Golf Advisor's Top 50 courses in the U.S.: Nos. 30-11

Golf Advisor is counting down the Top 50 courses of 2017 based on the ratings from over 150,000 reviews from 92,000 golfers. To view Nos. 50-31, as well as how we determined the list, click here.

Ocala, Fla.
Architect: Gordon Lewis
Green fee: $40-59
What they're saying: "I always look forward to playing Candler Hills. The course was in immaculate condition." - PastorBeef

Clifton, Va.
Architects: Fred Couples, Gene Bates
Green fee: $59-109
What they're saying: "Used every club in my bag. Each hole has its own personality." - u568479479

Maricopa, Ariz.
Architect: Brian Curley
Green fee: $79-140
What they're saying: " Par 3s have great variety and the par 5s offer some risk/reward. Par 4s give plenty of options of the tee. No gimmicks, just pure golf." - ArmyGolfBC

Indian Wells, Calif.
Architect: John Fought
Green fee: $108-199
What they're saying: "The service, course conditions, layout, amenities...everything was great! " - markd4

Peoria, Ariz.
Architect: Rees Jones/Steve Weisser
Green fee: $186-$234
What they're saying: "Rees Jones did an excellent job of carving out a great course from the high Sonoran desert.” - RJFetcenko

Pierson, Mich.
Architect: Mike DeVries
Green fee: $59-$69
What they're saying: "The layout allows me to feel like our group is in our own beautiful, serene world.” - bobrfb2

Bremerton, Wash.
Architect: John Harbottle III
Green fee: $45-$65
What they're saying: "The Olympic Course, at least from the blues, demands no less than your best if you want to post a decent score.” - sorenj, Idaho Local Golf Advisor

Hartford, Wisc.
Architect: Arthur Hills
Green fee: $40-$76
What they're saying: "Greens were fast and rolling true and the fairways were lush, green carpets. You would not believe this is a municipal course.” - polishpal, Wisconsin Local Golf Advisor

Orlando, Fla.
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Green fee: $99-$150
What they're saying: "Overall – one of the top places you can play in Orlando.” - tomik17

Young Harris, Ga.
Architect: Denis Griffiths
Green fee: $69-$89
What they're saying: "Brasstown Valley is in excellent shape, the grass is lush, the greens are smooth and the views are breath-taking. “ - Sylbie

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Savannah, Ga.
Architect: Bob Cupp/Sam Snead
Green fee: $99-$149
What they're saying: "You will truly enjoy every shot and never forget your round there." - fgenest

Nashport, Ohio.
Architect: Arthur Hills
Green fee: $80-$100
What they're saying: "The course has a fun mix of holes, with a lot of character and elevation change.“ - DrOldSchool, Indianapolis Local Golf Advisor

Dickson, Tenn.
Architect: Mark McCumber
Green fee: $41-$61
What they're saying: "The shot and scenic value for me at points on this course were off the charts." - BrandonWebb, Alabama Local Golf Advisor

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Architect: Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus/Alice Dye
Green fee: $150-$250
What they're saying: "The course is epic and requires accuracy, patience, and a good caddy.” - GOlfFan33

Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.
Architect: Dr. Michael Hurdzan/Dana Fry
Green fee: $85-$125
What they're saying: "This course is by far the best one in all of Southwest Wisconsin.” - Elwayfan

Chandler, Ariz.
Architect: Gary Panks
Green fee: $70-$194
What they're saying: "This course is quickly becoming one of my favorites (in Scottsdale)." - dhume419, Local Arizona Golf Advisor

Brutus, Mich.
Architect: Bruce Matthews
Green fee: $40-$98
What they're saying: "Wow ! One of the best conditioned courses we've ever played." - thebrug56

Palm Desert, Calif.
Architect: Arnold Palmer
Green fee: $89-149
What they're saying: "Immaculate course. Greens, fairways, views, pace of play - all 5 stars." - n8doggttu

Athens, Ga.
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Green fee: $22-$65
What they're saying: "Ever wonder why there are so many PGA Tour players from UGA? Play here and you'll understand." - Tom1475160

Mount Wolf, Pa.
Architect: Timothy Freeland
Green fee: $25-68
What they're saying: "The PGA couldn't have prepared a better course." - eeguerreiro


WTF !!! NO Bethpage BLACK ,No Bethpage RED you Idiots put Ballyowen @ #3 do you guys even play this course I like Ballyowen but it you ranked number 3 in the United States for $130???? My dear man I don't think so for all you non-resident New Yorkers out there you can play Bethpage black for $130 if you're a resident he can play for 65 bucks you can play the red Corus if you are a non-resident for $86 that course you can take a golf cart for residence the right course is $43 I don't know of anyone in their right mind who would pay $130 to play Ballyowen which is a nice golf course but I think The most I ever paid to play there was 45 bucks on a Golfnow oh and by the way there are three other golf courses at Bethpage State Park you have the blue and the yellow and the green so very disappointed that you did not include the peoples country club Bethpage State Park should be on the top of the list very disappointed you guys need any more information on Stephen Burke and I play a lot of golf

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If not known should check out golfing in Wisconsin some of the best golfing in the nation I’ve been around I was in the military been around and found out Wisconsin has the best golf


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This list is a joke.

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-ak-chin-southern-dunes-golf-club/ who ever voted this course in had the be on something, I’m from the greater Phoenix area am-chin should not even be mentioned along side some of the great courses listed, it really sucks.

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Your kidding right?

The best course on the planet, Pacific Dunes followed by each Bandon course and they are not here? That disqualifies your rankings as any thing resembling a serious article.

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Wolf Creek, Mesquite, NV? Golden Horseshoe, VA? Caledonia, SC?
Wyncote doesn't make my top 150

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Pacific dunes, bandon dunes, in fact all 4 courses normally feature?

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All those courses get great reviews but didn't meet the minimum requirement for our national Top 50.

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Where is Bandon Dunes???

Merely didn't receive enough reviews in the calendar year for THIS list. Pac Dunes is #1 all-time:

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