Pinehurst No. 2 is one of a handful of great Donald Ross designs open to the public in the U.S.  (Matt Ginella/GolfAdvisor) At 218 yards, the fifth hole is the longest par 3 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, host of three U.S. Women's Opens.  (Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor) The East Course at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. has hosted multiple U.S. Women's Opens. (Courtesy of The Broadmoor)

The top five Donald Ross-designed golf courses you can play

No architect has made an imprint on American golf quite like Donald Ross. The Scotsman from the town of Dornoch came to the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century and made Pinehurst, N.C. his home for most of this time, but traveled across the U.S. designing and consulting on many of the country's early golf courses.

While a lot of Ross' finest golf courses are exclusive privates like major championship hosts Oakland Hills, Oak Hill and Inverness, he has loads of public courses, ranging from resort courses to municipals.

Matt Ginella named his top five Donald Ross designs in the U.S. in this clip from Morning Drive on Golf Channel:

Video: The top five Donald Ross designs you can play

1. Pinehurst No. 2

2. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

3. East Course at Broadmoor Resort

4. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club

5. The Ross Course at French Lick

There are an estimated 400 golf courses across the U.S. that Donald Ross designed, so chances are there is one near you. Some Twitter followers wrote in with their suggestions:

So what are your favorite Ross designs in the U.S.? Let us know in the comments below.

Aug 18, 2014

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.

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