Power Rankings: Best golf courses and destinations for February, 2020

What your reviews say are the best courses and destinations for the money right now
The 15th hole on PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course is a fearsome test ending at an island green.

January, 2020 was a milestone month at Golf Advisor: You helped us reach over 1 million reviews all-time since we launched in 2014! It was great to see golfers taking advantage of warm spells in the north as well as peak golf season down in Florida and the desert southwest, not to mention Hawaii and Mexico.

Each month, our Power Rankings feature analyzes the review data from the previous month to gain insights into which courses and destinations are earning the best reviews currently. You can use these notable courses as cornerstones of an upcoming golf trip, knowing fellow golfers are endorsing the experience at present.

Several of these courses and destinations are parnters of ours and we have exclusive golf packages, many of which include a rental car and special pricing for GolfPass members. You can view our full golf package offerings here or request a custom quote.

Writing a review helps give your fellow golfers the best idea of what courses are delivering the best experience right now. To get started, write a review here.

  1. Palm Springs

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    Top 5 golf courses in Palm Springs

    The Coachella Valley is always considered among the most coveted winter desert destinations, and it is deep with options from PGA West and Indian Wells to many more. Here are five courses receiving excellent reviews right now:
    The Coachella Valley is always considered among the most coveted winter desert destinations, and it is deep with options from PGA West and Indian Wells to many more. Here are five courses receiving excellent reviews right now:

    Trending Palm Springs courses
    Indio, California
    Semi-Private
    4.7444411765
    512
    Indian Wells, California
    Resort
    4.5992529412
    321
    Palm Desert, California
    Resort
    4.7085705882
    598
    La Quinta, California
    Public/Resort
    4.1771647059
    877
    La Quinta, California
    Public/Resort
    4.4114235294
    801
    FROM $167 (USD)
    PALM SPRINGS, CA | Enjoy 3 nights' accommodations at either Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa or Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, and 2 rounds of golf at Indian Wells Golf Resort - Celebrity & Players Courses.

  2. Palm Beaches

    Not every course around West Palm Beach is high end. Snowbirds are savoring local courses to boot.

    Trending courses around Palm Beaches
    Vero Beach, Florida
    Public
    4.5226764706
    371
    Lake Worth, Florida
    Public
    4.2306882353
    1297
    Port Saint Lucie, Florida
    Public
    4.4958470588
    634
    Stuart, Florida
    Public
    4.5471352941
    1152
    Palm Beach, Florida
    Public/Municipal
    4.8307714286
    492

  3. Ocala-North Central Florida

    Orlando is always a hotbed of activity in January with the PGA Show, but lesser-trafficked Ocala and the hidden gems on the perimeter of the city always deliver a great bang-for-buck and lighter crowds.

    Trending Ocala and north-Central Florida courses
    Dunnellon, Florida
    Semi-Private
    4.4544705882
    836
    Ocala, Florida
    Semi-Private
    4.6363352941
    1050
    Howey in the Hills, Florida
    Resort
    4.3657941176
    1473
    Tavares, Florida
    Semi-Private
    4.6024588235
    1723
    Ocala, Florida
    Semi-Private
    3.7187705882
    1039
    FROM $187 (USD)
    ORLANDO, FL | Enjoy 2 nights' accommodations at Mission Inn Resort & Club and 2 rounds of golf at Mission Inn Resort & Club - El Campeon & Las Colinas Courses.

  4. West Valley, Phoenix-Scottsdale

    The west and northwest valley typically offers great value for those willing to venture beyond the Scottsdale epicenter, from Glendale up to Wickenburg.

    Trending West Valley golf courses
    Buckeye, Arizona
    Public
    4.4838411765
    883
    Wickenburg, Arizona
    Resort/Semi-Private
    4.7924235294
    646
    Wickenburg, Arizona
    Private
    4.8014117647
    346

  5. Monterey Peninsula

    Here's a part of the world that seldom has to deal with wintry weather. This week, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am returns to the Monterey Peninsula - but you don't have to spend big on Pebble Beach to enjoy golf in this mecca.

    Trending NoCal Courses
    Santa Cruz, California
    Semi-Private
    4.6520705882
    245
    Pacific Grove, California
    Public
    4.2762470588
    904

  6. Tampa-Sarasota

    Few winter golf getaways are more affordable than in and around Tampa. From Brooksville in the north to Sarasota down south, golfers can name their price. These bargain courses are earning high marks right now:

    Trending Tampa-Sarasota courses
    University Park, Florida
    Semi-Private
    4.6853235294
    1439
    Lakewood Ranch, Florida
    Resort
    4.8794117647
    586
    North Port, Florida
    Semi-Private
    4.4769588235
    1615
    North Venice, Florida
    Private
    3.8304941176
    419
    Brooksville, Florida
    Private
    3.4391411765
    113

  7. Scottsdale

    We're in the heart of primetime golf season in Scottsdale, highlighted by Super Bowl weekend and Waste Management Phoenix Open. These courses have managed strong reviews in the city proper despite peak pricing:

    Trending Scottsdale courses
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Semi-Private
    4.4535352941
    812
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Semi-Private
    4.4535352941
    812
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Resort
    4.4643941176
    833
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Semi-Private
    4.4217823529
    495
    FROM $357 (USD)
    PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE | Enjoy 3 nights' accommodations at Four Seasons - Scottsdale and 3 rounds of golf at Troon North Golf Club, Boulders Golf Club and Quintero Golf Club.

  8. Naples

    Naples is a hotbed of private golf clubs but there are a handful of excellent semi-private, resort and daily-fee courses that anyone can play between Naples and Ft. Myers.

    Naples
    Fort Myers, Florida
    Public
    4.7992
    510
    Estero, Florida
    Private
    4.3762470588
    1437
    Naples, Florida
    Resort
    4.8686470588
    65

  9. Tucson

    Just south of the valley of the Sun, Tucson has a formidable golf scene as well, from local courses to high-end resorts in this gorgeous part of the Sonoran Desert.

    Trending Tucson courses
    Green Valley, Arizona
    Semi-Private
    4.3961294118
    1582
    Tucson, Arizona
    Semi-Private
    4.3953647059
    1376
    Tucson, Arizona
    Resort
    4.6315352941
    1115

  10. Florida Panhandle

    Mild January temperatures have enabled many Florida Panhandle courses to earn high marks from happy golfers enjoying good value.

    Florida Panhandle
    Destin, Florida
    Semi-Private
    4.4736176471
    1774
    Destin, Florida
    Semi-Private
    4.4666588235
    1514
    Panama City, Florida
    Resort
    3.9181
    232
    Destin, Florida
    Semi-Private
    4.6275470588
    1457

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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Power Rankings: Best golf courses and destinations for February, 2020