Massachusetts - The Country Club in Brookline, MA. I've been fortunate enough to play it a couple of times.
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Montana has a few good ones ...
The first two are private, but if your lucky (like me) and know a member you can get on every once in a while. Very challenging, but beautiful courses.
So many 'best' courses in my area...few of my favs:
Thundering Waters (John Daly)
My personal fav course is 20 minutes away, on the USA side of my area/zip. Hickory Stick
Having played Cowboys I'd agree it's not the best or even close for that matter. Paying for the name and the inclusive food drinks makes it a nice day for sure. As far as price, it's way too far up there for just the course, I'd much rather play Tangleridge at 1/3 the price. I've not yet played Grapevine, but everyone I've met who has played both says Grapevine is nicer.
My fave metro Denver courses probably aren't the most popular in the area but who knows. I spend more time at Hyland Hills and The Ranch CC than any of the others. The one I absolutely abhor in the area is Colorado National. Suckiest greens I've ever had the displeasure of putting on.
Private: Lakewood CC and The Ranch CC
Public: Indian Peaks, Mariana Butte, Fossil Trace, The Dunes
I'll narrow it down to a < 30 minute drive and say Willow Metropark or Lake Erie Metropark for me. Those courses are beautiful, well maintained, and challenging but do-able.
The nicest course I have been to is the Golden Fox at Fox Hills, but that's a Father's day or Easter course... it's pretty expensive.
It's hard to choose... of the courses I can play (public) we have.
PGA West (Stadium, Nicklaus Tournament, Norman)
La Quinta Resort (Dunes and Mountain)
Westin Mission HIlls (Player and Dye)
Indian Wells Golf Resort (Players and Celebrity)
Desert Springs Marriott (Valley and Palms)
Marriott Shadow Ridge
Desert Willow (Firecliff and Mountain)
Right there are 16 absolutely amazing courses. If I had to choose right now, the Mountain course at LQ Resort would be my choice. There is a stretch of 4 holes back up against the mountain that is absolutely beautiful! I did play the Jack Tournament course at PGA West for the first time the other day, and it too was great. Beyond the ones I named there, there are other great course around here that fall maybe just a bit short of those (Terra Lago, Heritage Palms, Indian Springs, Golf Club at La Quinta, Indian Canyons, Cimmaron Golf Resort, etc.)
If you want to start talking about private courses, there are some amazing ones here as well...
Citrus Club (part of LQ resort)
PGA West (Nicklaus, Palmer, and Weiskopf)
That's just a few, I know that there are many more I'm not thinking of.
And that's just in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area)... as far as best in the state, obviously we have Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, Riviera, Olympic, etc.
In Florida, I think the consensus is that Seminole in North Palm Beach and TPC Sawgrass are the best. Seminole usually ranks in the Top 10 Nationwide.
There are tons of other really good courses, including a very high concentration of them in the Naples area in Southwest Florida.
I have to agree with this 2008 post for Seminole. It's an incredible slice of heaven on the Atlantic.
That's false. I play Baltusrol at least once a year.
In New Mexico we have a growing number of great golf courses, and not a one of them with cost you anywhere near $100! Here are some of the best in order of my preference.
Very nice golf course in the Sandia Mountains is in the top 100 you can play. They have 27 holes, but the original 18 are by far the best. In fact the last 9 is really a bummer when they make you play it instead of the other 18. You can get on during the week for less than $50
Right outside Albuquerque, it is a perfectly maintained golf course because it is owned by the Indian Casino. You can play it during the week for $50
This course has hosted the PGA Professionals National Championship on two occasions. It is a really good course but is the most expensive around.
Pretty cool golf course except they have way too many blind shots and I think its too hard for the average duffer IMHO. The blind tee shots all have a pole to aim at to show the way, except if you hit the ball more than 280 you find those poles don't work and you end up through the dogleg and out in the desert! It is a little expensive for where it is located.
This is a muni and is pretty stinking cheap. Its not always in perfect shape but its a great layout. It has a nine hole par 3 course along with it that is really cool.