Best golf course designs by Greg Norman you can play



Greg Norman had a remarkable playing career that included two Open Championship victories and 331 total weeks as World No. 1. Yet his business career in golf has been even more dominant. The Shark has irons in the fire from everything from apparel to golf design to wine to golf cart entertainment.

When you consider the phenomenon of PGA Tour players-turned-architects that ramped up from about the 1970s, Norman's total portfolio trails the "Big Three" — Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player — but his firm's 100-plus designs in 34 countries puts him ahead of the total roster of courses by other successful player-designers like Tom Weiskopf, Ben Crenshaw and Davis Love III.

He is particularly prolific in "Australasia." But the golf traveler in the western hemisphere will find many resort courses designed by Norman throughout North America and particularly in Mexico, the Caribbean and U.S. southeast.

He has three North American designs on this year's PGA Tour schedule: Tiburon, El Cameleon at Mayakoba and TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks Course. His course in the Bahamas at Sandals Emerald Reef, despite being an amenity for a luxury couples resort, is no easy loop and hosts a Web.com Tour event. Both TPC San Antonio and El Cameleon are regarded among the tougher courses each year on tour, in particular because both are susceptible to breezy days.

To determine which Norman designs are faring best among amateur golfers, we dug into your ratings and reviews (over 3,700) of Norman's courses. The following courses are his firm's ten best overall rated courses based on your reviews. Keep in mind our user base at this point is largely North American, so his Australasia portfolio isn't represented here.

Do you have a favorite Norman design? Let know in the comments below.

Top 10 overall North America courses designed by Greg Norman

10. Gold Course at Tiburon Golf Club

Naples, Fla.


9. National at ChampionsGate Golf Club

Orlando, Fla.


8. Elks Run Golf Club

Batavia, Ohio


7. International Course at ChampionsGate Golf Resort

Orlando, Fla.


6. The Greg Norman Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta

Nayarit, Mexico


5. Greg Norman Course at PGA West

La Quinta, Calif.


4. AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas


3. The Course at Wente Vineyards

Livermore, Calif.


2. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Golf Club Grande Lakes

Orlando, Fla.


1. El Cameleon de Mayakoba

Riviera Maya, Mexico


Norman is certainly a premium brand in golf course development, with virtually every course in a high-end destination, so his courses' value ratings lag behind. But one of his rare courses that is in a less high-end spot earns strong value marks, Elks Run in Ohio. Here are his five best value courses according to your reviews:

Top 5 Norman designs as rated by value

5. Greg Norman Course at PGA West

La Quinta, Calif.


4. International Course at ChampionsGate Golf Resort

Orlando, Fla.


3. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Golf Club Grande Lakes

Orlando, Fla.


2. The Course at Wente Vineyards

Livermore, Calif.


1. Elks Run Golf Club

Batavia, Ohio


What are some of your favorite Norman courses to seek out when on the road? Let your fellow golfers know in the comments.

Apr 16, 2018



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J. M. Thomas's avatar
J. M. Thomas wrote at 2018-04-19 23:49:20+00:00:

Hard to beat Lodge at Koellet on island of Lanai, Hawaii for combination of a great course with absolutely amazing beauty!

Bill's avatar
Bill wrote at 2018-04-19 03:44:52+00:00:

Pompano Beach Public Course the Pines was redesigned by Norma

Bill's avatar
Bill wrote at 2018-04-19 03:46:47+00:00:

Pompano Beach Florida that is.

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EDCOACHC wrote at 2018-04-19 02:05:01+00:00:

The course at Sandals in Bahamas is awesome. Loved it can't wait to go back. 3 handicap and gave me all I wanted with ocean wind. Views are spectacular. Web . Com players couldn't break 80 at their event some in 90's. So don't expect an easy resort course it is a challenge.

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Laurie O'Connor wrote at 2018-04-19 00:18:13+00:00:

Greg designed Riverside Golf Club in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is a very challenging layout with all the Par threes and several other holes having a water carry or ravine to fly before you can reach the green. Nobody here gets a hole in one dribbling the ball along the ground.It favours the precise positioning of your golf ball with otherwise blind shots to the greens. Overall a top course and well worth a visit as are several other Jakarta courses.

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Gene G wrote at 2018-04-18 23:33:58+00:00:

I am fortunate enough to play The Course at Wente Vineyards in California often. It is a wonderful layout with a lot of elevation changes, and beautiful views of the vineyards in Livermore California. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to play golf in the San Francisco Bay Area, as an added bonus, you can alsway go wine tasting after your round

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DDD wrote at 2018-04-18 23:17:11+00:00:

I played Championsgate several years ago, but I don't remember anything very distinctive about it. I played nearby Shingle Creek and Johnny Miller's Harmony Preserve on the same trip and enjoyed them more.

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Ben7920813 wrote at 2018-04-18 20:51:03+00:00:

TPC Sugarloaf is in my Top 5. I know it's private, but it's one of the best routings you'll find ... and the conditions are pristine, particularly in April around the tournament. Bent grass greens in ATL a rarity these days. #18 a great finishing hole.


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