The prime summer golf season is upon us.
Golfers in northern climates are in full swing, and that's reflected by the July edition of Golf Advisor's Power Rankings.
Every course to make our top 10 list is from New England and the Midwest except two, one in North Carolina and one farther south in Georgia. The West Coast has been dealing with extreme heat, meaning no California or Arizona courses are represented. Neither are Florida and Texas. That's not surprising.
Many other states have conditioning dialed in. Illinois leads the way with three courses represented. Indiana and Massachusetts each have two.
The Hoosier state might be known for its basketball, but it's got some pretty good golf, too. A Golf Advisor Getaway recently visited French Lick Resort, which isn't too far away from our new no. 1, the Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg, Ind. Covered Bridge is within 45 minutes of the Kentucky border and Louisville. It's a Fuzzy Zoeller design that's aged well since opening in 1994.
"I was back in Southern Indiana visiting family and got to revisit this course I'd played once right after it opened. The course is as nice now as it was when it opened. Moderately challenging and fair, it's well manicured, has quick but not fast greens and has GPS on the carts to help gauge yardage. The clubhouse and bar are clean and well stocked with anything you need to play or if you're just looking for a few souvenirs. I play a lot of nice courses in Southern California and this is such a great value and is in great shape, relatively speaking."
You can view the full top 10 below and click on each course to see what golfers have to say about the experience.
Top 10 courses for July
9. Chariot Run