Tag: Jack Nicklaus

Drive for Show?

Every golfer has heard the saying “drive for show, putt for dough,” but you’ll find that’s pretty far from the truth once you’ve logged a round or two.

Think about your best days on the course. No doubt you holed some putts—but it’s pretty much guaranteed the driver was operating at or near full capacity. Golf is a whole lot easier from the middle of the fairway—and exponentially so when you’re hitting wedge into the green as opposed to middle or long iron.

You also have to work pretty hard to make a double after a solid drive in the fairway, but a snap hook tee ball that disappears in the woods or a weak flare that settles down in heavy rough a couple hundred yards from the green generally spells bogey at best.

A good way to demonstrate the paramount importance of driving is to look at the top echelon players in professional golf—and they have almost universally been big hitters down through the years.

Tiger and Jack: Power and Greatness

The Longest and Greatest   

Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are without question the greatest players in golf history, and also among the longest off the tee. Many consider Nicklaus the longest of all-time (according to Bobby Jones, Jack was ‘playing an entirely different game, and one which I’m not familiar with”). Unfortunately, official driving stats weren’t tracked by the PGA Tour until 1980 when Jack had already hit 40, but he still came in at No. 10 in distance and No. 1 in total driving with accuracy factored in (he hit 71.5% of the fairways).  

Before knee and back injuries slowed him down in 2008, Tiger was in the top 10 for distance every year with the exception of 2003 (11th) and 2007 (12th). In 1999 Tiger was 3rd in distance and 4th in Total Driving, while piling up 7 Tour wins plus a major and 7 additional Top 10’s.

In 2000 Tiger amped up the big stick even further, finishing 2nd in distance and No.1 in total driving on his way to 3 major championships, 7 more regular tour titles and another 7 Top 10’s,

Driving and the World Number 1’s

Since the World Golf Rankings were established in 1986, twenty-five players have reached number 1 in the world and the vast majority have been long off the tee. Bernhard Langer was the first to hold the Number 1 moniker after his win at the ’85 Masters (yes, the same Bernhard who is still winning on the Champions Tour). Although Langer was not generally regarded as a long hitter, he ranked 17th in distance on the PGA Tour in ’85.

Greg Norman: 331 weeks at #1
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/29/sports/golf/greg-norman-pga-saudi-arabia.html

Norman and Seve

Following Bernard’s brief tenure as No. 1, the top spot oscillated between Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros though the end of 1990. Norman held World Number 1 longer than any player other than Tiger (331 weeks), and he is also regarded by many as the greatest driver of all time.

From 1984 to 1994, Norman was among the top ten in driving distance every year but two (No. 15 in 1989 and No. 32 in 1992). Not only was he long, but he was straight as well—No. 1 in total driving in 1988, 1989 and 1993 plus 5 years in the top ten.

Seve Ballesteros: Power and Grace
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Seve Ballesteros played predominantly on the European Tour (now the DP World Tour) and driving distance stats are sketchy, but he possessed a powerful (though somewhat erratic) tee shot. Seve drove the green on the Par 4 10th hole at the Belfry a number of times, a 290 plus yard carry over water calling for a high cut, including at the 1989 Ryder Cup where he dropped an Eagle putt from inside twenty feet. Keep in mind he was using a persimmon driver with a soft ballata golf ball, and the average distance off the tee on the PGA Tour that year was just under 262 yards.

Tiger: 683 Weeks at #1
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Tiger-Woods

Tiger

Tiger held the top spot in the World Golf Rankings from 1999 through 2010 with the exception of 6 months in 2004/2005 when Vijay Singh (another fantastic driver of the ball) briefly moved into the No. 1 position. In all, Tiger was World Number 1 for an astounding 683 weeks—and an intimidating presence on the tee.

Between 1997 and 2007, Tiger was among the top five in distance six times, and the top ten every year but two (11th in 2003 and 12th in 2007).

McIlroy: 2023 Tour Distance Leader
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/22/golf/rory-mcilroy-remote-controlled-ball-fan-spt-intl/index.html

Rory, DJ and Brooks Koepka

Rory first reached number 1 in the world back in 2012 when he had just turned 23 years old, and has held the Number 1 position on and off for a total of 122 weeks (most recently from October ’22 through February ‘23).

And of course, McIlroy can bomb it with anybody (picture that majestic high draw that seems to carry forever). Since 2017 Rory has been either first or second in driving distance every year but one (4th in 2020) and led the Tour in distance last year averaging 326.3 yards.

Brooks and DJ: Big hitters Rising to #1

Dustin Johnson ascended to World No. 1 in 2017, and is behind only Tiger and Greg Norman for the longest time at the top (135 weeks). From 2009 through 2021, Johnson ranked among the top 5 in distance every year but 3 (6th in 2018, 10th in 2020 and 7th in 2021).

After winning the CJ Cub on the heels of two major championships (US Open and PGA), Brooks Koepka first assumed World Number 1 in October of 2018, and through February of 2020 he spent 47 weeks at the top. Between 2014 and 2019 Brooks finished outside the top 10 in driving distance only once (19th in 2016).

Knee and hip injuries at the end of 2019 through 2020 severely impacted Koepka’s driving distance and his ability to compete, but after rehab he was injury free in 2023 and recorded a runner up at the Masters, a win at the PGA and a top 20 at the US Open (where he was also second in driving distance averaging 320.6 yards).

Scheffler and Rahm: Battling for #1

Scheffler and Rahm

Jon Rahm or Scottie Scheffler have occupied the top spot in the World Golf Rankings since June of 2021 with the exception of DJ for a week in July of ’21 and Rory from October ’22 through February ’23.

Not surprisingly, both are fantastic drivers of the ball. Since 2017, Rahm finished outside the top 20 in distance only once (22nd in 2020) and was #1 in Total Driving twice—2021 and 2022. Scheffler has plenty of distance (16th in ‘20 and 19th in ‘22) while finishing among the top 10 in total driving 3 of the last 4 years (his lowest ranking was 13th in 2022).

The Putting Factor

There is no question that both Jack and Tiger were amazing putters, particularly on critical putts under maximum pressure, but while putting prowess separated them further from the field, the incredible record they each achieved would not have been possible without the power game.

Jack and Tiger: Power and Putting

Luke Donald possesses one of the finest putting strokes ever seen on the PGA Tour, finishing first in putting from 2009 through 2011. Luke was also a fantastic iron player, but struggled from the tee throughout his career.

In 2010 Donald ranked 186th on tour in total driving, but made a dramatic jump in both distance and accuracy in 2011, allowing him to ride that great putter all the way to #1 in the world. Unfortunately, Luke’s difficulties from the tee returned in 2013 and as his driving numbers dropped each year, so too did his world ranking—even as his putting stroke remained as silky as ever.

This is not to minimize the importance of putting, only to illuminate the fact that driving is far and away the biggest factor in determining success on the golf course. Power players have reached #1 in the world without being particularly good putters (Freddie Couples and Vijay Singh come immediately to mind), but some of the greatest putters in modern history who were not great drivers of the ball are conspicuously missing from the list of #1’s (Ben Crenshaw, Corey Pavin and Brad Faxon for example).

Bottom line is you drive for the dough, and putt for—well, some additional dough perhaps…   

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The Hammock Coast Golf Trail
South Carolina

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island SC

Hammock Coast Golf Trail

When you start to ponder the next golf get-away, Myrtle Beach is a destination that should immediately come to mind—and if you haven’t had a chance to get down there yet, now is the time to start getting a plan together. With more than 80 golf courses to choose from within an hour’s drive, great food, and fantastic beaches for when you want to cool out, MB is truly a golfer’s paradise.

And while you consider your options, take a good look at the Hammock Coast Golf Trail running along the coast just a touch south of Myrtle Beach. South Carolina offers many of the finest public courses in the country, and the Hammock Coast Trail includes many of the best.  

In addition to Jack’s great track at Pawley’s Plantation Golf & Country Club (recently updated) and TPC Myrtle Beach (a fantastic Tom Fazio layout), the Hammock Coast Trail also includes two amazing courses laid out by Mike Strantz—Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Plantation.

Although Mike Strantz passed away tragically at only fifty years of age, he left us with some of the greatest courses in the world (including Tobacco Road in Sanford, NC and Royal Kent in Providence Forge, VA).  

In 2000 Strantz was named one of the “Top 10 Greatest Architects of All Time” by Golfweek Magazine and his work has been heralded by many respected golf publications, including Golf Course Architecture.

All of the courses on the Hammock Coast Trail are terrific, so you won’t go wrong if you add this group to your list—and you’re pretty much guaranteed a trip to remember.     

The GolfDay Rating is based on a variety of criteria, including the stature of the architect(s) who did the original design(s), updates that have been done on the course(s), USGA Course and Slope Ratings, the quality and diversity of practice facilities, general course conditioning and current reviews.

Searching for courses that offer particular features? Click the GolfDay Search Engine to narrow it down.

Want to see all of the public courses in South Carolina listed by GolfDay Rating? Click S.C. Public Courses.   

The Courses

Blackmoor Golf Club
https://www.mbn.com/
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
    • Holes 18
    • Course Architects: Mike Strantz/Tyler Rae
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 71.4/144
    • Practice Facilities: Wedge Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker (Full Grass Driving Range and Steve Dresser Golf Academy available at True Blue Course).
    • Course Description
    • Photos
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golfweek S.C. Top 15-Public, Golf Digest S.C. Top 45
    • GolfDay Rating98.5
    • Location
Founders Club at Pawleys Island
Litchfield Golf & Country Club
    • Holes 18
    • Architect: William Byrd
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.5/136
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens.
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating80.8
    • Location
Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club
River Club
    • Holes 18
    • Architect: Tom Jackson
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 72.5/139
    • Practice Facilities: Warm Up Bays with Net, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating90.4
    • Location
TPC Myrtle Beach
https://www.mbn.com/
    • Holes 18
    • Architect: Tom Fazio
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.3/154
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker and Dustin Johnson Golf School.
    • Course Description
    • Golf School
    • Rankings: Golfweek S.C. Top 15-Public, Golf Digest S, C. Top 45
    • GolfDay Rating: 95.4
    • Location
Tradition Golf Club
    • Holes 18
    • Architect: Ron Garl
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.5/147
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers.
    • Photos
    • Video Tour
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.8
    • Location
True Blue Golf Club
    • Holes 18
    • Architects: Mike Strantz/Tyler Rae
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.1/143
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker and Steve Dresser Golf Academy.
    • Rankings: Golfweek S.C. Top 15-Public, Golf Digest S, C. Top 45
    • Course Description
    • Photos
    • Golf Academy
    • GolfDay Rating97.8
    • Location
Wachesaw Plantation East
https://www.playgolfmyrtlebeach.com/
Wedgefield Country Club
Willbrook Plantation
    • Holes 18
    • Architect: Dan Maples
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 72.8/140
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Photos
    • Video Tour
    • GolfDay Rating: 88.4
    • Location

Hammock Coast Golf Trail:

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Top 35 Public Courses-South Carolina 2023/2024

True Blue Golf Club, Pawleys Island SC

When it’s time to start formulating a plan for the Spring golf trip, South Carolina should come immediately to mind. In addition to great resorts like Kiawah Island, Sea Pines and Barefoot, SC boasts more than 30 non-resort public courses that received a GolfDay rating of 90 or higher (premium)—and over 100 that are rated above 80 (very good).

And of course, Myrtle Beach is the centerpiece to this golfing wonderland. Golf Trails can make it a lot easier to choose courses that are not too far apart, and MB has a couple of teriffic Trails to look at—the Myrtle Beach Golf Trail and the Hammock Coast Golf Trail.

If you looking for golf packages and deals, take a look at Myrtle Beach Golf and Myrtle Beach Golf Trips.

Keep in mind there are plenty of nice hotels and fantastic restaurants to choose from throughout South Carolina (and particularly in the Myrtle Beach area), so you can also reference GolfDay to build your own trip.

Course Architecture

Tom Jackson is #1 for laying out premier public courses in South Carolina with original designs at 5 of the Top 35, including Mount Vintage in North Augusta (No. 7) and River Hills in Little River (No. 8).

Clyde Johnston  is close behind with original design at Springfield Golf Club (No. 25) in Fort Mill, Glen Dornoch, Little River (No. 26) and Old South in Bluffton (No. 27) as well as updates to the Donald Ross design at Lancaster Golf Club (No. 9).

Rees Jones, always among the prominent names when listing great golf courses, contributed 2 original designs among the Top 35 (Oyster Reef, No. 10) and Arcadian Shores, No. 14) as well updates to the great Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design at The Dunes (No. 1).  

Mike Strantz: Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

Mike Strantz left us 2 wonderful layouts in Pawleys Island before his tragic passing at only fifty years of age—Caledonia (No. 2) and True Blue (No. 4). In 2000 Mike was named one of the “Top 10 Greatest Architects of All Time” by Golfweek Magazine.

Pete Dye added his brush to the Myrtle Beach golf panorama at Prestwick Country Club (No. 3, with P. B. Dye) and Jack Nicklaus recently completed updates to his terrific layout at Pawleys Plantation.

The GolfDay Rating is based on a variety of criteria, including the stature of the architect(s) who did the original design(s), updates that have been done on the course(s), USGA Course and Slope Ratings, the quality and diversity of practice facilities, general course conditioning and current reviews.

Select Top 35 South Carolina Public Courses for a map view of locations (click a flag for course name and details).   

Want to see all of the public courses in South Carolina listed by GolfDay rating? Click S.C. Public Courses.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
  1. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club/Myrtle Beach
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Robert Trent Jones, Sr./Rees Jones/Roger Rulewich
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 76.3/149
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • Junior Golf
    • GolfDay Rating: 99.6
    • Location
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
  1. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club/Pawleys Island
  2. Hammock Coast Golf Trail/Ponderosa Inc.
Prestwick Country Club
  1. Prestwick Country Club/Myrtle Beach
  2. Myrtle Beach Golf Trail/East Coast Golf Management
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Pete Dye/P. B. Dye
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.3/150
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Photos
    • Golf Packages
    • GolfDay Rating: 98.5
    • Location
True Blue Golf Club
  1. True Blue Golf Club/Pawleys Island
  2. Hammock Coast Golf Trail/Ponderosa Inc.
Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club
  1. Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club/Pawleys Island
  2. Hammock Coast Golf Trail/Founders Group International
Wild Wing Golf Course
  1. Wild Wing Golf Course/Conway
  2. Founders Group International
    • Holes: 27 Eighteen Hole Course (Avocet) and Nine Hole Course (Hummingbird)
    • Course Architects: Willard Byrd/Jeffrey Brauer/Larry Nelson  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.5/137
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens.
    • Course Description
    • Junior Golf
    • GolfDay Rating: 97.2
    • Location
Mount Vintage Golf Club
  1. Mount Vintage Golf Club/North Augusta
    • Holes: 27 (3-Nine Hole Courses: Independent/Vintage/Chester)  
    • Course Architect: Tom Jackson  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Independent: 37.9/150
    • Vintage:             37.7/154
    • Chester:            37.4/145
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Descriptions
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating: 96.9
    • Location
River Hills Golf & Country Club
  1. River Hills Golf & Country Club/Little River
  2. Founders Group International
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architect: Tom Jackson  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.2/147
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating: 95.9
    • Location
Lancaster Golf Club
  1. Lancaster Golf Club/Lancaster
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Donald Ross/Russell Breeden/Clyde Johnston  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 71.7/137
    • Practice Facilities: Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • Video Tour
    • GolfDay Rating: 95.5
    • Location
Oyster Reef Golf Club
  1. Oyster Reef Golf Club/Hilton Head Island
  2. Heritage Golf Group
TPC Myrtle Beach
  1. TPC Myrtle Beach/Murrells Inlet
  2. Hammock Coast Golf Trail/Founders Group International
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architect: Tom Fazio  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.3/154
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker and Dustin Johnson Golf School.
    • Course Description
    • Golf School
    • GolfDay Rating: 95.4
    • Location
Wedgefield Country Club
  1. Wedgefield Country Club/Georgetown
  2. Hammock Coast Golf Trail
Fort Mill Golf Club
  1. Fort Mill Golf Club/Fort Mill
Arcadian Shores Golf Club
  1. Arcadian Shores Golf Club/Myrtle Beach
  2. Myrtle Beach Golf Trail/East Coast Golf Management
Pine Ridge Country Club
  1. Pine Ridge Country Club/Edgefield
Edgewater Golf Club
  1. Edgewater Golf Club/Lancaster
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Bruce Brodsky  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.6/150
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Wedge Range with Targets and Bunkers, Putting and Chipping Greens.
    • Course Description
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.4
    • Location
Palmetto Hall Golf & Country Club
  1. Palmetto Hall Golf & Country Club/Hilton Head Island
  2. Heritage Golf Group
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: Cupp/Hills)
    • Course Architects: Bob Cupp/Arthur Hills  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Cupp:              74.6/141
    • Hills:                74.3/147
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Descriptions
    • Golf Packages
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.3
    • Location
Founders Club at Pawley Island
  1. Founders Club at Pawley Island/Pawley Island
  2. Hammock Coast Golf Trail/Founders Group International
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Gene Hamm/Thomas Walker  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.5/148
    • Practice Facilities: Warm Up Bays with Net, Expansive Putting and Chipping Green with Bunkers.
    • Course Description
    • Specials
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.2
    • Location
Tidewater Golf Club
  1. Tidewater Golf Club/North Myrtle Beach
  2. KemperSports
Tradition Golf Club
  1. Tradition Golf Club/Pawleys Island
  2. Hammock Coast Golf Trail/Founders Group International
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architect: Ron Garl  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.5/147
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers.
    • Photos
    • Video Tour
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.8
    • Location
The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes
  1. The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes/Hardeeville
    • Holes: 24 (Eighteen Hole Course and 6 Hole Par 3)
    • Course Architects: Tom Fazio  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.7/140
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers.
    • Course Description
    • Golf Academy
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.7
    • Location
Waterford Golf Club
  1. Waterford Golf Club/Rock Hill
  2. Pinnacle Golf Properties
Cheraw State Park
  1. Cheraw State Park/Cheraw
  2. South Carolina Parks
Heritage Club
  1. Heritage Club/Pawleys Island
  2. Legends Golf/Arnold Palmer Golf
Springfield Golf Club
  1. Springfield Golf Club/Fort Mill
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Clyde Johnston  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.3/144
    • Practice Facilities: Expansive Grass Driving Range with Target Greens, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • Video Tour
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.8
    • Location
Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links
  1. Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links/Little River
  2. Myrtle Beach Golf Trail/The Glens Golf Group/East Coast Golf Management
Old South Golf Links
  1. Old South Golf Links/Bluffton
Hilton Head National Golf Club
  1. Hilton Head National Golf Club/Bluffton
  2. Scratch Golf Properties
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Gary Player/Bobby Weed  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 72.1/131
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Target Greens and Putting Greens (2).
    • Photos
    • RV Park
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.4
    • Location
Man O’ War Golf Club
  1. Man O’ War Golf Club/Myrtle Beach
  2. Mystical Golf/DG Golf Management
Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club
  1. Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club/Hilton Head Island
  2. Heritage Golf Group
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: Barony/Robber’s Row)
    • Course Architects: George Cobb/Willard Byrd/John LaFoy/Pete Dye  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Barony:                         71.8/135
    • Robber’s Row:            72.7/134         
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Descriptions
    • Golf Packages
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.1
    • Location
World Tour Golf Links
  1. World Tour Golf Links/Myrtle Beach
  2. Founders Group International
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Mel Graham/Craig Schreiner  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 71.8/132
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.7
    • Location
Crowfield Golf Club
  1. Crowfield Golf Club/Goose Creek
  2. City of Goose Creek
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Tom Jackson/Bob Spence  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.9/147
    • Practice Facilities: Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Green.
    • Course Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.5
    • Location
Long Bay Club
  1. Long Bay Club/Longs
  2. Founders Group International
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Jack Nicklaus/Craig Schreiner  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.4/146
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Photos
    • Video Tour
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.5
    • Location
Pine Lakes Country Club
  1. Pine Lakes Country Club/Myrtle Beach
  2. Founders Group International
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Robert White/Craig Schreiner/Rick Robbins  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 72.5/135
    • Practice Facilities: Putting and Chipping Greens (Myrtlewood Driving Range is available for Warm-up–2 miles away).
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.4
    • Location
River Club
  1. River Club/Pawleys Island
  2. Hammock Coast Golf Trail/Founders Group International
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Tom Jackson  
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 72.5/139
    • Practice Facilities: Warm Up Bays with Net, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.4
    • Location
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Top 10 Golf Resorts: South Carolina 2023-2024

Harbour Town Golf Links, Sea Pines Resort, SC

Of all the states in the country, South Carolina has the highest percentage of public courses receiving a GolfDay Rating of 90 or higher (Excellent), and a very large number received a rating over 80 (very good), so it’s certainly no surprise that some of the best golf resorts in the country can be found in SC as well.

The Resorts below are listed by their GolfDay Rating, and we have included links for course description, accommodations and golf academy (if available). A link to the Resort website is also provided, as well as a link to Google Maps for each location.

Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio dominate the landscape at the premier golf destinations in South Carolina. Dye and Nicklaus collaborated to create the iconic Harbour Town Links at Sea Island Resort, and each contributed their signature to the spectacular courses at Kiawah Island—Pete Dye with the Ocean Course and Jack with Turtle Point.  Nicklaus also laid out the wonderful track at Montage-Palmetto (May River.)

Tom Fazio contributed his architectural genius at Kiawah with Osprey Point, designed one of the terrific courses at Barefoot Resort, and both courses at Wild Dunes Golf Links.

Davis Love III has also continued to burnish his reputation among the top modern day course architects with his work at Sea Pines Resort (Atlantic Dunes), Barefoot Resort and Fripp Island Resort (Ocean Creek)  

The GolfDay Resort rating is based on a variety of criteria, including the stature of the architect(s) who did the original design(s), the variety of courses located at the property, updates that have been done on the course(s), USGA Course and Slope Ratings, current local and national rankings by Golf Digest and Golfweek, the quality and diversity of practice facilities, general course conditioning and current reviews, as well as the quality of accommodations and level of service.

Click Top 10 South Carolina Resorts for a map overview of the resort locations (hover over a flag and the resort name will come up, and click for details).                                            

Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort/Kiawah Island, SC
    • Holes: 90 (5-Eighteen Hole Regulation Courses)
    • Course Architects: Pete Dye/Alice Dye/Gary Player/Clyde Johnston/Tom Fazio/Jack Nicklaus
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating
    • Ocean:                    79.1/155
    • Cougar Point:         72.7/134
    • Oak Point:              72.1/137
    • Osprey Point:         73.6/140
    • Turtle Point:           73.0/134
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Ranges with Targets, Chipping and Putting Greens at each course. Range Balls included with Greens Fee.
    • Course Descriptions
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Academy
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100, Golf Digest Top 100-Public, Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest SC Top 45, Golfweek SC Top 15-Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 100
    • Location
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The Sea Pines Resort
  1. The Sea Pines Resort/Hilton Head Island, SC
    • Holes: 54 (3-Eighteen Hole Regulation Courses)
    • Course Architects: Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus/George Cobb/Clyde Johnston/Davis Love III/Scot Sherman
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating
    • Harbour Town Links:            79.5/152
    • Heron Point:                        74.8/140
    • Atlantic Dunes:                    74.3/143
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Ranges with Targets (Harbour Town and Heron Point/Ocean), Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers. Range Balls and Fore Caddie (Harbour Town) included with Greens Fee.
    • Course Descriptions
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Academy
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 200, Golf Digest Top 100-Public, Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest SC Top 45, Golfweek SC Top 15-Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 100
    • Location
Barefoot Resort & Golf
  1. Barefoot Resort & Golf/North Myrtle Beach, SC
    • Holes: 72 (4-Eighteen Hole Regulation Courses)
    • Course Architects: Greg Norman/Tad Burnett/Davis Love III/Tom Fazio/Pete Dye Moreau/David Gill/Mike DeVries
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating
    • Norman:     74.2/141
    • Love:          74.9/141
    • Fazio:         73.4/144
    • Dye:           76.0/143
    • Practice Facilities: Lighted and Covered Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker. Dyer and Greg Norman Golf Academies.
    • Course Descriptions
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Academy
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest SC Top 45, Golfweek SC Top 15-Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 100
    • Location
Legends Resort
  1. Legends Resort/Myrtle Beach SC
    • Holes: 54
    • Course Architects: Tom Doak/P. B. Dye
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating
    • Parkland:               74.3/144
    • Moorland:              73.6/143
    • Heathland:              73.3/143
    • Practice Facilities: Lighted Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Academy/Junior Golf
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golfweek SC Top 15-Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.8
    • Location
May River Golf Club
  1. May River Golf Club/Bluffton, SC
  2. Montage-Palmetto Bluff
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Jack Nicklaus
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.8/141
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Wedge Range with Target Greens, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers (6). ProV1 Range Balls included with Greens Fee.
    • Course Description
    • Accommodations
    • Photos
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100-Public, Golf Digest SC Top 45, Golfweek SC Top 15-Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.5
    • Location
Fripp Island Club
  1. Fripp Island Club/St. Helena Island, SC
  2. Fripp Island Golf & Beach resort/Seascape Hospitality
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architect: George Cobb/John LaFoy/Davis Love III/Paul Cowley
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Ocean Point:          74.0/140
    • Ocean Creek:         72.1/139
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker (Creek). Irons Only Grass Driving Range with Putting Green (Point).
    • Course Descriptions
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.4
    • Location
Grande Dunes Resort Club
  1. Grande Dunes Resort Club/Myrtle Beach, SC
  2. Marina Inn
Wild Dunes Golf Links
  1. Wild Dunes Golf Links/Isle of Palms, SC
  2. Destination Hotels
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architect: Tom Fazio
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Links:         72.1/138
    • Harbor:       71.1/139
    • Practice Facilities: Driving Range (flight restricted balls), Putting and Chipping Greens (Links Course). Range Balls included with Greens Fee.
    • Course Descriptions
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.7
    • Location
Wachesaw Plantation East
  1. Wachesaw Plantation East/Myrtle Beach, SC
  2. Patton Hospitality
Palmetto Dunes
  1. Palmetto Dunes/Hilton Head Island, SC
    • Holes: 54
    • Course Architects: Robert Trent Jones, Sr./Arthur Hills/George Fazio/Roger Rulewich/John Harvey
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating
    • Jones:                    74.8/141
    • Hills:                      73.5/139
    • Fazio:                     74.2/145
    • Practice Facilities: Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker (Hills/Fazio)/Driving Range with Bunker and Toptracer Technology (Jones).
    • Course Descriptions
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Academy
    • GolfDay Rating: 88
    • Location
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Top 40 Public Courses-Florida 2023/2024


Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club, Destin FL

Most everyone has heard about great Florida golf resorts like Streamsong, TPC Sawgrass and PGA Village, but there are a whole lot of terrific public courses that are not part of a resort property.

If you’re looking for great Florida golf without breaking the bank account at a high-end resort, take a look at the Top 40 courses below, and start planning a get-away–keeping in mind that there are plenty of nice hotels and restaurants to choose from throughout Florida (and the GolfDay Course Page includes a link to Google map and directions for every course).

While each of the Top 40 has a GolfDay Rating above 90, Florida offers 136 independent public courses with a rating of 85 or higher (premium) and 238 with a rating of 80 or more (well above average).

Ron Garl leads the list for premier public course design in Florida with original design or updates at 7 of the top 40 public courses, including The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland (No. 22) and University Park in Sarasota (No. 32).

Joe Lee is at the top as well with design at 4 of the leading public courses in Florida, including Deer Island Country Club in Taveres (No. 8) and Abacoa in Jupiter (No. 9).


Fox Hollow Golf Club, Trinity: Robert Trent Jones, Sr

The Florida Top 40 public also includes design by eminent architects such as Donald Ross (New Smyrna Golf Club/No. 29), Jack Nicklaus (Old Corkscrew/No. 2),  Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (Fox Hollow/No. 13), Tom Fazio (Champions Club at Summerfield/No. 33), Rees Jones (LPGA International/No. 15) and Robert Trent Jones II. (Celebration Golf Club/No. 10).

The GolfDay rating is based on a variety of criteria, including the stature of the architect(s) who did the original design(s), updates that have been done on the course(s), USGA Course and Slope Ratings, the quality and diversity of practice facilities, general course conditioning and current reviews.

Click Top 40 Florida Public Courses for a map view of locations (click a flag for course name and details).

If you are dead set on a resort vacation, take to look at the GolfDay Florida Top 25 Resorts.

And if you are want to browse for courses in a specific area, visit the GolfDay Search Page.


Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club
  1. Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club/Haines City
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Steve Smyers
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.0/140
    • Practice Facilities: Two-Tiered Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker, Grass Wedge Range and TrackMan Technology.
    • Course Description
    • Toptracer
    • GolfDay Rating: 95.8
    • Location

Old Corkscrew Golf Club
  1. Old Corkscrew Golf Club/Estero

TPC Treviso Bay
  1. TPC Treviso Bay/Naples
    • Holes: 18 (Public Play May 1 through October 31)
    • Course Architects: Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest/Hal Sutton
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 77.3/153
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Grass Wedge Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker, Indoor Golf Simulator with TrackMan Technology.
    • Course Description
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating: 95.6
    • Location

Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club
  1. Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club/Destin
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Robert Walker
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.2/147
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers, Golf Academy and Indoor Golf with TrackMan Technology.
    • Photos
    • Golf Academy
    • GolfDay Rating: 95.5
    • Location

Kelly Plantation Golf Club
  1. Kelly Plantation Golf Club/Destin
  • Holes: 18
  • Course Architects: Gene Bates/Fred Couples
  • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.6/137
  • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Target Greens, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers. Range Balls included with Greens Fee.
  • Course Description
  • Photos
  • GolfDay Rating: 95.0
  • Location

North Palm Beach Country Club
  1. North Palm Beach Country Club/North Pam Beach
  2. Village of North Palm Beach
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Mark McCumber/Jack Nicklaus
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.2/135
    • Practice Facilities: Lighted Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course History
    • Junior Golf
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.8
    • Location

Juliette Falls Golf Course
  1. Juliette Falls Golf Course/Dunnellon
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: John Sanford
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.3/143
    • Practice Facilities: Double Sided Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.6
    • Location

Deer Island Country Club
  1. Deer Island Country Club/Taveres

Abacoa Golf Club
  1. Abacoa Golf Club/Jupiter

Celebration Golf Club
  1. Celebration Golf Club/Celebration

Windswept Dunes Golf Club
  1. Windswept Dunes Golf Club/Freeport

Royal St. Cloud Golf Links
  1. Royal St. Cloud Golf Links/St. Cloud
    • Holes: 27 (3 Nine Hole Regulation Courses)
    • Course Architects: Lewis Powell
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Red:       37.2/132
    • White:   37.5/133
    • Blue:     37.6/136
    • Practice Facilities: Lighted Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.7
    • Location
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Fox Hollow Golf Club
  1. Fox Hollow Golf Club/Trinity
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Robert Trent Jones, Sr./Roger Rulewich
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.1/139
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Photos/Layout
    • Junior Golf
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.6
    • Location

Emerald Bay Golf Club
  1. Emerald Bay Golf Club/Destin

LPGA International
  1. LPGA International/Daytona Beach
  2. Fore Golf Partners
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Regulation Courses)
    • Course Architects: Rees Jones/Arthur Hills
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Jones:  74.3/141
    • Hills:   75.4/150
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers.
    • Jones Course
    • Hills Course
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.1
    • Location

Southwood Golf Club
  1. Southwood Golf Club/Tallahassee
  2. St. Joe Company
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Gene Bates/Fred Couples
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.7/135
    • Practice Facilities: Lighted Grass Driving Range with Toptracer Technology, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.9
    • Location

Waterlefe Golf & River Club
  1. Waterlefe Golf & River Club/Bradenton
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Ted McAnlis
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.9/146
    • Practice Facilities: Driving Range and Putting Green.
    • Photos/Layout
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.9
    • Location

Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club
  1. Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club/Dade City
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Regulation Courses)
    • Course Architects: Kurt Sandness/Tom Lehman
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • North:  74.7/139
    • South:  74.0/141
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range, Expansive Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers.
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.7
    • Location

St. Johns Golf Club
  1. St. Johns Golf Club/Elkton
  2. St. Johns County
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Clyde Johnston/Robert Walker
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.4/135
    • Practice Facilities: Expansive Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Operation 36 Program.
    • Course Description
    • Junior Golf
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.6
    • Location

Duran Golf Club
  1. Duran Golf Club/Viera
    • Holes: 27 (Eighteen Hole Regulation Course and Nine Hole Lighted Par 3)
    • Course Architects: Lewis Powell
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.8/130
    • Practice Facilities: Lighted Grass Driving Range with Targets and Trackman Technology, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • Junior Golf
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.6
    • Location

Heron Creek Golf & Country Club
  1. Heron Creek Golf & Country Club/North Port
    • Holes: 27 (3 Nine Hole Regulation Courses)
    • Course Architects: Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Creek: 36.3/144
    • Marsh: 36.2/142
    • Oaks:   36.2/141
    • Practice Facilities Expansive including Grass Driving Range with Targets, Grass Wedge Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers.
    • Photos
    • Golf Academy
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.5
    • Location

The Club at Eaglebrooke
  1. The Club at Eaglebrooke/Lakeland
  2. Indigo Sports
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Ron Garl
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.7/138
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens and Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.5
    • Location

The Club at Emerald Hills
  1. The Club at Emerald Hills/Hollywood
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Robert von Hagge/Bruce Devlin/Charles Ankrom/Jack Nicklaus
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 78.6/148
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.5
    • Location

Black Bear Golf Club
  1. Black Bear Golf Club/Eustis
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: B. Dye
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.1/140
    • Practice Facilities: Double Sided Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Scorecard/Video Tour
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.5
    • Location

Riverwood Golf Club
  1. Riverwood Golf Club/Port Charlotte
    • Holes: 18  
    • Course Architects: Gege Bates
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.8/139
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • Video Tour
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.4
    • Location

Boca Raton Golf & Racquet Club
  1. Boca Raton Golf & Racquet Club/Boca Raton
  2. City of Boca Raton
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Joe Lee/Kipp Schulties
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.5/148
    • Practice Facilities: Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens.
    • Junior Golf
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.2
    • Location

Stonebrook Golf Course
  1. Stonebrook Golf Course/Pace
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Charles Daniels
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.2/135
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker and CF Golf Academy (TrackMan and Operation 36 Program).
    • Photos
    • Junior Golf
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.3
    • Location

The Eagles Golf Club
  1. The Eagles Golf Club/Odessa

New Smyrna Golf Club
  1. New Smyrna Golf Club/New Smyrna
  2. City of New Smyrna

Eagle Creek Golf Club
  1. Eagle Creek Golf Club/Orlando
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Ron Garl/Howard Swan
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.1/132
    • Practice Facilities: Double Sided Grass Driving Range, Putting Green and Practice Hole with Bunker.
    • Photos
    • Junior Golf
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.8
    • Location

Skyview at Terra Vista
  1. Skyview at Terra Vista/Hernando
  2. Villages of Citrus Hills
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Terrill LaGree
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.6/133
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers.
    • Course Description
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.3
    • Location

University Park Country Club
  1. University Park Country Club/Sarasota
    • Holes: 27 (Three Nine Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Ron Garl
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • First Nine:       37.2/139
    • Second Nine:  36.8/137
    • Third Nine:     37.8/136
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • Golf Academy
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.3
    • Location

Champions Club at Summerfield
  1. Champions Club at Summerfield/Stuart

Forest Lake Golf Club
  1. Forest Lake Golf Club/Apopka
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Lloyd Clifton/Ken Ezell/George Clifton
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.9/138
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description/Photos
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.0
    • Location

Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club
  1. Sun ‘n Lake Golf Club/Sebring
    • Holes: 36 (Two Eighteen Hole Regulation Courses)
    • Course Architects: Don Dyer/Charles Ankrom/Ron Garl
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Deer Run:        74.1/132
    • Turtle Run:     71.6/126
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Descriptions
    • Junior Golf
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.0
    • Location

Woodmont Country Club
  1. Woodmont Country Club/Tamarac
    • Holes: 27 (Eighteen Hole Cypress and Nine Hole Pines)
    • Course Architects: Robert von Hagge/Bruce Devlin/Joe Jemsek
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Cypress: 73.6/138
    • Pines:    34.7/127
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.9
    • Location

Palm Beach National
  1. Palm Beach National/Lake Worth
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Porter Gibson/Joe Lee
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.1/133
    • Practice Facilities: Expansive Lighted Driving Range with Targets and Toptracer Technology, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Description
    • Toptracer Range
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.9
    • Location

Sandridge Golf Club
  1. Sandridge Golf Club/Vero Beach
  2. Indian River County
    • Holes: 36 (Two Eighteen Hole Regulation Courses)
    • Course Architects: Ron Garl
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Dunes: 74.1/141
    • Lakes: 70.9/134
    • Practice Facilities: Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens.
    • Course Description
    • Junior Golf
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.7
    • Location

Sailfish Sands Golf Course
  1. Sailfish Sands Golf Course/Stuart
  2. Martin County
    • Holes: 27 (Eighteen Hole and Nine Hole Regulation Courses)
    • Course Architects: William Langford/Ernest Smith/Ron Garl/John Sanford/David Ferris
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Eighteen Hole: 74.1/130
    • Nine Hole:         35.7/122
    • Practice Facilities: Expansive Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Operation 36 Program.
    • Course Description
    • Junior Golf
    • Toptracer Range
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.6
    • Location 

Highlands Ridge Golf Club
  1. Highlands Ridge Golf Club/Avon Park
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Top 35 Private Clubs – Florida 2023


Jupiter Hills, Tequesta FL

While there are a great many fantastic public golf courses in Florida, membership at a top echelon private club assures that you’ll have a quality golf experience every time you tee it up. Limited play at private clubs pretty much guarantees that course conditions will always be great, and you can also say goodbye to the 5-hour round.

The state of Florida boasts 54 private clubs receiving a GolfDay rating of 90 or higher (Premium), by far the highest of any state in the country.

Florida also includes over 160 clubs with a GolfDay rating above 80 (high quality), again the most of any state, so chances are pretty good that you won’t have to look far to find a great club to call home.

We’ve included our Top 35 below, or you can spin through our file of all private courses in Florida, listed by GolfDay Rating. The GolfDay search engine is available as well to find the best courses by proximity to your location.

Clubs are ranked on the basis of GolfDay Rating, and listings include the year a club was founded, course architect(s), current USGA course and slope ratings, a link for the course website, and a notation if currently ranked by Golf Digest (locally or nationally). A link to the GolfDay course page is also included along with a link to Google Maps for each location. 


Mountain Lake Country Club

Our Top 35 private clubs in Florida include designs by the towering figures in golf course architecture, including Donald Ross, Jack Nicklaus, Seth Raynor, Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Pete Dye and William Flynn.   

Tom Fazio, with 8 original designs as well as updates to an additional 4, has contributed the highest number to our list of elite private tracks in Florida.

Donald Ross and Jack Nicklaus are close behind with 6 original designs each, and Pete Dye’s long list of fabulous courses includes 3 private clubs in Florida.

The GolfDay private club rating is based on a variety of criteria, including the stature of the architect(s) who did the original design(s), updates that have been done on the course(s), the variety of courses located at the property, USGA Course and Slope Ratings, as well as club longevity and prestige. 


Seminole Golf Club
USGA Museum
  1. Seminole Golf Club/Juno Beach
    • Founded: 1929
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Donald Ross/Dick Wilson/Ed Connor/Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.4/144
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100, Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 100
    • Location

Black Diamond Ranch Golf and Country Club
  1. Black Diamond Ranch Golf & Country Club/Lecanto
    Escalante Golf
    • Founded:1987
    • Holes: 45 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: Quarry/Ranch and Nine Hole Highlands Course)
    • Course Architects: Tom Fazio/David Whelchel
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Quarry:            77.9 Rating/146 Slope
    • Ranch:              75.8 Rating/141 Slope
    • Highlands:       37.2 Rating/140 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 200, Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 100
    • Location

Mountain Lake Country Club
  1. Mountain Lake Country Club/Lake Wales
    • Founded: 1915
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Seth Raynor/William Diddel/Ron Prichard/Tyler Rae
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.1 Rating/136 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 200, Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 98.6
    • Location

The Concession Golf Club
  1. The Concession Golf Club/Bradenton
    • Founded: 2006
    • Holes: 27 (Eighteen Hole Championship Course and Nine Hole Par 3 Course)
    • Course Architects: Jack Nicklaus/Tony Jacklin
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 76.7 Rating/153 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 200, Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 98.2
    • Location

Jupiter Hills Club
  1. Jupiter Hills Club/Tequesta
    • Founded: 1969
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: Hills/Village)
    • Course Architects: George Fazio/Tom Fazio/Jan Bel Jan
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Hills:     76.9 Rating/148 Slope
    • Village: 73.9 Rating/147 Slope
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 200, Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 97.6
    • Location

Calusa Pines Golf Club
  1. Calusa Pines Golf Club/Naples
    • Founded: 2001
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Michael Hurdzan/Dana Fry
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.2 Rating/143 Slope
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100, Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 97.0
    • Location

San Jose Country Club
  1. San Jose Country Club/Jacksonville

Watersound Club
  1. Watersound Club/Watersound
    St. Joe Hospitality

Belleair Country Club
  1. Belleair Country Club/Belleair
    • Founded: 1925
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: East/West)
    • Course Architects: Donald Ross/John Duncan Dunn/Hal Purdy/Malcolm Purdy/Stephen Kay/Gene Bates/Jason Straka
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • East:    70.8 Rating/133 Slope
    • West:   74.3 Rating/144 Slope  
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 96.1
    • Location
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Coral Ridge Country Club
  1. Coral Ridge Country Club/Fort Lauderdale
    • Founded: 1955
    • Holes: 27 (Eighteen Hole Championship Course and Nine Hole Par 3)
    • Course Architects: Robert Trent Jones, Sr./Rees Jones
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.4 Rating/137 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 95.8
    • Location

The Everglades Club
  1. The Everglades Club/Palm Beach
    • Founded: 1919
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Seth Raynor/William Langford/Theodore Moreau/George Fazio/Tom Fazio/Ron Kirby/Denis Griffiths/Brian Silva
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 71.0 Rating/140 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.0
    • Location

Broken Sound Club
  1. Broken Sound Club/Boca Raton
    • Founded: 1978
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: Club Course/Old Course)
    • Course Architects: Joe Lee/Gene Bates/Rees Jones
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Club Course: 74.9 Rating/147 Slope
    • Old Course:   75.4 Rating/146 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.8
    • Location

Medalist Golf Club
  1. Medalist Golf Club/Hobe Sound
    • Founded: 1995
    • Holes: 30 (Eighteen Hole Regulation Course and Twelve Hole Medalist Village Par 3
    • Course Architects: Pete Dye/Greg Norman/Matthew Dusenberry
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 77.0 Rating/149 Slope
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 200, Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.6
    • Location

Indian Creek Country Club
  1. Indian Creek Country Club/Indian Creek Village
    • Founded: 1926
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: William Flynn/Howard Toomey/Dick Wilson/Ron Forse/Andrew Green
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.7 Rating/132 Slope
    • Rankings: Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.5
    • Location

Hammock Dunes Club
  1. Hammock Dunes Club/Palm Coast
    • Founded: 1989
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: Creek/Links)
    • Course Architects: Tom Fazio/Rees Jones
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Creek: 76.6 Rating/152 Slope
    • Links: 73.6 Rating/138 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.2
    • Location

Boca West Country Club
  1. Boca West Country Club/Boca Raton
    • Founded: 1969
    • Holes: 72 (4 Eighteen Hole Courses: Palmer I/Fazio II/Palmer III/Dye IV)
    • Course Architects: Arnold Palmer/Jim Fazio/Pete Dye/Dana Fry/Jason Straka
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Palmer I:          75.2 Rating/142 Slope
    • Fazio II:            73.5 Rating/146 Slope
    • Palmer III:       72.4 Rating/139 Slope
    • Dye IV:              72.7 Rating/128 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.1
    • Location

Gulf Stream Golf Club
  1. Gulf Stream Golf Club/Gulf Stream
    • Founded: 1924
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: Left/Right)
    • Course Architects: Donald Ross/Dick Wilson/Mark Mahannah/Pete Dye/Alice Dye
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Left:   73.7 Rating/138 Slope
    • Right: 73.9 Rating/137 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.0
    • Location

Floridian National Golf Club
  1. Floridian National Golf Club/Palm City
    • Founded: 2011
    • Holes: 27 (Eighteen Hole Championship Course and Nine Hole Butch Harmon Par 3
    • Course Architects: Tom Fazio/Kevin Norby
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.7 Rating/145 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.8
    • Location

Bonita Bay Club
  1. Bonita Bay Club/Naples
    • Founded: 1998
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: Cypress/Sabal)
    • Course Architects: Tom Fazio/Tom Marzolf
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Cypress: 76.9 Rating/145 Slope
    • Sabal:     73.3 Rating/139 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.8
    • Location

Ballenisles Country Club
  1. Ballenisles Country Club/Palm Beach Gardens
    • Founded: 1964
    • Holes: 54 (3 Eighteen Hole Courses: North/East/South)
    • Course Architects: Dick Wilson/Joe Lee/Gene Bates/Rees Jones/Jack Nicklaus
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • East:     76.5 Rating/145 Slope
    • North:  73.7 Rating/137 Slope
    • South:  74.4 Rating/138 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.7
    • Location

The Club at Ibis
  1. The Club at Ibis/West Palm Beach
    • Founded: 1992
    • Holes: 54 (3 Eighteen Hole Courses: Legend/Heritage/Tradition)
    • Course Architects: Jack Nicklaus/Jack Nicklaus II/Steve Nicklaus
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Legend:           75.7 Rating/142 Slope
    • Heritage:         74.7 Rating/140 Slope
    • Tradition:        74.8Rating/139 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.5
    • Location

Old Marsh Golf Club
  1. Old Marsh Golf Club/Palm Beach Gardens
    • Founded: 1988
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Pete Dye/Chris Lutzke
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.8 Rating/152 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.4
    • Location

The Loxahatchee Club
  1. The Loxahatchee Club/Jupiter
    • Founded: 1984
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.9 Rating/153 Slope
    • Rankings: Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.3
    • Location

Timuquana Country Club
  1. Timuquana Country Club/Jacksonville
    • Founded: 1923
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Donald Ross/George Cobb/David W. Gordon/Bobby Weed/Bruce Hepner
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.1 Rating/137 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.9
    • Location

The Country Club at Mirasol
  1. The Country Club at Mirasol/Palm Beach Gardens
    • Founded: 2001
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: Sunrise/Sunset)
    • Course Architects: Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest/Tom Fazio/J. Drew Rogers
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Sunrise:           76.2 Rating/147 Slope
    • Sunset:            75.2 Rating/153 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.7
    • Location

Heathrow Legacy Club
  1. Heathrow Legacy Club/Heathrow
    Concert Golf Partners
    • Founded: 1985
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: Heathrow/Legacy)
    • Course Architects: Ron Garl/Tom Fazio
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Heathrow Country Club: 72.5 Rating/131 Slope
    • Legacy Club:                      75.4 Rating/141 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.6
    • Location

John’s Island Club
  1. John’s Island Club/Vero Beach
    • Founded: 1969
    • Holes: 54 (3 Eighteen Hole Courses: North/South/West)
    • Course Architects: Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus/Tom Fazio
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • North: 74.3 Rating/138 Slope
    • South: 70.9 Rating/131 Slope
    • West:   73.0 Rating/137 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.6
    • Location

Sara Bay Golf and Country Club
  1. Sara Bay Country Club/Sarasota
    • Founded: 1926
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Donald Ross/Joe lee/Kris Spence
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.3 Rating/137 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.4
    • Location

Pine Tree Golf Club
  1. Pine Tree Golf Club/Boynton Beach
    • Founded: 1960
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Dick Wilson/Joe Lee/Ed Connor/Ron Forse/Bobby Weed/Scot Sherman
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.1 Rating/143 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.4
    • Location

Lost City Golf Club
  1. Lost City Golf Club/Atlantis
    • Founded: 1960
    • Holes: 27 (3 Nine Hole Courses: North/South/East)
    • Course Architects: William Mitchell/Bob Simmons/Ted McAnlis/Tom Fazio
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • North: 37.0 Rating/133 Slope
    • South: 37.3 Rating/132 Slope
    • East:    36.9 Rating/137 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.3
    • Location

Sailfish Point Golf Club
  1. Sailfish Point Golf Club/Stuart

The Bear’s Club
  1. The Bear’s Club/Jupiter
    • Founded: 1999
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 76.2 Rating/151 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 200, Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.9
    • Location

Trump International Golf Club
  1. Trump International Golf Club/West Palm Beach
    • Founded: 1999
    • Holes: 27 (Eighteen Hole Championship Course and Trump Nine)
    • Course Architects: Jim Fazio
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Championship: 76.3 Rating/155 Slope
    • Trump Nine:     37.7 Rating/147 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 200, Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.9
    • Location

Sawgrass Country Club
  1. Sawgrass Country Club/Ponte Vedra Beach
    • Founded: 1973
    • Holes: 27 (3 Nine Hole Courses: East/West/South)
    • Course Architects: Ed Seay/William Amick/Gardner Dickenson/Edmund Ault/Tom Clark//Robert Walker
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • East:    37.5 Rating/146 Slope
    • West:   37.4 Rating/146 Slope
    • South: 37.4 Rating/142 Slope
    • Description
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.8
    • Location

TwinEagles
  1. TwinEagles/Naples
    • Founded: 1999
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses: Talon/Eagle)
    • Course Architects: Jack Nicklaus/Jack Nicklaus II/Steve Smyers
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Talon: 75.2 Rating/139 Slope
    • Eagle: 77.5 Rating/150 Slope
    • Description
    • Rankings: Golf Digest FL Top 60
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.7
    • Location
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Top Golf Resorts and Public Courses: Myrtle Beach

Barefoot Resort

It’s time to start planning your spring golf trip, and Myrtle Beach is the #1 destination in the U.S. offering more than eighty courses, great food, terrific nightlife, and gorgeous beaches for when you need some down time. It’s still a bit cool through February, but temps climb through the 60’s in March, the 70’s in April, and it’s total perfection in May with temperatures in the low to mid 80’s.

Many of the great modern architects are on display among the wide variety of courses in the Myrtle Beach area, including Tom Fazio (Barefoot Resort and TPC Myrtle Beach), Pete Dye (Barefoot and Prestwick), Rees Jones (The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Arcadian Shores), Tom Doak (Legends Resort) and Jack Nicklaus (Pawleys Plantation).

Roger Rulewich, who collaborated with Robert Trent Jones, Sr. to sculpt the wonderful courses along the RTJ Golf Trail in Alabama, shared his architectural mastery at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club as well as Grande Dunes Resort Club.

And then there are the two masterpieces left to us by Mike Strantz at Caledonia and True Blue.

If you are looking for deals and packages, check out Myrtle Beach Golf and Myrtle Beach Golf Trips.

The GolfDay rating is based on a variety of criteria, including the stature of the architect(s) who did the original design(s), updates that have been done on the course(s), USGA Course and Slope Ratings, current local and national rankings by Golf Digest and Golfweek, the quality and diversity of practice facilities, general course conditioning and current reviews. The resort rating also includes a factor for the variety of courses located at the property as well as the quality of accommodations and level of service.

If you have yet to mark Myrtle Beach from your bucket list, now is the time. And even if you’ve made the trip many times before, MB never disappoints—so start getting a plan in motion.

Resorts

Barefoot Resort, North myrtle Beach SC
  1. Barefoot Resort & Golf/North Myrtle Beach, SC
    • Holes: 72 (4 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Greg Norman/Tad Burnett/Davis Love III/Tom Fazio/Pete Dye
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Norman:         74.2 Rating/141 Slope
    • Love:                74.9 Rating/141 Slope
    • Fazio:               73.4 Rating/144 Slope
    • Dye:                  76.0 Rating/143 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Lighted and Covered Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker. Dyer and Greg Norman Golf Academies.
    • Course Descriptions
    • Golf Academy
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest SC Top 35, Golfweek SC Top 15-Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Rating: 100.0
    • Location
Legends Resort, Myrtle Beach SC
  1. Legends Resort/Myrtle Beach, SC
    • Holes: 54 (3 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Tom Doak/P.B. Dye
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Parkland:        74.3 Rating/144 Slope
    • Moorland:       73.6 Rating/143 Slope
    • Heathland:     73.3 Rating/143 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Lighted Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Golf Academy
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golfweek SC Top 15-Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.8
    • Location
Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach SC
  1. Grande Dunes Resort Club/Myrtle Beach, SC
  2. Marina Inn
Myrtle Beach National, Myrtle Beach SC
  1. Myrtle Beach National Golf Club/Myrtle Beach, SC
    • Holes: 54 (3 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Francis Duane/Arnold Palmer/Victoria Martz
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Kings North:                73.9 Rating/137 Slope
    • South Creek:               70.9 Rating/128 Slope
    • West:                              72.6 Rating/125 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Course Descriptions
    • Photos
    • Video Tour
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golfweek SC Top 15-Public,
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.1
    • Location
Wachesaw Plantation East, Myrtle Beach SC
  1. Wachesaw Plantation East/Myrtle Beach, SC
  2. Myrtle Beach Golf Trail/Waccamaw Golf Trail
Sea Trail Golf Club, Sunset Beach NC
  1. Sea Trail Golf Club/Sunset Beach, NC
  2. Myrtle Beach Golf Trail
    • Holes: 54 (3 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Francis Duane/Arnold Palmer/Victoria Martz
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Jones:             73.2 Rating/138 Slope
    • Maples:           72.0 Rating/138 Slope
    • Byrd:                72.6 Rating/129 Slope
    • Course Descriptions
    • Accommodations
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • GolfDay Rating: 88.9
    • Location

Public Courses

The Dunes, Myrtle Beach SC
  1. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club/Myrtle Beach, SC
Caledonia, Pawleys Island SC
  1. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club/Pawleys Island, SC
  2. Waccama Golf Trail
True Blue, Pawleys Island SC
  1. True Blue Plantation/Pawleys Island, SC
  2. Waccamaw Golf Trail
Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach NC
  1. Thistle Golf Club/Sunset Beach, NC
  2. Myrtle Beach Golf Trail    
Wild Wing, Conway SC
  1. Wild Wing Plantation/Conway, SC
    • Holes: 27 (Eighteen Hole Regulation Course and Nine Hole Executive Course)
    • Course Architects: William Byrd/Jeffrey Brauer/Larry Nelson
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.8/135
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens.
    • Photos
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: GolfDay Top 100 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 95.1
    • Location
Pawleys Plantation, Pawleys island SC
  1. Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club/Pawleys Island, SC
  2. Waccamaw Golf Trail
Myrtlewood, Myrtle Beach SC
  1. Myrtlewood Golf Club/Myrtle Beach, SC
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Edmund Ault/Tom Clark/Arthur Hills
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Palmetto:    73.6 Rating/137 Slope
    • Pinehills:     72.1 Rating/134 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Photos
    • Accommodations
    • Rankings: GolfDay Top 100 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.9
    • Location
Arcadian Shores, Myrtle Beach SC
  1. Arcadian Shores Golf Club/Myrtle Beach, SC
  2. Myrtle Beach Golf Trail
Prestwick Country Club, Myrtle beach SC
  1. Prestwick Country Club/Myrtle Beach, SC
  2. Myrtle Beach Golf Trail
The Pearl, Calabash NC
  1. The Pearl Golf Links/Calabash, NC
  2. Myrtle Beach Golf Trail
Carolina National, Bolivia NC
  1. Carolina National Golf Club/Bolivia, NC
    • Holes: 27 (3 Nine Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Gene Bates/Fred Couples/Kipp Schulties
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Egret:          37.6 Rating/145 Slope
    • Heron:        37.6 Rating/147 Slope
    • North          37.0 Rating/144 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets and Bunker, Putting and Chipping Green.
    • Course Descriptions
    • Photos
    • Rankings: GolfDay Top 500 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.7
    • Location
World Tour Golf Links, Myrtle Beach SC
  1. World Tour Golf Links/Myrtle Beach, SC
Heritage Club, Pawleys Island SC
  1. Heritage Club/Pawleys Island, SC
  2. Waccamaw Golf Trail
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club, Sunset Beach NC
  1. Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club/Sunset Beach, NC
  2. Myrtle Beach Golf Trail
    • Holes: 27 (3 Nine Hole Courses)
    • Course Architect: Dan Maples
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Sand:     35.1 Rating/128 Slope
    • Piper:    36.1 Rating/125 Slope
    • Bay:       36.5 Rating/141 Slope           
    • Practice Facilities: Three Level Grass Driving Range with Target, Putting and Chipping Greens.
    • Photos
    • Myrtle Beach Golf Trail
    • Rankings: GolfDay Top 500 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.3
    • Location
TPC Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach SC
  1. TPC Myrtle Beach/Myrtle Beach, SC
  2. Waccamaw Golf Trail
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Top 12 Resorts and Public Courses: Las Vegas–Southern Nevada

Coyote Springs

While it’s still a bit cool in Vegas right now (low to mid-50’s through the end of January), perfect golf weather is right around the corner. Temps begin a steady climb into the 60’s through February, and March will generally deliver some perfect days that push into the 70’s.

April and May are prime time golf weather in Las Vegas (75-85 degrees), so if you enjoy great food and perhaps a few games of chance in the evening, it’s time to start your planning.

Many of the great modern course designers have brought their talent to the Las Vegas golf landscape, including Tom Fazio (Shadow Creek and Wynn Golf Club), Pete Dye (Paiute), Rees Jones (Cascata and Rio Secco) and Jack Nicklaus (Coyote Springs and Bear’s Best).

The GolfDay rating is based on a variety of criteria, including the stature of the architect(s) who did the original design(s), updates that have been done on the course(s), USGA Course and Slope Ratings, current local and national rankings by Golf Digest and Golfweek, the quality and diversity of practice facilities, general course conditioning and current reviews. The resort rating also includes a factor for the variety of courses located at the property as well as the quality of accommodations and level of service.

If you haven’t yet experienced golf in Vegas, this is the perfect time to finally pull the trigger!

Resorts

Shadow Creek/MGM, North Las Vegas NV
  1. Shadow Creek Golf Club/North Las Vegas, NV
  2. MGM Resorts
Cascata/Caesars, Boulder City NV
  1. Cascata/Boulder City, NV
    Casers Palace Las Vegas
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architect: Rees Jones
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.4 Rating/151 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker and Butch Harmon Golf School. Range Balls included with Greens Fee.
    • Course Description/Photos
    • Accommodations
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100 Public, Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Locally Ranked Nevada top 15 Public, Golf Digest Nevada Top 15, GolfDay Top 100 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 100.0
    • Location
Paiute/MGM, Las Vegas NV
  1. Paiute Golf Resort/Las Vegas, NV
  2. MGM Resorts
    • Holes: 54 (3 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architect: Pete Dye
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Wolf:                              75.5 Rating/145 Slope
    • Snow Mountain:       73.1 Rating/130 Slope
    • Sun Mountain:           73.0 Rating/135 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Extensive, including 2 Grass Driving Ranges with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers
    • Golf Academy
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest NV Nevada Top 15, Golfweek Nevada Top 15-Public  GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Rating: 97.8
    • Location
Rio Secco/Caesars, Henderson NV
  1. Rio Secco Golf Club/Henderson, NV
  2. Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Wolf Creek/Eureka Resort, Mesquite NV
  1. Wolf Creek Golf Club/Mesquite, NV
  2. Eureka Casino Resort
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architect: Dennis Rider
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.8 Rating/149 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets (Irons Only/200 Yard Max), Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker. Range Balls included with Greens Fee.
    • Photos
    • Accommodations
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100 Public, Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest NV Top 15, Golfweek NV Top 15-Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.6
    • Location
Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV
  1. Wynn Golf Club/Las Vegas, NV
  2. Wynn Las Vegas

Public Courses

Coyote Springs Golf Club, Coyote Springs NV
  1. Coyote Springs Golf Club/Coyote Springs, NV
  2. Red Hawk/Troon Golf
Revere Golf Club, Henderson NV
  1. Revere Golf Club/Henderson, NV
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Billy Casper/Greg Nash
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Lexington:      74.7 Rating/145 Slope
    • Concord:         73.5 Rating/140 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker
    • Golf Academy
    • Rankings: GolfDay Top 100 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.7
    • Location
Bear’s Best, Las Vegas NV
  1. Bear’s Best Last Vegas/Las Vegas, NV
TPC Las Vegas
  1. TPC Las Vegas/Las Vegas, NV
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Edmund Ault/Tom Clark/Bobby Weed/Raymond Floyd
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.9 Rating/146 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker. Range Balls included with Greens Fee.
    • Accommodations
    • Rankings: Golfweek Nevada Top 15-Public, GolfDay Top 500 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.2
    • Location
Reflection Bay, Henderson NV
  1. Reflection Bay Golf Club/Henderson, NV
Oasis Golf Club, Mesquite NV
  1. Oasis Golf Club/Mesquite, NV
    • Holes: 36
    • Course Architects: Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay/David Druzisky
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 

                    Canyons:   71.0 Rating/137 Slope

                    Palmer:      71.5 Rating/138 Slope

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Top 15 Golf Resorts and Public Courses: Hawaii

Royal Hawaiian Golf Club

The Hawaiian Islands offer some of the most spectacular golf in the world. Of our Top 15, three are located on the Big Island, while Maui, Oahu and Kauai boast four each—so you can’t miss regardless of where you go.

Designs by many of the towering figures in course architecture can be found in Hawaii, including Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (Mauna Kea and Ka’anapali),  Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (Wailea, Poipu Bay, Princeville Makai, Ka’anapali and Kiahuna), Rees Jones (Mauna Kea), and Jack Nicklaus (Manele and Hualalai).

The great courses at Kapalua on Maui were most recently updated by the renowned team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and if you are looking for a terrific Pete Dye design, be sure to include Royal Hawaiian on Oahu.

The GolfDay rating is based on a variety of criteria, including the stature of the architect(s) who did the original design(s), updates that have been done on the course(s), USGA Course and Slope Ratings, current local and national rankings by Golf Digest and Golfweek, the quality and diversity of practice facilities, general course conditioning and current reviews. The resort rating also includes a factor for the variety of courses located at the property as well as the quality of accommodations and level of service.

Hawaii may be a bit of a hike, and can also put a dent in your wallet—but it has to be at the top of your bucket list. Until you decide to make the plunge, the golf experience of a lifetime will always be calling.

Resorts

Kapalua, Lahaina HI (Maui)
  1. Kapalua Resort/Lahaina, HI (Maui)
  2. Troon Golf
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Arnold Palmer/Francis Duane/Hale Irwin/Robin Nelson/Rodney Wright/Neil Haworth/Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Bay:                    72.7 Rating/137 Slope
    • Plantation:      77.0 Rating/144 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker and Golf Academy.
    • Golf Academy
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100 Public, Golf Digest Top 200, Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest Hawaii Top 15, Golfweek Hawaii Top 15 Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Rating: 98.7
    • Location
Mauna Kea/Marriott, Kohala Coast HI (Big Island)
  1. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel/Kohala Coast, HI (Big Island)
  2. Marriott
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Robert Trent Jones, Sr./Rees Jones/Neil Haworth/Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Mauna Kea:    76.6 Rating/144 Slope
    • Hapuna:          74.7 Rating/134 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker. Range Balls included with Greens Fee.
    • Accommodations
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 200, Golf Digest Top 100 Public, Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest Hawaii Top 15, Golfweek Hawaii Top 15-Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Rating: 98.6
    • Location
Wailea Golf Club, Wailea HI (Maui)
  1. Wailea Golf Club/Wailea, HI (Maui)
  2. Wailea Resort
    • Holes: 54 (3 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Gold:                74.5 Rating/138 Slope
    • Emerald:        72.8 Rating/135 Slope
    • Blue:                71.6 Rating/129 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Golf Academy
    • Accommodations
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest Hawaii Top 15, Golfweek Hawaii Top 15-Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Rating: 95.6
    • Location
Manele Golf Course/Four Seasons, Lanai City HI (Maui)
  1. Manele Golf Course/Lanai City, HI (Maui)
  2. Four Seasons / Lanai
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Jack Nicklaus
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.0 Rating/134 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Expansive Grass Driving Range with Targets, Wedge Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with bunker. ProV1 Range Balls included with Greens Fee.
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100 Public, Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest Hawaii Top 15, Golfweek Hawaii Top 15-Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.8
    • Location
Hualalai/Four Seasons, Kailua HI (Big Island)
  1. Hualalai Resort/Kailua Kona, HI (Big Island)
  2. Four Seasons
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Jack Nicklaus/Tom Weiskopf/Phil Smith
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Nicklaus:         74.1 Rating/129 Slope
    • Ke’olu:              74.7 Rating/133 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Expansive Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers (unlimited ProV1 Balls and complementary TaylorMade clubs provided).
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest Hawaii Top 15, Golfweek Hawaii Top-15 Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.5
    • Location
Mauna Lani/Auberge Resorts, Kohala Coast HI (Big Island)
  1. Mauna Lani/Kohala Coast, HI (Big Island)
  2. Auberge Resorts
    • Holes: 45 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses and Nine Hole Par 3)
    • Course Architects: Homer Flint/Raymond Cain/Robin Nelson/Rodney Wright/Mark Miller
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • North:              74.2 Rating/136 Slope
    • South:             73.3 Rating/127 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets and Bunker, Putting and Chipping Green.
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golfweek Hawaii Top 15 Public, Golf Digest Hawaii Top 15, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.5
    • Location
Poipu Bay/Grand Hyatt, Koloa HI (Kauai)
  1. Poipu Bay/Koloa, HI (Kauai)
  2. Grand Hyatt
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.7 Rating/131 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Expansive Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker. Range Balls included with Greens Fee.
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest Hawaii Top 15, Golfweek Hawaii Top 15-Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.2
    • Location
Kukui’ula, Koloa HI (Kauai)
  1. The Club at Kukui’ula/Koloa, HI (Kauai)
  2. The Lodge at Kukui’ula
Turtle Bay/Four Seasons, Kahuku HI (Kauai)
  1. Turtle Bay/Kahuku, HI (Oahu)
  2. Four Seasons
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Arnold Palmer/George Fazio
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Palmer:           75.2 Rating/134 Slope
    • Fazio:               73.8 Rating/130 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Golf Academy
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golfweek Hawaii Top 15-Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.0
    • Location

Public Courses

Princeville Makai, Princeville HI (Kauai)
  1. Princeville Makai Golf Club/Princeville, HI (Kauai)
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
    • USGA Rating: 75.5 Rating/135 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Green. Range Balls included with Greens fee.
    • Junior Golf
    • Accommodations
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100-Public, Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest Hawaii Top 15, Golfweek Hawaii Top 15-Public, GolfDay Top 100 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 100
    • Location
Ko Olina, Kapolei HI (Oahu)
  1. Ko Olina Golf Club/Kapolei, HI (Oahu)
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Ted Robinson, Sr./Mark Miller
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.6 Rating/138 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker and Golf Academy.
    • Golf Academy
    • Junior Golf
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golfweek Hawaii Top 15-Resorts, GolfDay Top 500 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.9
    • Location
Ka’anapali, Lahaina HI (Maui)
  1. Ka’anapali Golf Club/Lahaina, HI (Maui)
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Arthur Jack Snyder/Robert Trent Jones, Sr./Robert Trent Jones, Jr./Robin Nelson/Neil Haworth
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Ka’anapali Kai:            71.6 Rating/136 Slope
    • Royal Ka’anapali:       73.7 Rating/129 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Driving Range with Targets (250 Yard Max), Putting and Chipping Green.
    • Accommodations/Packages
    • Rankings: GolfDay Top 500 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.9
    • Location
Kapolei Golf Club, Kapolei HI (Oahu)
  1. Kapolei Golf Club/Kapolei, HI (Oahu)
Royal Hawaiian, Kailua HI (Oahu)
  1. Royal Hawaiian Golf Club/Kailua, HI (Oahu)
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Pete Dye/Perry Dye/Greg Norman
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.1 Rating/138 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker. Range Balls included with Greens fee.
    • Photos
    • GolfDay Rating: 88.9
    • Location
Kiahuna, Poipu HI (Kauai)
  1. Kiahuna Golf Club/Poipu, HI (Kauai)
  • Holes: 18
  • Course Architects: Robert Trent Jones, Jr./John Colligan
  • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.5 Rating/131 Slope
  • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Green.
  • Photos
  • GolfDay Rating: 88.5
  • Location

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Top 20 Golf Resorts and Public Courses: Southern California

PGA West

Southern California public golf includes work by many of the great modern course architects. Tom Fazio designs include Pelican Hill, The Grand, Rams Hill, and Oak Creek. Pete Dye sculped The Stadium Course at PGA West, both courses at La Quinta, as well as and Trump National Los Angeles. Jack Nicklaus laid out two courses at PGA West and Escena in Palm Desert.

Wonderful courses by the talented architectural team of Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley can also be found in southern California (Shadow Ridge, Shadow Hills and Tierra Lago).

Arnie left us with a terrific layout at PGA West, along with a stiff test of golf at the The Classic Club in Palm Desert.

The GolfDay rating is based on a variety of criteria, including the stature of the architect(s) who did the original design(s), updates that have been done on the course(s), USGA Course and Slope Ratings, current local and national rankings by Golf Digest and Golfweek, the quality and diversity of practice facilities, general course conditioning and current reviews. The resort rating also includes a factor for the variety of courses located at the property as well as the quality of accommodations and level of service.

If you are considering a place to enjoy some great golf this winter, southern California is hard to beat.

Resorts

PGA West, La Quinta CA
  1. PGA West/La Quinta, California
  2. Hilton Honors
    • Holes: 108 (Six Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architect: Arnold Palmer/Greg Norma/Matthew Dusenberry/Tad Burnett/Jack Nicklaus/Tom Weiskopf/Pete Dye
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Palmer:                        73.9 Rating/141 Slope
    • Norman:                      74.6 Rating/136 Slope
    • Nicklaus Private:      74.3 Rating/136 Slope
    • Nicklaus Resort:       75.3 Rating/143 Slope
    • Weiskopf:                    74.2 Rating/130 Slope
    • TPC Stadium:            75.8 Rating/148 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers and Golf Academy.
    • Golf Academy
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100 Public, Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest CA Top 45, Golfweek CA Top 30 Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Resort Rating: 100
    • Location
Pelican Hill, Newport Beach CA
  1. Pelican Hill Golf Club/Newport Beach, CA
  2. The Resort at Pelican Hill
    • Holes: 36 Holes (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architect: Tom Fazio
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Ocean North: 73.5 Rating/137 Slope
    • Ocean South: 72.0 Rating/133 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets and Putting Green.
    • Golf Academy
    • Accommodations
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest CA Top 45, Golfweek CA Top 30-Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Resort Rating: 94.8
    • Location
La Quinta Resort, La Quinta CA
  1. La Quinta Resort & Club/La Quinta, CA
  2. Hilton Honors
    • Holes: 90
    • Course Architect: Pete Dye
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Mountain:       72.8 Rating/135 Slope
    • Dunes:              72.3 Rating/134 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers.
    • Golf Academy
    • Accommodations
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golfweek CA Top 30-Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Resort Rating: 93.3
    • Location
The Grand Club, San Diego CA
  1. The Grand Golf Club/San Diego, CA
  2. Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Desert Willow, Palm Desert CA
  1. Desert Willow Golf Resort/Palm Desert, CA
  2. JW Marriott
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Michael Hurdzan/Dana Dry
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Firecliff:                    74.1 Rating/141 Slope
    • Mountain View:     73.0 Rating/132 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens
    • Golf Academy
    • Junior Golf
    • Accommodations
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golfweek California Top 30 Public, GolfDay Top 100 Resorts
    • GolfDay Resort Rating: 92.4
    • Location
Eagle Falls, Indio CA
  1. Eagle Falls Golf Course/Indio CA
  2. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architect: Clive Clark
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 72.8 Rating/133 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker
    • Accommodations
    • Golf Packages
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golfweek California Top 30 Public
    • GolfDay Resort Rating: 91.7
    • Location
Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert CA
  1. Shadow Ridge Golf Club/Palm Desert, CA
  2. JW Marriot
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Lee Schmidt/Brian Curley/Nick Faldo
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.7 Rating/135 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers
    • Accommodations
    • Rankings: Golfweek Top 200 Resorts
    • GolfDay Resort Rating: 91.7
    • Location
Journey at Pechenga, Temecula CA
  1. Journey at Pechanga/Temecula, CA
  2. Pechanga Resort Casino

Public Courses

Rams Hill, Borrego Springs, CA
  1. Rams Hill Golf Club/Borrego Springs, CA
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Ted Robinson, Sr./Tom Fazio
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.5 Rating/141 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and chipping Greens with Bunker. ProV1 Range balls included with Greens Fee.
    • Golf Academy
    • Accommodations/Packages
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100 Public, Golfweek Top 200 Resorts, Golf Digest CA Top 45, Golfweek CA Top 30-Public, GolfDay Top 100 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 100
    • Locations
Torey Pines, San Diego CA
  1. Torrey Pines Golf Course/San Diego California
  2. City of San Diego
    • Holes: 36 (2 Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: William F. Bell/David Rainville/Stephen Halsey/Jack Daray, Jr./Rees Jones
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • North:  75.8 Rating/138 Slope
    • South: 78.2 Rating/144 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker
    • Rankings: Golf Digest Top 100 Public, Golf Digest Top 200, Golf Digest CA Top 45, Golfweek CA Top 30-Public, GolfDay Top 100 Public, GolfDay Top 25 Municipal
    • GolfDay Rating: 100
    • Location
Shadow Hills, Indio CA
  1. Shadow Hills Golf Club/Indio, CA
    • Holes: 36 Holes (Eighteen Hole Regulation Course (South) and Eighteen Hole Par 3 Course (North)
    • Course Architects: Lee Schmidt/Brian Curley/Brian Costello/Mark Hollinger/Bob Moore
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • South: 73 Rating/134 Slope
    • North: 54.1 Rating/84 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Rankings: GolfDay Top 100 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 95.8
    • Location
Oak Creek, Irvine CA
  1. Oak Creek Golf Club/Irvine, CA
Classic Club, Palm Desert CA
  1. Classic Club/Palm Desert, CA
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architect: Arnold Palmer
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 75.4 Rating/142 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Double Sided Grass Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Golf Academy
    • Rankings: Golfweek CA Top 30-Public, GolfDay Top 500 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 94.7
    • Location
Trump National Los Angeles, Rancho Pales Verdes CA
  1. Trump National Los Angeles/Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architects: Pete Dye/Perry Dye
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 74.6 Rating/144 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets and Putting Green (Chipping Green with Bunker–Instruction Only).
    • Golf Academy
    • Rankings: Golfweek CA Top 30-Public, GolfDay Top 500 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 93.5
    • Location
The Golf Club at Tierra Lago, Palm Springs CA
  1. The Golf Club at Terra Lago/Indio, CA
    • Holes: 36 (Two Eighteen Hole Courses)
    • Course Architects: Lee Schmidt/Brian Curley
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • North:  74.1 Rating/138 Slope
    • South: 73.9 Rating/137 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunker.
    • Rankings: GolfDay Top 500 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 92.4
    • Location
Steele Canyon, Jamul CA
https://www.ocregister.com/
  1. Steele Canyon Golf Club/Jamul, CA
    • Holes: 27 Holes (3 Nine Hole Courses)
    • Course Architect: Gary Player
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating:
    • Canyon:          35.8 Rating/134 Slope
    • Ranch:             37.7 Rating/141 Slope
    • Vineyard:       36.5 Rating/137 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers (2).
    • Rankings: GolfDay Top 500 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.3
    • Location
Mission Hills, Ranch Mirage CA
  1. Mission Hills North/Rancho Mirage, CA
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architect: Gary Player
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 73.6 Rating/131 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Grass Driving Range with Targets, Putting and Chipping Greens with Bunkers.
    • Rankings: GolfDay Top 500 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 91.1
    • Location
Arrowood, Oceanside CA
https://www.golftroop.com/
  1. Arrowood Golf Course/Oceanside, CA
    • Holes: 18
    • Course Architect: Ted Robinson, Jr.
    • USGA Course/Slope Rating: 72.4 Rating/135 Slope
    • Practice Facilities: Driving Range with Targets (Grass-Weekends/Mats-Weekdays), Putting and Chipping Greens.
    • Golf Academy
    • Rankings: GolfDay Top 500 Public
    • GolfDay Rating: 90.9
    • Location
The Golf Club of California, Fallbrook CA
  1. The Golf Club of California/Fallbrook, CA
Escena Golf Club, Palm Springs CA
  1. Escena Golf Club/Palm Springs, CA
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