Top 25 U.S. courses as rated by Pace of Play in 2017 according to Golf Advisor reviews



Nothing beats a round of golf where you don't wait on a single shot. In an age where spare time and attention spans continue to dwindle, pace of play has never been more important.

A select few golf courses manage to pull this off for their clientele more often than others. Sometimes, the course is in a remote area that doesn't receive a lot of play, so fairways are wide open. In other cases, the management of the course is so good they are able to shepherd full tee sheets around without any significant backup.

Course maintenance is also a huge factor in how fast a round takes, especially on the weekends. Courses that keep an eye on how golfers move around their course can identify bottlenecks due to thick rough or sucker pins.

Lastly, the design of a course can go a long way in affecting pace of play positively. Unnecessary hazards, length or long distances between holes can all add up costly minutes.

With these factors in mind, we've looked at your Pace of Play ratings on Golf Advisor to determine which courses earned a reputation as a place for a fast round. You can click on each course to read more details.

Top 25 courses as rated by pace of play in 2017

25. Eagle Ridge Golf Course at Yatesville Lake State park

Louisa, Ky.
What they're saying: "The staff at this course are fantastic in their expertise of course management."


24. Warner Springs Ranch

Warner Springs, Calif.
What they're saying: "Overall the course has a nice layout, challenging holes and beautiful views of the mountains."


23. Gladstone Golf Course

Gladstone, Mich.
What they're saying: "Call the grill on the 9th tee and you will have your lunch ready for you to take to the 10th tee. "


22. Prairie Links Golf & Event Center

Waverly, Iowa
What they're saying: "Golf carts come with nice visual display GPS. Usually pace of play is pretty quick."


21. The Golf Club of Quincy

Quincy, Fla.
What they're saying: "Very rarely is it packed and you can usually drive out there, play, and drive back in the same time you can play most Tallahassee courses."


20. The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Saint Simons Island, Ga.
What they're saying: "Great venue....Course was manicured well and scenery was amazing."


19. Hideaway Country Club

Fort Myers, Fla.
What they're saying: "I finished in 2:40. I loved this course! You had to make shots with your irons!"


18. Apache Stronghold Golf Course

Globe, Ariz.
What they're saying: "Never seems to be too crowded because it is so far out of Phoenix so pace of play is great."


17. Pecan Lakes Golf Course

Navasota, Texas
What they're saying: "It was nice to get out of Houston and play a nice, quiet course."


16. Lake Land Village Golf Course

Allyn, Wash.
What they're saying: "It has become my go-to course because it has been easy to get on, is a fun nice layout, and is very reasonably priced."


15.Stonegate Golf Club

Muskegon, Mich.
What they're saying: "I would recommend this course for anybody looking for a well paced round at a well kept challenging golf course."


14. Sapelo Hammock Golf Club

Shellman Bluff, Ga.
What they're saying: "Played by myself and finished in 2.5 hours. The scenery is awesome. Course was in great shape."


13. Duplin Country Club

Kenansville, N.C.
What they're saying: "The golf course was pretty quiet and very relaxing."


12. Belmont Lake Golf Club

Rocky Mount, N.C.
What they're saying: "Nice variety to hole design, fantastic layout, flows very well."


11. Cinder Ridge Golf Course

Wilmington, Ill.
What they're saying: "Course in great shape . Course has a great layout. Finished 18 holes in 3 1/2 hours."


10. Ocala Palms Golf Club

Ocala, Fla.
What they're saying: "I only saw two other players on the course, so, naturally, the pace of play was great."


9. Links at Norman Golf & Country Club

Norman, Okla.
What they're saying: "Tough course but enjoyable. Pace of play is great."


8. Agawam Hunt

Rumford, R.I.
What they're saying: "Greens roll true. Very well manicured course that does not get a ton of play."


7. Indian Hills Golf Resort

Fairfield Bay, Ark.
What they're saying: "Indian Hills Golf Course was a great place to play. No one pushing from behind."


6. Cimarron National Course at Cimarron National Golf Club

Guthrie, Okla.
What they're saying: "Several challenging holes and played in 3 hours. Greens were looking good and rolling good."


5. Dogwood Hills Golf Club

Flat Rock, Ala.
What they're saying: "A bit 'out there,' but worth it, good folks, nicely kept course, good pace of play, and a real value."


4. Plantation Course at Goose Pond Colony Resort

Scottsboro, Ala.
What they're saying: "Very peaceful and relaxing. The few times I have been here, there were very few other golfers. No waiting and no one pushing."


3. Albion Ridges Golf Course

Annandale, Minn.
What they're saying: "Played 27 holes in 4 1/2 hours. It’s obvious that the people who own and run this course love golf. Worth the trip."


2. Meadow Links Golf Course at George T. Bagby

Fort Gaines, Ga.
What they're saying: "Course is well taken care of and everything seems in pretty good order."


1. Pine Dunes Resort and Golf Club

Frankston, Texas
What they're saying: "From tee to green this course is in absolutely perfect shape. There is not a single flaw I could pick out."


Jan 29, 2018



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