design and the Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1964 design.

T-77. Atlantic City Country Club

Peak rate: $225

Comment: Tom Doak has done work on this classic course with views of the Atlantic City, N.J. skyline.


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T-77. Poppy Hills

Peak rate: $225

Comment: Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s renovation in 2014 gave the home course of the Northern California Golf Association a whole new feel.

T-77. The Meadows Course at The Greenbrier

Peak rate: Non-guest $225; guest $175

Comment: Bob Cupp significantly updated The Meadows in 1999.

T-77. North Course and South Course at Mauna Lani

Peak rate: $225 non-resort guests; $170 resort guests

Comment: The debate will forever rage about which is the better course on the Big Island's dry and sunny Kona/Kohala Coast. I choose the ocean par 3s of the South over the strategic holes of the North.

T-77. Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Peak rate: $225

Comment: Fazio redid Disney's old Osprey Ridge Course in 2014.

T-77. King Kamehameha Golf Club

Peak rate: $225 plus tax.

Comment: This private club on Maui offers a "Guest for a Day" program with limited tee times. Architecture buffs will want to check out its 74,000-square-foot clubhouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

T-88. Dunes Course and Pines Course at The Prairie Club

Peak rate: $224.50

Comment: These rates are deceiving because you get unlimited golf, so that makes them a great deal. Truth is, most golfers will stay the night because The Prairie Club sits hidden in the middle of nowhere Nebraska.

T-90. Highland Course at Primland

Peak rate: $220

Comment: Golfers playing this Donald Steel course essentially get lost in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia near the North Carolina border.

T-90. LaPlaya Golf Club at the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

Peak rate: $220

Comment: Cupp returned last year to completely renovate his original design in Naples.

T-90. Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass

Peak rate: $220

Comment: All the water hazards flow parallel to the holes on this Web.com Tour Championship host, so amateurs don't have to take them on if they don't feel confident.

T-90. Saratoga National Golf Club

Peak rate: $220

Comment: Horse-racing season in upstate New York from July 21-Sept. 5 raises the rates significantly.

T-94. The Bay Course at Kapalua

Peak rate: $219

Comment: The Bay Course hosted many professional golf events during its heyday on Maui.

T-94. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Peak rate: $219

Comment: Golfers can ride Segways, golf boards or golf bikes on the 27 holes at this Scottsdale, Ariz. favorite.

T-96. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club

Peak rate: $215

Comment: This Rees Jones design, set within the Bonnet Creek natural preserve encompassing the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, feels miles from Walt Disney World Resort, even though it's nearby.

T-96. Pound Ridge Golf Club

Peak rate: $215

Comment: Dye's monster of rocks, wetlands and mounding just outside of New York City has a 150 slope. Tee it forward.

T-96. Dormie Club

Peak rate: $215

Comment: The Dormie Club is one of the early successes for the architecture team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

T-96. Links Course at Wild Dunes Resort

Peak rate: $215

Comment: Fazio's first solo effort, completely renovated in 2015, finishes at a par 3 on the Atlantic Ocean. The tighter Harbor Course maxes out at $125.

T-96. Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Pronghorn Resort

Peak rate: $215

Comment: While this Bend, Ore. beauty offers daily-fee play, Pronghorn's Fazio Course is technically private.

T-96. Schaffer's Mill Golf & Lake Club

Peak rate: $215

Comment: This private club in Truckee, Calif., near Lake Tahoe only offers limited tee times on Mondays. It is worth the effort to play with some really great holes on the back nine.

T-96. Sand Valley Golf Resort

Peak rate: $215

Comment: This Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw course in Nekoosa that debuted in May in remote, central Wisconsin will be joined by Mammoth Dunes in 2018.

T-103. Legends Course and Champions Course at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Peak rate: $210

Comment: La Costa, once a regular stop for the pros, has spent millions in the last five years upgrading its courses and resort.

T-103. Maderas Golf Club

Peak rate: $210

Comment: Maderas, a Johnny Miller design run by Troon Golf, could be the best course in greater San Diego.


T-103. Cholla Course and Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

Peak rate: $210

Comment: Who doesn't love this dynamic duo in Arizona's Sonoran Desert?

T-103. Ko Olina Golf Club

Peak rate: $210 non-resort guests; $185 resort guests

Comment: The site of the Lotte Championship on Oahu has a long history with the LPGA Tour.

T-109. The Phoenician

Peak rate: $209

Comment: Of the 27 holes near Camelback Mountain, I favor the Canyon and Oasis nines.

T-109. The North Course and South Course at The Gallery Golf Club

Peak rate: $209

Comment: These Troon Golf-managed courses, site of the 2007 and 2008 Accenture Match Play Championship near Tucson, Ariz., alternate hosting a limited amount of daily non-member tee times.

T-111. The Ocean Course at Hokuala

Peak rate: $205

Comment: Hokuala (formerly Kauai Lagoons) might be the most redesigned course in the world, but it's still got some special holes and views of the Pacific.

T-111. Kaanapali Kai

Peak rate: $205 non-resort guest; $129 resort guest

Comment: The fabled Sugar Cane train, which runs along several holes, is scheduled to reopen in 2016.

T-111. Beaver Creek Golf Club

Peak rate: $205

Comment: The Vail Valley is just as beautiful in the summer as it is during Colorado's ski season.

T-114. Bay Harbor Golf Club

Peak rate: $202

Comment: The 27-hole Bay Harbor in northern Michigan, which hosted Shell's Wonderful World of Golf in the 1990s, celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer.

T-114. The Heather at Boyne Highlands Resort

Peak rate: $202

Comment: This Robert Trent Jones Sr. classic in northern Michigan celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer.

T-116. Wolf Creek Golf Club

Peak rate: $200

Comment: Welcome to the wild, wild West and dramatic red rock canyons of Mesquite, Nev., an hour from Vegas.


T-116. Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne

Peak rate: $200

Comment: Trump tried hard to buy Crandon, which hosted the Champions Tour's Royal Caribbean Golf Classic from 1997-2004.

T-116. The Golf Club at Gray's Crossing

Peak rate: $200

Comment: Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy designed a keeper in trendy Truckee, Calif. near Lake Tahoe.

T-116. Old Greenwood

Peak rate: $200

Comment: This near-perfect Nicklaus design is located across the street from its sister course, The Golf Club at Gray's Crossing.

120. Tetherow Golf Club

Peak rate: $175 plus $25 recommended tip for mandatory forecaddie

Comment: David McLay Kidd's cool course in Bend, Ore. hosted the world's first golf board tournament.

Read part 1 of this story.

Read part 3 of this story.

Editor's Note: We found additional courses with $199 tee times that would probably surpass $200 with taxes included.

Mar 21, 2016



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Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.