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.
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Ginella's Top 50 public courses: 40-31
38. Erin Hills
Designer: Mike Strantz
Video: Ginella discusses courses 40 through 36
35. Dormie Club
West End, N.C.
Designer: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Designer: Scott Hoffman
32. Gamble Sands
Designer: David McLay Kidd
31. Arcadia Bluffs
Designer: Rick Smith
Video: Michigan among Ginella's favorite fall destinations
Video: Ginella discusses courses 35 through 31
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.