We're wrapping up the 2015 golf season, and these courses have saved their best reviews for last, finishing off the year strong with top ratings and reviews on Golf Advisor.
The top-rated course of the quarter (minimum 10 reviews since Oct. 1) is Skyview at Terra Vista Golf & Country Club, located north of Tampa and northwest of Orlando. It's just another favorite off-the-beaten-path play for Florida residents and vacationers that has been welcoming those who make the drive with great staff friendliness and conditions.
"We did an 80 mile round trip to play Skyview," wrote reviewer Angielikesgolf. "And it was worth it. The course was a joy to play."
The top courses of the quarter include several throughout California, plus a few in Arizona and Florida. One course of note is SunRidge Canyon in Fountain Hills, Ariz., which closed for the summer to renovate and reopened Oct. 1. In the months since, it's been the top course in the ultra-competitive Valley of the Sun.
The most active courses of the quarter are predominantly those around the Orlando area.
Will these courses make our Best of 2015 list? We'll unveil the full top 50 in early 2016.
Top 10 overall golf courses in the 4th quarter, 2015
1. Skyview At Terra Vista Golf & Country Club, Hernando, Fla.
2. Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.
3. Yocha Dehe Golf Club at Cache Creek, Brooks, Calif.
4. SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, Fountain Hills, Ariz.
5. Oakcreek Country Club, Sedona, Ariz.
6. Links Course at Cherry Creek, Riverhead, N.Y.
7. The Quarry Golf Club, San Antonio
8. Ranch Course at Diablo Grande, Patterson, Calif.
9. International Course at ChampionsGate Golf Resort, Championsgate, Fla.
10. King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, Ga.
10 most active courses on Golf Advisor in the 4th quarter, 2015
1. Crooked Cat at Orange County National, Winter Garden, Fla.
2. Panther Lake at Orange County National, Winter Garden, Fla.
3. Mystic Dunes Golf Club, Celebration, Fla.
4. ChampionsGate Country Club, ChampionsGate, Fla.
6. Harmony Golf Preserve, Harmony, Fla.
7. Highlands Reserve Golf Club, Davenport, Fla.
8. Desert Dunes Golf Course, Desert Hot Springs, Calif.
9. Palmetto-Pine Country Club, Cape Coral, Fla.
10. The Legends Golf and Country Club, Clermont, Fla.