It's a hike from Scottsdale, but those who make the drive to Wickenburg (Ariz.) Ranch Golf & Social Club will enjoy a five-star experience.  (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor) The Las Colinas Course at Mission Inn Resort & Club is lesser-known compared to the historic El Campeon.  (Courtesy of Mission Inn Resort & Club)

Power Rankings: Top-rated golf courses for the month of April according to your reviews



At Golf Advisor, we received over 14,000 reviews for the month of April, making it one of our busiest yet. Mild weather in the north allowed courses to book more rounds than normal, while the southern states' peak season began to slow down. The top ten courses of the month, based on reviews you submitted, feature courses in golf meccas like Arizona, Florida and Alabama's gulf coast.

Two courses that are considered to be their multi-course facility's "lesser" play managed to receive reviews so strong they upstaged their more famous neighbor. You can click on each course below to read reviews and see what they've been doing right so far this spring.

Top 10-rated courses for the month of April

10. Ross Bridge Golf Resort on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Birmingham, Ala.

9. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

Maricopa, Ariz.

8. Rolling Oaks at World Woods Golf Club

Brooksville, Fla.

7. Sewailo Golf Club

Tucson, Ariz.

6. Starboard Course at Harborside International Golf Center

Chicago, Ill.

5. Cheraw State Park Golf Course

Cheraw, S.C.

4. Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club

Gulf Shores, Ala.

3. Las Colinas Course at Mission Inn Resort & Club

Howey in the Hills, Fla.

2. Blackstone Golf Club

Marengo, Ill.

1. Wickenburg Ranch

Wickenburg, Ariz.

Reviewer photo of the month

One of our Local Golf Advisors, BrandonWebb, took a spring golf trip to the Pacific Northwest, and you can see his reviews of top courses like Pumpkin Ridge and Gamble Sands. he also played 2015 U.S. Open host Chambers Bay and submitted six pictures with his review:

Chambers Bay


Review of the month

Texas Local Golf Advisor Toothysaw2 took a trip to Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and reviewed the infamously long Ross Bridge Course, which can play over 8,000 yards from the way-back tees. He wrote:

This course isn't as well known as say "the judge," but so far, of the five trail courses i've played Ross Bridge is head and shoulders above the group.

The conditions were immaculate from tee to green. the greens were quick, but true. It's a tough test, but opportunities are there if you play smart. the course is a great example of using bunkers and water hazards to intimidate and deceive. you have to focus on each shot.

Be careful which tees you choose here. From the back tees, this is one of the longest courses in the country. We played the orange tees, and it was very reasonable for our group that probably average 250 off the tee.

There are a lot of great holes here, but 18 is a challenging and gorgeous closing hole. from start to finish, this course is fantastic. 5 stars and I'd give it 10. Don't make an RTJ trip without stopping here!

May 01, 2017



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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.