Matt Ginella's Top 10 golf courses you can play in the U.S.

No. 10: Michigan's Forest Dunes, designed by Tom Weiskopf, kicks off Ginella's Top 10 U.S. courses you can play. (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor)
No. 9: The original course at the famed Oregon resort, Bandon Dunes holds its own in 2016. (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor)
No. 8: Bandon Trails plays mostly inland but begins and finishes closer to the ocean. (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor)
No. 7: Pebble Beach Resort's Spyglass Hill is a worthy runner-up to Pebble Beach. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)
No. 6: in NoCal, Pasatiempo is the best Alister Mackenzie course that is open to the public in the U.S. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)
No. 5: There are countless bunkers to navigate on the famed Straits Course at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)
No. 4: Bethpage Black, while infamously difficult, remains a must-play in New York. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor)
No. 3: The restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw has led to area courses like Mid Pines and Pine Needles, as well as Pinehurst No. 4, to turn back the clock as well. (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor)
No. 2: Pacific Dunes is the top dog at Bandon Dunes and second to only one course in the U.S., according to Ginella. (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor)
No.1: Thanks to holes that can't be duplicated anywhere else like the par-4 8th, Pebble Beach remains No. 1. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Matt Ginella is counting down his 2016 list of the Top 50 courses you can play in the United States. To view the list from the top, as well as special guests during his segments on Morning Drive, click here.

Matt Ginella's Top 10 courses you can play

10. Forest Dunes Golf Club

Roscommon, Mich.
Designer: Tom Weiskopf
Price: $119-149


9. Bandon Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort

Bandon, Ore.
Designer: David McLay Kidd
Price: $265-310

8. Bandon Trails at Bandon Dunes Resort

Bandon, Ore.
Designer: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Price: $265-310

7. Spyglass Hill at Pebble Beach Resorts

Pebble Beach, Calif.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Price: $395

6. Pasatiempo Golf Club

Santa Cruz, Calif.
Designer: Alister MacKenzie
Price: $260

Video: Ginella on courses 10-6

5. Straits at Whistling Straits

Sheboygan, Wis.
Designer: Pete Dye
Price: $395

4. Black at Bethpage State Park

Farmingdale, N.Y.
Designer: A.W. Tillinghast
Price: $43-150

3. Pinehurst No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort

Pinehurst, N.C.
Designer: Donald Ross, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw
Price: $410

2. Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort

Bandon, Ore.
Designer: Tom Doak
Price: $265-310

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, Calif.
Designer: Jack Neville
Price: $525

Video: Ginella on the nation's best public golf course: Pebble Beach

More: The rest of Ginella's Top 50 courses: 50-31 | 30-21 | 20-11

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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.

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