Bandon Dunes -- as pure a pure golf destination as you'll find -- helps make Oregon that nation's best state for golf, Matt Ginella says. (Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor) Kiawah Island Golf Resort is part of what makes South Carolina America's second-best state for golf, according to Matt Ginella. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)

What are the top five states for golf?



Matt Ginella, The Golf Channel's travel expert, probably threw a few listeners off when he was asked to name the top five states for golf trips. Two heavyweights were noticeably absent when he ticked off Oregon, Arizona, South Carolina and Florida as the top four and a tie between Michigan and Wisconsin for fifth.

Hawaii and California were left out in the cold, probably because California is so vast and its golf expensive and Hawaii feels so remote to most of the country.

Ginella's selections make perfect sense, however. Arizona and Florida are winter hotbeds from November through March. Oregon (Bandon Dunes Golf Resort) and South Carolina (Kiawah Island Golf Resort and The Sea Pines Resort) both boast incredible resorts right on the coast. Michigan and Wisconsin heat up in summer with enough daylight for 54 holes or more.

Ginella said he believes it's getting harder and harder to choose a top five. "Once Sand Valley is done, Wisconsin might leap frog Michigan on this list," he said.

Disagree with these options? Let us know why in the comments below.

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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.