Power Rankings: Best trips to take in June

What your reviews are telling us are the best rounds and values right now.
The Woodland Course at Sunriver Resort in central Oregon.

June is here, and with it comes the calendar year's longest days. It's the best time of year for those golfers in search of unlimited golf with the chance to play 36 holes (or more!).

We've analyzed your reviews from the past two months - over 28,000 around the globe - to see which courses are earning the highest ratings at the moment. We've grouped the top-rated courses into 10 destinations from coast-to-coast that we think will deliver an excellent golf trip and present great value. Our community of reviewers can help find the courses and resorts that are trending in the right direction right now.

With the U.S. Open set to take place at Pebble Beach later this month, it's good to see many other public courses around NoCal, from San Francisco proper to Napa and the Monterey Peninsula, are earning high marks right now from golfers. If you plan to catch the action at Pebble be sure to bring your clubs, too.

Top 10 destinations for June based on recent Golf Advisor reviews

  1. Northern California
    No. 48: Bayonet at Bayonet and Blackhorse is a fantastic value option minutes from Pebble Beach.

    Pebble Beach is the center of the golf universe in June. But even if the U.S. Open is hogging all the tee times at the resort, there is plenty of golf nearby and some is even quite affordable. As the south gets hot and humid, this cool coastal climate is a joy to play in and the golf culture in many parts is aces. Bayonet/Blackhorse is a great option near Pebble Beach, while a little farther away, GremlinGolfer had this to say about Pasatiempo:

    Legendary, awesome, beautiful, stunning, relentless, pure, must-play, underrated.
    - GremlinGolfer
    Trending NoCal-Central Cal golf courses
    San Francisco, California
    Public
    4.4742705882
    320
    Cupertino, California
    Public
    3.9318117647
    386
    San Jose, California
    Public
    4.6522235294
    615
    Livermore, California
    Public
    4.5675705882
    475

  2. Massachusetts

    It's a great time to be a New Englander. Massachusetts courses are rounding into form while the Boston Bruins make another run for the Stanley Cup. As for the top golf courses right now, leading the breakaway is the 36-hole PineHills facility home to Jack Nicklaus and Rees Jones courses. Granite Links, a favorite outside Boston, is also earning high marks.

    Trending Massachusetts courses
    Plymouth, Massachusetts
    Semi-Private
    4.8215647059
    171
    Plymouth, Massachusetts
    Semi-Private
    4.9341588235
    166
    Fort Devens, Massachusetts
    Public
    3.1381882353
    140
    Bernardston, Massachusetts
    Semi-Private
    4.6003588235
    279
    Quincy, Massachusetts
    Semi-Private
    4.7276294118
    127
    Plymouth, Massachusetts
    Public
    4.6890941176
    361

  3. New Jersey

    The courses in New Jersey have been on a tear lately on Golf Advisor and recent months have continued. In Atlantic City, Seaview's Bay Course is in the spotlight as the host of the LPGA Shoprite Classic presented by Acer. From metro NYC to AC there are a lot of golf courses earning high marks right now:

    Trending New Jersey golf courses
    Neshanic Station, New Jersey
    Municipal
    4.6108588235
    646
    Phillipsburg, New Jersey
    Semi-Private
    3.6391058824
    610
    Jersey City, New Jersey
    Public
    4.5336352941
    349
    Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
    Public
    4.4780352941
    363

  4. Western North Carolina

    As temps rise, the altitude to Western Carolina is welcoming. So are the specials. This is a part of the country where mountain scenery comes at a considerable value. Olde Beau, for example, offers $119 per person stay-and-play packages in villa accommodations. (Details)

    Trending Western North Carolina courses
    Roaring Gap, North Carolina
    Semi-Private/Resort
    4.8098058824
    176
    Maggie Valley, North Carolina
    Resort
    4.5258117647
    231
    Boone, North Carolina
    Semi-Private
    4.6261058824
    323

  5. Central Georgia

    Springtime has been very kind to many courses in and around Atlanta from convenient resorts to upscale daily-fee facilities. That includes two spectacular and reasonably-priced lake courses, Lanier Islands Legacy and the Harbor Club at Lake Oconee. (Browse Georgia stay-and-play packages)

    Trending Georgia courses
    Statham, Georgia
    Public
    4.7553142857
    304
    Hartwell, Georgia
    Semi-Private
    4.7832176471
    131
    Braselton, Georgia
    Resort
    4.4135235294
    543
    Athens, Georgia
    Public
    4.7322705882
    161
    Greensboro, Georgia
    Semi-Private
    4.5101294118
    137
    Adairsville, Georgia
    Resort
    4.6400823529
    174

  6. Indiana

    Indiana courses continue to do well, highlighted by metro Indianapolis courses like The Fort, The Trophy Club and Bear Slide. Two casino-affiliated facilities on the Ohio River are also earning strong marks, Belterra Golf Club and Chariot Run.

    Trending Indiana courses
    Lebanon, Indiana
    Public
    4.5327176471
    412
    Florence, Indiana
    Resort
    4.5685235294
    404
    Cicero, Indiana
    Public
    4.7018764706
    379
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Resort
    4.5264647059
    413
    Knightstown, Indiana
    Public
    4.7132411765
    236
    Laconia, Indiana
    Public/Resort
    4.8279294118
    442

  7. Central North Carolina

    From Charlotte to Pinehurst there are some excellent resort and daily-fee picks to choose from all delivering excellent value at the moment. Lonnie Poole is a notable collegiate course. In the Pinehurst area, Talamore Resort delivers strong destination value with a two-night, three-round stay-and-play that includes Mid South for $252. (Details)

    Trending Central NC courses
    Southern Pines, North Carolina
    Public/Resort
    4.6837705882
    488
    Aberdeen, North Carolina
    Resort
    4.3587294118
    204
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    Resort/Public
    4.3706058824
    347
    Marshville, North Carolina
    Semi-Private
    4.6692352941
    736

  8. Central Oregon

    The high desert of Bend is chock full of great options and Sunriver Resort is a great place to start. If your game isn't quite in midseason form for the Crosswater Course, start with the Woodlands. Juniper Golf Club is a standalone daily-fee option in Redmond also earning high marks for value.

    Trending Central Oregon courses
    Redmond, Oregon
    Semi-Private
    4.2655588235
    335
    Sunriver, Oregon
    Resort
    4.9750764706
    35
    Sunriver, Oregon
    Resort
    4.5117647059
    166

  9. Lower Michigan

    The courses in lower Michigan have gotten a head start on their more well-known resort neighbors to the north. Closer to where more Michiganders live and work, the golf is often a little more affordable, but many still deliver excellent rounds. That's particularly true from Grand Rapids to Lansing and Ann Arbor, where courses like Pilgrim's Run, MSU's Forest Akers West and Pierce Lake are earning strong marks. Southwest Michigan's Gull Lake View Resort, home to six courses, offers one night, two-round stay-and-play packages for as low as $130/pp. (Details.)

    Trending lower-Michigan courses
    Pierson, Michigan
    Public
    4.7448470588
    194
    East Lansing, Michigan
    Public
    4.5044764706
    216
    Chelsea, Michigan
    Public
    4.5888352941
    263
    East Lansing, Michigan
    Public
    4.7134411765
    79

  10. Lake Geneva

    Wisconsin is stacked with excellent golf, thanks in part to some new development, but in Lake Geneva, an easily accessible destination for Milwaukee and Chicago golfers, Grand Geneva is setting the pace with two courses, the Brute and Highlands. Each course can be played in the $80-100 range, far less than some of the more nationally-recognized resorts like Kohler and Sand Valley.

    Notable Grand Geneva courses
    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
    Resort
    4.7112294118
    221
    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
    Resort
    4.7253411765
    151
    Grayslake, Illinois
    Public
    4.5438058824
    339

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.
4 Comments
Commented on

Brandon, I'm sorry but Bayonet/ Blackhorse at $145 to $250 and Pasatiempo at $295 to $310 is not quite affordable to the average Joe golfer. Yes there are courses that can be much more affordable in the area, but your really have to go towards the North Bay area to make it manageable.

Staff
Commented on

Bayonet/Blackhorse dynamically prices pretty aggressively. Can be caught closer to $100. At $100-150 I think it's one of the better values in relations to its neighbors I've seen.

Commented on

Thank you for the timely and great data-driven article because I was planning golf trip in June.

Staff
Commented on

Let me know where you end up!

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