5 Best States to Play Public Golf Courses in the USA


5 Best States to Play Public Golf Courses in the USA
A few weeks ago, Golf Digest released their list of Top 100 Public Golf Courses in the United States. It was a great list of useful information, but what I really wanted to do was start prioritizing which courses I could realistically play first to start checking them off my golfing bucket list.
I basically took the list and counted all the courses per state, so I thought I’d just share what I found with you all and see if it’s any help at all. Let us know in the comments what you think of these great golf states and if there are any up and comers we should look out for.
Let’s get started:
North Carolina

North Carolina offers more than 400 golf courses that feature the beauty of majestic mountains, rolling hills and beautiful ocean views. With temperatures that allow for year round golf, you can see why there are so many great courses in the area and with around 25 of the courses ranked 4+ star by Golf Digest, it’s no wonder North Carolina is one of the top 5 states to play a round of golf in.
A total of 7 courses cracked the Top 100 list and North Carolina was felt like an absolute lock due to the rich history of golf courses around the area. Of course, you have Pinehurst Resort dominating, but there are newcomers like the Linville Golf Club continuing the tradition of amazing golf courses in the Carolinas.
7th Overall – Pinehurst Resort No. 2
30th Overall – Dormie C.
44th Overall – Pinehurst Resort No. 4
47th Overall – Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
57th Overall – Pinehust Resort No. 8
87th Overall – Tobacco Road Golf Club
88th Overall – Linville Golf Club

Being on the pacific coast definitely has it’s advantages and when you combine that with the lush foliage of the pacific northwest, you are going to get what the state of Oregon is bringing to the world of golf. Another great advantage of it’s location, Oregon also can provide year round golf, closer to the southern section of the state.
Some have even dubbed Oregon has the Irish Coast of America because of the great environment for golf.
With Bandon Dunes leading the way and courses in the state being designed by Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, Oregon looks to continue to be one of the top golfing destinations for any major golf trip you plan.
3rd Overall – Pacific Dunes
6th Overall – Bandon Dunes
12th Overall – Old MacDonald
16th Overall – Bandon Trails
28th Overall – Pronghorn Club
49th Overall – Crosswater
63rd Overall – Pumpkin Ridge
66th – Tetherow Golf Club