Value and wonderful desert scenery awaits at remote Borrego Springs Resort Golf Club & Spa.  (Courtesy of Borrego Springs Resort Golf  Club & Spa ) Streamsong Blue, designed by Tom Doak, delivers an entirely unique course layout in Florida.  (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor) The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass earned high marks in the fall of 2017.  (Courtesy of TPC Sawgrass)

Power Rankings: Unsung desert layout leads the top-rated courses in the 4th quarter

As much of North America remains mired in a deep cold snap, let's look back on warmer times. The top rated golf courses between October and December spanned from the desert southwest to the Monterey Peninsula and all the way up to eastern Pennsylvania.

The top course from the final three months of 2017 is a first-timer to Power Rankings: Borrego Springs Golf Club & Spa is an older course near our No. 1 course in 2016, Rams Hill. Part of a small resort 90 minutes from San Diego, it's a shorter and more affordable round compared to Tom Fazio-designed Rams Hill, and golfers seem to love it for that. Three of our 'Top 1000' contributors were among the reviewers in the 4th quarter.

"This was my first visit to Borrego Springs and I'm glad we went," wrote LarryParker. "The course was in excellent condition and the pace of play was really quick."

The remainder of the top 10 features some very well known courses in both the resort golf and PGA Tour world. Click on each course to see what golfers like you have to say.

Top 10 courses of the 4th quarter in 2017

10. Heritage Hill

Shepherdsville, Ky.

9. Snow Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort

Las Vegas

8. Poppy Hills Golf Course

Pebble Beach, Calif.

7. THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

6. English Turn Golf & Country Club

New Orleans

5. Blue Course at Streamsong Resort

Fort Meade, Fla.

4. Greystone Golf Club

Dickson, Tenn.

3. Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort

Indian Wells, Calif.

2. Wyncote Golf Club

Oxford, Penn.

1. Borrego Springs Resort Golf Club & Spa

Borrego Springs, Calif.

Jan 03, 2018

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