10 of America’s Greatest Golf Courses

There are so many impressive golf courses out there it’s hard to keep up. That’s why we have lists! If you’re looking to make a pilgrimage to the most impressive courses across the country, these are a good place to start.

  1. Cypress Point – located on the Monterey Peninsula, on the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, this is on most lists as one of the top 5 courses in the world. A glamorous masterpiece with a unique architectural landscape, it was once referred to as the Sistine Chapel of golf by former USGA president Sandy Tatum.
  2. Pine Valley – located in Clementon, New Jersey, this course is often listed as 2nd in the world. Built by Philadelphian hotelier, George Crump in 1919, it is known for being an extremely challenging course, even for the top players of the game. With a breathtaking landscape, it’s been equated with impressive landmarks such as Versailles or Fontainebleau.
  3. Augusta National – located in Augusta, Georgia, this one is well known for being home to the Masters Tournament. It is one of the most exclusive clubs in the entire world, and came to fruition thanks to Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie. There are currently talks of lengthening the famous par-5 13th.
  4. Shinnecock Hills – located within the majestic rolling hills of Southampton, New York, its rolling terrain, and thick reed-like grass that borders its fairways makes it one of the most competitive courses in the world. Generally known as one of the earliest links in America, it has been remodeled a couple of times, but is still known for its historical feel. It will host both 2018 and 2026 U.S. Opens.
  5. Merion – Merion (East), located in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, is considered by most to be the best course on the tightest acreage in the country. Its twisting fairways, and OB stakes are part of what make up its impressive design and complex greens. Many have claimed that its final five holes are the finest in the game.
  6. Pebble Beach – Pebble Beach Golf Links is both an impressive and extensive meeting of land and sea on the Pacific surf. Located in Pebble Beach, California, it’s a favorite of Jack Nicklaus, who has said, “If I only had one more round to play, I would choose to play [it here].” It recently went through a redesign of its challenging 14th green.
  7. Crystal Downs – comfortably hedged between Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake in Frankfort, Michigan, it was designed by Alister MacKenzie, who apparently was on his way back to the UK when he was talked into a trip there. The course is set on an impressive 100-foot-high sand-ridge, and has winding fairways with doglegged greens.
  8. Fishers Island – This New York club is set on a small, romantic island. Founded in 1927 by Seth Raynor, its greens are protected by bunkers, and also have a brutal rough. It is by far not the easiest course on this list, but a very rewarding one.
  9. Chicago – Chicago Golf Club is widely thought to be America’s first 18-hole course. Located in Wheaton, Illinois, it is easily one of the most exclusive golf properties in the country. It was founded in 1892, and was designed by possibly the most famous golf course architect in history, Charles Blair Macdonald. It was also the first club outside of the Northeast to host the US Open, and the first club to feature bent grass greens.
  10. Riviera – set within the illustrious Pacific Palisades of California, it is the home of many celebrity golfers, which is not surprise considering its location. Stars like Dean Martin and Gregory Peck have been known to golf there. It is also known for its second-to-none architecture, and lack of weaknesses, especially considering it’s challenging terrain.

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