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Go here: https://golfweek.com/2017/12/05/golfweeks-best/

Step 2
Click your state.

Step 3
Copy and paste the list here, if nobody else has yet done your state.

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Post your opinion about whether they got the list right, so far as you know (we won't all have played every course).


For Pennsylvania

  1. Nemacolin Woodlands (Mystic Rock), Farmington (m)
  2. Omni Bedford Springs (Old Course), Bedford (c)
  3. Olde Stonewall, Ellwood City (m)
  4. Golf Course at Glen Mills, Glen Mills (m)
  5. Nemacolin Woodlands (Shepherd’s Rock), Farmington (m) *
  6. Hershey CC (West), Hershey (c)
  7. Inniscrone, Avondale (m)
  8. Wyncote, Oxford (m)
  9. Toftrees Golf Resort, State College (m)
  10. Berkleigh, Kutztown (c)
    * = new to list

I wouldn't put Olde Stonewall as high on the list as this. I have been to 1 and 2, and I might switch the order, but okay. I'd put Hershey higher. I haven't played 4, 5, or 7, 8, or 10. So no comment there. Kinda surprised Toftrees is as high as it is.

I'd really be interested to see 11-20, as I wonder if something like Cranberry Highlands, Whispering Woods, Totteridge, etc. make the list in that block. 

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MASSACHUSETTS

1. Cape Cod National, Brewster (m)
2. Miacomet, Nantucket (m) 
3. Franklin Park GC, Boston (c) 
4. Crumpin-Fox, Bernardston (m) 
5. Farm’s Neck, Martha’s Vineyard (m) 
6. The Ranch CC, Southwick (m) 
7. Pinehills (Jack Nicklaus), Plymouth (m) 
8. Red Tail, Devens (m) 
9. George Wright Municipal GC, Boston (c) 
10. Pinehills (Rees Jones), Plymouth (m)

I’ve only played Red Tail, and it is a really nice course. I cannot believe the two Boston courses are chosen. I have not played Franklin Park, but I’ve heard it is just a standard muni. I’ve heard rave reviews about Pinehills, but it is a hike from where I live. Crumpin-Fox is the sister course to Fox Hopyard, which @nevets88, @billchao and @jamo played last year, which was really nice. A friend of mine has played it and he loved it.

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Ohio

1. Manakiki, Willoughby (c) 
2. Fowler’s Mill (Lake & River), Chesterland (m) 
3. The Virtues, Nashport (m) 
4. Boulder Creek, Streetsboro (m) 
5. Sleepy Hollow, Brecksville (c) 
6. Stonelick Hills, Batavia (m) 
7. The Quarry, Canton (m) 
8. Little Mountain, Painesville (m) 
9. Cooks Creek, South Bloomfield (m)
10. EagleSticks, Zanesville (m)
 

I haven't played or even heard of most of these courses. I hear the EagleSticks is very nice. Sadly, I am more familiar with the Florida list. 

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New Jersey 

1. Atlantic City CC, Northfield (c) 
2. Crystal Springs Resort (Ballyowen), Hamburg (m) 
3. Twisted Dune, Egg Harbor Township (m) 
4. Neshanic Valley, Neshanic Station (m) 
5. Shore Gate, Ocean View (m) 
6. Architects GC, Lopatcong (m) 
7. Stockton Seaview (Bay), Absecon (c) 
8. Scotland Run, Williamstown (m) 
9. Knoll (West Course), Boonton (c) 
10. Ballamor, Egg Harbor Township (m) 
11. Heron Glen, Ringoes (m) 
12. Crystal Springs Resort (Wild Turkey), Hardyston (m)
13. Hominy Hill, Colts Neck (m) 
14. Blue Herron Pines Golf Club, Galloway Township (m) *
15. Galloping Hill, Kenilworth (m)
* = new to list 

I haven't played most of these courses but by reputation, the list looks good. ACCC and Heron Glen are definitely on my list of places to play so one of these days I'll head do that. Also planning on playing Ballyowen and Wild Turkey this year.

I used to play at Galloping Hill regularly and it was hard to book a tee time before 12 on the weekends because they sell advanced tee time access that lets people book 14 days out. Five hour rounds were pretty common, too. I don't know if they changed their policies or anything; it's been a few years since I registered for Union County golf courses. I play in Somerset County now so I pay the registered rate for Neshanic and it's a much better course than Galloping Hill.

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CONNECTICUT

Best Courses You Can Play

1. Wintonbury Hills, Bloomfield (m)
2. Keney Park GC, Hartford (c) 
3. Great River GC, Milford (m) 
4. Lake of Isles (North), North Stonington (m) 
5. Hotchkiss GC, Lakeville (c) * 
6. Oxford Greens, Oxford (m) 
7. Fox Hopyard, East Haddam (m) 
8. Mohegan Sun GC, Baltic (m) 
9. Shennecossett CC, Groton (c)
10. Richter Park, Danbury (m) 

I've played Fox Hopyard (as @boogielicious mentioned), Mohegan Sun, and Shennecossett (cc @billchao). Fox Hopyard is excellent - I'm surprised it's not higher up. Mohegan was very meh (it's also a pretty good drive away from the actual Mohegan Sun casino - they just bought a somewhat-nearby golf course and slapped their name on it). Shennecossett is where I play in a men's league, so it's basically my home course. The layout there is mostly excellent, the bunkers suck, some parts of the rough could use a little grooming, and a few greens could be flattened out. But at this time of the year, when they let the fescue grow and it's not too wet and it hasn't baked out, it's a great course. 

I live very close to Lake of Isles but I've never played there. I have been to their driving range though, which is very nice. I'm planning on playing in the CT Public Links this year, which is at Wintonbury Hills. 

I also took a look at the Delaware one. When I was in college, Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club was our home course for the club team, and we got insane deals to play there. Pretty sure it was free or nearly-free range balls and like $20 rounds (and I think the actual club team rounds were free). 

I looked at Rhode Island too, because I live pretty close to there and play there often. I played Meadow Brook for the first time recently - that was a nice course. I want to play Newport National, but it's like $175 or something. I'm surprised Richmond Country Club didn't make it. 

4 hours ago, boogielicious said:

Golfweek’s Best

MASSACHUSETTS

1. Cape Cod National, Brewster (m)
2. Miacomet, Nantucket (m) 
3. Franklin Park GC, Boston (c) 
4. Crumpin-Fox, Bernardston (m) 
5. Farm’s Neck, Martha’s Vineyard (m) 
6. The Ranch CC, Southwick (m) 
7. Pinehills (Jack Nicklaus), Plymouth (m) 
8. Red Tail, Devens (m) 
9. George Wright Municipal GC, Boston (c) 
10. Pinehills (Rees Jones), Plymouth (m)

I’ve only played Red Tail, and it is a really nice course. I cannot believe the two Boston courses are chosen. I have not played Franklin Park, but I’ve heard it is just a standard muni. I’ve heard rave reviews about Pinehills, but it is a hike from where I live. Crumpin-Fox is the sister course to Fox Hopyard, which @nevets88, @billchao and @jamo played last year, which was really nice. A friend of mine has played it and he loved it.

I've played Franklin Park and George Wright, but none of the others (though I'd like to see if I can find time to play Cape Cod National, Crumpin-Fox, Red Tail, and Pinehills this summer).

George Wright is one of my very favorite courses anywhere - I actually took a day trip up to play it last weekend. To me, Franklin Park is in between the George Wright level and more goat-tracky places like Ponkapoag, Leo J. Martin, Robert T. Lynch/Brookline, etc. The people at George Wright have done a great job improving the course over the past decade. If they figure out how to improve the transition between the rough and the wooded areas it would easily be one of the top courses in the state, the layout is that good. The greens, fairways, and bunkers are excellent. That area of the city has really improved recently too. 

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 Now I will have to play George Wright!

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RHODE ISLAND

1. Newport National, Newport (m) 
2. Triggs Memorial, Providence (c) 
3. Meadow Brook, Richmond (m) 
4. North Kingstown GC, North Kingstown (c) 
5. Montaup CC, Portsmouth (c)

 

My other home state: 

Meadow Brook is very nice. Didn’t play there last year, but plan to this year. Newport National is on my bucket list. I haven’t played the others. North Kingstown is right next to Quonset Naval Air Station. I should try that.

Almost all of these are in southern RI too.

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FLORIDA

 

 

Best Courses You Can Play

 

 

1. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach (No. 22 m) 
2. Streamsong (Red), Streamsong (No. 37 m) 
3. Streamsong (Black), Streamsong (No. 38 m)  
4. Streamsong (Blue), Streamsong (No. 56 m)  
5. World Woods (Pine Barrens), Brooksville  
6. Black Diamond Ranch (Quarry), Lecanto (m)  
7. Trump National Doral Miami (The Blue Monster), Doral (m)  
8. Bay Hill Club, Orlando (m)  
9. Innisbrook (Copperhead), Tarpon Springs (m)  
10. Hammock Beach Resort (Ocean Course), Palm Coast (m)  
11. PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens (m) 
12. Camp Creek, Panama City Beach (m)  
13. Turnberry Isle Resort (Soffer), Aventura (m)  
14. Sandestin Resort (Burnt Pine), Destin (m)  
15. Victoria Hills, Deland (m)  
16. Crandon Park GC, Key Biscayne (m)  
17. Mission Inn Resort (El Campeon), Howey-in-the-Hills (c)  
18. Hammock Beach Resort (Conservatory), Palm Coast (m) 
19. Black Diamond Ranch (Ranch), Lecanto (m) 
20. Trump National Doral Miami (Gold), Doral (m) 
21. World Woods (Rolling Oaks), Brooksville (m)  
22. PGA Golf Club (Dye), Port St. Lucie (m)  
23. Turnberry Isle Resort (Miller), Aventura (m)  
24. PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker), Port St. Lucie (m)  
25. Capital City CC, Tallahassee (c)  
26. Orange County National (Panther Lake) Orlando (m)  
27. Winter Park Municipal GC, Winter Park (c) * 
28. The Breakers (Rees Jones Course), West Palm Beach (m) 
29. Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande (c) 
30. Reunion Resort (Watson Course), Reunion (m)  
*= new to list

(m): modern
(c): classic

Pretty damn extensive list I’d say. I’ve only played #26 OCN. I’m sure @David in FL has a better analysis. 

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MICHIGAN

Best Courses You Can Play

1. Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia (No, 44 m) 
2. Greywalls at Marquette GC, Marquette (No. 84 m) 
3. Forest Dunes (The Loop – Red & Black), Roscommon (No. 69 m) 
4. Forest Dunes (Weiskopf Course), Roscommon (m)
5. Gull Lake View Resort (Stoatin Brae), Augusta (m) 
6. Belvedere, Charlevoix (c)
7. Eagle Eye, Bath (m) 
8. LochenHeath, Williamsburg (m) 
9. Tullymore Golf Resort (Tullymore), Stanwood (m) 
10. Island Resort and Casino (Sweetgrass), Harris (m) 
11. University of Michigan GC, Ann Arbor (c) 
12. Treetops (Signature), Gaylord (m)
13. Pilgrim’s Run, Pierson (m) 
14. TimberStone, Iron Mountain (m) 
15. Hidden River Golf & Casting Club, Brutus (m)
16. Bay Harbor Golf Club (Links/Quarry), Bay Harbor (m) 
17. Orchards, Washington (m) 
18. Lakewood Shores Resort (Gailes), Oscoda (m) 
19. Diamond Springs GC, Hamilton (m) 
20. Black Lake, Onaway (m) 

(m): modern
(c): classic

Best Resort Courses

Forest Dunes – The Loop (Red & Black), Roscommon
Forest Dunes (Weiskopf Course), Roscommon
TimberStone, Iron Mountain
Treetops (Signature), Gaylord
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club, Brutus
Bay Harbor GC (Links/Quarry), Bay Harbor
Boyne Highlands (Hills Course), Boyne 
Grand Traverse Resort (Bear), Traverse City

Best Residential Courses

Tullymore, Stanwood (df) 

 

I haven't played many of these courses.    I have played Treetops Signature Course many times but don't think it is one of the top 10 in Michigan.   I really didn't think it was all that.   It has a decent layout but nothing that would bring me back to just play that course.   When we are in Gaylord we play multiple courses which makes it worthwhile.   

I've played the Bear way back in the day and all I remember is that it was so pristine I didn't want to damage the fairways by taking a divot.  

I feel like a near local gem was left off of the list.  Shepherd's Hollow in Clarkston is a can't miss for anyone that is in the area.  

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11 hours ago, CarlSpackler said:

Ohio

1. Manakiki, Willoughby (c) 
2. Fowler’s Mill (Lake & River), Chesterland (m) 
3. The Virtues, Nashport (m) 
4. Boulder Creek, Streetsboro (m) 
5. Sleepy Hollow, Brecksville (c) 
6. Stonelick Hills, Batavia (m) 
7. The Quarry, Canton (m) 
8. Little Mountain, Painesville (m) 
9. Cooks Creek, South Bloomfield (m)
10. EagleSticks, Zanesville (m)
 

I haven't played or even heard of most of these courses. I hear the EagleSticks is very nice. Sadly, I am more familiar with the Florida list. 

I have played 1,2,4,5,and 10. Manakiki is a classic old Donald Ross track. Fowler's Mill is a Pete Dye design that enjoys country club conditioning. Boulder Creek was going to be a housing development until an additional parcel of land became available, and the owner designed his own course. He did a great job! Sleepy Hollow is a classic old course and damned hard! EagleSticks has so much mounding around the greens that if you miss by even a little bit, you can wind up a mile from the green! We plan to play 2 and 4 again this summer, and Little Mountain (8) if it hasn't finally gone private. I've been there to visit and it looks spectacular. A Hurdzan/Fry design. In fact, none of the courses I've played here could be called easy! 

I'm surprised there were no resort listing for Ohio. The only one I'm really aware of is Quail Hollow in Concord, east of Cleveland. But, I thought there was another one at King's Island outside Cincinnati. Quail Hollow offers two courses, the original Devlin/Von Hagge design, and the more recent Weiskopf/Morrish course. Both excellent tracks, but I guess Ohio isn't considered a resort destination.

 

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A quick 30,000 foot view. I'm a rater with GW. Not every course is ratable. Only the top 1000 per se...And to get 1000 they take 2000. As there are 16,500 courses in US that points to about 12%. The focal point is architecture. The guy that ran GW rating up to 2018 lived next door to Wintonbury. Maybe it got a little bump from that.....I lived in CT 35 years and lists are banter for discussion. Yale is accessible yet isn't considered on you can play list....My top 10 of CT would be Yale, Great River, Fox Hopyard, Keney, Wintonbury, Lake Isles, Shennie, CT Nat, Mohegan, Richter Park. Many times the situation is that not enough raters have been to a course for it to be included. Alternatively as only 12% are ratable...many decent places are not rated. And the ratable hurdle excludes both public and private...Conditioning is small part to rating...My guess is best determinant is two weeks after playing...How many holes do you remember. And kinda like your handicap...Once it is established....It's kinda tough to move it dramatically.

I lived in FL for 8 years at PGA Village. Have played 25 of the 30 shown. And my list would be almost identical to the FL list shown. 

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6 hours ago, Vinsk said:

FLORIDA

 

 

Best Courses You Can Play

 

 

1. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach (No. 22 m) 
2. Streamsong (Red), Streamsong (No. 37 m) 
3. Streamsong (Black), Streamsong (No. 38 m)  
4. Streamsong (Blue), Streamsong (No. 56 m)  
5. World Woods (Pine Barrens), Brooksville  
6. Black Diamond Ranch (Quarry), Lecanto (m)  
7. Trump National Doral Miami (The Blue Monster), Doral (m)  
8. Bay Hill Club, Orlando (m)  
9. Innisbrook (Copperhead), Tarpon Springs (m)  
10. Hammock Beach Resort (Ocean Course), Palm Coast (m)  
11. PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens (m) 
12. Camp Creek, Panama City Beach (m)  
13. Turnberry Isle Resort (Soffer), Aventura (m)  
14. Sandestin Resort (Burnt Pine), Destin (m)  
15. Victoria Hills, Deland (m)  
16. Crandon Park GC, Key Biscayne (m)  
17. Mission Inn Resort (El Campeon), Howey-in-the-Hills (c)  
18. Hammock Beach Resort (Conservatory), Palm Coast (m) 
19. Black Diamond Ranch (Ranch), Lecanto (m) 
20. Trump National Doral Miami (Gold), Doral (m) 
21. World Woods (Rolling Oaks), Brooksville (m)  
22. PGA Golf Club (Dye), Port St. Lucie (m)  
23. Turnberry Isle Resort (Miller), Aventura (m)  
24. PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker), Port St. Lucie (m)  
25. Capital City CC, Tallahassee (c)  
26. Orange County National (Panther Lake) Orlando (m)  
27. Winter Park Municipal GC, Winter Park (c) * 
28. The Breakers (Rees Jones Course), West Palm Beach (m) 
29. Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande (c) 
30. Reunion Resort (Watson Course), Reunion (m)  
*= new to list

(m): modern
(c): classic

Pretty damn extensive list I’d say. I’ve only played #26 OCN. I’m sure @David in FL has a better analysis. 

I could argue for some changes in the rankings, e.g. #18 Conservatory should be much higher and I just don’t think the Doral Blue Monster is all that, but most of the courses are pretty solid...

The only thing that really jumps out at me is that IMO #’s 15 and 27 don’t belong anywhere near a list like this.  Victoria Hills is moderately interesting with silly green contours and has never been in anything better than barely mediocre condition since the day it opened.  Winter Park muni was redone a few years ago and is in decent shape for what it is, but unfortunately, what it is is a silly little, dead flat, 9-hole, 2500 yard snooze fest.

 

 

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13 hours ago, billchao said:

New Jersey 

1. Atlantic City CC, Northfield (c) 
2. Crystal Springs Resort (Ballyowen), Hamburg (m) 
3. Twisted Dune, Egg Harbor Township (m) 
4. Neshanic Valley, Neshanic Station (m) 
5. Shore Gate, Ocean View (m) 
6. Architects GC, Lopatcong (m) 
7. Stockton Seaview (Bay), Absecon (c) 
8. Scotland Run, Williamstown (m) 
9. Knoll (West Course), Boonton (c) 
10. Ballamor, Egg Harbor Township (m) 
11. Heron Glen, Ringoes (m) 
12. Crystal Springs Resort (Wild Turkey), Hardyston (m)
13. Hominy Hill, Colts Neck (m) 
14. Blue Herron Pines Golf Club, Galloway Township (m) *
15. Galloping Hill, Kenilworth (m)
* = new to list 

I haven't played most of these courses but by reputation, the list looks good. ACCC and Heron Glen are definitely on my list of places to play so one of these days I'll head do that. Also planning on playing Ballyowen and Wild Turkey this year.

I used to play at Galloping Hill regularly and it was hard to book a tee time before 12 on the weekends because they sell advanced tee time access that lets people book 14 days out. Five hour rounds were pretty common, too. I don't know if they changed their policies or anything; it's been a few years since I registered for Union County golf courses. I play in Somerset County now so I pay the registered rate for Neshanic and it's a much better course than Galloping Hill.

I have played 13 of 15. Have traveled to AC for 20 years with a group. ACCC is our fave Twisted 2 and Shoregate 3rd Ballamor 4 Scotland 5th in the AC area. Ballyowen is excellent. So the list is very close to spot on in my book.  

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SOUTH CAROLINA

Best Courses You Can Play
1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Ocean Course), Kiawah Island (No. 13 m) 
2. Sea Pines Resort (Harbour Town GL), Hilton Head Island 
3. Montage Palmetto Bluff (May River GC), Bluffton (m)
4. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach (c) 
5. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island (m) 
6. True Blue, Pawleys Island (m)
7. Tidewater GC, North Myrtle Beach (m)
8. Sea Pines Resort (Atlantic Dunes), Hilton Head Island (m) 
9. Legends Golf Resort (Moorland), Myrtle Beach (m) 
10. Heritage Club, Pawleys Island (m) 
11. Sea Pines Resort (Heron Point), Hilton Head Island (m) 
12. TPC Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet (m)
13. Barefoot Resort & Golf (Dye), North Myrtle Beach (m) 
14. King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, Myrtle Beach (m) 
15. Palmetto Dunes (Robert Trent Jones Course), Hilton Head Island (m)

(m): modern
(c): classic

I've played 2,4,7,9,10,12,13,14.

Of those I would put Tidewater ahead of Dunes Club slightly. Also would rate TPC Myrtle Beach ahead of Legends Moorland. Moorland is just a difficult course and I'm not a huge P.B. Dye fan.

I'm surprised Grand Harbor in Ninety Six, SC did not make any list. I played there with @jsgolfer last year and thought it could be worthy of a top 15 somewhere.

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9 hours ago, coachjimsc said:

SOUTH CAROLINA

Best Courses You Can Play
1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Ocean Course), Kiawah Island (No. 13 m) 
2. Sea Pines Resort (Harbour Town GL), Hilton Head Island 
3. Montage Palmetto Bluff (May River GC), Bluffton (m)
4. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach (c) 
5. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island (m) 
6. True Blue, Pawleys Island (m)
7. Tidewater GC, North Myrtle Beach (m)
8. Sea Pines Resort (Atlantic Dunes), Hilton Head Island (m) 
9. Legends Golf Resort (Moorland), Myrtle Beach (m) 
10. Heritage Club, Pawleys Island (m) 
11. Sea Pines Resort (Heron Point), Hilton Head Island (m) 
12. TPC Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet (m)
13. Barefoot Resort & Golf (Dye), North Myrtle Beach (m) 
14. King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, Myrtle Beach (m) 
15. Palmetto Dunes (Robert Trent Jones Course), Hilton Head Island (m)

(m): modern
(c): classic

I've played 2,4,7,9,10,12,13,14.

Of those I would put Tidewater ahead of Dunes Club slightly. Also would rate TPC Myrtle Beach ahead of Legends Moorland. Moorland is just a difficult course and I'm not a huge P.B. Dye fan.

I'm surprised Grand Harbor in Ninety Six, SC did not make any list. I played there with @jsgolfer last year and thought it could be worthy of a top 15 somewhere.

There are 113 courses in SC that are ratable...Grand Harbor isn't one. Ocean Course is one of my all time faves. Best way to play it is go there. Play  one of the cheaper and play Ocean as replay at 1/2 price or less. Of the 15 I've played 9 of them and agree TPC a little higher, Tidewater too a little higher. Barefoot not so sure Dye would be the one I'd include. Love for me. These lists are a compilation of hundreds of raters.....

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Florida

2. Streamsong (Red), Streamsong (No. 37 m)
4. Streamsong (Blue), Streamsong (No. 56 m)

Georgia

1. Sea Island GC (Seaside), St. Simon Island (No. 86 m)
Indiana

1. French Lick Resort (Pete Dye), French Lick (m)
4. The Fort, Indianapolis (m)
5. Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Kampen), East Lafayette (m)
6. Sultan’s Run GC, Jasper (m)
10. Brickyard Crossing, Indianapolis (m)

New Jersey

2. Crystal Springs Resort (Ballyowen), Hamburg (m)
4. Neshanic Valley, Neshanic Station (m)
6. Architects GC, Lopatcong (m)
12. Crystal Springs Resort (Wild Turkey), Hardyston (m)

North Carolina

10. The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville (c)
Tennessee

3. Mirimichi, Millington (m)
Vermont

5. The Golf Club at Equinox, Manchester (c)

Virginia

15. University of Virginia GC (Birdwood), Charlottesville (m)

Washington

2. Chambers Bay, University Place (No. 50 m)

Wisconsin

1. Whistling Straits (Straits), Mosel (No. 7 m)

Haven't played enough courses in any one state to make an assessment but what I can say from the ones I've played is that the ranked courses are real bucket list experiences and the non-ranked courses are lots of fun.  

  • French Lick resort is a bucket list experience to die for
  • Sultan's Run is only course I didn't care for but I was also having a really bad day
  • Brickyard Crossing is fun experience
  • Neshanic Valley doesn't get enough creed - great course
  • Omni Grove Park and Golf Club at Equinox - won't make top 100 lists but two of the most fun courses I have ever played
  • Chambers Bay - maybe best scenery I've experienced.

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Colorado

1. Redlands Mesa, Grand Junction (m)
2. The Broadmoor (East), Colorado Springs (c)
3. Red Sky (Fazio), Wolcott (m)
4. Haymaker, Steamboat Springs (m)
5. CommonGround GC, Aurora (m)
6. The Broadmoor (West), Colorado Springs (c)
7. The Ridge, Castle Pines (m)
8. Red Sky (Norman), Wolcott (m)
9. Lakota Canyon, New Castle (m)
10. Bear Dance GC, Larkspur (m)

I've played 5, 7, and 10. Don't know enough about these courses to really know if this is a good list. I would put Bear Dance above the Ridge at Castle Pines, but I'm not sure I have a great reason for that.

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On 6/1/2019 at 7:29 PM, Buckeyebowman said:

Ohio isn't considered a resort destination.

Unbelievable.

Every once in a while, I got to go to Indiana or Kentucky just to stop from having too much fun.

Nada for Dayton. Another big shocker.

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1. Atlantic City CC, Northfield (c) 
2. Crystal Springs Resort (Ballyowen), Hamburg (m) 
3. Twisted Dune, Egg Harbor Township (m) 
4. Neshanic Valley, Neshanic Station (m) 
5. Shore Gate, Ocean View (m) 
6. Architects GC, Lopatcong (m) 
7. Stockton Seaview (Bay), Absecon (c) 
8. Scotland Run, Williamstown (m) 
9. Knoll (West Course), Boonton (c) 
10. Ballamor, Egg Harbor Township (m) 
11. Heron Glen, Ringoes (m) 
12. Crystal Springs Resort (Wild Turkey), Hardyston (m)
13. Hominy Hill, Colts Neck (m) 
14. Blue Herron Pines Golf Club, Galloway Township (m) *
15. Galloping Hill, Kenilworth (m)
 

I haven't played all of these courses. Neshanic Valley is a great course. So is ACCC. Its kind of like NJ's St Andrews. Just dont want to play it when the wind blows... 

Architects is gimmicky and overrated, IMO. I used to play the majority of my golf at Galloping Hill so i might be jaded, but i dont think thats a good course at all. I feel like the only reason that gets on lists like that is because its attached to the headquarters of the NJSGA and they had a state open there a few years ago. Seaview is alright...Its a resort course. Its short, a little flat and not very challenging from tee to green. But the greens can be a little tricky. I feel the only reason its on that list is because they play a LPGA event there annually. Mighty Galloway National is literally up the road...but you cant play that one unless its for a tourney or something...

Twisted dunes is a links style course and its a experience to play, but it feels artificial and out of place in NJ.

Blue Heron pines, Ballamor, Hominy Hill...meh. 

 

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