Kiva Dunes in Alabama's Gulf Shores. (Courtesy of Gulf Shores Golf Association) The Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort. (Courtesy of Desert Willow Golf Resort) Maryland National Golf Club, designed by Arthur Hills.  (Courtesy of Maryland National G.C.)

Power Rankings: Alabama standout leads the top-rated courses for the month of April



Alabama has been the center of the college football world for a while now. The Crimson Tide are rolling, having won five national titles under Nick Saban.

Golf Advisor users have crowned one of the state's premier golf courses as a champion as well. Kiva Dunes, the well-known Top 100 course in Gulf Shores, Ala., has climbed to the top of the Golf Advisor Power Rankings, based on user ratings and reviews, for the month of April, 2018.

Every review but one submitted during the month came in at five stars. Kiva Dunes used the strong showing to edge out other top facilities like the TPC Myrtle Beach, Red Tiger at Trump National Doral Miami and the Greg Norman course at PGA West.

User wilkiegolf wrote this about his five-star experience at Kiva Dunes: "Kiva is a hidden gem! Its a course you could play everyday and it never gets old! Challenging but birdies are out there for the taking. Conditioning is superb with firm fast greens and lush fairways. You can hear the Gulf as you play the back nine. Kiva is a must while in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!!"

For the rest of the top 10, click on each course to see what golfers like you have to say.

Top 10-rated courses for April of 2018



10. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club

Orlando, Fla.


9. Maryland National Golf Club

Middletown, Md.


8. Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

Ojai, Calif.


7. Wolf course at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort

Las Vegas


6. Mountain View course at Desert Willow Golf Resort

Palm Desert, Calif.


5. Monument course at Troon North Golf Club

Scottsdale, Az.


4. Greg Norman Golf Course at PGA West

La Quinta, Calif.


3. Red Tiger at Trump National Doral Miami

Miami, Fla.


2. TPC Myrtle Beach

Murrells Inlet, S.C.


1. Kiva Dunes Golf Club

Gulf Shores, Ala.


May 02, 2018



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Tim's avatar
Tim wrote at 2018-05-02 20:02:35+00:00:

It's a shame GRANDE DUNES in Myrtle Beach couldn't make the list! Oh wait, they let their greens die and still charge peak rates! $180 per player was absolute robbery last week. Nice course but definitely not playable yet. Give it until at least June (when temperatures stay in the 90-100 range)


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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.