With September upon us, it's the last bit of prime time golf season for many northern destinations. Meanwhile, courses farther south are beginning to see the heat break and the game is about to be more comfortable to play, especially if you like walking.
We've gone back at looked at reviews coast-to-coast for the month of August - about 16,000 total from our community- to see which courses and destinations have been earning high marks from golfers like you. Some of these top courses are destination plays reviewed by golf travelers, but many are from locals offering an inside read of their favorite townie rounds.
Using this data we've compiled a list of 10 great trips, from cities to remote destinations, to take right now coast-to-coast. We've found areas with a handful of top-rated courses and bucketed them into 10 trips that could make for a fun golf trip. Some of these destinations, like North Georgia and Southern Indiana, are great values, while others feature bucket-list plays. We've found a course and trip for everyone - and it's all based on your recent feedback.
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Sunny and dry central Oregon, comprised of Bend-Redmond-Sisters, is a fabulous September option. Pretty soon, snow will start to fall once again on Mt. Hood. One encouraging sign for golfers looking to fly here, Alaska Airlines just announced additional non-stop service to RDM airport.
A most pleasant destination in the northeast, the Plymouth-area golf scene flies under the radar nationally but is very popular for day trips and weekenders.Trending courses around Plymouth
Cool, long summer days make Northern Michigan a refreshing destination. The sun starts to set a little earlier in September but the trade-off is you begin to see the spectacular fall foliage.Trending Northern Michigan coursesManistee, Michigan4.573176470637
You can whip up a nice little self-guided tour of the southern part of the state based on these trending courses of various price points, from the Milwaukee and Madison area down towards Lake Geneva.Trending courses in south-central Wisconsin
Twin Cities, Minnesota
The resort regions of Minnesota get a lot of ink, but courses closer to the metro area in Bloomington-Twin Cities are good bargains and have earned high marks this summer.Trending Minneapolis-St. Paul courses
Atlanta-area golfers are finding great value well-conditioned courses north of the city. Who's up for a road trip?North Georgia trending courses
Really great course that has multiple views and shots over Lake Lanier. I love the place and will play again this fall when it is cooler.- Bowjangles, review of Lanier Islands on August 20th, 2019
This Pacific Northwest city is well known for Pumpkin Ridge, but the Reserve Vineyards of Aloha is also a great 36-hole value pick.Trending Portland courses
SoCal has both top-notch resort courses (Pelican Hill, Ojai Valley) and value courses (Rustic Canyon, Alhambra) to savor. Golf Advisor reviewers have been raving about both.Trending SoCal courses
Sultan's Run is a favorite add-on when visiting French Lick, while Chariot Run is consistently one of the top-rated casino golf courses on Golf Advisor.
Hilton Head Island
Golf courses from Sea Pines' famed Harbour Town to bargain courses in Bluffton have fared well during the area's busy summer peak season. As school gets back into session, courses are still in great shape, the weather is more comfortable for golf and the island should be less crowded.Trending Hilton Head Courses