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Top 50 Most Popular Places to Play Golf in the U.S.
Thinking about traveling to play somewhere different? The cities below have a ton of courses for you to choose from with more courses than any of the other cities in the U.S.
If you see one nearby, a weekend trip may be just what is needed to liven up your game if your local courses are feeling a bit boring. For the more adventurous, consider combining
a golf outing with your next family vacation.
|#1 Naples, FL|
#2 Houston, TX
#3 Fort Myers, FL
#4 San Antonio, TX
#5 Cincinnati, OH
#6 Las Vegas, NV
#7 Scottsdale, AZ
#8 Indianapolis, IN
#9 Tucson, AZ
#10 Palm Desert, CA
|#11 Omaha, NE|
#12 Orlando, FL
#13 Louisville, KY
#14 Boca Raton, FL
#15 Bradenton, FL
#16 Charlotte, NC
#17 Phoenix, AZ
#18 Austin, TX
#19 Mesa, AZ
#20 Jacksonville, FL
|#21 Sarasota, FL|
#22 Fort Worth, TX
#23 Myrtle Beach, SC
#24 San Diego, CA
#25 Honolulu, HI
#26 Dallas, TX
#27 Fort Wayne, IN
#28 St Louis, MO
#29 Tampa, FL
#30 Hilton Head Island, SC
|#31 Ocala, FL|
#32 Atlanta, GA
#33 Birmingham, AL
#34 Denver, CO
#35 Virginia Beach, VA
#36 Bonita Springs, FL
#37 Oklahoma City, OK
#38 West Palm Beach, FL
#39 Vero Beach, FL
#40 Delray Beach, FL
|#41 Lakeland, FL|
#42 Salt Lake City, UT
#43 Lincoln, NE
#44 Colorado Springs, CO
#45 Portland, OR
#46 Bluffton, SC
#47 Aurora, CO
#48 Baton Rouge, LA
#49 Wichita, KS
#50 Memphis, TN
Top 25 Golf Course Architects
As you can imagine, there are nearly as many golf course designers as there are golf courses. A few stand out as having designed the most courses across the country. If you are
interested at playing at a course designed by a popular architect, see if one of these designers helped create a course in your area.
Types of Golf Courses
The golf course directory includes 17,035 golf courses from all 50 states in the U.S. including 59,191 tees. Most of the tees (87%) on golf courses allow you to play a typical 18 hole round. However, the remaining 13% show that playing a round of only 9 holes is still quite popular.
If golf was ever considered a "man's" sport, it isn't any longer. The USGA rates nearly as many tees for women as it does for men. The only real physical advantage men have over ladies in golf is power for distance. Most courses will have a tee box closer to the hole for women which evens the playing field. So, ladies, get out there and show them how it's done!
If you are just getting started playing in a new area or just started playing golf, you should be able to try out some nearby courses without paying membership fees because 74% of courses have an open guest policy. Some courses try to be more exclusive so you might need an invitation from friend that is already a member if you want to give some courses a try. When considering membership, remember that many courses might belong to some type of country club that offers many more amenities than the golf course. Browse the golf course directory to a city near you to find all nearby courses so you can consider all of your options before becoming a member of a new golf course.
9 Holes vs 18 Holes
Tees with USGA Rating by Gender
Types of Courses
Golf Course Guest Policy
Explanation of Types
- Public courses allow anyone to come and play.
- Private courses tyically require a membership in order to play without being a guest of a member.
- Semi-private courses may be only open to the public on certain days or seasons. They generally provide benefits to members such as preferred tee times, locker rooms, restaurant access, full range access, etc. Membership may require a fee or a residence near the course.
- Municipal courses are city owned and vary greatly in quality.
- Resort courses are typically for vacation. They are usually open to the public.
- With a Member
- Non-members must be accompanied by a member when playing.
- Anyone can come to play.
- Allows members from other private courses to play as a guest without becoming a member.
Golf Course Ratings
The USGA rates courses according to difficulty. If you are wondering whether a course is "easy" or "hard", the course rating is the first number to look for. It should be a number close to par for the course. You can compare the course rating with the chart below to get an idea if that tee is more or less difficult than most tees in the U.S.
The second number to look for is the slope of the course. The slope of the course help's bogey golfers by showing how much more the course difficulty affects bogey golfers as oppose to scratch golfers.
To get a complete understanding, see our full explanation of golf course rating and slope. The rating and slope information is most commonly used to calculate golf handicaps. You may also find the guide to understanding golf handicaps useful.
Distribution of USGA Ratings for Men's Tees
Distribution of USGA Slope for Men's Tees
Golf Course Yardages and Par
You've probably noticed that longer holes usually have a higher par. If you want to be more precise when you say a "long par 4" the charts below should help you. While some coureses may have a par 6 or other unusual holes, we stuck with the basics to give you the most accurate data.