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2016 Most Wanted - Top 100 Golf Courses

Earlier this season we posted our rankings of the Top 10 Golf Courses for several of the most popular golf destination states. Now it's time to round out the year by providing our list of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the USA. If you're looking for world-class golf, each of the courses on this list makes for a perfect getaway destination.
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About Our Rankings

To generate our rankings, we used data from TheGrint, a golf handicap and stat tracking service that also allows golfers to rate the courses they play. Here are the pertinent details:

  • Ranking derived from over 200,000 golf course reviews from golfers just like you
  • Only reviews from the last 365 days are considered
  • A course must have a minimum of 30 reviews is required in order to qualify for ranking

Nearly every aspect of a golf course review is subjective and there's always going to be a difference of opinion, so healthy (and hopefully polite) debate is to be expected.

To make this list a bit more interesting, we've provided an interactive map that allows you to sort and filter by course name, state, and rank. Feel free to click and zoom to your hear's content. For any display, the largest dot will always show the highest ranked course on the map. Smaller dots, lower ranking. You get it.

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club - #1

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Streamsong Golf Resort | Blue - #2

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Yocha Dehe Golf Club - #3

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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - #4

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort | The Ocean Course - #5

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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort | Bandon Dunes - #6

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Erin Hills - #7

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Giants Ridge | The Quarry - #8

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The International Golf Club | The Oaks - #9

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Pinehurst Resort #2 - #10

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The Bull At Pinehurst Farms | Bull - #11

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Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course - #12

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Spring Creek Golf Club - #13

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Firestone Country Club | North - #14

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Pebble Beach Golf Links - #15

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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort | Pacific Dunes - #16

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Streamsong Golf Resort | Red - #17

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Spyglass Hill Golf Course - #18

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Cascata - #19

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Whistling Straits | Straits Course - #20

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Firestone Country Club | South - #21

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail At Ross Bridge - #22

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Indian Wells Golf Resort | Celebrity - #23

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Wolf Creek Golf Club - #24

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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort | Old MacDonald - #25

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Brickyard Crossing Golf Course - #26

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TPC of Boston At Great Woods - #27

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Giants Ridge | The Legend - #28

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Bay Hill Club & Lodge | Challenger/Champion - #29

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Geneva National Golf Club | Gary Player - #30

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Blackwolf Run | River - #31

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Mauna Lani Resort Golf Course | South - #32

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True Blue Plantation - #33

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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort | Bandon Trails - #34

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Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort | Wolf - #35

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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club | Cholla - #36

Forest Dunes Golf Club - #37

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Harbor Shores - #38

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Sand Hollow Golf Resort | Championship - #39

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Bethpage State Park Golf Course | Black - #40

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Reunion Resort | The Palmer Course - #41

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TPC At Treviso Bay - #42

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Hawks View Golf Club | Como Crossings - #43

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Wailea Golf Club | Emerald - #44

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TPC Sawgrass | The Players Stadium - #45

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Riverdale Golf Club | Dunes - #45

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Arrowhead Golf Course | Arrowhead - #47

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Baywood Greens - #48

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Cog Hill Golf & Country Club | # 4 - Dubsdread - #49

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Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort | Copperhead - #50

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The Journey At Pechanga - #51

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Pinehurst Resort #8 - #52

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The Boulders Resort Golf Club | South - #53

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Grand Cypress Resort | The New Course - #54

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Purgatory Golf Club - #55

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort | Osprey Point - #56

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Warren Golf Course At Notre Dame - #57

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Grand Cypress Resort | East/North - #58

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Harbour Town Golf Links - #59

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Eagle Eye Golf Club - #60

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Newport National Golf Club | Orchard Course (East) - #61

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Kapalua Plantation Course | The Plantation - #62

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Whiskey Creek Golf Club - #63

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Stonewall Orchard Golf Club - #64

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Whistling Straits | Irish Course - #65

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Princeville Resort-Makai Golf Course | Ocean/Lakes - #66

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Grand Geneva Resort | The Brute - #67

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Reunion Resort | The Watson Course - #68

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PGA West Stadium Clubhouse | Nicklaus Tournament - #69

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Turnberry Isle | Soffer Course - #70

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Goose Creek Golf Course - #71

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Gold Mountain Golf Course | Olympic - #72

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University Ridge Golf Course - #73

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Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes Orlando - #74

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World Woods Golf Club | Rolling Oaks - #75

PGA West Stadium Clubhouse | TPC Stadium - #76

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Troon North Golf Club | Pinnacle - #77

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Fossil Trace Golf Club - #78

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Pinehills Golf Club | Nicklaus Course - #79

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Belterra Golf Club - #80

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Turnberry Isle | Miller Course - #81

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Pinehills Golf Club | Jones Course - #82

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Trump National Doral | Blue Monster - #83

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TPC At Deere Run - #84

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Quintero Golf Club - #85

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Champions Gate Country Club - #86

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Pelican Hill Golf Club | Ocean North - #87

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Oak Quarry Golf Club - #88

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Greystone Golf Club - #89

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The Course At Wente Vineyards  - #90

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Grayhawk Golf Club | Raptor - #91

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Ballyowen Golf Club at Crystal Springs Resort - #92

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Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge | Crooked Cat - #93

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Parkland Golf & Country Club - #94

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Four Seasons Resort and Club | TPC Las Colinas - #95

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Ravenwood Golf Club - #96

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TPC Las Vegas - #97

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail At Capitol Hill | The Judge - #98

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Troy Burne Golf Club - #99

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Half Moon Bay | Old Course - #100

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2016 Most Wanted - Top 100 Courses You Can Play

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{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

DL January 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The Golf Club at Cuscowilla. Brilliant Coore Crenshaw design. Needs to be on this list! In Eatonton, GA…. Lake Oconee.

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Kelly.odonnell December 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Only 1 course representing Texas? I invite all reviewers to make their way to Austin Texas and come check us out!

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Julian T. Ingram December 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm

I have only played a couple of the courses and that has been several years ago as a guest.

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Jeb Springfield December 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Brickyard while nice shouldn’t be in front of Forest Dunes, Harbor Shores, Blackwolf Run, probably 2 dozen others, no way in a top 100 list. This is data mining off an app a small percentage of golfers use, pretty irrelevant but I guess fun.

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Olivier Sainte Marie December 24, 2016 at 9:06 am

Yesssssssssss
👍👍👍👍👍

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Nicholas Wilkin December 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Wolf Creek too, right?

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Nicholas Wilkin December 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm

I am so in for that!

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Kevin Wedmore December 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Definitely agree with No 1. While Arcadia Bluffs is a 7 hour drive from me, it is worth it. If you haven’t been there, put it on your list of ‘must play’. Fortunately, I live 15 minutes away from Purgatory Golf Club, No 55. It is well worth the visit, very reasonable greens fees, and challenging.

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Ben Baranczyk December 23, 2016 at 5:19 pm

10 in Wisconsin and 9 top 73. Represent. And once Sand Valley opens in May it’ll become 11.

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Rick December 23, 2016 at 10:48 am

I cannot believe that Ravenwood in Victor, NY made the list. While the fairways were very nice the greens were just horrible. Almost unplayable. Bumpy, inconsistent and just generally not well maintained. I played another course in the area, Wayne Hills Country Club in Lyons, NY. Those greens were spectacular although the fairways were not quite as nice. Among the best greens I have ever played. A great layout and a great bargain.

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Douglas T. Cooper December 24, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Never played it myself Rick, but all of my back home NY area friends who have said pretty much the same as you about their Ravenwood experience.

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Pat Alexander December 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm

I’ve played 3 in the top 30

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Chris Albert December 23, 2016 at 6:42 pm

6 in the top 100 for this guy.

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Henny Van Kooten December 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm

How about doing something for your neighbors to the north Canada!
We have a ton of great golf courses from Coast to Coast!

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Tim Peterson December 23, 2016 at 11:45 am

I got 47 and 51

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Sasa Nemanic Sedmi Profil December 23, 2016 at 7:38 am

Just 21! But I guess that is okay for a European guy…

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Bullwinkle Moose December 23, 2016 at 1:27 am

Any list that doesn’t include the Honor’s course in Chattanooga TN is incomplete, period. I worked for one of the Golf Course Equipment Companies and played several of the Courses listed and the sleeping elephant Augusta National not listed. The List is not fair as it is listed, it has to be broken down into Private, Semi-Private and Public courses. There were at least 11 courses listed that are very private, what good does it do someone in Texas to read about a course they couldn’t play if they did travel to Mass. or vice-versa. I understand my point is just my own and probably doesn’t represent many of the other golfers, but telling me how great a course is I can’t play without winning the lottery doesn’t add much to my knowledge base or bucket list.

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Bruce Kirkpatrick December 23, 2016 at 6:07 am

Only 3 of them. Number 6, 16 and 62. Bunch of these are on the bucket list

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Chris Greenlee December 23, 2016 at 5:22 am

18

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Bruce Aschenbrenner December 23, 2016 at 4:51 am

Played San Hollow 2 yrs ago. Fantastic back nine!

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Breck Edwards December 23, 2016 at 3:37 am

14

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Jack Sodoma December 23, 2016 at 3:32 am

I have played 30 I feel lucky

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Scott Spinler December 23, 2016 at 3:32 am

This looks like #9 at Sand Hollow.. That bunker on the right with a short sided pin is a real bitch, don’t ask me how I know..

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Randy Shavis December 23, 2016 at 3:28 am

zip… played several on computer golf…

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Eric McDonald December 23, 2016 at 2:37 am

#92 Ballyowen at Crystal Springs Resort. My backyard.

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Brad Zimmer December 23, 2016 at 2:04 am

Treviso Bay (#42) is a miserable course. I’m a low handicapper and it’s a near un playable execution with too little real estate and too many un manicured (or even cleared) areas. The lone redemptive quality is the paspalum grass, but even that can’t excuse the lack of landing area, and creativity (see #s 8 and 9.) In a 100 mile radius, the course is bettered by Talis Park (private), Old Corkscrew (public), Gateway (Private), Miromar Lakes (Private), Plantation (private), Fort Myers Country Club (Public) and Renaissance (private).

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Brad Zimmer December 23, 2016 at 2:07 am

I have to be clear. If you told me I had to play Treviso Bay as my “daily”, I’d quit the game tomorrow.

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Sean McCauley December 23, 2016 at 2:08 am

Agree – didn’t even add Calusa pines and Naples national. List seems like a golf advisor list to me. Not a low handicap list.

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Justin Surat December 23, 2016 at 1:03 am

15 including the one on the cover

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Ryan Burke December 23, 2016 at 3:18 am

Nice I’m at 12 better step up my game

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Jim Romano December 23, 2016 at 12:27 am

54 of them…there are many others that deserve a spot but it’s interesting to see what others think.

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Steven Gersdorf December 23, 2016 at 2:04 am

you are just 1 short of beating me by 50 get working on it

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Jim Romano December 23, 2016 at 3:35 am

I’ll see what I can do

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Charles John Brown December 22, 2016 at 11:38 pm

29 out of the 100 ranking was off but a lot of great courses MyGolf Spy very good list

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Bill Stechenfinger December 22, 2016 at 11:29 pm

Have played #75 rolling oaks.
With Steve Oliver and Jonathan Copeland

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Min S. Lee December 22, 2016 at 11:15 pm

No Torrey Pines?!? There goes the credibility of this list

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MyGolf Spy December 23, 2016 at 12:26 am

Tell the 200,000 golfers who voted.

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Nick Rykoski December 23, 2016 at 11:18 am

No Torrey Pines and Pac Dunes at 16, I am now dumber for having read this list

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Blake Parks December 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Torrey is never taken care of as it should be! Not once have I ever wanted to putt on bumpy poe.

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Jared Grycko December 22, 2016 at 10:59 pm

6 so far. The Bandon courses Pechanga, and Kapalua Plantation.

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Billy McDonald December 22, 2016 at 10:47 pm

Only four for me but I’m very surprised by Caledonia’s #4 ranking. Fantastic course and no surprise at all that it’s a top 100 course but #4 is a bit much.

The three others I’ve played are Bethpage Black, Kiawah Island Ocean course, and True Blue. All better than Caledonia, imo, the first two considerably so.

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Jamie Moore December 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm

Stunning, I’d be happy to caddy there just for the view.

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Myron Dulin December 22, 2016 at 10:01 pm

Scott Strauser we have some work cut out for us.

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Zach Grove December 22, 2016 at 9:41 pm

Playing whiskey creek in MD on Monday! Stoked!

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Jake Deshong December 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Winter rules…

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Adam Klos December 22, 2016 at 8:59 pm

Pat ChinDavid Fazio don’t agree with the list but wanted to see what they have as number one

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Robert Canady December 22, 2016 at 8:54 pm

Only 13, I think I need to become a MyGolfSpy course reviewer to get that number up !!

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Greg Burris December 22, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Arcadia Bluffs is amazing. I’ve also played the Pinehurst Resort courses, Innesbrook Copperhead, Dubs Dread, and a few others. Cool list, thanks MyGolfSpy for putting it together.

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James T December 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Tony, how ’bout MyGolfSpy doing a list of the top 50 courses (none private) as voted on by MyGolfSpy members? Criteria should be course (of high importance), scenery, clubhouse, customer service, lodging and perhaps most important, bar/grill.

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Patrick White December 22, 2016 at 8:26 pm

Definitely that one! I love Sand Hollow!!

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Dan Franson December 22, 2016 at 8:20 pm

Giants Ridge well deserved both of them! Possibly missing Gamble Sands

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Shane Speakman December 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm

That’s a great picture of Sand Hollow. It’s a great course, but the wind can blow like crazy out there!!

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Jae Sin December 22, 2016 at 9:01 pm

Let’s go!!

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Ryan Kukla December 22, 2016 at 8:08 pm

I’ve played 12 of them. Shocked that the Bull at Pinehurst Farms is rated so highly. Great course, but wow. And Troy Burne at 99 was unexpectedly low for that course.

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Kevin Loughran December 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm

I agree with other posters who have said that the list is refreshing. It’s nice to see some different courses getting publicity and recognition. I didn’t count them up but I have played a number of the courses on this list. I was curious about the Bull finishing so high. A club pro friend of mine once commented that if he had to play there often he’d quit the game and take up skiing. I tend to agree with his assessment even though I had at least one very good round there. Having written that it’s always in great shape, has wonderful amenities and top quality customer service all attributes that Grint users seem to value.

I was excited to see Purgatory on the list, sad to not see Pine Barrens when Rolling Oaks was included as this goes contrary to other ratings that you will see of the World Woods duo – probably the best value on the list.

There were lots of curious choices, deletions and inclusions but the author was clear that the rankings are subjective and at the very least those doing the rankings here don’t have skin in the game that drives them to prefer certain courses over others based on past reputation or advertising dollars.

It would be nice to read the definition of Courses you can play because there are a couple of private courses on this list. Great job!

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Eric Klimtzak December 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm

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Anthony Okolisan December 22, 2016 at 8:02 pm

This is a great list, mainly because I played 1,2,5,7,11,17,20,26,30,31,36,37,38,43,49,50,56,
57,60,64,65,67,73,75,
77,84,85, and 91 ⛳️

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Andy Kerestesy December 22, 2016 at 8:02 pm

I played greystone in TN. Great track, awesome views and had 71 from the tips

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Carolina Golfer 2 December 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

To me a better list than you see in some of the National Magazines.

I have only played 13 on the list. I need to get out more!!

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Brian LaBardi December 22, 2016 at 7:59 pm

25. What I can’t understand is how Streamsong continues to be so highly regarded. I found it to be uninteresting, in the middle of nowhere, and way overpriced. Look at the objective criteria on the courses. I seem to recall the slope is a dismal 125.

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Mitchell Burney December 22, 2016 at 8:08 pm

So what’s your idea of a better course?

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Brian LaBardi December 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm

I live in Chicago so for me most of these courses are “destination” courses. Of the hundreds of golf trips I have taken, Streamsong is one of the highest rated courses and yet is the only one to which I can definitively say I would never return. Of the notable courses I have played , if I’m doing a warm weather trip I would take Kapalua, Pinehurst, Scottsdale, Tuscon, Pebble Beach, or Shadow Creek over Streamsong. I would sooner play Arcadia Bluffs in January then return to Streamsong.

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Anthony Okolisan December 23, 2016 at 3:26 am

Brian LaBardi I live in the chi too, but the design of streamsong is awesome, for being in the middle of nowhere, they built two great courses. It’s different than typical golf in Florida and they use the land awesomely. Yes expensive but so is Erin hills in WI…

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Jimmy McCants December 23, 2016 at 4:14 am

Next time you go, come see me in the steakhouse bar…I’ll make it a more fun trip for you!

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Ben Gregory December 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm

I’ve played 9 of these. Good list

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Bill Knapp December 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm

I’ve only played 8 of them

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Ben Goergen December 22, 2016 at 7:31 pm

I’ve played 2. Though my personal top 10 courses I have played don’t appear on the list. Kind of weird but that is the nature of reviews I guess. Great list though MyGolf Spy!! thanks for compiling.

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Chris Hulse December 22, 2016 at 7:25 pm

#1 is deservedly so.

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James Dailey December 22, 2016 at 7:21 pm

10. A lot of central and North Florida courses makes it easy.

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Robert Bazal December 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm

I’ve got to 3 Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Golf Club, and Troy Burne Golf Club. 97 to go.

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James T December 22, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Certainly a refreshing new list… not like any of the others. Erin Hills is a good choice, I’ll be playing there in June in the U.S. Open… :)

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Tony December 22, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Some of those FL resort courses are GOAT tracks, I’d stay away. Rather plan OCN any day of the week…..

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Springbok December 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm

I know you are simply using data for your list and they are not your personal opinions….

But… wow….. sooooooo much wrong with that list. Having played at least 15 courses on the list, I don’t think any of them deserve to be on there other than Beth Page Black.

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Kenny B December 22, 2016 at 11:28 am

Too many private courses listed for a top 100 list. Firestone CC is very nice, but you have to know someone to get on. I wonder if the minimum of 30 reviewers for courses like this came from members only.

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Tom54 December 22, 2016 at 10:52 am

Pretty sure this list goes against everything Joe Passov believes in.

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David W December 22, 2016 at 10:42 am

Pinehurst # 2 isn’t really a public course. It’s a resort course where you either have to stay and play (extremely expensive) or get on with a member. They do have a couple of days (not weeks) a year where they allow public tee times and it’s still (I believe) $275. I’ve never done one of the public days (always stayed) but I imagine based on the timing of them that it’s because they just punched.

I (like most people I know who have played both) personally prefer #8 to #2 anyway. My favorite Pinehurst resort course is #9 (used to be Pinehurst National [then National Golf Club after Pinehurst sued them]) before the resort finally bought it and raised the rates more than 50%.

Caledonia is AWESOME, as is the Ocean Course at Kiawah.

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Jim December 22, 2016 at 9:49 am

Nice list and there’s a lot of courses out there that should be on everyone’s wist list too. I’m a little confused with the ‘courses you can play’ however as the ones listed for MA are private. TPC Boston and The International are both private so unless you know a member you aren’t getting on there anytime soon (Pinehills is semi-private though). Also they really aren’t the best public courses in the State either. Good courses but there are certainly many others in MA that are better and actually accessible to the public. Good list just a little off the mark in my home state.

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