Golfers' Choice: Best of U.S. golf courses: 30-21

The par-3 12th hole on the Players Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort is 186 yards from the championship tees.

Golf Advisor is counting down the Golfers' Choice Top 50 U.S. golf courses for 2019. To view the start of the list as well as our methodology to select the courses, click here.

Indian Wells, Calif.
Architect: John Fought
Green fee: $149-225| Golf package from $167/nt.
What they're saying: The course conditions were excellent overall. I appreciate this layout more with each round played here. Really like this John Fought design that features seven sets of well-spaced tees. The course is a good mixture of flat and rolling hills. Large, challenging green complexes." - nickesquire, California Local Golf Advisor

Hartwell, Ga.
Architect: Mike Young
Green fee: $70
What they're saying: "This course will test your abilities as a golfer from the first tee. Great layout, awesome scenery and tough rough will have you coming back for more. I felt like I had been in an 18-round boxing match when the round was over but loved every minute of the fight." - garrisonbest

Waterloo, Ill.
Architect: Michael Hurdzan
Green fees: $43-68 | GolfPass members save
What they're saying: "I've played close to 200 courses in my life and this is one of the best. The zoysia grass fairways are like hitting of a carpet. Scenic and challenging layout with incredible conditions." - john3825

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Kinder, La.
Architect: Kevin Tucker
Green fees: $70-90
What they're saying: "The last time I was treated this nice was at a 5-star resort in Orlando! The course was in amazing shape, the greens held approach shots and putted true." - Kozmeaux

Gulf Shores, Alabama
Architect: Jerry Pate
Green fees: $89-111
What they're saying: "Played this course on vacation to Orange Beach. I am more than pleased with this course. Beautiful layout, fast greens, and some water hazards. I loved it." - James1055717

Dickson, Tenn.
Architects: Mike Beebe, Mark McCumber
Green fees: $44-64
What they're saying: "First place I will play when I come back to Tennessee. The condition was outstanding. The greens were fast but very playable and held every shot. Inside staff and the outside staff were very nice and helpful." - Ed6204069

Wickenburg Ranch is a favorite in Arizona's Valley of the Sun.

Architect: Wendell Pickett
Green fees: $128-177
What they're saying: "This is a true gem of a golf course, the layout is one of the best I have ever played and the condition is top notch. With elevation changes and several semi-blind shots, Wickenburg Ranch will make you work off the tee." - BostonGolfTraveler, Massachusetts Local Golf Advisor

Knightstown, Ind.
Architect: Gary Kern
Green fees: $28-49.50
What they're saying: "It's hard to beat Royal Hylands in terms of value/bang for your buck. I mean that anywhere, not just in Indiana. The course has a great mix of holes for a parkland-style layout. Some open, some tight, all requiring precision or close to it." - DrOldSchool, Indiana Local Golf Advisor

Northfield, N.J.
Architects: William Flynn, Willie Park Jr.
Green fees: $125-150
What they're saying: "ACCC is a great treat for an avid golfer, filled with history and great skyline views. Pretty cool to walk through the clubhouse and locker room and see names like Al Capone, Willie Mays, and of course, Arnold Palmer gracing the walls and lockers." - ddotson2, NC Local Golf Advisor

Peoria, Ariz.
Architect: Rees Jones
Green fees: $149-299 | Golf package from $217/nt
What they're saying: "Overall really liked the course. Conditions for this time of year were about as good as it gets. Fun layout that's fairly challenging but not too tricked out." - hacksalot03, California Local Golf Advisor

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