5 Best States to Play Public Golf Courses in the USA

Great Lakes State for Great Golf

A few weeks ago, Golf Digest released their list of Top 100 Public Golf Courses in the United States. It was a great list of useful information, but what I really wanted to do was start prioritizing which courses I could realistically play first to start checking them off my golfing bucket list.

I basically took the list and counted all the courses per state, so I thought I’d just share what I found with you all and see if it’s any help at all. Let us know in the comments what you think of these great golf states and if there are any up and comers we should look out for.

Let’s get started:

North Carolina

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Payne Stewart & Pinehurst is Forever Linked
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North Carolina offers more than 400 golf courses that feature the beauty of majestic mountains, rolling hills and beautiful ocean views. With temperatures that allow for year round golf, you can see why there are so many great courses in the area and with around 25 of the courses ranked 4+ star by Golf Digest, it’s no wonder North Carolina is one of the top 5 states to play a round of golf in.

A total of 7 courses cracked the Top 100 list and North Carolina was felt like an absolute lock due to the rich history of golf courses around the area. Of course, you have Pinehurst Resort dominating, but there are newcomers like the Linville Golf Club continuing the tradition of amazing golf courses in the Carolinas.

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Written by Gary Lee

Founder of Bunkers Paradise, Father, Husband, Son, Brother, Friend and Golfer. Twitter @MrGaryLee |

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