Top 25 Arnold Palmer golf course designs in the U.S. according to your reviews

Arnold Palmer was a prolific businessman, and one of the key pieces of his portfolio was Arnold Palmer Design, which has designed over 300 courses and counting since he designed the first nine holes at Pennsylvania's Indian Lake Country Club in 1967.

The collection he left behind around the world are a huge piece of his legacy, as Arnie's Army will be able to play a course he designed for many years to come.

Palmer's golf course architecture business really took off in the late-1980s and into the mid-2000s. Over these decades, Palmer leaned on excellent lead associates including Frank Duane, Ed Seay and Erik Larsen. Despite Palmer's passing in the fall of 2016, the company moves forward. With Thad Layton now the Senior Golf Course Architect, this year Palmer Design opened brand new Lakewood National near Tampa. In 2016, they redesigned Orlando's Shingle Creek Golf Club. They are also currently working on the second course at Castle Stuart in the Highlands of Scotland.

Golf Advisor reviewers have an affinity for Arnold Palmer Design golf courses, and we saw many reviews of Palmer courses come in shortly after his passing in September 2016 paying their respects. While courses like Bay Hill are regular PGA Tour tournament venues, his courses are known to be fun, and perhaps a little less penal than some of his contemporaries. In 2016, two of his designs, Scotch Hall Preserve and Classic Club, made our Top 50 courses in the U.S., and many more made respective state lists. Three Palmer designs have received 700 or more reviews on Golf Advisor: Starr Pass (700), Legends Course at Orange Lake Resort (709) and Starfire Golf Club (769).

In celebration of the King's legacy, we're sharing the top 25 Palmer-designed golf courses in the U.S. according to our all-time golfer reviews dating back to 2012. To compile the list, we took a course's combined score of their overall and layout all-time averages to determine the Top 25 (minimum 10 reviews all-time).

Top 25 Arnold Palmer Designs according to Golf Advisor ratings

Phoenix
Year built: 1997


24. The BOG

Saukville, Wisc.
Year built: 1995


Tucson, Ariz.
Year built: 2003


Lakewood, Fla.
Year built: 2017


Conyers, Ga.
Year built: 1995


Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii
Year built: 1992


St. Augustine, Fla.
Year built: 2000 (Co-design with Jack Nicklaus)


Bay St. Louis
Year built: 1997


Saint Francisville, La.
Year built: 1988


Dayton, Nev.
Year built: 1991


Orlando, Fla.
Year built: 1961 (redesigned, 1989)


Fenton, Mich.
Year built: 2001


Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Year built: 1996


Carlsbad, Calif.
Year built: 1991


Shallotte, N.C.
Year built: 1999


San Antonio, Texas
Year built: 2001


Bloomington, Ill.
Year built: 1997


Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Year built: 2001


Palm Desert, Calif.
Year built: 2006


Port Aransas, Texas
Year built: 2008


Saugatuck, Mich.
Year built: 1999


Pensacola, Fla.
Year built: 1997 (redesigned 2006)


Bellaire, Mich.
Year built: 1986


Klamath Falls, Ore.
Year built: 1997


Merry Hill, N.C.
Year built: 2009


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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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Do you have a list of all his designed-courses? IF so can you kindly send it to me. Paul R. Dunn
paulandbj@nc.rr.com . I am the author of Great Donald Ross Golf Courses Everyone Can Play - editions 1 and 2, published by Roman & Littlefield.

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