Best of 2016: Top 25 golf destinations

We've spent much of 2017 showcasing the best golf courses of 2016 according to your ratings and reviews. Now, it's time to look at the destinations as the total sum of its parts. We looked at each destination's review count and rating averages to determine which ones left golfers most satisfied in 2016.

Our destinations are determined based on courses within a 30-mile radius from the destination's center point. A minimum of 100 reviews were needed within the destination in 2016 to be considered. (We combined several destinations for this list that are close enough together there were many overlapping courses, including Gaylord-Traverse City, Seattle-Tacoma and Reno-Lake Tahoe).

The result is a list with a mix of bucket-list destinations (in fact, our No. 1 destination may be America's most coveted) and some lesser-known hotspots that may be worth a look if you're in the area. We've also included the top-rated course within the destination based on 2016 reviews. Many of these destinations earned a spot in our Golf Advisor Top 50 courses in the U.S. or subcategory lists.

Click on each destination to see their Top 10 courses according to your ratings, as well as articles and more courses to play.

Top 25 golf destinations in 2016, based on your ratings and reviews

Top course: Red Tiger at Trump National Doral Miami

Top Course: White Birch at Brighton Dale Links

Top Course: Wintonbury Hills

Top Course: Chaska Town Course

Top Course: Royal Manchester Golf Links

Top course: Tobacco Road

Top course: Hawk's Landing Golf Club

Top course: Kelly Plantation Golf Club

Top course: UNC Finley Golf Club

Top course: Sun Mountain at Las Vegas Paiute

Top Course: Palmer Course at La Cantera Hill Country Resort

Top Course: Classic Club

Top course: Olympic Course at Gold Mountain

Top course: The Rookery at Marco

Top course: Championship course at Incline Village

Top course: River Course at Sevierville

Top course: Killeen Castle

Top course: Kings Way Course at the Club at Yarmouthport

Top Course: Bartram Trail Golf Club

Top course: Woodlands at Sunriver Resort

Top course: Glasgow Gailes

Top Course: Buffalo Ridge Springs

Top course: Cedar River at Shanty Creek

Top Course: Deerhurst Highlands Course at Deerhurst Highlands Resort

Top course: Bayonet at Bayonet/BlackHorse

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 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 @btuck34.
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Best of 2016: Top 25 golf destinations