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.


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.

We’ve also provided an interactive map that allows you to quickly view course location and ranking.



  • California, Oregon and Nevada each have three courses in the top 10.
  • Utah/Idaho each have one course.
  • With 11 courses generating a total score of 97.6 or higher, the West Region is second to only the Southeast Region in average ranking.

TOP 10

T-8. Circling Raven Golf Club (97.6)


T-8. Sand Hollow Resort | Championship (97.6)


T-8. Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort | Snow Mountain (97.6)


T-8. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort | Old Macdonald (97.6)


7. Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort | Wolf (98.2)


6. Pasatiempo Golf Club (98.7)


5. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort | Pacific Dunes (98.8)


4. Pebble Beach Golf Links (98.8)


3. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort | Bandon Dunes (99.1)


2. Edgewood Tahoe Resort Golf (99.2)


1. Spyglass Hill Golf Course (99.8)


Have you played any of these courses? Let us know in the comments below.