Top 25 U.S. courses for value in 2016 on Golf Advisor



The term "value" can mean many different things depending on the golfer. But when it's been achieved, there are few better feelings as a consumer. We looked at your 100,000-plus reviews submitted to Golf Advisor in the past year to determine which facilities most consistently provided value according to their star ratings.

Value can mean very different things depending on which destination you're in. Arizona's courses have wild green fee swings between seasons. Value in Naples can be tough to come by for bargain-hunting golfers in the busy winter months. In the north, there's tremendous competition in the summer months to attract repeat customers. These courses have to dance between filling up the tee sheets and also ensuring golfers have a positive experience for the money.

In many cases, a course can still earn a strong value rating if one of their other elements, whether it's facilities or course design, is lacking. But if more than one subcategory like staff friendliness or pace of play is supbar, delivering value becomes that much more difficult to achieve.

A handful of these Top 25 courses for value made our Overall Top 50 for 2016. But the majority of these courses are lesser-known courses that have earned a loyal regional following. You can click on each course guide page to see what golfers have to say about the experience. If you're blown away by a particular course's value, be sure to write a review telling your fellow golfers about it.

Top 25 courses in the U.S. according to their value rating in 2016

25. La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa

Montgomery, Texas
What they're saying: "Exceedingly great value. Very nice, extremely well-maintained."


24. EagleSticks Golf Club

Zanesville, Ohio
What they're saying: "The staff is the envy of every other public course."


23. GreyStone Golf Club

Dickson, Tenn.
What they're saying: "It's scenery is second to none that I've played."


22. Little Ocmulgee At Wallace Adams Course

McRae, Ga.
What they're saying: "This course's condition is better than a lot of course charging 2or3 times the greens fee."


21. Arrowhead Pointe at Richard B. Russell

Elberton, Ga.
What they're saying: "Affordable, playable and beautiful. It's now my home course. No better value for the price."


20. Eagle Chase Golf Club

Marshville, N.C.
What they're saying: "I'd say this is the best bang for the buck course I have ever played in my life."


19. Pine Ridge Country Club

Edgefield, S.C.
What they're saying: "I have never seen it in this great of shape."


18. The Highlands at Dove Mountain

Marana, Ariz.
What they're saying: "You will not find a better course in Tucson for the money."


17. Forest Glen Golf & Country Club

Naples, Fla.
What they're saying: " "Amazed by the immaculate condition of the entire facility."


16. Butternut Creek Golf Course

Blairsville, Ga.
What they're saying: "A picture postcard scenic view from just about everywhere."


15. Heritage Shores Golf

Bridgeville, Del.
What they're saying: "Definitely off the beaten path for me but well worth it."


14. Pheasant Run Golf Course

Lagrange, Ohio
What they're saying: "For the price, you can't beat it."


13. Apache Links Course at Squaw Valley

Glen Rose, Texas
What they're saying: "Beautiful course with country setting."


12.Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

Boerne, Texas
What they're saying: "An enjoyable round in the scenic Texas Hill Country."


11. Indian Ridge Golf Club

Oxford, Ohio
What they're saying:"Have invested heavily and made it an extremely good place to play again."


10. Cutter Creek Golf Club

Snow Hill, N.C.
What they're saying: "I have talked my buddies into going and now they are hooked."


9. Wild Rock Golf Club

Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
What they're saying: "Wild Rock is my favorite Wisconsin Dells course."


8. Cleghorn Plantation

Rutherfordton, N.C.
What they're saying: "The scenery was awesome and would be worth the trip just for the views."


7. Edgewater Golf Club

Lancaster, S.C.
What they're saying: "Drove 100 miles to play this course and were not disappointed."


6. Twin Lakes Golf Course

Canton, Texas
What they're saying: "For a fraction of the price of most courses located in Dallas this course really has it all."


5. Chariot Run

Laconia, Ind.
What they're saying: "Hidden gem just far enough from Louisville that the course is not that busy."


4. Mountain View Golf Club

Fairfield, Penn.
What they're saying: "Very picturesque. Outstanding value!"


3. Scotch Hall Preserve

Merry Hill, N.C.
What they're saying: "A great deal and a beautiful course with magnificent views."


2. Hiland Park Country Club

Queensbury, N.Y.
What they're saying: "For the money is one of the best courses in upstate New York."


1. Ranch Course at Diablo Grande

Patterson, Calif.
What they're saying: "Every time I come play the course looks better than the last time."


Jan 23, 2017



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u000008212486 wrote at 2017-02-23 16:58:38+00:00:

There are over 300 courses in Wisconsin and you could only come up with one. Try Kettle Hills in Richfield a 45 hole layout where you can play 18 with a cart for less than $50.

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TPMH wrote at 2017-01-31 17:12:03+00:00:

While I agree with the Ranch Course at Diablo Grande, the other gem in the Bay Area is Deer Ridge in Brentwood, east of San Francisco.  Best course design I've ever played, even with the Bandon courses and the Monterey Peninsula courses.  Hit it in early to mid spring or after the first fall rains for best condition.


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