Top U.S. Golf Courses by Region

Fundamentally, ranking golf courses is a subjective exercise. Better players often prefer more challenging layouts. Less skilled golfers might appreciate wider fairways with fewer forced carries.

That said, the validity of any individual review isn’t tied to whether that golfer has a degree in golf course architecture or a preference for certain types of grasses.

If you’re a golfer, your opinion matters.

To build our list of the best golf destinations, we turned to TheGrint and to real golfers just like you.

ABOUT THEGRINT’S RANKINGS

To generate our rankings, we leveraged data from TheGrint, a golf handicap and stat-tracking service that also allows golfers to rate the courses they play. Think of it as something similar to Yelp for golf courses.

Here are the pertinent details:

  • Ranking derived from more than 300,000 golf course reviews from golfers just like you.
  • Only reviews from the previous year (2020) are used.
  • Only considered courses with a minimum of 50 reviews.
  • Golfers considered course conditions and overall experience as ranking criteria.

Based on reader feedback, we took the data for all courses in the United States and broke it down by region. Over the next several weeks, we’ll work our way from the Pacific Coast Highway to the Eastern Seaboard.

BEST COURSES IN THE MIDWEST

Observations

  • Wisconsin has six courses ranked in the top 10.
  • The top five courses are all in Wisconsin.
  • Resort/destination courses continue to rank highly across all regions.

TOP 10

10. The Wilderness at Fortune Bay | Wilderness (97.5)

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Wilderness

10. Deacons Lodge Golf Course (97.5)

Deacons Lodge

10. Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex | Kampen Course (97.5)

Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, Kampen

9. TPC at Deere Run (97.9)

TPC at Deere Run

8. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club | Arcadia Bluffs (98.3)

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, Arcadia Bluffs

7. Whistling Straits Golf Course | Irish Course (98.3)

Whistling Straits Golf Course, Irish

6. The Quarry at Giants Ridge | The Quarry (98.4)

The Quarry at Giants Ridge

5. Sand Valley Golf Resort | Sand Valley (98.6)

Sand Valley Golf Resort, Sand Valley

 

4. Sand Valley Golf Resort | Mammoth Dunes (98.6)

Sand Valley Golf Resort, Mammoth Dunes

3. Whistling Straits Golf Course | Straits Course (99.1)

Whistling Straits Golf Course, Straits

2. Erin Hills (99.4)

Erin Hills

1. Blackwolf Run Golf Course | River (99.4)

Blackwolf Run Golf Course, River Course

Looking for more courses to check out? Here’s a list of the top 50 public courses in the United States, according to TheGrint.