From the best courses to shuttered favorites: Top read articles on Golf Advisor in 2015

So what do Golf Advisor visitors like to read?

A little bit of everything, based on your top-read articles in 2015. Without a doubt, however, you like reading best-of lists, especially Matt Ginella's week-long Top 50 Courses you can play in the U.S. list, which was unveiled the first week of December on Morning Drive. Also, Golf Advisor's own top 50, based on the top-rated courses in 2014, also scored highly. Ginella's Top 10 Buddies Trips list also had many of you reading, and possibly planning your own trip.

But there are others in here as well, including a look down memory lane at some of the best golf courses that have closed in the 21st century. Tiger Woods, who moves the internet traffic needle unlike anyone in golf, found our top 10 list as well, thanks to his new golf course design opening outside of Houston.

Matt Ginella's unveiling of his 50 best was a week-long event on Golf Channel's Morning Drive, with it's own #MattsTop50 Twitter hashtag and plenty of debate surrounding it. So it's only natural the entire five-part package would be the year's most read story.

View Ginella's full top 50: 10-1 | 20-11 | 30-21 | 40-31 | 50-41

2. Closed courses we wish were still open , by Jason Scott Deegan

We golfers are a nostalgic bunch, that's for sure. We all have a course we grew up playing or became fond of that has closed for good, and it's never easy driving by the property. When Jason Scott Deegan filed his article on some of the biggest courses to close in the past decade, golfers were quick to point out some of their own favorite courses that have closed over the years on Golf Channel's Facebook page.

The people's picks: We combed through the top-rated courses in 2014 from coast-to-coast to determine which courses fared best based on your ratings and reviews, more than 100,000 of them in total. Also popular for value seekers, we uncovered the 20 best within the list with green fees under $50 .

Whether retirement is around the corner, or your just starting to think about it, Mike Bailey offers some of the best retirement communities and destinations based on his travels.

The very best golf trips in the U.S.? Matt Ginella unveils the top resorts and destinations, from Pinehurst to Bandon Dunes and Kiawah Island, in this brand new ranking.


The most popular destinations in 2015

1. Orlando
2. Phoenix-Scottsdale
3. Las Vegas
4. Myrtle Beach
5. Palm Springs
Based on destination page traffic.


Despite the fact that Tiger Woods' first domestic course will be private, there is still plenty of intrigue surrounding Bluejack National, Woods' first U.S. design. Mike Bailey visited the property near Houston, which had opened seven holes, to take a sneak peek.

No golf course was in the news quite like Chambers Bay in 2015. The municipal U.S. Open host on the Puget Sound is beloved by many but also weren't quite sold. Prior to the U.S. Open, I looked at your reviews of the course. And during U.S. Open week, another article looked at the pros and cons of the beleaguered rookie venue.

8. Modern golf course etiquette rules , by Brandon Tucker

Here's an article that received a lot of feedback on Golf Channel's Facebook page. We thought we'd look at some more modern etiquette issues, like rangefinders and excessive smart phone use, during a round of golf. Sure enough, these new-age nuisances struck a sore spot for many of you.

Superintendent have what can sometimes amount to be the toughest and most thankless job in golf. Mike Bailey sat down with three of them to get their thoughts on a wide variety of subjects. Think you have what it takes to be a super? Better read this, first.

This has to be one of the most intriguing golf courses to be built in decades, right? The Loop, a reversible course coming to Forest Dunes in northern Michigan, is set to open in 2016. Matt Ginella toured the site with Tom Doak to see how it's progressing.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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