The Club at Hokuli'a

Kealakekua, Hawaii

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Guru's Top 100 Public Golf Courses

Below is the Gurus list of the top 100 public access golf courses in America that we've played. This list gets updated annually after incorporating new courses played each year. Note that while some clubs have memberships, if the club regularly offers tee times to the public then it qualifies for this list.

Top 10 Public Courses

  1. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Jack Neville and Douglas Grant 1919/H. Chandler Egan 1929, Pebble Beach, CA)
  2. Princeville Resort (Prince) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1990, Kauai, HI)
  3. Pacific Dunes Golf Course (Tom Doak 2001, Bandon, OR)
  4. Chambers Bay Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2007, University Place, WA)
  5. Bandon Dunes Golf Course (David McLay Kidd 1999, Bandon, OR)
  6. Manele Golf Course (Jack Nicklaus 1993, Lanai City, HI)
  7. Kapalua Resort (Plantation) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 1991, Maui, HI)
  8. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course (Warren Henderson and Rick Smith 2000, Arcadia, MI)
  9. Tobacco Road Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Sanford, NC)
  10. Kiawah Island (Ocean) (Pete Dye 1991, Kiawah Island, SC)
12th Hole at Manele Golf Course
12th Hole at Manele Golf Course

Public Courses 11-20

  1. The Prairie Club (Dunes) (Tom Lehman and Chris Brands 2010, Valentine, NE)
  2. Bethpage State Park (Black) (A.W. Tillinghast 1936, Farmingdale, NY)
  3. Whistling Straits (Straits) (Pete Dye 1998, Sheboygan, WI)
  4. Mauna Kea Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1965, Kohala Coast, HI)
  5. Makai Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1971/2010, Princeville, Kauai, HI)
  6. Streamsong Resort (Black) (Gil Hanse 2017, Streamsong, FL)
  7. Streamsong Resort (Red) (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2012, Streamsong, FL)
  8. Shadow Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1989, North Las Vegas, NV)
  9. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club (Ken Dye 2000, Sandia Park, NM)
  10. Erin Hills Golf Course (Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, and Ron Whitten 2006, Hartford, WI)
3rd Hole at Mauna Kea Golf Course
3rd Hole at Mauna Kea Golf Course

Public Courses 21-30

  1. Mammoth Dunes (David McLay Kidd 2018, Nekoosa, WI)
  2. Dormie Club (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2010, West End, NC)
  3. Sand Valley (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 2017, Nekoosa, WI)
  4. Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside) (Sea Island, GA)
  5. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) (Pete Dye 1980, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
  6. The Golf Courses at Lawsonia (Links) (William Langford and Theodore Moreau 1930, Green Lake, WI)
  7. Old Macdonald (Tom Doak/Jim Urbina 2010, Bandon, OR)
  8. Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course (George Fazio 1968, Stateline, NV)
  9. Streamsong Resort (Blue) (Tom Doak 2012, Streamsong, FL)
  10. Poipu Bay Resort (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1991, Koloa, Kauai, HI)
10th Hole at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
10th Hole at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course

Public Courses 31-40

  1. Bandon Trails (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore 2005, Bandon, OR)
  2. Pronghorn Golf Club (Nicklaus) (Jack Nicklaus 2004, Bend, OR)
  3. Spyglass Hill Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1966, Pebble Beach, CA)
  4. Pinehurst Resort No.2 (Donald Ross 1907/Crenshaw&Coore 2010, Pinehurst, NC)
  5. Pasatiempo Golf Club (Alister MacKenzie 1929, Santa Cruz, CA)
  6. Highland course at Primland (Donald Steel 2006, Meadows of Dan, VA)
  7. Wolf Creek Golf Club (Dennis Ryder 2000, Mesquite, NV)
  8. The Quarry at Giants Ridge (Jeffrey Bauer 2003, Biwabik, MN)
  9. Sand Hollow Golf Club (John Fought 2008, Hurricane, UT)
  10. Tidewater Golf Club (Ken Tomlinson 1990, North Myrtle Beach, SC)
16th Hole at Pasatiempo Golf Club
16th Hole at Pasatiempo Golf Club

Public Courses 41-50

  1. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club (Mike Strantz 1994, Pawleys Island, SC)
  2. True Blue Golf Club (Mike Strantz 1998, Pawleys Island, SC)
  3. World Woods (Pine Barrens) (Tom Fazio 1993, Brooksville, FL)
  4. Hokuala Resort (Ocean) (Jack Nicklaus 1988, Lihue, Kauai, HI)
  5. The Wilderness Club (Nick Faldo 2009, Eureka, MT)
  6. Wine Valley Golf Club (Dan Hixson 2009, Walla Walla, WA)
  7. Cascades Golf Course at Omni Homestead Resort (William Flynn 1923, Hot Springs, VA)
  8. Karsten Creek Golf Club (Tom Fazio 1994, Stillwater, OK)
  9. We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro) (Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore 2006, Fort McDowell, AZ)
  10. We-Ko-Pa (Cholla) (Scott Miller 2001, Fort McDowell, AZ)
14th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean)
14th Hole at Hokuala Resort (Ocean)

Public Courses 51-100

  1. Whiskey Creek Golf Club (J. Michael Poellot and Ernie Els 2011, Ijamsville, MD)
  2. Blackwolf Run (River) (Pete Dye 1988, Kohler, WI)
  3. Salish Cliffs Golf Club (Gene Bates 2011, Shelton, WA)
  4. Circling Raven Golf Club (Gene Bates 2003, Worley, ID)
  5. Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club (Jim Engh 2004, New Castle, CO)
  6. Redlands Mesa Golf Club (Jim Engh 2001, Grand Junction, CO)
  7. Silvies Valley Ranch (Hankins) (Dan Hixson 2017, Seneca, OR)
  8. Silvies Valley Ranch (Craddock) (Dan Hixson 2017, Seneca, OR)
  9. Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs (Gary Stephenson/Steve Jones/Byron Nelson 2004, Victor, ID)
  10. Cog Hill Golf and Country Club (Dubsdread) (Dick Wilson 1964, Lemont, IL)
10th Hole at Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs
10th Hole at Headwaters Golf Club at Teton Springs
  1. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1948, remodel 1978/1993, Myrtle Beach, SC)
  2. Bulle Rock (Pete Dye 1998, Havre de Grace, MD)
  3. The Creek at Qualchan (William Robinson 1992, Spokane, WA)
  4. Gamble Sands Golf Course (David McLay Kidd 2014, Brewster, WA)
  5. The Greenbrier (The Old White TPC) (C.B. Macdonald 1914, White Sulpher Springs, WV)
  6. The Links at Spanish Bay (Robert Trent Jones Jr./Sandy Tatum/Tom Watson 1987, Pebble Beach, CA)
  7. Shepherd's Rock Golf Course (Pete Dye 2017, Farmington, PA)
  8. Mystic Rock Golf Course (Pete Dye 1995, Farmington, PA)
  9. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (Jack Nicklaus 2003, Sheboygan Falls, WI)
  10. Hualalai Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1996, Kailua-Kona, HI)
5th Hole at Shepherd Rock at Nemacolin Resort
5th Hole at Shepherd Rock at Nemacolin Resort
  1. Whistling Straits (Irish) (Pete Dye 2000, Sheboygan, WI)
  2. Wailea Resort (Gold) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1994, Kihei, HI)
  3. Wailea Resort (Emerald) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1994, Kihei, HI)
  4. Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead) (Larry Packard 1970, Palm Harbor, FL)
  5. Troon North Golf Club (Pinnacle) (Tom Weiskopf 1996/reroute 2007, Scottsdale, AZ)
  6. Red Sky Golf Club (Norman) (Greg Norman 2003, Wolcott, CO)
  7. Dunes at Maui Lani (Robin Nelson 1999, Maui, HI)
  8. Barefoot Resort (Love) (Davis Lovee III 2000, North Myrtle Beach, SC)
  9. The Gallery Golf Club (South) (John Fought 2003, Marana, AZ)
  10. Hammock Beach Resort (Ocean) (Jack Nicklaus 2000, Palm Coast, FL)
Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort
Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort
  1. Grand National Golf Club (Links) (Robert Trent Jones Jr.1992, Opelika, AL)
  2. The Wilderness at Fortune Bay (Jeffrey Bauer 2004, Tower, MN)
  3. Old Corkscrew Golf Course (Jack Nicklaus 2007, Estero, FL)
  4. TPC Myrtle Beach (Tom Fazio 1999, Murrells Inlet, SC)
  5. Forest Dunes Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf 2002, Roscommon, MI)
  6. Atunyote at Turning Stone Resort (Tom Fazio 2004, Verona, NY)
  7. Black Horse Golf Club (Edwin Carnes 1964/Gene Bates 2008, Seaside, CA)
  8. Pinehurst Resort No.9 (Jack Nicklaus 1989, Pinehurst, NC)
  9. Harbour Town Golf Links (Pete Dye 1969, Hilton Head Island, SC)
  10. The Idaho Club (Jack Nicklaus 2008, Sandpoint, ID)
18th Hole at Harbour Town Golf Links
18th Hole at Harbour Town Golf Links
  1. The Boulders Golf Club (South) (Jay Morrish 1983, Scottsdale, AZ)
  2. Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Ghost Creek) (Bob Cupp 1991, North Plains, OR)
  3. Crosswater Golf Club (Bob Cupp 1995, Sunriver, OR)
  4. Rock Hollow Golf Course (Tim Liddy 1994, Peru, IN)
  5. The Prairie Club (Pines) (Graham Marsh 2010, Valentine, NE)
  6. Gold Mountain Golf Course (Olympic) (John Harbottle 1996, Bremerton, WA)
  7. Cascata Golf Club (Rees Jones 2000, Boulder City, NV)
  8. Kapalua Resort (Bay) (Arnold Palmer 1975, Lahaina, HI)
  9. Twin Warriors Golf Club (Gary Panks 2001, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM)
  10. Falcon Crest Golf Course (Hans Borbonus 2001, Kuna, ID)
12th Hole at Crosswater Golf Club
12th Hole at Crosswater Golf Club

The Next 100

  1. Jug Mountain Ranch (Donald Knott 2004, McCall, ID)
  2. Half Moon Bay (Ocean) (Arthur Hills 1997, Half Moon Bay, CA)
  3. Mauna Lani Golf Course (South) (Robin Nelson 1981, Kohala Coast, HI)
  4. Reflection Bay Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1998, Henderson, NV)
  5. TPC Scottsdale (Stadium) (Tom Weiskopf 1986, Scottsdale, AZ)
  6. Bandon Crossings (Dan Hisxon 2007, Bandon, OR)
  7. Palouse Ridge Golf Club (John Harbottle 2008, Pullman, WA)
  8. TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas (Jay Morrish 1983/D.A. Weibring and STeve Wolford 2009, Irving, TX)
  9. The Broadmoor Golf Club (East) (Donald Ross 1918 and Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1952, Colorado Springs, CO)
  10. Aviara at Four Seasons (Arnold Palmer 1991, Carlsbad, CA)
  11. Barton Creek Resort (Fazio Canyons) (Tom Fazio 1999, Austin, TX)
  12. University of New Mexico (Championship) (Robert 'Red' Lawrence 1967, Albuquerque, NM)
  13. The Course at Wente Vineyards (Greg Norman 1998, Livermore, CA)
  14. CordeValle Golf Club (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1999, San Martin, CA)
  15. Coeur d'Alene Resort (Scott Miller 1991, Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  16. Pine Needles Golf Club (Donald Ross 1928, Southern Pines, NC)
  17. Golden Horseshoe Resort (Gold) (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1963, Williamsburg, VA)
  18. Cape Fear National (Tim Cate 2010, Wilmington, NC)
  19. French Lick Resort (Dye) (Pete Dye 2009, French Lick, IN)
  20. Black Mesa Golf Club (Baxter Spann 2003, Espanola, NM)
  21. Spring Creek Golf Club (Ed Carton 2006, Zion Crossroads, VA)
  22. SunRidge Canyon Golf Club (Keith Foster 1995, Fountain Hils, AZ)
  23. Poppy Hills Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1986, Pebble Beach, CA)
  24. Troon North Golf Club (Monument) (Tom Weiskopf 1990, Scottsdale, AZ)
  25. Pinehurst Resort No.4 (Donald Ross 1919/Tom Fazio 2000, Pinehurst, NC)
  26. Indian Wells Resort (Players) (John Fought 2007, Indian Wells, CA)
  27. Teton Pines Resort (Arnold Palmer 1987, Jackson, WY)
  28. Desert Canyon Golf Resort (Jack Frei 1993, Orondo, WA)
  29. Bear Mountain Resort (Don Barth/Robert Yount 2005, Chelan, WA)
  30. SentryWorld Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1982, Stevens Point, WI)
  31. Thanksgiving Point Golf Club (Johnny Miller 1997, Lehi, UT)
  32. Coyote Springs Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 2008, Coyote Springs, NV)
  33. Old Works Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus 1997, Anaconda, MT)
  34. Grand at Del Mar (Tom Fazio 1999, San Diego, CA)
  35. Red Sky Golf Club (Fazio) (Tom Fazio 2002, Wolcott, CO)
  36. Legends Resort (Heathland) (Tom Doak 1990, Myrtle Beach, SC)
  37. Trump National Golf Links Los Angeles (Donald Trump 2005, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
  38. Puakea Golf Course (Robin Nelson 1997, Lihue, HI)
  39. Tetherow Golf Club (David McLay Kidd 2008, Bend, OR)
  40. Quintero Golf and Country Club (Rees Jones 2000, Peoria, AZ)
  41. Rio Secco Golf Club (Rees Jones 1997, Henderson, NV)
  42. Brickyard Crossing Golf Course (Pete Dye 1993, Indianapolis, IN)
  43. Suncadia Resort (Prospector) (Arnold Palmer 2005, Cle Elum, WA)
  44. Wild Horse Golf Club (Dave Axland and Dan Proctor 1999, Gothenburg, NE)
  45. Shenendoah at Turning Stone Resort (Rick Smith 2000, Verona, NY)
  46. The Classic at Madden's Resort (Scott Hoffman 1996, Brainerd, MN)
  47. Deacon's Lodge at Breezy Point (Arnold Palmer 1999, Breezy Point, MN)
  48. Cherokee Run Country Club (Arnold Palmer 1995, Conyers, GA)
  49. Sun Valley Resort (Trail Creek) (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1980/William P. Bell 1937/George Von Elm 1960, Sun Valley, ID)
  50. Bald Head Island (George Cobb 1974/Tim Cate 2010, Bald Head Island, NC)
  51. Juniper Golf Club (John Harbottle 2004, Redmond, OR)
  52. Conestoga Golf Club (Gary Panks 2010, Mesquite, NV)
  53. Ridge at Castle Pines North (Tom Weiskopf 1997, Castle Rock, CO)
  54. McCormick Woods Golf Course (Jack Frei 1987, Port Orchard, WA)
  55. TPC Harding Park (Willie Watson 1925, San Francisco, CA)
  56. Augusta Pines Golf Club (Dave Relford 2000, Spring, TX)
  57. Rustic Canyon Golf Course (Gil Hanse 2002, Moorpark, CA)
  58. Maui Nui Golf Course (Bill Newis 1987, Kihei, HI)
  59. Valley View Golf Course (William Hull 1974, Layton, UT)
  60. Indian Canyon Golf Course (H. Chandler Egan 1935, Spokane, WA)
  61. Golf Club of Houston (Tournament) (Rees Jones 2005, Humble, TX)
  62. Loomis Trail Golf Course (Graham Cooke 1992, Blaine, WA)
  63. Bali Hai Golf Course (Lee Schmidt and Bill Curley 2000, Las Vegas, NV)
  64. Soldier Hollow Golf Course (Gold) (Gene Bates 2004, Midway, UT)
  65. Arrowhead Country Club (Raymond Floyd 1994, Myrtle Beach, SC)
  66. Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course (Jim Engh 1999, Castle Rock, CO)
  67. Sky Mountain Golf Course (Jeff Hardin 1994, Washington, UT)
  68. The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills (Jeff Osterfeld 2004, Batabia, OH)
  69. Kona Country Club (William P. Bell 1966, Kailua-Kona, HI)
  70. Apple Tree Resort (John Steidel 1992, Yakima, WA)
  71. Brasada Ranch Golf Club (Peter Jacobsen 2007, Powell Butte, OR)
  72. Wasatch State Park (Mountain) (William Neff 1972, Midway, UT)
  73. Kiahuna Golf Course (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1984, Poipu, HI)
  74. Royal Links Golf Course (Pete Dye 1998, Las Vegas, NV)
  75. Whitetail Resort (Andy North and Roger Packard 2002, McCall, ID)
  76. Oasis Golf Club (Palmer) (Arnold Palmer 1995, Mesquite, NV)
  77. Black Butte Ranch (Glaze) (Gene Mason 1982, Black Butte Ranch, OR)
  78. Coral Canyon Golf Course (Keith Foster 2000, Washington, UT)
  79. Potomac Shores Golf Course (Jack Nicklaus 2014, Dumfries, VA)
  80. Florence Golf Links (Rees Jones 1993, Florence, OR)
  81. Kaluhyat at Turning Stone Resort (Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2003, Verona, NY)
  82. Bear's Best Las Vegas (Jack Nicklaus 2002, Las Vegas, NV)
  83. Bayonet Golf Course (Robert McClure 1954/Gene Bates 2008, Seaside, CA)
  84. Atlantic City Country Club (John Reid 1897/Willie Park Jr. 1915/Toomey and Flynn 1925/Tom Doak 1999, Northfield, NJ)
  85. Papago Golf Course (William F. Bell 1963, Phoenix, AZ)
  86. Reunion Resort (Palmer) (Arnold Palmer 2004, Reunion, FL)
  87. TPC Sawgrass (Dye Valley) (Pete Dye 1987, Ponte Verda Beach, FL)
  88. Bountiful Ridge Golf Course (William Neff 1975, Bountiful, UT)
  89. Fossil Trace Golf Club (Jim Engh 2003, Golden, CO)
  90. Aspen Lakes (William Overdorf 1997, Sisters, OR)
  91. Gladstan Golf Course (William Neff 1988/Gene Bates 2007, Payson, UT)
  92. Paiute (Wolf) (Pete Dye 2001, Las Vegas, NV)
  93. Mid Pines Golf Club (Donald Ross 1921, Southern Pines, NC)
  94. Incline Village (Championship) (Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1964, Incline Village, NV)
  95. Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club (Bob Baldock 1965, Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1973, Robert Trent Jones Jr. 2007, Jackson, WY)
  96. Black Butte Ranch (Big) (Robert Muir Graves 1970, Black Butte Ranch, OR)
  97. Oasis (Canyons) (David Druzisky 2005, Mesquite, NV)
  98. Semiahmoo Resort (Arnold Palmer 1987, Blaine, WA)
  99. Harbour Pointe Golf Club (Arthur Hills 1990, Mukilteo, WA)
  100. Eagle Bend Golf Club (William Hull 1984/Jack Nicklaus Jr. 1995, Bigfork, MT)

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