Top 25 course conditions in the U.S. in 2016 on Golf Advisor



A golf course's condition is subject to fluctuate more than any other element of the experience throughout the year. It's also, in the eyes of many golfers, the most important part of the golf course experience. In fact, nine of the top-ten conditioned courses that made our Top 25 in 2016 also made our Top 50 overall list.

So this best-of list is for the golf course superintendents. They work lots of hours and worry about diseases, pests, weather, busted sprinkler heads and just about anything else that can wreck havoc on 100-plus acres of managed turf. We analyzed our 100,000-plus reviews in 2016 to find which courses most consistently delivered exceptional playing surfaces. We were pleased to see reviewers credit the maintenance staff for managing extreme and even catastrophic weather conditions. Harbour Town Golf Links, for example, received tremendous praise for their quick cleanup following Hurricane Matthew this fall. Other courses received heaps of praise for keeping the grass alive during summer drought, or managed to get the turf dried out after heavy rain.

This year's top 25 features courses in all types of climates, from the Midwest to the southwest and Florida. Each climate comes with its unique challenges to playing conditions. If you play a course in particularly excellent shape in 2017, be sure to thank the super, grounds crew, and even write a review right here so they can be considered for next year's edition.

Top 25 courses in the U.S. as rated by Course Conditions in 2016

25. Championship Course at Wild Rock Golf Club

Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.
What they're saying: "Hilly terrain, lots of undulation everywhere, great condition."

24.Sawmill Creek Golf Club & Resort

Huron, Ohio
What they're saying: "Greens, traps, tees fairways and the rough were all in great condition."

23. Golden Oaks Golf Club

Fleetwood, Penn.
What they're saying: "Fairways were in great shape and the rough was not extremely deep."

22. Sun Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort

Las Vegas
What they're saying: "Every bit as fine as what the pros were getting at TPC."

21. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

Maricopa, Ariz.
What they're saying: "Thoroughly impressed with the layout, conditioning and visual appeal."

20. Heritage Palms Golf Club

Indio, Calif.
What they're saying: "Very well maintained, lush and green. Best greens in the valley."

19. Cattail at Whirlwind Golf Club

Chandler, Ariz.
What they're saying: "Greens were really smooth, fast, rolled true."

18. The Hideaway Country Club

Fort Myers, Fla.
What they're saying: "The course is immaculate with best fairways and testing greens."

17. Oakcreek Country Club

Sedona, Ariz.
What they're saying: "Course personnel have worked hard to achieve the great condition."

16. Bowes Creek Country Club

Elgin, Ill.
What they're saying: "In better condition than some private courses in the area."

15. Royal Manchester Golf Links

Mount Wolf, Pa.
What they're saying: "Greens roll true and are maintained with expert level care."

14. Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort

Sunriver, Ore.
What they're saying: "The Meadows has rebuilt all of their bunkers with a new concept; greens are all newly seeded and are very true."

13. Woodstock Country Club

Woodstock, Vt.
What they're saying: "This is a hidden jewel in the great state of Vermont."

12. Cobblestone Park Golf Club

Blythewood, S.C.
What they're saying: "Best greens I have seen since moving to South Carolina."

11. Hawk Hollow Golf Course

Bath, Mich.
What they're saying: "Extremely well manicured; excellent greens that roll true."

10. Moody Gardens Golf Course

Galveston, Texas
What they're saying: "The fairways are prestine and the greens are like carpet."

9. Greystone Golf Club

Dickson, Tenn.
What they're saying: "The tee boxes are the best that I have see in quite some time."

8. Quintero Golf Club

Peoria, Ariz.
What they're saying: "Very well manicured, you couldn't tell that overseed had just finished."

7. Chariot Run

Laconia, Ind.
What they're saying: "Smooth, fast greens. And it feels like you're playing links golf."

6. Thistle Golf Club

Sunset Beach, N.C.
What they're saying: "It gave an average hacker like myself a glimpse of the conditions the pros."

5. Eagle Eye Golf Club

Bath, Mich.
What they're saying: "The maintenance crew deserves a round of applause for their work."

4. Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
What they're saying: "Was thoroughly impressed with the condition of the course considering the storm that just passed."

3. The Georgia Club

Statham, Ga.
What they're saying: "Greens, top notch! Rolled true as any I've ever played on."

2. Rams Hill Golf Club

Borrego Springs, Calif.
What they're saying: "Perfect greens. True rolls, speed was 11; all tee boxes totally level. Mint."

1. Forest Glen Golf & Country Club

Naples, Fla.
What they're saying: "Course is in fantastic condition and the greens are rolling fast."

Jan 23, 2017



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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.