Matt Ginella's Top 10 golf courses you can play in the U.S.

Matt Ginella is counting down his 2016 list of the Top 50 courses you can play in the United States. To view the list from the top, as well as special guests during his segments on Morning Drive, click here.

Matt Ginella's Top 10 courses you can play

10. Forest Dunes Golf Club

Roscommon, Mich.
Designer: Tom Weiskopf
Price: $119-149

9. Bandon Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort

Bandon, Ore.
Designer: David McLay Kidd
Price: $265-310

8. Bandon Trails at Bandon Dunes Resort

Bandon, Ore.
Designer: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Price: $265-310

7. Spyglass Hill at Pebble Beach Resorts

Pebble Beach, Calif.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Price: $395

6. Pasatiempo Golf Club

Santa Cruz, Calif.
Designer: Alister MacKenzie
Price: $260

Video: Ginella on courses 10-6

5. Straits at Whistling Straits

Sheboygan, Wis.
Designer: Pete Dye
Price: $395

4. Black at Bethpage State Park

Farmingdale, N.Y.
Designer: A.W. Tillinghast
Price: $43-150

3. Pinehurst No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort

Pinehurst, N.C.
Designer: Donald Ross, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Price: $410

2. Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort

Bandon, Ore.
Designer: Tom Doak
Price: $265-310

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, Calif.
Designer: Jack Neville
Price: $525

Video: Ginella on the nation's best public golf course: Pebble Beach

More: The rest of Ginella's Top 50 courses: 50-31 | 30-21 | 20-11

Dec 11, 2016

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t9245sw's avatar
t9245sw wrote at 2017-02-01 05:45:26+00:00:

I had the opportunity to play all four of the courses at Bandon Dunes in late August. The courses are all spectacular, but I am wondering if they are a touch over rated given the high prices ($400 a round with caddy), the lack of on site amenities  (two mediocre restaurants ), and the difficulty in getting there. I will take the Monterey Peninsula any day. You can fork out $525 to play Pebble, but you can also pay $85 to play Bayonet and Blackhorse and still be awe struck by the magnificence of those golf courses and the beautiful surroundings. Monterey also has relatively inexpensive hotels and a wide variety of good restaurants in Monterey or nearby Carmel. I am one and done at Bandon but return to Monterey several times a year.  

Laurelcreek's avatar
Laurelcreek wrote at 2016-12-11 13:53:11+00:00:

Wow. Kiawah out of the top 10.  Hard to believe...better than Bethpage, but Matty G's others are spot on.. imagine if Caledonia had a range and a decent 9th hole.. 

MSlacky's avatar
MSlacky wrote at 2016-12-12 14:06:41+00:00:

Bethpage is a huge course and as good as any on the list, except for Pebble. Nothing can compare to the majestic beauty of Pebble, although the first few holes aren't very spectacular.  

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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.