Pinehurst No. 2 is one of a handful of great Donald Ross designs open to the public in the U.S.  (Matt Ginella/GolfAdvisor) At 218 yards, the fifth hole is the longest par 3 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, host of three U.S. Women's Opens.  (Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor) The East Course at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. has hosted multiple U.S. Women's Opens. (Courtesy of The Broadmoor) The original Donald Ross Course at French Lick Springs dates back to 1917 and hosted the 1924 PGA Championship won by Walter Hagen.  (Credit: VR National)

The top five Donald Ross-designed golf courses you can play

No architect has made an imprint on American golf quite like Donald Ross. The Scotsman from the town of Dornoch came to the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century and made Pinehurst, N.C. his home for most of this time, but traveled across the U.S. designing and consulting on many of the country's early golf courses.

While a lot of Ross' finest golf courses are exclusive privates like major championship hosts Oakland Hills, Oak Hill and Inverness, he has loads of public courses, ranging from resort courses to municipals.

Matt Ginella named his top five Donald Ross designs in the U.S. in this clip from Morning Drive on Golf Channel:

Video: The top five Donald Ross designs you can play

1. Pinehurst No. 2

2. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club

3. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

4. The Ross Course at French Lick

5. East Course at Broadmoor Resort

There are an estimated 400 golf courses across the U.S. that Donald Ross designed, so chances are there is one near you. You can browse course reviews by Donald Ross on his Golf Advisor architects page.

Some Twitter followers wrote in with their suggestions:

So what are your favorite Ross designs in the U.S.? Let us know in the comments below.

Aug 18, 2014

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AndrewJacobs28327's avatar
AndrewJacobs28327 wrote at 2015-03-17 15:20:11+00:00:

Pinehurst #2, Pine Needle, Mid Pines, but there is also the Southern Pines Golf Club, another Donald Ross great, built  around 1906. used to be run by the Elks Lodge, but now is a great Semi-Private course!

Tleahy72's avatar
Tleahy72 wrote at 2014-09-09 19:00:32+00:00:

There is a great Ross course in Denver called Wellshire! $20 to walk!

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