Best Places to Golf in the United States
Just about anywhere you travel to there will be at least one golf course. Unfortunately, that does not mean that that golf course is, no pun intended, up to par compared to the rest. Golfing is a great pass time for both men and women so it is no surprise that there are hundreds of them scattered around the U.S. I am going to tell you what the top ten golf courses in the United States are and where.
Before we get started though, we need to know two things; the course rating and the slope rating. The course rating is about how many pars it takes for a professional golfer to finish the course and also indicates how difficult the course is. The slope rating is the difficulty of the course to the average golfer compared to a professional golfer. The higher the number for both ratings, the harder the course is. For example, the course rating of course number one could be 71.4 and the slope rating 113 while the course rating of course number two could also be 71.4 but the slope rating could be 121 or higher. What this means is that course number two was that much harder for the average golfer compared to a professional golfer to finish.
Now that we are passed the technical jargon, let’s get to the top ten golf courses in the United States.
1. Bethpage State Park Golf Course
This 18-hole course, also known as the “Black” course, is located in Farmingdale, New York. It has 7,065 yards of green with a course rating of 75.4 and slope rating of 144. This course was designed by A.W. Tillinghast and made its debut in 1936.
2. Pine Valley Golf Course
This 18-hole course is a resident of the Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon, New Jersey. The course was designed by George Crump and H.S. Colt and opened in the year 1918, making it the second oldest in our top ten.
3. Jefferson Park Golf Course
This 18-hole course, also known as “Regulation”, is located in Seattle, Washington. It has 6,182 yards of green with a course rating of 69.0 and a slope rating of 119. It was designed by Tom Bendelow and opened in 1917, making it the oldest golf course on our list.
4. Augusta National Golf Course
Known simply as the “Augusta National”, this 18-hole course can be found in Augusta, Georgia. It contains 7,270 yards of green and has a course rating of 74.0 and a slope rating of 135. This course was designed by Alister MacKenzie and Robert Trent Jones Jr. and they opened its doors in 1933.
5. Cyprus Point Golf Course
Cyprus Point’s 18-hole course sits in Pebble Beach, California. There are 6,536 yards of green to play on and has a course rating of 72.4 and slope rating of 136. This golf course was also designed by Alister MacKenzie and debuted in 1928.
6. Pebble Beach Golf Links Golf Course
Number six on our list is also located in Pebble Beach, California. This 18-hole golf course has 6,828 yards of greenery and has a course rating of 74.3 and slope rating of 144, which indicates that it is a harder course for the average golfer. This golf courses door opened in 1919.
7. Liberty National Golf Course
Placed in Jersey City, New Jersey, this 18-hole golf course contains 7,346 yards of green with a course rating of 77.7 and a slope rating of 151, making this the hardest course to play on our list of top ten courses. This course has been open since 2006 which also makes it the newest course on our list.
8. Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course
Located in Weston, Massachusetts, this 18-hole golf course has 6,320 yards of greenery to play on with a course rating of 69.6 and slope rating of 120. This course was designed by Donald J. Ross and has been open since 1930.
9. Quail Hollow Golf Course
Simply known as “Quail Hollow”, this course resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and has 7,114 yards of greenery. Its course rating is 74.9 and has a slope rating of 139. It was designed by George W. Cobb and has opened in 1961.
10. Wynn Golf Course – Las Vegas, NV
Residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, this 18-hole golf course contains 7,042 of greenery with a course rating of 73.9 and a slope rating of 124. This course was designed by Thomas Fazio and has been open since 2005, making it the second youngest course on our list.
From easy to hard, there are nice golf courses no matter what kind of difficulty you are looking for. It is just a matter of where you want to travel to in the U.S. so grab your clubs and head out to one of these amazing courses.
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