Perhaps no element of a round of golf is under more scrutiny than the conditions of the golf course. From tee-to-green, golfers can be merciless beings when it comes to the standards at which the course is presented. Even after a big rainstorm, or when greenskeepers aerate turf during shoulder season, anything short of Augusta National in April just doesn't quite cut it.
So this particular Best-of ranking subcategory is for the greenskeepers. We've found the top 25 courses as rated by their Course Conditions subcategory rating in 2015. In this ranking, you'll find a mix of courses throughout the U.S., including both high-dollar courses as well as overachieving value plays.
We received more than 121,000 reviews during the year, and like all of our country-wide lists, courses needed a minimum of 20 reviews to qualify.
The top-rated courses by condition in 2015 on Golf Advisor
What they're saying: " It was in just as good if not better shape than any of the RTJ courses. " -- joshevsmith
Lake Jackson, Texas
What they're saying: " The greens were rolling as fast as any I have played on. " -- itismej83
What they're saying: " Course is well maintained and beautifully manicured. " -- Jorge9381563
What they're saying: " The fairways and greens are all green, lush and well-manicured. " -- Jeffrey2882153
19. Aviara Golf Club
What they're saying: " The greens were immaculate. Fast, smooth and perfectly maintained. " -- bcczapla
What they're saying: " Extremely well maintained course and very friendly staff. " -- dfisher8
Battle Creek, Mich.
What they're saying: " Mowed roughs, manicured sand in the traps, plush fairways, and excellent greens.... It doesn't get any better than this! " -- Hearty
What they're saying: " This course has a beautiful layout and is in pristine condion. " -- erhjr
What they're saying: " The greens were the best I've played in years! Smooth and quick but fair. " -- Kelly6461504
What they're saying: " The course was in absolutely fabulous condition. The greens were hard and FAST, but were perfectly true. " -- Douglas9208392
What they're saying: " Course was in amazing condition, carpet fairways and greens were beautiful. " -- barrypolar
Las Vegas, Nev.
What they're saying: " It is always in perfect condition, fairways are smooth and green, no brown grass anywhere. " -- Joey6761402
What they're saying: " The greens rolled very true and were in excellent condition and overall condition of the course was excellent. " -- marber1golf
Las Vegas, Nev.
What they're saying: " The course in well kept, fairways are great and greens
are perfect. " -- vicpineda
What they're saying: " Course is always in perfect conditions and the greens are the best in the area. " -- Mikey84
What they're saying: " The course was in great condition, especially the fairways and greens, with the greens rolling quick. " -- Jim6201989
What they're saying: " Very good layout, with exceptional conditioning. I enjoyed the bunkering and the greens. " -- uXJBX8874XJ
What they're saying: " The conditioning is fabulous. It is a top quality Troon property. " -- terryprotto
Merry Hill, N.C.
What they're saying: " Fairways and greens in very good condition and well manicured. " -- upanddowner
Fort Myers, Fla.
What they're saying: " Fairways and greens are like rolling green carpets without a blemish. " -- dhamilton148
Borrego Springs, Calif.
What they're saying: " The fairways are so perfect it looks like field turf ... and the greens are perfect. " -- ctongue
Green fees are based on latest peak-season rates and are subject to change. In the case of resort courses, stay-and-play packages and specials often greatly reduce the price of the green fee. Many of these courses also offer dynamic online tee times, off-season and twilight rates that lower the green fee.