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

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


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


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


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


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

Video: Ginella discusses courses 40 through 36



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


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


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


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


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.

Matt Ginella is Golf Advisor's Editor-at-Large and host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel. Matt serves as resident buddy trip expert and captains a collection of VIP trips called Golf Advisor Getaways.
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