Top 10 golf courses in the United States in 2016



Rams Hill delighted golfers in 2016 who made the drive to this remote location in southern California. (Rams Hill)
No. 10: Kelly Plantation provides a scenic and playable resort course in Destin, Fla. (User photo by BrandonWebb)
No. 9: Glendarin Hills Golf Club in Angola, Ind., was the No. 1 course in the state in 2016. (Courtesy of Glendarin Hills G.C.)
No. 8: In the northwest valley, Quintero Golf Club features spectacular views from many elevated tees. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
No. 7: Alabama's Farmlinks at Pursell Farms delivers a one-of-a-kind layout. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor)
No. 6: South of Phoenix, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes is becoming well known for its exceptional layout and value compared to other high-end courses. (Courtesy of Ak-Chin Southern Dunes G.C.)
No. 5: Just north of East Lansing, Eagle Eye Golf Club was designed by Pete Dye associate Chris Lutzke. (Courtesy of Eagle Eye G.C.)
No. 4: Kiva Dunes in the Gulf Shores area ranks as one of the best golf courses in Alabama. (Courtesy of Kiva Dunes)
No. 3: It was an eventful year in Hilton Head thanks to Hurricane Matthew, but Harbour Town Golf Links still delivered an excellent experience. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
No. 2: In Stratham, The Georgia Club earned consistently high marks all season long. (Courtesy of Warren Grant)
Golfers are smitten with Rams Hill Golf Club, located between San Diego and Palm Springs in Borrego Springs, California. (Courtesy of Rams Hill G.C.)

We're counting down the 2016 edition of the Top 50 golf courses in the U.S. according to your ratings and reviews in 2016. To view the full methodology, as well as Nos. 50-31, click here.

Top 10 U.S. courses in 2016 according to Golf Advisor reviews

10. Kelly Plantation Golf Club

Destin, Fla.
Architect: Fred Couples/Gene Bates
Green fee: $69-$145
What they're saying: "I have NEVER been so well treated and welcomed." - starkrls

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9. Glendarin Hills Golf Club

Angola, Ind.
Green fee: $40-$49
What they're saying: "Best course on my five-day golf trip from Kentucky." - ribeyeman

8. Quintero Golf Club

Peoria, Ariz.
Architect: Rees Jones
Green fee: $89-$219
What they're saying: "This was the most efficiently run course I have ever played." - sdparker55

7. FarmLinks at Pursell Farms

Sylacauga, Ala.
Architect: Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry
Green fee: $49-$115
What they're saying: "I just got done with a day at the Masters on Monday and two days at the RTJ trail in Opelika and this was my favorite part of the trip." - smmaddalena

6. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

Maricopa, Ariz.
Architect: Brian Curley
Green fee: $49-$104
What they're saying: "Amazing practice facility and the overall grounds are INSANE!!!" - mako2669

5. Eagle Eye Golf Club

Bath, Mich.
Architect: Chris Lutzke
Green fee: $65-$95
What they're saying: "The course layout has nice variety with a high score on shot values." - BirdsAndEagles

4. Kiva Dunes

Gulf Shores, Ala.
Architect: Jerry Pate
Green fee: $68-$123
What they're saying: "Renovation in 2015 created playability for all levels of golfers." - imissimissimake

3. Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Architect: Pete Dye
Green fee: $199-299
What they're saying: "There is no other place quite like Harbour Town." - YankeesFan2

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2. The Georgia Club

Statham, Ga.
Architect: Denis Griffiths
Green fee: $59-$95
What they're saying: "Course is challenging with some significant elevation changes." - zbuechner4

1. Rams Hill Golf Club

Borrego Springs, Calif.
Architect: Ted Robinson Sr./Tom Fazio
Green fee: $65-$200
What they're saying: "A terrific combination of excellent design and top-notch course conditions." - upanddown4par

Jan 23, 2017

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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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