Top 25 U.S. courses for Staff Friendliness on Golf Advisor in 2016



The staff at northern California's Yocha Dehe, managed by Troon Golf, are all smiles. (Courtesy of Yocha Dehe)
TPC Sawgrass earned the highest marks for staff friendliness according to reviewers in 2016. (Courtesy of TPC Sawgrass)

A golf course can't control the weather or how you play, but the staff at any course is fully capable of going the extra mile.

Exceptional service goes beyond an attended bag drop or starter. Genuine staff friendliness can be contagious and be reflected in various departments from check-in until the 19th hole.

And if you think golfers aren't noticing, consider the fact that 13 of the following 25 courses made our Top 50 overall courses in 2016.

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A course doesn't need a world class layout to deliver memorable experience. In the following list, compiled from over 100,000 reviews in the past year, you'll see courses ranging from $300 to under $50. We've found a quote from each course that provides a snapshot of what reviewers have said about the service in the past year. If you visit the course guide page, you'll see similar stories from other reviewers.

The next time you encounter the staff at a golf course going above and beyond, be sure to tell us at Golf Advisor. You can write a review here.

Top 25 courses as rated by Staff Friendliness in 2016

25. Eagle Sticks Golf Club

Zanesville, Ohio
What they're saying: "Staff is accommodating to needs of our medium sized golf group."

24. The Currituck Club

Corolla, N.C.
What they're saying: "Course conditions are excellent and the staff is friendly and helpful."

23. Pheasant Run Golf Course

Lagrange, Ohio
What they're saying: "Frank is always super appreciative of you visiting and all the girls are awesome."

22. Pine Ridge Country Club

Edgefield, S.C.
What they're saying: "The staff should be extremely proud of their golf course."

21. Twin Lakes Golf Course

Canton, Tex.
What they're saying: "Beautiful surroundings, challenging layout, ZERO houses (except for the mansion on the hill) and super friendly staff."

20. Rocky Bayou Country Club

Niceville, Fla.
What they're saying: "The staff is always so polite and friendly."

19. Warner Springs Ranch

Warner Springs, Calif.
What they're saying: "A leisurely drive through rugged mountains bringing us to a very scenic course and friendly people."

18. Royal Hylands Golf Club

Knightstown, Ind.
What they're saying: "You guys do a great job taking care of our group."

17. Eagle Eye Golf Club

Bath, Mich.
What they're saying: "Staff was polite and very attentive, a true pleasure to play."

16. Butternut Creek Golf Course

Blairsville, Ga.
What they're saying: "Enjoy playing it everytime and staff are very friendly as well!"

15. Rams Hill Golf Club

Borrego Springs, Calif.
What they're saying: "Staff were super friendly! One of the owners Bill Berkley chatted with us after our round."

14. Yocha Dehe at Cache Creek

Brooks, Calif.
What they're saying: "Every staff member we encountered was very gracious."

13.King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village

St. Augustine, Fla.
What they're saying: "Staff is friendly and helpful. After round the food was very good."

12. Mountain View

Fairfield, Pa.
What they're saying: "Staff is outstanding.Maintenance of course is great."

11. Crumpin-Fox Club

Bernardston, Mass.
What they're saying: "beer cart person also came around twice both times asking us how our round was going."

10. Hiland Park Country Club

Queensbury, N.Y.
What they're saying: "There was a frost delay and while I waited inside the pro was awesome and kept everyone entertained with his card tricks and was just a great dude."

9. Scotch Hall Preserve

Merry Hill, N.C.
What they're saying: "Top notch southern hospitality."

8. Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
What they're saying: "The staff here take an immense amount of pride in working at one of the country's top resort courses."

7. FarmLinks Golf Club

Sylacauga, Ala.
What they're saying: "Staff is friendly and carefully watch the pace of play."

6. Edgewater Golf Club

Lancaster, S.C.
What they're saying: "Friendly staff, and lunch combo special was delish."

5. Contraband Bayou Golf Club at The L'Auberge Resort

Lake Charles, La.
What they're saying: "Everything from the bag-drop attendant throughout the day was TOP NOTCH!"

4. Los Caballeros Golf Club

Wickenburg, Ariz.
What they're saying: "The staff were fantastic from the time we opened the car door until we left for home."

3. The Georgia Club

Statham, Ga.
What they're saying: "Staff, very friendly and understanding! Amenities, top notch."

2. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

Maricopa, Ariz.
What they're saying: "Course is in excellent shape and the staff is top notch."

1. TPC Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
What they're saying: "the experience is great. Great staff up front, AWESOME practice facilities"

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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