Top 25 U.S. courses as rated by off-course amenities in 2016



The marvelous clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass elevates the experience at the Dye's Valley and PLAYERS Stadium Course. (Courtesy of Chris Condon/PGA Tour)

18 holes are just part of the total golf experience. For some golf courses, the most memorable part of the day is the clubhouse or the practice grounds. We analyzed your reviews over the course of 2016 to find which facilities impressed the most with their off-course amenities. This can mean anything from an excellent clubhouse restaurant to tour-quality locker rooms or driving range.

Many of the facilities that qualified for this list are high-end resort courses in top golf destinations like Orlando or Phoenix-Scottsdale that are well known to golf travelers. But there are some exceptions. Some of these courses manage to provide value by delivering well-appointed amenities that are much better than expected for the green fee.

You can click on each course guide to see full amenities and what golfers have to say about the experience. Don't see a course on this list with exceptional amenities? Be sure to write a review and let us know what's great about the facility.

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Top 25 courses as rated by their off-course amenities

25. Grand Cypress Resort

Orlando, Fla.
What they're saying: "Clubhouse was beautiful and enjoyed our lunch with great service and food."

24. Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort

Las Vegas, Nev.
What they're saying: "Driving range had unlimited balls and plenty of stalls from grass and not matts."

23. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

Maricopa, Ariz.
What they're saying: "Food and beverage service was high quality and fairly priced."

22. Troon North Golf Club

Scottsdale, Ariz.
What they're saying: "The marshall drove by and gave us cold towels for our faces and neck."

21. Kelly Plantation Golf Club

Destin, Fla.
What they're saying: "The carts are super nice with the built in GPS and rain covers."

20. Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons

Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
What they're saying: "The clubhouse is amazing. The chefs are putting out amazing food."

19. Aviara Golf Club

Carlsbad, Calif.
What they're saying: "Full locker rooms with showers, sauna etc. Huge bonus to the pre/post round visit."

18. The Highlands of Elgin

Elgin, Ill.
What they're saying: "The driving range is one of the best I've come across and the short game area rocks too!"

17. Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes

Orlando, Fla.
What they're saying: "Bottles of water on every other hole was welcome in the 90 degree heat."

16. Baywood Greens

Long Neck, Del.
What they're saying: "The clubhouse is spectacular, and conditions were close to pristine."

15. King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village

St. Augustine, Fla.
What they're saying: "The pro shop alone is almost worth the visit with all the historic memorabilia and pictures lining the hallway."

14. Thistle Golf Club

Sunset Beach, N.C.
What they're saying: "Classic clubhouse and pub."

13. Arrowhead Pointe at Lake Richard B. Russell

Elberton, Ga.
What they're saying: "Nice pro shop and grill, convenient practice areas, just a delight."

12. Sunriver Resort

Sunriver, Ore.
What they're saying: "Great food in McDivots. Staff is awesome."

11. Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

Lost Pines, Tex.
What they're saying: "Nice short game area, range, clubhouse, outstanding customer service."

10. Trump National Doral Miami

Doral, Fla.
What they're saying: "Cart girls come around at least twice per round, and the facilities are second to none."

9. Yocha Dehe at Cache Creek

Brooks, Calif.
What they're saying: "These are the Ferrari of golf carts without hesitation."

8. Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

Ojai, Calif.
What they're saying: "Ojai Resort is outstanding and all you have to do is walk out of your room and the course is right there."

7. FarmLinks Golf Club

Sylacauga, Ala.
What they're saying: " The food in the clubhouse was fantastic after the round."

6. Rams Hill Golf Club

Borrego Springs, Calif.
What they're saying: "Beautiful views and a gorgeous clubhouse in the middle of nowhere."

5. Omni Mount Washington Hotel & Resort

Bretton Woods, N.H.
What they're saying: "The 18th hole finishes at the clubhouse for all to see."

4. Desert Willow Golf Resort

Palm Desert, Calif.
What they're saying: "Full on Pro shop with all the goodies."

3. Bella Collina Golf Club

Montverde, Fla.
What they're saying: "The clubhouse looks amazing from most places on the course."

2. TPC Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
What they're saying: "The staff and amenities were top notch."

1. Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
What they're saying: "In the locker room they had jars of candy and a server waiting to give you food."

Jan 23, 2017

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Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

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


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