Top 10 golf courses in the United States in 2016



We're counting down the 2016 edition of the Top 50 golf courses in the U.S. according to your ratings and reviews in 2016. To view the full methodology, as well as Nos. 50-31, click here.

Top 10 U.S. courses in 2016 according to Golf Advisor reviews

10. Kelly Plantation Golf Club

Destin, Fla.
Architect: Fred Couples/Gene Bates
Green fee: $69-$145
What they're saying: "I have NEVER been so well treated and welcomed." - starkrls

9. Glendarin Hills Golf Club

Angola, Ind.
Green fee: $40-$49
What they're saying: "Best course on my five-day golf trip from Kentucky." - ribeyeman

8. Quintero Golf Club

Peoria, Ariz.
Architect: Rees Jones
Green fee: $89-$219
What they're saying: "This was the most efficiently run course I have ever played." - sdparker55

7. FarmLinks at Pursell Farms

Sylacauga, Ala.
Architect: Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry
Green fee: $49-$115
What they're saying: "I just got done with a day at the Masters on Monday and two days at the RTJ trail in Opelika and this was my favorite part of the trip." - smmaddalena

6. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

Maricopa, Ariz.
Architect: Brian Curley
Green fee: $49-$104
What they're saying: "Amazing practice facility and the overall grounds are INSANE!!!" - mako2669

5. Eagle Eye Golf Club

Bath, Mich.
Architect: Chris Lutzke
Green fee: $65-$95
What they're saying: "The course layout has nice variety with a high score on shot values." - BirdsAndEagles

4. Kiva Dunes

Gulf Shores, Ala.
Architect: Jerry Pate
Green fee: $68-$123
What they're saying: "Renovation in 2015 created playability for all levels of golfers." - imissimissimake

3. Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Architect: Pete Dye
Green fee: $199-299
What they're saying: "There is no other place quite like Harbour Town." - YankeesFan2

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2. The Georgia Club

Statham, Ga.
Architect: Denis Griffiths
Green fee: $59-$95
What they're saying: "Course is challenging with some significant elevation changes." - zbuechner4

1. Rams Hill Golf Club

Borrego Springs, Calif.
Architect: Ted Robinson Sr./Tom Fazio
Green fee: $65-$200
What they're saying: "A terrific combination of excellent design and top-notch course conditions." - upanddown4par

Jan 23, 2017



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u000001066568's avatar
u000001066568 wrote at 2017-02-01 03:51:52+00:00:

Bandon Dunes course not in the top 50. Incredibly biased rating or votes of a lot of cheap hackers. 

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u00000614481 wrote at 2017-02-26 21:54:19+00:00:

I very much agree. Wife and I have played throughout the US and Canada. Some in Europe. How does not one of those four wonderful courses not make ANY list of Top Courses...Anywhere?

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BrandonTuckerGA Staff wrote at 2017-02-27 15:10:08+00:00:

They didn't receive enough reviews in 2016 to qualify for the national list but they'll make the state list. 

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ardee333 wrote at 2017-01-31 23:00:48+00:00:

I must say that I was amazed by the number of courses that are actually affordable to play. Well done Golf Advisor.

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t9245sw wrote at 2017-01-31 20:37:33+00:00:

Prior to the renovation of Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach, I would have said that was the best value golf course in California. But since they botched up their best holes (10, 11 and 12) during that renovation and suddenly jacked up their prices while getting very snooty (it costs $25 to use the driving range if you are not playing), I turned my attention to nearby Bayonet/Blackhorse at Ford Ord. I will tell anyone who will listen that those two courses are the best you can play anywhere for under $100 a round. That they are located on the Monterey Peninsula with views of the Pacific makes the value even more unbelievable.   

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mirandor wrote at 2017-01-30 05:04:53+00:00:

I thoroughly enjoy the Pauite courses in Nevada that made the top 50.  I play them every time I go to Las Vegas.  However, there are ones I enjoy more.  Wolf Creek and Falcon Ridge in Mesquite, Nevada, are my top two courses I've ever played.  Reflection Bay and the two courses at the Revere Club are also excellent.


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