Of the six subcategories we ask golfers to rate at Golf Advisor, you could make a strong argument that course conditions are the most directly tied to overall satisfaction of the round. Conditions are also the category that fluctuate the most at a course, and the feedback we receive from golfers is invaluable when researching where to play our next round.
This is the best-of list for 2017 that gives a thanks to the superintendent and their staff for an exemplary year of course conditions at their facility. Courses needed a minimum of 10 reviews over the calendar year and we weighted reviews towards trusted and active accounts. (To read more about our methodology, visit our Top 50 Overall best-of list).
We've included a quote from a golfer review in 2017 that highlights the turf quality. We encourage you to tell us about the golf courses that have improved their conditions in your local market. We know the grounds crew is working hard and performing minor miracles every morning on shoe-string budgets. So be sure to make sure their efforts are being recognized in a course review.
Top 25 courses in the U.S. according to their conditions rating in 2017
What they're saying: "Course is always in fantastic shape. Beautiful walk through SC sandhills, pine forests, and lake area."
What they're saying: "Mountain course is significantly more difficult - green complexes on both courses are in excellent shape."
San Antonio, Texas
What they're saying: "The course was in amazing shape and while it was tough it was still really fun to play."
22. TPC Myrtle Beach
Murrells Inlet, S.C.
What they're saying: "Course was in great shape and the greens were excellent."
Las Vegas, Nev.
What they're saying: "The playing conditions are superb."
20. Chariot Run
What they're saying: "Always in good shape and great layout."
What they're saying: "Course was in super Condition. Staff was very courteous."
What they're saying: "Great course, great condition with smooth fast greens."
What they're saying: "Always in great shape and friendly staff."
What they're saying: "It’s in perfect shape and each hole is separate from the other and totally different."
What they're saying: "The greens were true and lightning fast! Not much rough to speak of and the fairways were in great shape."
14. The Classic Club
Palm Desert, Calif.
What they're saying: "This was a terrific course and was in immaculate condition."
What they're saying: "Course was in perfect condition and greens were in tip top shape."
Borrego Springs, Calif.
What they're saying: "I have never been to a course as well kept as Rams Hill. Even in the dead of winter the fairways were dark green and perfectly manicured."
What they're saying: "The course was in great condition for this time of year."
What they're saying: "Prairie Links is a very well maintained and manicured golf course. It's fun to play."
Gulf Shores, Ala.
What they're saying: "Course is always in good condition. Very playable and fun course."
What they're saying: "Conditions were great as always, and the greens were as fast as any I've played this year."
What they're saying: "Course was in great shape. Relaxing and fun."
What they're saying: "Very good course and layout. Very well maintained and manicured."
What they're saying: "Great fairways and pristine greens made for a day that I wish I could replicate more often."
What they're saying: "Condition, challenge and cost make this a great place to play."
Fort Myers, Fla.
What they're saying: "This place has perfect greens and fairways."
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
What they're saying: "The course was in fantastic shape! The greens were rolling out nicely."
What they're saying: "Beautiful layout and in great condition. Well worth the drive from Phoenix."