Secrets to Saving Big at America's Top-10 Public Courses (Part 2)

Thanks to Chip D., Rory O., Peter I., Ken C., and everyone else who commented on Part 1.

As promised, here is Part 2 on how to play America's best public courses at deep discounts.

(In case you missed Part 1, these tips are not about catching hot, limited-time deals at the right time, but taking advantage of the standing replay, twilight, and maintenance discounts that are often bigger and better than you might think.)

Here are the courses that round out the Top-10:

Bandon Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Oregon)
Golf Digest Ranking: 6
Golf Magazine Ranking: 8
Greens Fee: $280
Discount Available: Up to 100%
The Secret to Saving: Bandon doesn't do "twilight rates," but it has a fantastic, same-day replay policy you can leverage to the max by staying on site. For example, as resort guest, you can play any of the 18-hole courses in high season for $235, then "replay" any course for just $120, then "replay" any others for free.

The Black Course at Bethpage State Park (New York)
Golf Digest Ranking: 8
Golf Magazine Ranking: 6
Greens Fee: $150
Discount Available: Up to 40%
The Secret to Saving: The Black Course is already inexpensive compared to the others in this group, but you can save even more by playing at twilight (replay rates aren't available). Beginning at 4pm, non-New York residents can play for $78/$90 (weekdays/weekends) and in-state residents can play for as little as $39/$45.

TPC Sawgrass, Stadium Course (Florida)
Golf Digest Ranking: 9
Golf Magazine Ranking: 7
Greens Fee: $410
Discount Available: Up to 76%
The Secret to Saving: Packages are normally your best bet here, but you can score a twilight rate between $175-$275 in June, July, and August. There is also a replay option for just $98, but it cannot be booked in advance, it's subject to availability, and it's a true replay -- you need to play the Stadium Course earlier in the day. Maintenance discounts are rare because the course usually closes during repairs/improvements.

Old MacDonald at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Oregon)
Golf Magazine Ranking: 9
(Golf Digest Ranking: 12)
Greens Fee: $280
Discount Available: Up to 100%
The Secret to Saving: See Bandon Dunes above.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course at Pebble Beach Resorts (California)
Golf Magazine Ranking: 10
(Golf Digest Ranking: 11)
Greens Fee: $370
Discount Available: Up to 51%
The Secret to Saving: Replay rates and twilight fees are available here and are priced the same (between $180-$200) depending if you take a cart. Keep in mind, these rates are same-day replays subject to availability and "twilight" tee times begin at different points throughout the year, sometimes as late as 5:30pm in the summer months.

Erin Hills Golf Course (Wisconsin)
Golf Digest Ranking: 10
(Golf Magazine Ranking: 29)
Greens Fee: $200
Discount Available: Up to 100%
The Secret to Saving: The 2017 U.S. Open site doesn't extend twilight rates, but it does offer a $130 same-day replay. It also sells attractive stay-and-play packages: you can play the course on your second day for 50% off, and, if you visit in early October (just before seasonal closure) this second round is free.

Craig Better is one of the founding editors of Golf Vacation Insider. In addition to traveling to 15 foreign countries, he has twice traveled across America to play golf courses in all 50 United States. Prior to joining Golf Vacation Insider, Craig was a freelance writer who contributed to GOLF Magazine, Travel + Leisure Golf, Maxim Magazine, USAToday.com, and co-authored Zagat Survey’s book, America’s Top Golf Courses.
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