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


Shepherdsville, Ky.


Las Vegas


Pebble Beach, Calif.


Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.


New Orleans


Fort Meade, Fla.


Dickson, Tenn.


Indian Wells, Calif.


Oxford, Penn.


Borrego Springs, Calif.

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.
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