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

Golf is a tough game, particularly when a course is built and set up to challenge the best in the world. My list of the top 10 toughest courses you can play coast-to-coast has a good dose of Pete Dye and PGA Tour venues. It also has a well known brute in Hawaii and, of course, the famed Black Course at Bethpage State Park, host of The Barclays during the FedEx Cup Playoffs, not to mention past U.S. Opens and a future PGA Championship.

Tell me the toughest courses you've ever played on Twitter @MattGinellaGC using hashtag #ToughestCourseEver, and see below for some of your responses so far.


Seaside, Calif.


Sheboygan, Wis.


Kohler, Wis.


Farmingdale, N.Y.


Pebble Beach, Calif.


Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.


Doral, Fla.


La Quinta, Calif.


Kaneohe, Hawaii


Kiawah Island, S.C.


Some of your best #ToughestCourseEver responses so far:

Matt Ginella is Golf Advisor's Editor-at-Large and host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel. Matt serves as resident buddy trip expert and captains a collection of VIP trips called Golf Advisor Getaways.
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If you ever play Ko'olau, you will never forget it.  It's all tee ball.  If you are a little wild off the tee, you will run our of balls.  Anything slightly off the fairway will be difficult or impossible to find.  If you are in control of your tee ball, you find it challenging and fun.  It is extremely scenic so be sure to take a camera and forget about the score card.

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If you ever get to play Ko'olau, you won't forget it.  It's all tee ball.  If you are a little wild off the tee you will run out of balls.  Anything slightly off the fairway is lost forever.  If you are in control of your tee ball, you will have a lot of fun and challenges.  Be sure to take a camera - your friends won't believe you unless they see it.  Definitely the hardest course I ever played!

servaas19

Two words Matt----Wolf Creek .Slope rating of 157!

SweeneyFrenchLick

Matt...you could not even come close to busting 90 at The Pete Dye Course...what are you thinking?

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Played 36 holes one day at Ko'olau several years back, and was told the course record there was 63.....lost balls in one round!  They play lateral rules everywhere because rounds would take 8 hours if they didn't.  That being said, I loved the experience of playing there.  The views of the Ko'olau Mountain Range is absolutely breathtaking at times.  It's a great course not to keep score on....

lifechurchchip

Ko'olau was like playing golf at Jurassic Park. Only playing through t-rex territory might have been easier. 

sailcara1

All courses are hard, if ones is having a ba day.

Laurelcreek

Victoria national in Indiana. Close 2nd. Galloway national near Atlantic city.  Harder than pine valley

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