Yocha Dehe is a popular course in Northern California.  (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor) The Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort.  (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor )

Power rankings: Top-rated golf courses for the first quarter of 2017

We've spent much of the first quarter revealing our best-of lists for 2016. Now we're ready to look back on the first quarter of 2017 to see which courses have received the best reviews of the year so far.

Somewhat surprisingly, courses in rainy California have nevertheless continued to receive strong reviews, and dominate this top ten with six entries, from the Monterey Peninsula (our No. 1 destination for reviews in 2016) to Palm Springs. Perhaps local golfers have been in a particularly good mood now that the longstanding drought has ceased.

You can view the full Top 10 below, and click on each course to see what golfers have to say about the experience.

Top 10 courses in the first quarter of 2017

10. Bayonet at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course

Seaside, Calif.

9. Aviara Golf Club

Carlsbad, Calif.

8. Rams Hill Golf Club

Borrego Springs, Calif.

7. Nicklaus Design Course at Vidanta Puerto Penasco

Sonora, Mexico

6. Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons

Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

5. Max A. Mandel Golf Course

Laredo, Texas

4. Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort

Indian Wells, Calif.

3. Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort

Palm Desert, Calif.

2. The Club At Old Kinderhook

Camdenton, Mo.

1. Yocha Dehe at Cache Creek

Brooks, Calif.

Featured photo of the month

There's a new course in Phoenix's West Valley, Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club. It's already received 37 reviews since opening this winter, and one reviewer, Pizazz84 took this photo of the 18th hole:

Verrado Victory

Apr 03, 2017

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looks alot like some views of the local dump

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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.