Power rankings: Top-rated golf courses for the first quarter of 2017

We've spent much of the first quarter revealing our best-of lists for 2016. Now we're ready to look back on the first quarter of 2017 to see which courses have received the best reviews of the year so far.

Somewhat surprisingly, courses in rainy California have nevertheless continued to receive strong reviews, and dominate this top ten with six entries, from the Monterey Peninsula (our No. 1 destination for reviews in 2016) to Palm Springs. Perhaps local golfers have been in a particularly good mood now that the longstanding drought has ceased.

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 in the first quarter of 2017

Seaside, Calif.


Carlsbad, Calif.


Borrego Springs, Calif.


Sonora, Mexico


Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


Laredo, Texas


Indian Wells, Calif.


Palm Desert, Calif.


Camdenton, Mo.


Brooks, Calif.


Featured photo of the month

There's a new course in Phoenix's West Valley, Victory Course at Verrado Golf Club. It's already received 37 reviews since opening this winter, and one reviewer, Pizazz84 took this photo of the 18th hole:

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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looks alot like some views of the local dump

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