Top 25 U.S. courses for Value in 2017 according to Golf Advisor reviews



If a golfer feels they received value from their round of golf, all the other categories seem to fall into place.

But inversely, value can be a reflection of the other more tangible categories, like off-course amenities, conditions and layout.

Value is a critical intangible when it comes to how a golfer rates the experience. When we looked at what drives bad golf course reviews recently, 1- and 2-star reviews were tied to value closer than any of the six subcategories we track on Golf Advisor. A bad value score can result in a golfer never coming back to the facility, while a 5-star score is a great indicator that the golfer is going to tell their friends.

We looked at your ratings throughout 2017 to determine which courses have succeeded in providing golfers bang-for-buck. A high percentage of our reviews come from "verified purchasers" who are rating the experience based on what they paid to play. One course on this list, Greystone Golf Club, has the distinction of making not only our value list but also our Top 50 courses in the U.S. overall.

The resulting list features municipal, county and state-owned courses, as well as privately-owned facilities. You can see what golfers had to say about each course's experience in the comments below. Click on the course guide to see more details. Some courses have the ability to browse tee time prices.

Top 25 courses in the U.S. according to their value rating in 2017

25. Scotch Hall Preserve

Merry Hill, N.C.
What they're saying: "The best in Eastern NC. Can't beat the price for a GREAT course. Overall experience is a 10!"


24. Royal Hylands Golf Club

Knightstown, Ind.
What they're saying: "The price is reasonable for the quality of the course."


23. Squirrel Run Country Club

Plymouth, Mass.
What they're saying: "The layout is very good and the value is virtually unmatched."


22. Pierce Lake Golf Course

Chelsea, Mich.
What they're saying: "I had a great time with my son and played a great course for a really great price."


21. Hiland Golf Course

Butler, Pa.
What they're saying: "Reasonable beer prices in the bar after you are done."


20. Valle Vista Country Club

Greenwood, Ind.
What they're saying: "Very cooperative staff. Fantastic value."


19. La Purisima Golf Course

Lompoc, Calif.
What they're saying: "Love that there are zero houses anywhere close and all the old oak trees around the course."


18. Gunter's Landing Golf Club

Guntersville, Ala.
What they're saying: "Far exceeded my expectations and will put pressure on all facets of your game."


17. St. Lawrence University Golf & Country Club

Canton, N.Y.
What they're saying: "Great price, good staff."


16. Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Club

La Salle, Ill.
What they're saying: "The best course in the Illinois Valley."


15. Eagle Chase Golf Club

Marshville, N.C.
What they're saying: "The best value of any course within an hour's drive of Charlotte."


14. The Colonial Golf Course

Hart, Mich.
What they're saying: "Fast true greens. staff was very good. Great deal."


13. Cherry Oaks Golf Club

Cheney, Kan.
What they're saying: "One of the best courses you can play for the money."


12. Priest Lake Golf Club

Priest River, Idaho
What they're saying: "It's a fun course to play and a good value."


11. Hiland Park Country Club

Queensbury, N.Y.
What they're saying: "I travel to play here every Sunday. And it's worth it, great price, great views."


10. Greystone Golf Club

Dickson, Tenn.
What they're saying: "Worth the short drive from Nashville, TN, if you're looking for a first class golf experience that won't break the bank."


9. Cheraw State Park Golf Course

Cheraw, S.C.
What they're saying: "Excellent priced course in pristine condition."


8. Gladstone Golf Course

Gladstone, Mich.
What they're saying: "What a great golf course! Very challenging and a super value."


7. Ledges Golf Club

Roscoe, Ill.
What they're saying: "A great course for the value."


6. The Canyons At Blackjack Ridge

Sand Springs, Okla.
What they're saying: "Course is in decent shape for the money. I would recommend this course."


5. Dogwood Hills Golf Club

Flat Rock, Ala.
What they're saying: "There are a handful of ho-hum holes, but all-in-all it is a good value play, particularly if you like to walk."


4. Woodstock Country Club

Woodstock, Vt.
What they're saying: "We drive two hours to play and don’t hesitate. Great course, great conditions and very friendly staff."


3. Village Greens Golf Course

Kalispell, Mont.
What they're saying: "Not a hard course but well worth the money!!"


2. Glacier Wood Golf Club

Iola, Wis.
What they're saying: "Great condition for late fall. Good deal."


1. Meadow Links Golf Course at George T. Bagby

Fort Gaines, Ga.
What they're saying: "A super value. Especially for the condition and challenging course layout."


Jan 29, 2018



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pat's avatar
pat wrote at 2018-02-10 01:37:40+00:00:

Where is Bethpage Black in NY? None of those top twenty five value courses has ever hosted a US Open and soon to host a PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. State residents pay much less than $100. a round which is a bargain when compared to similar quality courses like Pebble Beach and Pinehurst #2. Course is always in tournament condition as local associations constantly have state opens, etc. on this great track.

Reese's avatar
Reese wrote at 2018-02-12 05:45:19+00:00:

if that's your reasoning then Torrey Pines should be #1 because as a resident we can play the South course for < $50 so... :-P

mr404's avatar
mr404 wrote at 2018-02-09 18:08:33+00:00:

Need to play Apple Valley in Lake Lure NC. SUPER COURSE

Ric's avatar
Ric wrote at 2018-02-02 21:20:03+00:00:

Obviously you haven’t played Northwoods Golf Club in Rhinelander Wi.

PRINTDANR4's avatar
PRINTDANR4 wrote at 2018-02-02 21:02:53+00:00:

Redwood Falls Publuc Golf Course and Dakota Ridge Course, are a pair you must play in the Redwood Falls, Mn. area. The views are fantastic and the price is very reasonable.


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