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Golf Courses in the United States

16,355 golf courses

The US is the modern heartland of golf, with a rich history, some of the finest courses in the world and some 25 million players, around 8% of the total population. It is unclear precisely when Europeans brought the game here, but the first confirmed game was an 1888 exhibition played on three holes in Yonkers, NY, and the first club was founded before year's end, the Saint Andrew's Golf Club, which remains open to this day. By a quarter century later, the United States Golf Association had been established to coordinate activities among the nation's then 200-plus clubs, and over a thousand had been built by the time of the Great Depression. Growth resumed after World War II, with some 6000 clubs associated with the USGA in 1980. The number of courses peaked in the late 2000s and is now around 15,000, or some 45% of the world's total.

Growth in the game correlated with the development of tournament play. Of the four majors, three are played in the US: Augusta National hosts the Masters every year, while the PGA Championship and US Open move from venue to venue. Every major has its own history, and is overseen by its own organization. The Ryder Cup, a competition staged every two years that pits a European team against one from the US, has been held in the US quadrennially beginning in 1927, during which time it has grown to one of the top sporting events, with an estimated billion viewers, on the par with the NFL's Super Bowl, FIFA's World Cup and the Tour de France. Team USA holds the all-time lead, 25-13-2.

The US is home to as many of the best courses in the world as all other countries combined. From the aforementioned Augusta to Pebble Beach to Bandon Dunes, it is difficult to overestimate the number and quality of fantastic golf experiences to be had here. From the coasts to the mountains to the deserts, there is golf for every taste, skill level and season. Golfers can play every day for weeks in just South Carolina or Florida or California and not exhaust the possibilities.

States in the United States

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Florida
1,092 courses
1,092 courses
Top 100 courses
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California
940 courses
940 courses
Top 50 courses
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Michigan
865 courses
865 courses
Top 37 courses
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Texas
854 courses
854 courses
Top 15 courses
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New York
852 courses
852 courses
Top 49 courses
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Ohio
795 courses
795 courses
Top 41 courses
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Pennsylvania
724 courses
724 courses
Top 17 courses
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Illinois
685 courses
685 courses
Top 41 courses
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Top golf destinations in the United States

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Scottsdale
55 golf courses
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Los Angeles
25 golf courses
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Chicago
18 golf courses
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Palm Springs
13 golf courses
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Miami
12 golf courses
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Monterey Peninsula
11 golf courses
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San Francisco
11 golf courses
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The Hamptons
10 golf courses
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Top 100 golf courses in the United States

The All Square ranking of the best golf courses in the United States

#1
Overview of golf course named Pine Valley Golf Club

Pine Valley Golf Club

Clementon, United States
5.0
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#2
Overview of golf course named Cypress Point Club

Cypress Point Club

Pebble Beach, United States
4.9
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#3
Overview of golf course named Augusta National Golf Club

Augusta National Golf Club

Augusta, United States
5.0
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#4
Overview of golf course named Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Southampton, United States
5.0
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#5
Overview of golf course named National Golf Links of America

National Golf Links of America

Southampton, United States
5.0
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#6
Overview of golf course named Sand Hills Golf Club

Sand Hills Golf Club

Mullen, United States
5.0
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#7
Overview of golf course named Oakmont CC

Oakmont CC

Oakmont, United States
5.0
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#8
Overview of golf course named Merion Golf Club

Merion Golf Club

Ardmore, United States
5.0
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Explore 16,355 golf courses in the United States

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Overview of golf course named Championsgate - International Course

Championsgate - International Course

Orlando, United States
4.8
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Overview of golf course named TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course

TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course

Ponte Vedra Beach, United States
4.9
Fabulous16 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, United States
4.7
Fabulous20 Reviews
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107 played here
Overview of golf course named Championsgate - National Course

Championsgate - National Course

Orlando, United States
4.5
Very good35 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Augusta National Golf Club

Augusta National Golf Club

Augusta, United States
5.0
Fabulous10 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Reunion Resort - Watson Course

Reunion Resort - Watson Course

Reunion, United States
4.9
Fabulous10 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Orange County National

Orange County National

Winter Garden, United States
4.9
Fabulous10 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Streamsong Resort - Red Course

Streamsong Resort - Red Course

Fort Meade, United States
4.9
Fabulous9 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, United States
4.7
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Overview of golf course named Reunion Resort - Watson Course

Reunion Resort - Watson Course

Reunion, United States
4.9
Fabulous10 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Streamsong Resort - Red Course

Streamsong Resort - Red Course

Fort Meade, United States
4.9
Fabulous9 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort

Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort

Bandon, United States
5.0
Fabulous7 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Ocean at Kiawah Island Resort

Ocean at Kiawah Island Resort

Kiawah Island, United States
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Kapalua - Plantation Course

Kapalua - Plantation Course

Lahaina, Maui, United States
4.9
Fabulous7 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named PGA National Golf Club - The Champion

PGA National Golf Club - The Champion

Palm Beach Gardens, United States
4.9
Fabulous7 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Bandon Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort

Bandon Dunes at Bandon Dunes Resort

Bandon, United States
5.0
Fabulous5 Reviews
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US Open Golf Courses

The US Open was first held in 1895 at the Newport Country Club. Since then, it was hosted by some of the best courses in the country. Discover them here.

Overview of golf course named Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, United States
4.7
Fabulous20 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Olympic Club - The Lake

Olympic Club - The Lake

San Francisco, United States
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Black Course at Bethpage State Park Golf

Black Course at Bethpage State Park Golf

Farmingdale, United States
4.8
Fabulous6 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Southampton, United States
5.0
Fabulous4 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Medinah Country Club

Medinah Country Club

Medinah, United States
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Pinehurst No. 2

Pinehurst No. 2

Pinehurst, United States
4.5
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Overview of golf course named Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course

Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course

La Jolla, United States
4.3
Very good7 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Merion Golf Club

Merion Golf Club

Ardmore, United States
5.0
Fabulous2 Reviews
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America's Best Golf Courses for Women

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Overview of golf course named Grande Lakes Orlando at The Ritz-Carlton

Grande Lakes Orlando at The Ritz-Carlton

Orlando, United States
5.0
Fabulous5 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Half Moon Bay, United States
4.6
Fabulous5 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Whistling Straits

Whistling Straits

Sheboygan, United States
4.4
Very good5 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Pinehurst No. 4

Pinehurst No. 4

Pinehurst, United States
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Grand Cypress

Grand Cypress

Orlando, United States
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Grand Cypress - New Course

Grand Cypress - New Course

Orlando, United States
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Celebration Golf Club

Celebration Golf Club

Celebration, United States
4.7
Fabulous3 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Desert Willow Golf Resort

Desert Willow Golf Resort

Palm Desert, United States
4.3
Very good4 Reviews
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Top US Public Golf Courses

Golf Digest has ranked the Top 100 public courses in the US. How many have you played?

Overview of golf course named TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course

TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course

Ponte Vedra Beach, United States
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, United States
4.7
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107 played here
Overview of golf course named Streamsong Resort - Red Course

Streamsong Resort - Red Course

Fort Meade, United States
4.9
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Overview of golf course named Ocean at Kiawah Island Resort

Ocean at Kiawah Island Resort

Kiawah Island, United States
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Kapalua - Plantation Course

Kapalua - Plantation Course

Lahaina, Maui, United States
4.9
Fabulous7 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Streamsong Resort - Blue Course

Streamsong Resort - Blue Course

Fort Meade, United States
4.8
Fabulous6 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Spyglass Hill Golf Course

Spyglass Hill Golf Course

Pebble Beach, United States
4.8
Fabulous6 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named The Links at Spanish Bay

The Links at Spanish Bay

Pebble Beach, United States
4.8
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PGA Championship Golf Courses

Unearth the long line of courses dating back to 1916 that have had the honour of hosting The PGA Championship.

Overview of golf course named Ocean at Kiawah Island Resort

Ocean at Kiawah Island Resort

Kiawah Island, United States
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Riviera Country Club

Riviera Country Club

Pacific Palisades, United States
4.8
Fabulous6 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Medinah Country Club

Medinah Country Club

Medinah, United States
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Whistling Straits

Whistling Straits

Sheboygan, United States
4.4
Very good5 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Baltusrol Golf Club - The Lower

Baltusrol Golf Club - The Lower

Springfield, United States
4.7
Fabulous3 Reviews
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Overview of golf course named Shoal Creek Golf Club

Shoal Creek Golf Club

Birmingham, United States
5.0
Fabulous1 Review
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Overview of golf course named Winged Foot Golf Club - West Course

Winged Foot Golf Club - West Course

White Plains, United States
5.0
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Overview of golf course named Oakland Hills Country Club

Oakland Hills Country Club

Bloomfield Hills, United States
5.0
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