Golfers' Choice: Top 25 college golf courses

You don't have to be a booster or alumni to play these public-access, university-affiliated golf courses
The Walker Course at Clemson University is known for its Tiger Paw par-3 17th.

The United States is home to a wide array of university-affilated golf courses at campuses large and small. Some are historic and exclusive, like Yale Golf Course. Others are relatively new and affiliated with resorts. A surprising amount are humble and only nine holes, especially at smaller universities.

Many of these collegiate courses are open to the public, and when they are, the rounds are typically affordable and feature scenic, development-free layouts. Other times they are conveniently located right on or next to campus, which makes for a fun day of golf followed by a festive meal or watching a game.

We found the most popular college courses available to the public by assessing our golf course reviews community. We applied our Golf Advisor Index logic that weights recent reviews over older ones. Courses needed at least one 2019 review to be considered for this list and also offer non-affiliated guest access.

You don't have to root for any of these schools during bowl season or March Madness to enjoy their golf courses.

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  1. Kampen Course at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex

    West Lafayette, Ind. |Read reviews
    Purdue University
    Guest green fees: $92-$109

  2. University Ridge Golf Course

    Verona, Wisc. | Read reviews
    University of Wisconsin
    Guest green fees: $50-94

  3. Seven Oaks Golf Club

    Hamilton, N.Y. | Read reviews
    Colgate University
    Guest green fees: $35-65

  4. University of Michigan Golf Course

    Ann Arbor, Mich. | Read reviews
    University of Michigan
    Guest green fees: $125-150

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  5. University of Georgia Golf Course

    Athens, Ga. | Read reviews
    University of Georgia
    Guest green fees: $42-$49

  6. Zollner Golf Course

    Angola, Ind. | Read reviews
    Trine University
    Guest green fees: $29-$39 through April 2020

  7. Ackerman-Allen Course at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex

    West Lafayette, Ind. | Read reviews
    Purdue University
    Guest green fees: $92-$109

  8. The Walker Golf Course at Clemson University

    Clemson, S.C. | Read reviews
    Clemson University
    Guest green fees: $50-$70

  9. Rawls Golf Course at Texas Tech

    Lubbock, Texas |Read reviews
    Texas Tech University
    Guest green fees: $39-$89

  10. Sewailo Golf Club

    Tucson, Ariz. | Read reviews
    University of Arizona
    Guest green fees: $40-$86

  11. Colbert Hills Golf Course

    Manhattan, Kan. | Read reviews
    Kansas State University
    Guest green fees: $65-$79

  12. Cobblestone Park Golf Club

    Blythewood, S.C. | Read reviews
    University of South Carolina
    Guest green fees: $50-$65

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  13. The Course at Sewanee

    Sewanee, Tenn. | Read reviews
    University of the South
    Guest green fees: $20-$25 (nine holes) plus $10 cart per player

  14. Championship course at the University of New Mexico

    Albuquerque, N.M. | Read reviews
    University of New Mexico
    Guest green fees: $39-$59

  15. Finley Golf Course at UNC

    Chapel Hill, N.C. | Read reviews
    University of North Carolina
    Guest green fees: $58-$90

  16. Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame

    South Bend, Ind. | Read reviews
    University of Notre Dame
    Guest green fees: $60-$90

  17. Meadows Golf Club

    Allendale, Mich. | Read reviews
    Grand Valley State University
    Guest green fees: $42-$59

  18. Big Blue Course at the University Club

    Lexington, Ky. | Read reviews
    University of Kentucky
    Guest green fees: $48-$60

  19. Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech

    Blacksburg, Va. | Read reviews
    Virginia Tech
    Guest green fees: $55-$89

  20. West Course at Forest Akers

    East Lansing, Mich. | Read reviews
    Michigan State University
    Guest green fees: $43-$69

  21. Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State

    Raleigh, N.C. | Read reviews
    North Carolina State University
    Guest green fees: $62-$85

  22. New Mexico State University

    Las Cruces, N.M. | Read reviews
    New Mexico State University
    Guest green fees: $26-$33 plus $14 cart per person

  23. Katke Golf Course

    Big Rapids, Mich. | Read reviews
    Ferris State University
    Guest green fees: $65-$70

  24. Duke University Golf Club

    Durham, N.C. | Read reviews
    Duke University
    Guest green fees: $50-$65 through January (summer rates not available yet)

  25. Eagle Crest Golf Club

    Ypsilanti, Mich. | Read reviews
    Eastern Michigan University
    Guest green fees: $55-$67

Golfer's Choice rankings are determined by our community of reviewers.
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Taconic at Williams College, Yale and Scarlet at OSU need to be on the list

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Stanford?

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Questionable list of the Scarlet Course at Ohio State not in your top 25....please.

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Scarlet doesn't allow public access so it's not eligible.

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Cant believe Furman University isn't on this list.

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Taconic, Williams College

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This list is bogus. Yale and OSU Scarlet are perennial #1 and #2 college courses in the country.

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neither are open to the public therefore not eligible.

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Obviously, your readers have never played Colorado National (home course for CU Boulder) or Palouse Ridge (Washington State University) or they'd be at the top of your list.

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Bogus list because you left Yale off the list.

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Yale is private

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How can Blessings golf club in Fayettville Arkansas not be on this list?

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Because Blessings is private

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GREAT VALUES AND SOME GREAT HISTORY. I CONCUR
OHIO STATE'S SCARLET A REAL GEM. A SLEEPER AND EXCEDINGLY BEAUTIFULL IN AUTUMN IS WILLIAMS COLLEGE COURSE "TACONIC"

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