Power Rankings: Best golf trips to take in August

Trending courses in hot U.S. destinations based on your reviews in July
In the Bay Area, the South Course at Chuck Corica Park was totally rebuilt by Rees Jones and reopened in 2018.

The height of summer has past, and August is the last full month where northern destinations enjoy the spotlight. We've scanned your ratings and reviews from the past month - over 20,000 - to see which courses and destinations are doing the best right now. The goal is to seek out some lesser-known and affordable courses that don't find the spotlight so often, but continue to deliver great experiences to local and regional golfers in the know.

Some of these hotspots, like the Pacific Northwest and Michigan, aren't surprising. But some metro areas farther south, like Nashville and Dallas, are enjoying stronger reviews than we'd expect during these warm months.

Your reviews help tell your fellow golfers where to play next, whether it's your hometown courses or places you play on the road. By submitting reviews, you can also build out your very own personal map of courses played. You can start right here!

  1. San Francisco Bay Area

    The Monterey Peninsula enjoyed a wonderful June with the hosting of the U.S. Open, but courses closer to San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland are also faring quite well, and in the case of Corica Park, have received extensive investment. These metro courses typically more affordable than the resort courses on the coast, too, and you combine rounds with sightseeing easily.

    Alameda, California
    Public
    4.2685647059
    260
    American Canyon, California
    Semi-Private
    3.9910705882
    729
    Pleasanton, California
    Municipal
    4.1719941176
    717
    Bodega Bay, California
    Public
    4.6180294118
    549

  2. Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids along with nearby Kalamazoo is a bargain golf hotbed - and also very friendly. The courses are also more easily accessible than the resorts of Northern Michigan.

    Pierson, Michigan
    Public
    4.7571941176
    234
    Allendale, Michigan
    Public
    4.6402470588
    364
    Marshall, Michigan
    Semi-Private
    4.3908647059
    248

  3. Ocean City

    Myrtle Beach isn't the only great value destination on the east coast. Ocean City is half the drive time from the northeastern metros and has a smaller but still diverse mix of layouts.

    Long Neck, Delaware
    Public
    4.6398647059
    486
    Berlin, Maryland
    Public
    4.7100058824
    415
    Berlin, Maryland
    Public
    4.5132058824
    356

  4. Chicagoland

    Chicagoland daily-fee facilities have continued to have a strong summer of reviews anchored by the Donald Ross-designed classic and public-access Ravisloe.

    Homewood, Illinois
    Public
    4.5283882353
    703
    Wheaton, Illinois
    Public
    4.6996764706
    306
    Grayslake, Illinois
    Public
    4.3063235294
    403

  5. North Carolina Triangle

    The Raleigh-Durham area, all the way towards the Village of Pinehurst, is deep with great courses to play, and you don't have to splurge at the top resorts, either. | More: The Signature package at Talamore, featuring 3 rounds, 2 nights from $252.

    Southern Pines, North Carolina
    Public/Resort
    4.5921470588
    554
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    Public
    4.4172529412
    672
    Wagram, North Carolina
    Semi-Private
    4.0791058824
    189
    Clayton, North Carolina
    Semi-Private
    4.4779352941
    1003

  6. Eastern Pennsylvania

    The Philadelphia area and Eastern Pennsylvania has a nice and generally affodable mix of public courses both historic and modern. Montgomery County promotes stay-and-plays here for as low as $93/nt.

    Trending Eastern Pennsylvania courses
    Oxford, Pennsylvania
    Semi-Private
    4.7107882353
    576
    Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania
    Public
    3.4618285714
    306
    Wernersville, Pennsylvania
    Semi-Private
    3.9377823529
    228
    Quarryville, Pennsylvania
    Semi-Private
    4.4082823529
    199

  7. Seattle-Tacoma

    Chambers Bay received several positive reviews early in 2019 following their greens project completion. Other, more affordable area courses are doing well, too.

    Trending Sea-Tac courses
    Kingston, Washington
    Public
    4.4621176471
    380
    Gig Harbor, Washington
    Public
    4.0336
    238
    Port Ludlow, Washington
    Resort
    4.4512529412
    270

  8. Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

    El Nino has brought cooler-than-normal temperatures to much of Texas so far this year and many courses have enjoyed strong summert hus far, especially in North Texas. 13 courses have enjoyed overall review averages of 4.75 or higher, including these:

    Trending Metroplex courses
    The Colony, Texas
    Public
    4.2444
    356
    Yantis, Texas
    Public
    4.6093
    244
    Arlington, Texas
    Public/Municipal
    4.507
    355

  9. Nashville

    We receive a lot of inquiries about where to play in Nashville, one of the best bachelor and bachelorette destinations. Resort golf is on the lighter side but that doesn't mean there aren't great daily-fee and semi-private courses in the area to play. If you're in the TEnnessee area, check out our upcoming Getaway to Sweetens Cove that also includes more golf including a top state private club.

    Dickson, Tennessee
    Public
    4.4946882353
    735
    Springfield, Tennessee
    Public
    4.4853117647
    480
    Drummonds, Tennessee
    Public
    4.5087294118
    211
    Sparta, Tennessee
    Public/Resort
    4.4353
    313

  10. Ozarks

    Golf is great in Missouri's Ozarks, one of the great scenic mountain destinations in the U.S right in the middle of the country. Big Cedar Lodge gets the most national acclaim, but there are many other getaways that are more affordable and still plenty memorable. This stay-and-play package at the Lodge of Four Seasons starts at $167/nt.

    Trending Ozarks courses
    Lake Ozark, Missouri
    Resort
    4.3311764706
    65
    Linn Creek, Missouri
    Public
    4.4642857143
    54
    Camdenton, Missouri
    Public/Resort
    4.5263
    95
    Camdenton, Missouri
    Semi-Private
    4.1762
    100

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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I'm glad to see GreyStone in Nashville get some love. It's truly great. In Eastern Pa, in addition to Wyncote, you've got Inniscrone (designed by Gil Hanse) and Glen Mills literally in the same neighborhood. And I'll name just a few worthies in Montgomery County and Lower Bucks County - Makefield Highlands, Bella Vista, Raven's Claw (host of the Valley Forge Invitational on the Symetra Tour), and Jeffersonville, a wonderfully restored Donald Ross gem

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You could also include the Banff Springs Golf Course in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Truly spectacular and excellently conditioned with great hosts.

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