Masters Tournament week serves as a kind of unofficial kick-off to the golf season across the country. True, folks in the North might lack the blooming azaleas, but courses are open and getting better and better every day.
So with the meat of the golf season upon us, let's look back on the top courses for the first quarter of the year. Not surprisingly the majority come from the Sunbelt, especially in high-demand destinations like Phoenix-Scottsdale and the Florida Gulf Coast. The state of California is well represented as well.
We've selected one quote from a review that seems to typify the experience at each of these top-rated courses.
Top 10 golf courses for the first quarter of 2016
What they're saying: "Views are stunning, especially at sunset!" -- Danielle4256497
What they're saying: "I played both courses three times this week and they were a lot of fun! Greens are fast and challenging! Just how I like them!" -- Bikesandclubs
What they're saying: "I think this course among the very best in Destin area." -- b1dance1
What they're saying: "very memorable and challenging with plenty of elevation changes." -- rbkb55
What they're saying: "Southern Dunes has a great layout with many risk-rewards holes." -- Alejandro7496111
What they're saying: "A stunningly beautiful course that was in pristine shape from one through eighteen." -- Tommyllee
Borrego Springs, Calif.
What they're saying: "Next time, I'll spend the night in Borrego Springs. The course is worth playing twice." -- camschetter
What they're saying: "This course is the benchmark for what a premium course should be." -- Wer2glfers2
What they're saying: "When I go to Monterey to golf I try and play either Blackhorse or Bayonet." -- goober61
Amelia Island, Fla.
What they're saying: "Very challenging, but not so hard a newbie can't have fun." -- Cahill17