Top 50 U.S. Public Golf Courses - Golfers' Choice 2024

After nearly 300,000 golfer-submitted golf course reviews throughout 2023, these 50 facilities rose above the rest.
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From the millions of golfers reading our articles, destinations guides and lists like this to the nearly 300,000 golfer-submitted course reviews that came into our site in 2023, it takes a community to build a place like GolfPass, where players gather to enrich their golf knowledge and experience.

One way we try to repay your attention is by compiling those hundreds of thousands of reviews - which pushed past the 2 million mark last year - into our annual Golfers' Choice lists, which offer a lens into which golf courses made their customers happiest over the past year.

While golf magazines leverage small panels to focus mainly on certain aspects of golf courses like design and conditioning - which tends to skew their lists towards the more expensive and exclusive courses out there - GolfPass' Golfers' Choice lists are a bit more holistic in scope. We consider the perspectives of everyday golfers - more than 800,000 of them so far - to determine the golf experiences that resonate most.

Yes, course design is crucial to a given golf experience. So is conditioning. But we ask golfers to consider other factors, from value to off-course amenities to service, when they submit a review. As a result, our lists look quite different from the ones you can buy at newsstands. They come from a different point of view, and we are thrilled that they tend to highlight dozens of accessible, affordable local courses that other media outlets simply overlook.

There are 17,000 golf courses in the United States. We are thrilled to note that in 2023, 5,049 of them received at least one review on GolfPass, making them eligible for our various state and regional lists. Of those, 3,303 received at least 10 reviews, making them eligible for our flagship Golfers' Choice list: The Top 50 U.S. Golf Courses.

As you'll see, this list spans not only the breadth of American geography, but a wide range of green fees as well. Yes, this year's top-ranked course is one of Florida's more expensive resort layouts, but more than half of the Top 50's green fees top out at or below $100. Now more than ever, golfers know a good value when they see one, and we are excited that this list may introduce you to several excellent, affordable golf experiences that you had not heard of before.

New this year are photos of every course and the chance to book a tee time at a course that catches your eye. Simply hover your browser over the bottom of each photo. If the functionality is available, a "view tee time" button will emerge that you can click.

If you participated in the process by leaving a golf course review in 2023, please know that we are very grateful for your time and thoughtful consideration. If you have yet to review a course but would like to get involved, please click here to leave your first of what we hope will be many reviews in 2024.

How GolfPass determines the Golfers' Choice Top 50 U.S. public golf courses

Merely setting out for a round of golf is enjoyable, but great golf courses, like The Club at Lac La Belle (#25) can make it a truly inspiring experience.

As mentioned before, in order to be eligible for this list, a golf course must a) be accessible (i.e.municipal, daily-fee, resort and semi-private courses) and b) receive at least 10 reviews in the previous year.

In determining the final rankings for the year, we weigh several factors, each of which correspond to the way our reviews are structured:

- Overall Rating
- Value
- Conditions
- Layout
- Pace of Play
- Staff Friendliness
- Off-Course Amenities

You'll notice that we provide green fee information with these course rankings, too. As you peruse the list, it should provide some context as to the way golfers view individual courses. Lower green fees tend to denote a more value-oriented course that consistently exceeds golfers' expectations, while the top-dollar courses on this list are resort or high-end public layouts that deliver on the promise of a premium experience.

While we wouldn't presume to call this list an iron-clad objective measure of America's actual best golf courses, we absolutely stand behind it as an expression of the perspectives of a large number of golfers like you. May you Play More and Play Better in 2024.

ALSO: Golfers' Choice 2023: Top 50 U.S. Golf Courses

  1. Tiburon Golf Club - Gold Course
    Naples, Florida

    Green fee: $400
    What they're saying: "This course is one of Florida's best. I know the reason why there are three tour events here (PGA, PGA Champions, and LPGA), because this place is absolutely perfect. All the holes are pretty and unique. The course is challenging but fair. Shot placement is rewarded here." - tiburonazo

  2. Bolingbrook Golf Club
    Bolingbrook, Illinois

    Green fee: $85
    What they're saying: "One of the best courses I’ve played in Illinois. Awesome practice areas, locker rooms, course layout and course condition. A+" - GolfPass reviewer

  3. TPC Louisiana
    Avondale, Louisiana

    Green fee: $250
    What they're saying: "TPC Louisiana is a golfer's paradise. From the moment you step foot on the pristine fairways to the final putt on the challenging greens, this course offers an unforgettable experience. The layout is thoughtfully designed, incorporating natural water features and strategically placed bunkers that add both beauty and difficulty to each hole." - John7657371

  4. Sultan’s Run Golf Club
    Jasper, Indiana

    Green fee: $80
    What they're saying: "I have always loved this course. The staff is so friendly, the course is in great shape and is really scenic. No residential areas to mar the scenery. Holes 15-17 are really nice and the par 3's have real character. Don't miss this diamond in Southern Indiana." - Boone43atc

  5. Journey at Pechanga
    Temecula, California

    Green fee: $200
    What they're saying: "Fantastic and fun course layout in perfect condition. No shortage of hills, elevation changes, mounds and spectacular views. Amazing driving range and practice area as well." - BrewmasterGolf

  6. Worthington Manor Golf Club
    Urbana, Maryland

    Green fee: $79
    What they're saying: "First time I played there but will be back asap! Course was in very good shape except one tee box on a par 3. Greens are unforgiving. Putt & chip right or it’s coming back to sender. I played with a member who was able to give me tips on the course. He was a great help & an even better golfer. I didn’t play exceptionally well but had a great time. Then had a burger at the grill, which was 10/10. I’m looking to get back out there this week. If you appreciate a great course, play it. Don’t hesitate." - Jstephens77

  7. The Fortress Golf Club
    Frankenmuth, Michigan

    Green fee: $75
    What they're saying: "Not enough superlatives to describe The Fortress. What it may lack in off-course amenities, it offers in terms of the city of Frankenmuth in walking distance. Shoppes, hotels, restaurants." - GolfPass reviewer

  8. Annbriar Golf Course
    Waterloo, Illinois

    Green fee: $75
    What they're saying: "Annbriar is a top notch golf course. An excellent course to play your fall/winter golf. The course is beautiful with dormant fairway zoysia grass contrasting with the lush green grass of the rough. The greens are in outstanding shape. There was nothing to complain about at this course. One of the best in the St. Louis Metro area." - lcbgolf

  9. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
    Stateline, Nevada

    Green fee: $350
    What they're saying: "The green fees may seem high, but after you’ve played your round you will have no complaints. The pace of play is great. The layout and views are spectacular. Can’t wait to play another round." - GolfPass reviewer

  10. Sugarbush Golf Club
    Davison, Michigan

    Green fee: $50
    What they're saying: "It has been a few years since I have played at Sugarbush and I was pleasantly surprised with all of the updates to the course and clubhouse. I would give them 10 stars if possible." - Michael5531396

  11. Heritage Landing Golf & Country Club
    Punta Gorda, Florida
    Residential Development

    Green fee: $69
    What they're saying: "Simply put, it’s the best in SW Fla. … people need to treat themselves before it goes completely private … everyone that is associated with Heritage Landing are fantastic … Kudos to all of you!" - philmichael9

  12. Sandy Pines Golf Course
    DeMotte, Indiana

    Green fee: $55
    What they're saying: "We stopped here as part of a golf road trip recently and we were blown away by the quality of the course. It is very well maintained and the staff were all exceptional." - LUCAS2012

  13. Meadowlark Hills Golf Course
    Kearney, Nebraska

    Green fee: $47
    What they're saying: "A little [slice] of heaven in Kearney, NE. This course is in amazing condition. Lush and green. Greens ran true. Layout was sweet. No delays. Played in 3.5 hours.
    I highly recommend this track." - GolfPass reviewer

  14. Cantigny Golf
    Wheaton, Illinois

    Green fee: $130
    What they're saying: "After booking the time, I had heard it wasn’t in the best shape but those rumors were not true. We played Woodside/Lakeside and it was in pristine shape as you would expect for the price. The diabolical 2nd hole got the best of us but we enjoyed all of it." - GolfPass reviewer

  15. Gladstone Golf Course
    Gladstone, Michigan

    Green fee: $42
    What they're saying: "We are from Wi(sconsin), but come up here to golf many times a year. Love the 2 coveted bridges. Great holes and nice rolling hills. In the pines, it smells wonderful too." - abrahamdawn

  16. Meadowlands Golf Club
    Calabash, North Carolina

    Green fee: $74
    What they're saying: "The superintendent deserves some praise. The greens, fairways and tee boxes were in impeccable shape. The staff is super friendly and accommodating. There are a few very challenging holes to test your abilities. The greens are on the fast side and you need stay focused on reading your putts." - Adelkopf

  17. Warren Golf Course At Notre Dame
    Notre Dame, Indiana

    Green fee: $115
    What they're saying: "Warren is always in excellent shape. You can tell the staff cares about the customer's experience. Won’t pass up the opportunity to come back." - elaK

  18. Cateechee Golf Club
    Hartwell, Georgia

    Green fee: $75
    What they're saying: "Greens, fairways were in great shape. We played in just under 3 hours and we let 2 singles play through. Course is very fair. We will go back when we can catch a really good special on GolfNow. Give it a chance!" - RESJR1

  19. St. Croix National Golf Club
    Somerset, Wisconsin

    Green fee: $69
    What they're saying: "The course layout was spectacular, many holes are just breathtaking from the tee boxes. Felt like I was in the North Woods. With the dramatic elevation changes, almost felt like an AZ mountain course. Greens were in superb condition. " - gmarvy

  20. Wildhorse Golf Club of Robson Ranch

    Green fee: $125
    What they're saying: "Wildhorse at Robson Ranch has 27 holes that are best described as very enjoyable resort style golf. The course is in excellent condition especially given the heat this past summer. They obviously have an ample maintenance budget. The range is large and has quality turf with good range balls. Tees and fairways are excellent quality Bermuda grass and the greens are one of the newer variety of fine leaf Bermuda and put very well. This was superior value for the price as it’s a good private club quality course with some very interesting holes." - GolfPass reviewer

  21. Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort - Snow Mountain Course

    Green fee: $289
    What they're saying: "First time at Paiute. Fun and challenging. Fairways and Greens are in great shape. You can’t regret playing Snow mountain." - kappapower

  22. Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort - Stonehedge South Course

    Green fee: $64
    What they're saying: "The layout was challenging, providing an opportunity to try different shots and clubs (other than driver from par 4 tee). The starter provided great playing tips. Will return again, especially with a great price from GolfNow." - s9d3765

  23. Thistle Golf Club
    Sunset Beach, North Carolina

    Green fee: $154
    What they're saying: "Beautiful course. Lots of water. Great condition. Well ran starts. Good pace. Luxurious carts. Accommodating for both good and bad golfers which describes my game from one hole to the next. I highly recommend." - GolfPass reviewer

  24. Reunion Resort - Nicklaus Course
    Reunion, Florida

    Green fee: $180
    What they're saying: "Overall, very nice course. Great conditions and a difficult layout. Well-placed hazards and small greens made for a difficult but fun round." - jperkins90

  25. The Club at Lac La Belle
    Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

    Green fee: $175
    What they're saying: "This is the only review you need to read because it’s honest. We’re from Georgia and we felt right at home at this course. The course is gorgeous. It’s in fantastic shape and you can tell how much effort they put into it. We’ve all been to a gorgeous course but had a bad experience with the staff that offsets your experience. That’s not the case here. The woman in the pro shop was as kind as could be. The head pro Clint Higgins is one that this course needs to make sure stays around. Incredible experience from top to bottom, would highly recommend playing here. Thank you guys!!" - gc408551773

  26. Forest Glen Golf & Country Club
    Naples, Florida

    Green fee: $75 (select GolfNow tee times)
    What they're saying: "Pristine SWF golf. A treat for year-round residents to play late in November. Thanks FG." - TragicallyHip

  27. Viroqua Hills Golf Course
    Viroqua, Wisconsin

    Green fee: $37-$42
    What they're saying: "I always enjoy playing Viroqua Hills. It is an interesting, very pretty course. It is always in great condition. The food is inexpensive in the clubhouse." - tomt7

  28. Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club
    Carmel, California

    Green fee: $145-$350
    What they're saying: "Had a great round! Starter sent 3 players out about 10 minutes early before I arrived. The 3 players were just teeing off when I arrived at the tee box. We teed off at scheduled time-2:20 pm, & finished about 6:00 pm (still a bit of light left). Sunny most of the round until the fog started rolling in with 4-5 holes remaining to play. Still, the round was very enjoyable." - COBGolfer

  29. Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club
    Fairview, Texas

    Green fee: $69-$113
    What they're saying: "The course is great and the atmosphere was very relaxing. The staff in the pro shop was very professional and the friendliest I’ve interacted with in a while. I put it on the top of my places to play in the area. Thanks again!" - Doc5587

  30. Skytop Lodge Golf Course
    Skytop, Pennsylvania

    Green fee: $50-$100
    What they're saying: "(Saw) 4 deer on 17 and 7 turkeys on 18, 3 of which sat on a fence. What a great day for golf and a beautiful course. Stay out of the rough." - pgolferr1

  31. Pinehills Golf Club - Jones Course
    Plymouth, Massachusetts

    Green fee: $75-$125
    What they're saying: "This was the absolutely nicest course I've ever played. You can drive up to the curb and staff will unload your bags, set you up on carts, and park them at the unlimited range. Excellent practice area of two putting greens and a chipping green with bunkers situated near the first hole of the Jones course. The course was in immaculate shape and the facility was top-notch with cleanliness. Highly recommend splurging here if you're considering playing." - mself21

  32. Chippewa Golf Club
    Doylestown, Ohio

    Green fee: $25-$52
    What they're saying: "The course was a drive from my home but well worth it. From the nice and inviting clubhouse and porch to the friendly employees (it) was a nice first impression. They had nice carts with GPS built in and (a) nice selection of holes. A couple of holes had power lines but was a non issue for me. The Bermuda Triangle was real and fun. (I) got 2 strokes added to my score. The course had just been aerated and sanded which everyone is doing this time of year (so it) was not that big a deal either. I will definitely play here again." - bsgolf55

  33. Ravines Golf Club
    Saugatuck, Michigan

    Green fee: $59-$84
    What they're saying: "The Ravines has a northern Michigan feel with many holes surrounded by hardwoods forest. It is very playable with generous fairways and some forced carries. There are a number of tee options that can provide a challenge for every level of player. Afternoon and senior rates make this course a bargain for a course of this quality." - hlwayner

  34. Grand Bear
    Saucier, Mississippi

    Green fee: $55-$100
    What they're saying: "Very nice! I’ll be back. Worth the drive in the country" - Mikeforbess

  35. Pine Mountain Lake Country Club
    Groveland, California

    Green fee: $41-$66
    What they're saying: "We are always treated like royalty. Course was great. Surrounding homes are just lovely. Groundskeeping crew is courteous. Range is well taken care of. One of my favorite courses in the foothills. I actually think it is my favorite." - Wilburino

  36. Founders Club of Pawleys Island
    Pawleys Island, South Carolina

    Green fee: $52+
    What they're saying: "Nice facility and helpful, friendly staff. Course conditions were good. Will play again in future." - dbridge41A

  37. Wyncote Golf Club
    Oxford, Pennsylvania

    Green fee: $55-$110
    What they're saying: "This is by far one of the best public golf courses in the area and is definitely worth the drive if you do not live near the course. The course is always well maintained and in excellent condition and I’ve never had an issue with pace of play. Course layout is challenging but fair with a good balance of long and short holes. This is definitely one of my favorite places to play. The only downside is that it does tend to run on the steeper side in terms of price and the few times I’ve been it has not been extremely crowded. I am not sure if that is just coincidence or a result of the pricing, but in either case I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone who asked." - samiam6611

  38. The Walker Golf Course At Clemson University
    Clemson, South Carolina

    Green fee: $33+
    What they're saying: "Played the course multiple times and it’s always been in great condition. The tee boxes are well maintained. The greens were in great condition. The 18th hole was just opened after a minor redesign, raising the green and adding ‘tiger paw’ bunkers. The range is limited to 220 yds at present due to construction of a new club house and visitor center." - Mike1u3z

  39. Gateway National Golf Links
    Madison, Illinois

    Green fee: $38-$63
    What they're saying: "Love this course. The fairways are unbelievable! The pace of play was a little on the slow side but tolerable." - lowround69

  40. Stonelick Hills Golf Course
    Batavia, Ohio

    Green fee: $72-$100
    What they're saying: "Great track. Really enjoyed the course. Nice layout. Liked the risk vs. reward holes. Would play again tomorrow." - Jwomackod247

  41. Swan Lake Resort - Silver Course
    Plymouth, Indiana

    Green fee: $37-$67
    What they're saying: "Course was again in great condition. Greens were fantastic. Staff and pro shop people are friendly and helpful. This is a MUST play, in my opinion." - Dsr1966

  42. FarmLinks at Pursell Farms
    Sylacauga, Alabama

    What they're saying: "From the time we passed through the gates, we were already building expectations of what lies ahead. The winding roads, manicured intersections, and beautifully arranged flowers made us feel special. Everything was well put together and made you feel at home. The staff was warm and very engaging. As for the links, simply put, a blast! I don’t recall seeing a car drive by the entire front nine. There are at least three “Kodak Moments” holes. You have to have your camera ready to remember moments like these. The greens were rolling slower this day, but I can see them speeding up quite nicely any given day. They rolled true and were consistent. One of the funnest courses I’ve played and definitely plenty of room for forgiveness off the tee box. Play it, you won’t regret it." - James5630822

  43. Walden Ponds Golf Club
    Hamilton, Ohio

    Green fee: $42+
    What they're saying: "This local course close to home is always in good condition! 4some played in 4 hours. Second tee time at 6:36am so pace of play was great!!!" - Captkirk67

  44. Deer Island Country Club
    Tavares, Florida

    Green fee: $65-$75
    What they're saying: "Played Deer Island numerous times and it's always in great condition. We drive an hour from Orlando to go here because it's always in better shape than virtually any other central Florida course." - stanpelz

  45. The Ranch Golf Club
    Southwick, Massachusetts

    Green fee: $80-$110
    What they're saying: "The Ranch is one of my favorite courses in New England. Pristine and challenging, it has many of the amenities of a top-end resort course but without the pretentiousness. Much of the course's challenges lie with the elevation changes, which also provide stellar views. Good shots are rewarded, off-course shots are punished, and the course is scoreable without being repetitive. I'll make this course an annual trek and look forward to that tee time every fall." - CParish860

  46. Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course
    Buford, Georgia

    Green fee: $95-$120
    What they're saying: "Easily one of the best course in GA. Truly beautiful with so (many) holes along the lake. But also expertly maintained and (an) awesome layout. Despite the rain lately, fairways were generally dry enough for a good lie and greens were super smooth. Usually they are lightning fast but still ran (well) even though we had all the rain. Will come back asap." - mozzer

  47. Classic Club
    Palm Desert, California

    Green fee: $110-$225
    What they're saying: "The entire staff and Classic Club was friendly, attentive and obviously proud of their magnificent facility. The course played great and as described by the starter. Heed the advice of playing away from the water as the fairways slope more than normal to the water hazards. Enjoy what will surely be a great day/round at Classic Club!" - tyken

  48. Prairieview Golf Club
    Byron, Illinois

    Green fee: $26-$49
    What they're saying: "The course has great features. I have played Prairieview several times and I think it’s a great course and layout. Great bar and restaurant." - Lrhughes

  49. Hastings Golf Club & Events
    Hastings, Minnesota

    Green fee: $46-$72
    What they're saying: "Old School Country Club layout. Traps in excellent shape. Greens very puttable (with) medium speed." - mstadtler

  50. Merrill Golf Club
    Merrill, Wisconsin

    Green fee: $24-$29
    What they're saying: "Fun course. Course in good condition. Lots of hills add to the charm and challenge. A great off-the-beaten-path venue." - Lphanson

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,100 courses and written about golf destinations in 25 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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You must be kidding. Not one course from the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail!

Hi Tom, We'd love to get more golf course reviews from The Trail. There's a number of good venues there. Please submit your course reviews for RTJ courses, and recruit your friends to as well. Your candidate can't win if you don't vote. Thank you for reading GolfPass.

Are the state rankings coming out soon?

Five warm-weather states published today - California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Hawaii. The rest of them publish March 1. Check the main Golfers' Choice page for the 2024 state lists.

Thought this was a list of public courses... Why would there be private courses on this list?

A couple courses are listed as "private" but offer tee times through third parties like GolfNow or TeeOff, so you can play them if you want.

Seem to be a bit of a bias toward Michigan. Pls tell Jason Deegan to spend more time in North Carolina

The data determines the choices, not me. Love the Carolina courses, but seems to me you had a bad weather year in 2023, which impacts course conditioning, which impacts review scores.

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i played Forest Glen in october 2023 and i agree it was very good…

Glad to hear it! I had not heard of it until putting together this Top 50. That's the great thing about Golfers' Choice. It just put a new course on my "must play list".


Love me some Bethpage Black. Really want to see the Red someday. Neither received the minimum votes to qualify for the Top 50 this year. We shall see if either makes the New York state lists that publish March 1.

I love my home club, Sevierville, Golf Club with two 18 hole Championship courses. However, about 6 months ago I stumbled upon a public course in Cherokee, NC, Sequoyah National Golf Club. WOW! One could put on their fairways. The views were spectacular. It was immaculate. A bit pricey but worth it!

Hope to play all three some day.

one west coast course...really...this tells me the evaluators are all east of the rockies

Not at all. Our California Top 25 just published today, based on nearly 35,000 course reviews. Arizona's Top 25 was built on 27,000+ reviews. Between them, that's more than one quarter of the total review count for 2023. I think both states get dinged for seasonality. Their courses can be in rough shape and still be open in transitional or off-seasons. Reviews during overseeding transition in AZ or muddy winters in California can lead to lower scores.

How can you call this a top 50 list of U.S. PUBLIC golf course when many of them are listed as "private"?

Every course on here offers public play. Some courses call themselves 'private' but offer tee times on their websites or through GolfNow/TeeOff. Go play them and enjoy their nice country club amenities.

What about Arcadia Bluffs on Lake Michigan. Beautiful views and layout.

Great course. Not enough reviews to qualify for the top 50. Write a review and get your foursome to do the same. Maybe that will help AB get enough reviews to qualify for 2025. Do your fellow golfers a solid and start leaving reviews.

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