Aviara Golf Club
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Aviara Golf Club
Aviara Golf Club is one of the top-rated public courses in San Diego on Golf Advisor. Courtesy of Aviara G.C.
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Westin La Cantera Resort - Palmer golf course
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Westin La Cantera Resort - Palmer golf course
The Palmer Course at La Cantera Resort is a frequent selection for top resort course in San Antonio. Courtesy of La Cantera
Bay golf course at Kapalua Resort - hole 4
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Bay golf course at Kapalua Resort - hole 4
Four reviews on Golf Advisor thus far are all five stars for the Bay Course at Kapalua on Maui. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Crescent Pointe Golf Club - hole 2
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Crescent Pointe Golf Club - hole 2
Near Hilton Head Island, S.C., Bluffton's Crescent Pointe Golf Club earns solid marks for value. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Suncadia Resort - Prospector golf course - hole 12
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Suncadia Resort - Prospector golf course - hole 12
Shadows creep toward the 12th green of the Prospector Course at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Classic Club golf course - 16th
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Classic Club golf course - 16th
The Classic Club is currently sixth among Golf Advisor's top 10 Palm Springs golf courses. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Ravines golf course - 15th hole
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Ravines golf course - 15th hole
Arnold Palmer-designed Ravines Golf Club is among the top-rated courses on Michigan's west side. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Starr Pass Tucson Golf Club - Coyote - hole 6
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Starr Pass Tucson Golf Club - Coyote - hole 6
No. 6 on the Coyote nine at Starr Pass in Tucson, Ariz. presents a tight-squeeze tee shot, blinded by a large rock pile, through the middle of two weathered, desert mountains. Courtesy of jwmarriottstarrpass.com
The Legend golf course at Shanty Creek - hole 7
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The Legend golf course at Shanty Creek - hole 7
Shanty Creek Resorts' Legend Course is the top-rated track in the Traverse City, Mich. area. Courtesy of Brian Walters/Links Imaging
Scotch Hall Preserve golf course
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Scotch Hall Preserve golf course
Located near the coast of North Carolina, Scotch Hall Preserve is among the top-rated courses in the U.S. Courtesy of Scotch Hall Preserve
PGA National - Palmer golf course
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PGA National - Palmer golf course
While lesser known compared to Jack Nicklaus' Champion course at PGA National in south Florida, the Palmer Course is known to be more player friendly. Courtesy of PGA National Resort & Spa
Arnold Palmer course at Geneva National Golf Club - hole 16
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Arnold Palmer course at Geneva National Golf Club - hole 16
The Palmer Course at Geneva National is one of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin's top plays. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
SilverRock Resort golf course - 17th
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SilverRock Resort golf course - 17th
There are more than 400 reviews of the SilverRock Resort Palmer Classic Course on Golf Advisor, and more than 240 of them five stars. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Turtle Bay Resort - Arnold Palmer golf course - 17th
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Turtle Bay Resort - Arnold Palmer golf course - 17th
A bird's-eye view from a helicopter of no. 17 on Turtle Bay's Arnold Palmer Course on Oahu. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Oasis Golf Club - Palmer Course - hole 17
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Oasis Golf Club - Palmer Course - hole 17
Oasis Golf Club in Mesquite, Nev. is a 36-hole facility with both courses designed by Arnold Palmer. Courtesy of Oasis G.C.
18th hole at Bay Hill Club & Lodge
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18th hole at Bay Hill Club & Lodge
Arnold Palmer owns Orlando's Bay Hill Club & Lodge, and his firm has significantly redesigned and renovated the course, originally designed by Dick Wilson. Courtesy of Bay Hill Club & Lodge

Top-rated Arnold Palmer designs on Golf Advisor

(Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on September 10th, 2015, Arnold Palmer's 86th birthday).

We've opened the Arnold Palmer design firm's portfolio to see which courses have fared the best on Golf Advisor.

The results make clear that many of you love playing his designs all over the world. Many times, they are considered to be a little more playable for all levels compared to say, Pete Dye or Jack Nicklaus signature courses. In fact, in a handful of destinations, Palmer's firm has a design among the top courses.

In the Traverse City, Mich. market, Shanty Creek Resort's Legend Course , designed by Palmer, is the tops in the destination.

In San Antonio , the Palmer Course at La Cantera Hill County Resort holds the top spot (and it also topped the Power Rankings the week before his birthday).

In the San Diego area, Aviara Golf Club , which opened in 2007, is currently a close second behind Maderas .

And the King and Bear at World Golf Village (co-designed with Jack Nicklaus) is in second place in the Jacksonville, Fla. area.

Classic Club and SilverRock -- two of his better public golf courses in California -- are in Palm Springs ' top 10.

Be sure to tell us what your favorite Arnold Palmer design is in the comments below.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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