Best of 2018: Top 25 golf courses rated by value

The best bargains in golf according to your ratings and reviews throughout the year.
A giant American flag is visible on several points on Pinon Hills Golf Course, including the par-4 11th.

We examined your ratings and reviews submitted in 2018 to determine which courses were considered the best value by golfers like you.

Value is one of our six subcategory star ratings a golfer ran rate when submitting a review to Golf Advisor. To many golfers, the price paid for a round can be the most important factor in deciding whether to return. While Midwestern and deep south states tended to fare the best in regards to value, courses from all four corners of the country were considered a supreme bargain.

We've included a quote about each course from a member of our reviews community that sheds some light into what made them feel like they received a great deal.

Top 25 courses rated by value in the U.S. in 2018

  1. Gunter's Landing

    Guntersville, Ala. | Read reviews

    What they're saying: "Gorgeous views. Continual elevation changes. Greens are perfect. This is a gem, and WELL worth going out of your way to play." - EricSteinmiller

  2. Duplin Country Club

    Kenansville, N.C. | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "Other surrounding courses have higher fees but can’t compare with the experience!" - valmarriott

  3. Priest Lake Golf Course

    Priest River, Idaho | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "It is a good par 72 golf course, and very reasonably priced." - Dean6609331

  4. Meshingomesia Country Club

    Marion, Indiana | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "Fabulous course! This would be a $60 course on the weekend in Indy." - D1234Fred4321

  5. Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course

    Glen Rose, Texas | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "The staff was helpful and amazing well worth the money." - Mike5938598

  6. Woods Fort Golf Course

    Troy, Mo.| Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "If this course was closer to the city, they could charge 50% more." - Tylerstruckhoff

  7. Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club

    Mabank, Texas | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "Only $25 on a Friday; can't beat the rate." - Brianinforney

  8. Pierce Lake Golf Course

    Chelsea, Mich.| Read Reviews

    What they're saying: "This course has everything a golfer would like from a challenging layout to excellent staff. All at a fair price per round." - Dread78

  9. Meadow Lakes Golf Course

    Prineville, Oregon | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "Best deal in central Oregon for seniors." - royaltman

  10. Cherry Oaks Golf Course

    Cheney, Kansas | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "One of the best courses you can play for the money." - u4339062

  11. Chariot Run Golf Club

    Laconia, Indiana | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "I will definitely be back, not sure there is a better value in golf." - Goodgettingbetter

  12. Holly Meadows Golf Course

    Capac, Mich. | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "Great deal, perfect conditions, several neat hole layouts and fair, but challenging --- will definitely be back next time I come close to passing through." - Jordan6113448

  13. Wahconah Country Club

    Dalton, Mass. | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "The best in the Berkshires and very reasonably priced." - BRian5224055

  14. The Colonial Golf Course

    Hart, Mich.| Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "Very good price... The best course near Silver Lake." - ThisIsShootersTour

  15. Mill Creek Golf Club

    Churchville, N.Y.| Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "I drove almost 40 minutes to get there and would do it again tomorrow." - joedah

  16. Ingersoll Golf Course

    Rockford, Ill. | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "Great Deal for a fun and challenging course!" - jfitzsimmons

  17. Wolf Hollow Golf Course

    Wesson, Miss. | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "$35 includes cart and the course was awesome!" - Rocky04178

  18. Gaylord Golf Club

    Gaylord, Mich. | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "I have played a lot of courses up north, from the Gaylord area, for the money this one is at the top of the list." - supercrawler

  19. StoneCrest Golf Course

    Prestonsburg, Ky.| Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "The views and staff were better than up to par as usual and that makes this course well worth the money." - Zaneytimes

  20. Tunica National

    Tunica Resorts, Miss. | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "Great prices!! Course is in fantastic shape!!! No complaints!!!" - mestes5102

  21. Richard B Russell at Arrowhead Pointe State Park

    Elberton, Ga. | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "This course rivals many semi-private courses in the Atlanta area with VERY reasonable greens fees." - RettJ

  22. Highland Walk at Victoria Bryant

    Royston, Ga.| Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "Greens, fairways & tee boxes are in excellent condition and are in better condition than most courses in northeast Georgia. The price for three and half hours of golf cannot be beat." - doug0127

  23. Pinon Hills Golf Course

    Farmington, N.M. | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "Rates are awesome, views are incredible, course is as challenging as you want it to be." - lngriffith

  24. Coyote Preserve Golf Club

    Fenton, Mich. | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "Good value. Good restaurant & bar. Course is in great shape." - ccardani

  25. Greystone Golf Club

    Dickson, Tenn. | Read Reviews
    What they're saying: "The best course I've played since I've been here in Nashville, and the price was right!!" - ewilliams1207

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I agree with Russ that Juniper is wow, as are 2 other John Harbottle Washington courses.Olympic course at Gold Mountian in Bremerton and Palouse Ridge in Pullman. All 3 are great value, great design,and great fun to play.

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No way that Pine Dunes in Frankston, TX, is not on this list.

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How is Bethpage Black not on this list? Major championship course under $150 for non residents and $75 for residents.

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I’ve played 3 of the 4 courses listed in Michigan. I haven’t played Holly Meadows. I can say that the value is great and the courses are always in great shape. You can’t beat the values Uber $40 during the week. One other one is Leslie Park in Ann Arbor senior rare is $25 m-f and was was rated in the top ten on another survey

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Meadow Lakes at #9 is way over rated for value. It’s flat with lots of water. Closely spaces holes and not a lot of interest. It’s low cost, but it’s not worth the $$$.

A much better value in the area is Juniper Golf in Redmond. You wil play it and go WOW! This is a muni???

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Forrest Oaks CC in Greensboro NC should definitely be on this list. A former PGA stop which can be played for under 50$. Are there any other PGA quality courses for this value?

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Very surprised there are no great value CA courses. I play some beautiful CA courses every week for under $50.

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Stoughton Acres, near Butler, PA, shouild be on this list.

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