Golfers' Choice: Top 25 golf courses for Pace of Play

Hate waiting? These courses gave golfers consistently speedy rounds in 2019.
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How much you have to wait between shots can play a huge factor in how much you decide you enjoyed a round of golf. Want proof? Six of our Top 25 U.S. courses as rated by pace of play made our U.S. Top 50 overall golf courses this year.

There are a lot of different reasons why a course can receive great pace of play ratings: It could be spaced out tee time intervals or a remote or semi-private facility that receives less play. Or it could be efficient and effective marshalling. Or there are things the golf course can do to set themselves up for success, like lighter rough or manageable weekend pin positions. We've included a review quote from a Golf Advisor reviewer of each course that gives a clue as to why golfers feel they are able to get around at the pace they want. To learn more, click on the course guide page to see what golfers have to say about the experience.

Pace of play (or lack thereof) has been a hot topic in the pro game lately. For a beacon of hope in the amateur game, look to these 25 courses that received the highest pace-of-play ratings from our reviews community in 2019.

Want to recognize a course for great pace of play? Click here to review a golf course, whether it’s your first or your 100th.

  1. Whispering Pines Golf Club

    Annandale, Minn. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "I live in the cities and I travel out here every time I get the opportunity to. This is a great remote course, never over-packed, friendly and always a fun/good golf game." - bmcadams10

  2. The Brute at Grand Geneva Resort

    Lake Geneva, Wisc. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "I can’t say enough about the course and the people working there. The starters and rangers were all excellent, but Kyle Kunash the head pro was so helpful and friendly." - ebartosik

  3. FarmLinks at Pursell Farms

    Sylacauga, Ala. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "One of the best parts though is the design and playability of the course. Wide, forgiving fairways puts you in a positive frame of mind on every tee box." - RettJ, Local Golf Advisor

  4. Cateechee

    Hartwell, Ga. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "This course is always in great condition! Pace of play is always very good ... Golf carts have a great GPS installed that provides detailed yardage." - elmboyshi

  5. Agawam Hunt

    Rumford, R.I. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "An excellent course for any type of golfer. The course itself was in beautiful condition. The pace of play was consistent and there was never a wait on any shot or hole." - elefaiver01

  6. Highland Walk at Victoria Bryant

    Royston, Ga. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: " They widened most of the fairways which increased the pace of play and kept us amateurs out of the woods." - doug0127

  7. Stonelick Hills Golf Course

    Batavia, Ohio | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "Course is always in great shape and pace of play never an issue. Don’t miss this gem while in Cincy!" - DaltonEthan14

  8. Greenwood Country Club

    Greenwood, S.C. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "This was my third time playing Greenwood CC ... Course has a great layout with plenty of challenge but also plenty of chances to score ... Starter is a joy to chat with." - joshevsmith

  9. Olde Beau Golf Club

    Roaring Gap, N.C. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "Absolutely a gorgeous mountain course. Very well maintained. Pace of play was great." - Fredwin

  10. Wasioto Winds at Pine Mountain State Park

    Pineville, Ky.
    What they're saying: "This is a well thought out design. It flows very well and there are no bottleneck holes ... I could play this course every day from a different tee and enjoy each round." - drmikenavy

  11. Koasati Pines at Coushatta

    Kinder, La. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: " Fast, 2.5 hr round; a few friendly groups let me thru! Played well, as I was inspired by the beauty." - Michael7209760

  12. Los Caballeros Golf Club

    Wickenburg, Ariz. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "We got paired up with another twosome this morning. Nice guys and we played in 3.5 hours!" - barbie3817

  13. Apache Links at Squaw Valley Golf Course

    Glen Rose, Texas | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "Course is in premium condition. Greens are very smooth and really fast which I like. 2some and we finished in a little over 3 hrs." - jimboli047

  14. The Atchafalaya at Idlewild

    Patterson, La. | Read reviews |GolfPass members save
    What they're saying: "Another great round at a top notch course. Staff is always so professional. Course in awesome shape." - Skeeter7777777

  15. Butterfield Trail

    El Paso, Texas | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "Width isn’t a problem off the tee, but beware if you are out of place a well placed swale will block your view on the next shot." - joshsmith12

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  16. Sea Ranch Golf Links

    Sea Ranch, Calif. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "After a scenic drive up Highway 1, you will arrive at what is in my opinion one of northern California’s best kept links golf secrets. Sea Ranch reminded me of Bandon, where it’s all about the Golf." - u255463

  17. Cumberland Lake Golf Course

    Pinson, Ala. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "This well hidden gem of a golf course right off Hwy 79 is well worth playing as often as you can. This outstanding layout has six valley holes to get your interest peaked and warm up your game before heading uphill for eight beautifully prepared mountain holes." - gregarnold1959

  18. Osage National

    Lake Ozark, Mo. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "We played the Links and River Courses today ... Busy but pace was excellent. Marshall kept it rolling." - obmike

  19. The Golf Club at Deer Chase

    Linn Creek, Mo.| Read reviews
    What they're saying: "Beautiful area with an awesome layout. No impossible holes like some courses have. You won’t be disappointed!" - SHarrison1234

  20. Awarii Dunes Golf Club

    Axtell, Neb. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "Very fun course. Super wide fairways with perfect bent grass. Huge greens with some extreme undulations. Stay away from the bunkers. Played fast with no waiting..." - krfun1

  21. Lake Powell National Golf Course

    Page, Ariz. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "Such an amazing experience! It was not crowded at all, sometimes it felt that we had the course to ourselves." -
    Hutch41

  22. Cedar Creek Country Club

    Kemp, Texas | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "The course was magnificent and well conditioned. The amenities were great. The best course I've played in East Texas." - ronwood

  23. The Fox Club

    Palm City, Fla. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "Visiting from the UK ... I teed off at 7:56 and didn’t see another soul until I had finished 2.5hrs later." - t781893493

  24. Dunmaglas Golf Club

    Charlevoix, Mich. |Read reviews
    What they're saying: "The course layout and and scenic views are outstanding ... you'll get a great golf course and fantastic customer service. Enjoyed so much the first day that went back again the next day." - zoeller1

  25. King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

    Saint Simons Island, Ga. | Read reviews
    What they're saying: "We played in the afternoon as the days are getting shorter, but the pace of play was excellent and we finished in bright daylight." - KTSK

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