Top five NFL markets for public golf

With the start of the NFL season upon us, let's take a look at which markets have the best public golf. I explained my picks with Gary Williams on Golf Channel's Morning Drive, and why some cities, like New York, were snubbed.

Click on each destination below to view the top courses, according to reviews on Golf Advisor.

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Football season is welcomed by Phoenix locals, who know cooler weather is right around the corner. Phoenix-Scottsdale is an embarrassment of riches for multi-course golf facilities like Troon North, Boulders, Talking Stick and more.

Green Bay

You'll want to visit Lambeau Field soon if you plan on playing golf, too. The golf season is quite short, but a trip to Green Bay can be capped with golf at Whistling Straits just an hour away at Destination Kohler.

San Diego

The South Course at Torrey Pines is the obvious must-play in a destination with plenty of great resort golf. Meanwhile, bargain course Coronado G.C. is a value favorite.

San Francisco

A visit to the Bay Area to see the 49ers means you're within a short drive of Alister MacKenzie's Pasatiempo, as well as TPC Harding Park and Half Moon Bay Golf Links among others.


In addition to 2015 U.S. Open host Chambers Bay, the Sea-Tac area is chock full of great public golf for any budget.

Sep 08, 2016

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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.