Best of 2017: Top 10 golf courses in the U.S. according to your reviews



Golf Advisor is counting down the 50 best courses in the U.S. of 2017 according to over 150,000 reviews from 92,000 golfers. To view Nos. 50-11, as well as more details on how we determined the list, click here.

Top U.S. 10 courses in 2017

10. Pasatiempo Golf Club

Santa Cruz, Calif.
Architect: Alister MacKenzie
Green fee: $179-282
What they're saying: "Fair (but) tough. All should experience at least once." - martinsheppey


9. Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club

Wickenburg, Ariz.
Architect: Bill Brownlee and Wendell Pickett
Green fee: $70-212
What they're saying: "I've played most of the courses in PHX Metro, both private and public. This course ranks in the top 3 of my list of favorites." - gsteinback


8. Yocha Dehe Golf Club at Cache Creek Casino Resort

Brooks, Calif.
Architect: Brad Bell
Green fee: $55-145
What they're saying: "This course and facilities are simply beautiful. It is a must play." - Edhull


7. Annbriar Golf Course

Waterloo, Ill.
Architect: Dr. Michael Hurdzan
Green fee: $43-68
What they're saying: "This course is fun on just about every hole. Greens can be tough, scenery fantastic." - Chris9087922


6. Heritage Hill Golf Club

Shepherdsville, Ky.
Architect: Douglas Beach
Green fee: $35-59
What they're saying: "Definitely one for (the) bucket list." - Hunterkev7mm


5. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, Calif.
Architect: Jack Neville/Douglas Grant
Green fee: $495-525
What they're saying: "Can I give it 6 stars? This is golf heaven for anyone who loves the game." - LICC


4. Rams Hill Golf Club

Borrego Springs, Calif.
Architect: Ted Robinson Sr./Tom Fazio
Green fee: $65-200
What they're saying: "I can say without hesitation that Rams Hill is the finest golf experience in San Diego County and beyond." - jkirschbaum


3. Ballyowen Golf Club

Hamburg, N.J.
Architect: Roger Rulewich
Green fee: $79-149
What they're saying: "Top New Jersey Course Lives Up to Its Reputation." - GalCallaway, New Jersey Local Golf Advisor


2. Wyncote Golf Club

Oxford, Pa.
Architect: Brian Ault
Green fee: $50-75
What they're saying: "This is one terrific golf course. The conditions were as good as they get." - whammer5955


1. Players Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Architect: Pete Dye
Green fee: $399-549
What they're saying: "Having played it 100+ times on video games it was even better in person." - JustHaveFun


Jan 29, 2018



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JZ's avatar
JZ wrote at 2018-02-11 15:33:57+00:00:

Ummmmm. Torrey Pines?

Al's avatar
Al wrote at 2018-02-11 05:34:51+00:00:

No Poppy Hills? No Spyglass Hill? You kidding me? No Bear's Best outside Atlanta, GA? You guys play anything anybody knows?

Wes Mantooth 's avatar
Wes Mantooth wrote at 2018-02-10 03:45:03+00:00:

Bethpage Black is top 10 and didn't make the list what a joke

Mark's avatar
Mark wrote at 2018-02-10 01:58:31+00:00:

What are you smoking?

Ed Mazer's avatar
Ed Mazer wrote at 2018-02-10 00:53:09+00:00:

Omitting The Blue Monster relegate s this list to a paid for ad campaign. Bush league.

Al's avatar
Al wrote at 2018-02-11 05:38:13+00:00:

So many what's that courses. Blue Monster, Spyglass Hill, Bethpage, none of the Bandon OR courses in the list. I'll leave it to the top pros and sportswriters to make these lists. Much better representation of the best courses.

Moose's avatar
Moose wrote at 2018-02-09 21:28:24+00:00:

Caladonia. South Carolina, True Blue. South Carolina, Tidewater. South Carolina, ( I find it hard to believe that not one was mentioned in the Myrtle Beach area).

Mr. Golf's avatar
Mr. Golf wrote at 2018-02-09 21:25:32+00:00:

Ram's Hill #4.. There last week.. Not even in top 200.. Pretty mediocre.

Dave Forman's avatar
Dave Forman wrote at 2018-02-10 00:10:16+00:00:

Could not agree more maybe not in the top 300 that one is a clunker for sure

Deno's avatar
Deno wrote at 2018-02-09 20:04:06+00:00:

How about a list of the Top Courses under $50, by State, for us weekly hackers that never pay those kinds of fees?

Jim's avatar
Jim wrote at 2018-02-09 19:23:33+00:00:

Wonder what it cost to be on this list. I've played some of these courses on this list, the Dunes and Pines courses at the Prairie Club, Valentine NE, are superior, with an atmosphere that makes you feel welcome and appreciated..

John's avatar
John wrote at 2018-02-09 18:39:40+00:00:

Whistling Straits?

Bandon Dunes?

Bulle Rock?

Pinehurst?

Baltusrol?

This list is woefully lacking

 Bryan's avatar
Bryan wrote at 2018-02-09 18:51:25+00:00:

Baltusrol is private don’t be dumb.

Chris's avatar
Chris wrote at 2018-02-09 18:30:39+00:00:

This is a list of the top 50 best golf courses you have never played because you never heard of them..except a few. Probably never will. Im with Jeff...Pacific Dunes is still my favorite and Ive played a BUNCH of the greatest there are.

Jeff's avatar
Jeff wrote at 2018-02-09 18:23:11+00:00:

ummmmm, I'm pretty certain I'm playing the best this coming Sunday

Bandon Dunes Oregon???

James Strachan's avatar
James Strachan wrote at 2018-02-09 18:13:43+00:00:

Far too many unnatural courses from "flat" Florida where practically every hill and hollow has to be created by the designer. Poor list.

ed c's avatar
ed c wrote at 2018-02-09 17:45:25+00:00:

not a course from myrtle beach area or from RTJ Golf Trail ????

Mike Scaletta's avatar
Mike Scaletta wrote at 2018-02-09 17:38:58+00:00:

What on earth is this list??? This is the most bizarre top 50 I have ever seen. Three Gene Bates courses??? Something smells and smells bad here. How much money did you get from these courses? Get me off this list

drew's avatar
drew wrote at 2018-02-04 22:50:49+00:00:

How did all those ordinary courses in Florida get voted on ? Was it senior moments ? No Thistle in Myrtle Beach or even The Dunes . The course outside Mananas (VIRGINIA ) which the USPGA tour plays ,or Torry Pines outside San Diego . No courses in Pinehurst . No courses round Las Vegas . None of the courses in Washington State or Oregon ? What about the two ladies PGA courses outside Daytona which i thought were fantastic or the one they used to have headquarters at in Florida on the river , or courses at St Augustine I stay in Scotland and only travel to either the west coast in winter or the east coast in summer each year ( sorry never been to the central states from Ohio to Idaho ) but i always thought Augusta (only one i never played in those i have mentioned ) and the course Bobby Jones played when he was younger at Atlanta were great courses . I always thought Pasatiempo ( the course Bobby Jones opened and inspired him to use Alister Mackenzie to design Augusta ) was a far superior course to Pebble Beach and even better than TPC Sawgrass BUT i guess it all depends on how you played , the weather and the company on the day that decides your opinion .

Milton's avatar
Milton wrote at 2018-02-06 18:54:48+00:00:

One course around Vegas, Paiute, Wolf course

AJH's avatar
AJH wrote at 2018-02-09 21:55:34+00:00:

The Black at Bethpage and the Blue Monster at Doral along with the Champions Course at PGA National.and one more, Copperhead at innsibrook

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Dick Merryman Nerk Ahai wrote at 2018-02-03 16:59:48+00:00:

Shepherd's Rock and Mystic Rock at Newmacolin Resort in Pa is one of the toughest courses I've played in quit a while. The Pete Dye layout makes you hit every shot you have in your bag plus. But its a lot of fun if you want a challenge.

Tim Bush 's avatar
Tim Bush wrote at 2018-02-02 15:30:35+00:00:

Really, only 1 Texas course in the top 50?

Sue Herweck's avatar
Sue Herweck wrote at 2018-01-30 18:34:15+00:00:

Congradulation to Annbrair Golf Course. In my book you're number 1. Absolutly 1 of the Finest and Beautiful Courses around. Very Welcoming and Great Owners and Staff !