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Best Golf Courses in the US

Are you looking to play some of the most breathtaking golf courses?  This is a list of the best golf courses in the United States.

Pine Valley

Pine Valley Golf Course

George Crump designed Pine Valley driven by the core philosophy that “poor shots should be punished.”  The course is often said to be the most difficult in the world.  It’s also notoriously hard to find information about Pine Valley as the club doesn’t even have a website.  The private 18 hole par 70 course is rated at 75.6 and has a slope of 155.  At 7057 yards, this course is one of the more formidable courses that we’ve reviewed in New Jersey. For more information on golf courses in the Northeast, see our review of the best golf courses in the Northeast.

Pine Valley

1 E Atlantic Ave

Clementon, New Jersey 08021

856-783-3000

Sand Hills

Sand Hills Golf Course

Located over five hours away from the nearest major airport in Mullen Nebraska, Sand Hills is an icon of minimalist design.  During its construction, it’s course architects moved only 4,000 cubic yards of dirt and let the weather shape the bunkers.  Sand Hills is a par 71 course designed by renowned course architect Bill Coore.  The 18 hole private course measures 7089 yards.  Originally opened in 1995, the course slope is 130 and is rated 73. For more information on golf courses in the Midwest, see our review of the best golf courses in the Midwest.

Sand Hills

36410 Sand Hills Rd

Mullen, Nebraska 69152

308-546-2237

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach Golf Course

Featuring rocky coastlines and views across Stillwater Cove, Pebble Beach is a par 72 course designed by Jack Neville.  Originally opened in 1919, the 18 hole resort course measures 7075 yards.  Legend has it that Frank Sinatra received a lifetime ban from the course for punching the son-in-law of Pebble Beach founder Samuel Morse.  The course slope is 148 and is rated 75.9.  For more information on golf courses on the West Coast, see our review of the best golf courses on the West Coast.

Pebble Beach

1700 17 Mile Dr

Pebble Beach, California 93953

831-622-8723

Cypress Point

Cypress Point Golf Course

Showcasing seaside cliffs and large coastal dunes, Cypress Point was architected by Alister Mackenzie in 1928.  The private 18 hole par 72 course is rated at 72.1 and has a slope of 140.  At just 6524 yards, this course is one of the more manageable courses we’ve reviewed.  The 8th and 9th hole are said to be the best back-to-back par fours in the country. 

Bing Crosby was a member of Cypress Point and helped make the club famous by including it in his annual Crosby Clambake, a tournament that was attended by every PGA Tour professional as well as every famous entertainer who had even a remote interest in golf.  The tournament, originally started in 1937, was eventually renamed the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 1986. For more information on golf courses on the West Coast, see our review of the best golf courses on the West Coast.

Cypress Point

3150 17 Mile Drive

Pebble Beach, California 93953

831-624-2223

Shinnecock Hills

Shinnecock Hills Golf Course

Nestled in quaint Southampton New York, Shinnecock Hills is the oldest incorporated golf club in the United States.  The par 70 course was architected by William Davis.  The 18 hole private course measures 6940 yards.  Built in 1891, the course slope is 140 and is rated 74.4.  Shinnecock Hills also has the distinction of being the first American golf club to admit female members, which it did from its inception. For more information on golf courses in the Northeast, see our review of the best golf courses in the Northeast.

Shinnecock Hills

200 Tuckahoe Rd

Southampton, New York 11968

631-283-3525

Oakmont

Oakmont Golf Course

There may be no course on earth with more bunkers per hole than Oakmont.  Designed by the father and son team of Henry and William Fownes, their core design philosophy focused on punishing all but the most accurate players.  This is evident from the start of the course, as the 2nd hole is reputed to be one of the nastiest short par fours in the country and the notoriously unforgiving “Church Pew” fairway bunkers on the third hole force all but the most skillful to lay up. 

Oakmont was originally opened in 1903.  The private 18 hole par 71 course is rated at 77.5 and has a slope of 147.  With a length of 7255 yards, this course is one of the longest courses we’ve reviewed in Pennsylvania. For more information on golf courses in the Northeast, see our review of the best golf courses in the Northeast.

Oakmont Country Club

1233 Hulton Rd

Oakmont, Pennsylvania 15139

412-828-8000

Augusta National

Augusta National Golf Course

Augusta National is one of the most iconic clubs on this list.  Originally opened in 1933, the par 72 private 18 hole course was designed by Bobby Jones.  The course has a slope and rating of 148 and 76.2 respectively and comes in at a whopping 7445 yards in length.  Augusta National was once home to Ike’s Tree, a formidable pine tree on the seventeenth fairway.   President Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) is said to have offered a caddy one hundred dollars to cut the tree down as it was the “chief torment and concern of his life.” For more information on golf courses in the South, see our review of the best golf courses in the South.

Augusta National

2604 Washington Rd

Augusta, Georgia 30904

706-667-6000

National Golf Links of America

National Golf Links of America Golf Course

Proving that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, course architect Charles Macdonald designed National Golf Links of America with holes directly replicating holes on famous UK courses such as Royal St George’s, Prestwick, and North Berwick.  Situated in historic Southampton New York, National Golf Links of America is a par 73 private course.  The 18 hole course measures 6873 yards.  Originally opened in 1911, the course slope is 141 and is rated 74.3.  National Golf Links also hosted the first Walker Cup in 1922. For more information on golf courses in the Northeast, see our review of the best golf courses in the Northeast.

National Golf Links of America

16 Sebonac Inlet Rd

Southampton, New York 11968

631-283-0410

Pacific Dunes

Pacific Dunes Golf Course

Featuring stunning coastal cliffs and dunes as high as 50 feet, Pacific Dunes is one of the most picturesque modern golf courses in the United States.  Originally built in 2001, the par 71, 18 hole resort course was built by world-renowned course designer Tom Doak.  The course has a slope and rating of 142 and 73 respectively and comes in at a modest 6633 yards in length. For more information on golf courses on the West Coast, see our review of the best golf courses on the West Coast.

Pacific Dunes

57744 Round Lake Rd

Bandon, Oregon 97411

844-529-8802

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