Golfers know that 18 holes is only part of the experience during their round of golf. What the facility offers in terms of clubhouse, driving range and short-game area, plus restaurant and total food & beverage operation matters a great deal. (To some of us, the 19th hole is frankly why we're there in the first place.) The following 25 U.S. golf courses scored exemplary marks in their Off-course Facilities star rating in 2017 based on your ratings and reviews throughout the year. We received over 150,000 reviews from 92,000 golfers over the course of the year. Facilities needed at least 10 reviews in the calendar year to qualify.
The list is heavy in destination experiences, including top public facilities in Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Orlando. We've included a quote from a review to demonstrate what golfers love about the off-course experience. You can click on each course guide page to learn more and see facility details.
Editor's note: We combined multi-course facilities and resorts into one entry.
Top 25 U.S. golf courses as rated by Off-Course Amenities
25. Classic Club
Palm Desert, Calif.
What they're saying: " I wish more courses were run by Troon or run like a Troon course. Excellent service, conditions, amenities, you name it. "
Young Harris, Ga.
What they're saying: " There is nothing not to like about Brasstown Valley Resort and Golf. The golf course, the staff, the accommodations, the amenities are all first rate. "
San Antonio, Texas
What they're saying: " It almost seem like they went out of their way to make sure you had a good time. "
What they're saying: " The cold towel and the barrel of apples topped the day off. "
What they're saying: " We had a great breakfast at Vue in the resort before our round. All of the staff was exemplary, from valet to starter. "
What they're saying: " Food is awesome, clubhouse is great, overlooking driving range… cart girl always working, range balls included in price. "
19. TPC Scottsdale
What they're saying: " Clubhouse was great, very cool pro shop and restaurant. "
What they're saying: " You'll pay a little extra to play here, but you'll see where the money goes when you experience the course, clubhouse, practice facilities and staff. "
Las Vegas, Nev.
What they're saying: " I would recommend this facility to any groups, big or small, that want to have a quality venue with quality staff. "
What they're saying: " The grounds are gorgeous! The men's locker room is over the top! And the lounge is just tremendous. "
What they're saying: " The staff was very friendly and the clubhouse and restaurant were great. "
14. The Rawls Course
What they're saying: " The course is in great shape, the food is great, and the staff is very friendly. "
What they're saying: " We truly enjoy coming to this destination resort...everything that you want is here. "
What they're saying: " They have a nice rock waterfall entrance, a great practice area (grass range, multiple chipping and full wedge stations) and the pro shop & restaurant buildings actually have some nice architectural design to them. "
What they're saying: " This is the best golf course in Massachusetts, best all-around customer service and always a very pleasant environment. "
What they're saying: " Bloody Mary fantastic; don't skip the 27 ingredients Purgatory has to offer. Themed golf shop was really pretty. "
What they're saying: " The resort has really improved thanks to the millions spent by Trump. "
What they're saying: " The course is great, but Farmlinks is more of an “experience” than a round of golf. "
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
What they're saying: " The new clubhouse is magnificent and some of the best staff I've experienced. "
Indian Wells, Calif.
What they're saying: " Everything is first class from arrival at the bag drop, check in, driving range and the very friendly and helpful starter. "
5. TPC Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
What they're saying: " The off course amenities are amazing, like the free engraving of the bag tag, water and of course the clubhouse. Food was great and staff was extremely friendly. "
4. Bandon Dunes
What they're saying: " There are multiple restaurants with quality food, and in the case of McKee's pub, quantity too. "
3. Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach, Calif.
What they're saying: " The drive through 17 mile drive and all the other things to do make it a bucket list trip. "
What they're saying: " Great course, nice amenities, outstanding customer service...the staff is exceptional. "
What they're saying: " Everything you see right away is top shelf from the large, amphitheater-like grass driving range to the amazing two-tiered putting green. "