Best Golf Courses

My avatar is the 16th hole at Port Royal in Bermuda.  My slice of heaven . . 

Bucket list does include a trip to Pinehurst though .  .  .

My All-Time Playlist Top 16 Ranking.

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links

2. Whistling Straits

3. Spanish Bay Golf Links

4. PGA West Stadium

5. PGA West Tournament

6. Classic Club - Palm Desert CA

7. Torrey Pines South & North

8. TPC San Antonio

9. Tobacco Road Golf Club

10. Pine Needles Golf Club

11. Sandpiper - Santa Barbara

12. Copperhead Course - Innisbrook

13. Barona Creek Golf Club

14. Penn National Golf Club

15. Warren Golf Club University of Notre Dame

16. Duke University Golf Club

The list could go on.....

I chose these because they are accessible to the general public.

Everyone of these places has something special about them...each uniquely there own.



Roger C

Do yourselves all a favour and make a trip down to New Zealand and Australia. The courses are all accessible and rate as good as any in the world.

Barnbougle in Tasmania is sensational! My favourite in New Zealand is Kinloch the only Jack Nicklaus Signature course in New Zealand. A terrific risk and reward design. Now isn't this gorgeous - the 2nd at Kinloch.

I deffinatley agree Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle lost farm are 2 of the best courses i've ever played

If you get the chance, the Prince course at Princeville in Kauai is an awesome track, my personal favorite course!  jimr

Living in the area, I've been fortunate enough to play all of the Pinehurst courses.  Everyone raves about # 2 (and it is very nice), but my favorite is # 6.  The hardest course I've played was the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.  We played in 35+ winds and it was brutal.... but lots of fun...


I would like to play at baytowne at sandestin and orchard hills.

Top 10 courses I have played based on my rankings not just golf digest or prestige.

1. Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, Orlando, Fl

2. St Andrews Golf Links , Old Course,  Scotland

3. Palm Beach Polo , Cypress course, Wellington, Fl

4. Hill AFB Golf Course in Utah. ( hidden gem and best greens on this entire list)

5. Ledgerock CC in PA

6. Torrey PInes South Course,  SD, CA

7. Redlands Mesa Golf Club, Grand Junction, CO

8. Islesworth CC, Orlando, FL

9. Air Force Academy Blue Course, Colorado Springs, Co

10. Congressional CC Gold Course, Bethesda, MD ( Tougher than blue course and just as pretty.)

For special occasions:

1.  Pinehurst #2, SC

2.  Harbor Town, SC

3. The Greenbrier, Old White, WV

Favorite more affordable:

1.  Magnolia Grove, Mobile, AL

2.  Ross Bridge, Birmingham, AL

3.  Cacapon, WV

I've got some bucket list places

Torrey Pines (North/South), Whistling Straits (Irish/Straits) ...been there,

St. Andrew's, Bandon Dunes, Pinehurst #2 (esp.with the renovation), Greenbriar (Old White and Green), and Bethpage (Black and another color) might still happen.

Pebble Beach, Augusta National, and Oakmont are probably out of reach.

When I travel to an area, I like to find the historic/old courses especially if walkable.  Places like Great Southern in Gulfport, MS.  A Donald Ross design that used to be a tour spot and time has since forgot, and Katrina tried to sweep away.  It has retained his small rectangular greens.  Had a ton of one putts, and a ton of chips from 30 feet from the pin but off the green.  They just got a club house and are improving the grounds as they finally turn around from Katrina.  Just gems that may be a little rough.  While in Ireland, the big name places needed to be booked weeks in advance, and I ended up at several links courses including courses designed by Harry Varden and Old Tom Morris.  Carne Golf Links at the far end of County Mayo was wonderful.  Just keep checking under the rocks and you don't have to follow the crowds to find some gems even if lacking polish.

Happy hunting.