USA

The fourth largest country in the world by area and the third most populous, the United States of America comprises the forty-eight contiguous states between Canada and Mexico, along with Alaska in the north west corner of the continent and the island state of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean, which became the 50th and most recent state to join the federal republic in 1959.

It’s thought that golf may have been played in several states along the eastern seaboard soon after the American Revolution but another hundred years would pass before the first organised golf clubs were formed. Scotsman John Reid is generally given credit for introducing golf to America around 1888, when he and several friends laid out a very primitive 3-hole course near his home in Yonkers, New York.

In 1895, the year after the United States Golf Association was formed, it’s said that there were 76 golf clubs in the United States, a total that would increase ten-fold within the following three years. Looking at today’s figures, an R&A report entitled “Golf around the world 2015” believes there are now 15,372 golf facilities nationwide, a figure that represents approximately 45% of the total number throughout the world.

We currently showcase more than 1,250 American layouts in our various charts, with just under half of the courses in our US Top 100 rankings (as detailed lower down this page) also appearing in our World Top 100 standings. We maintain comprehensive Best in State charts for every state, headed by Florida, where we first introduced a Top 100 table for the Sunshine State in 2013. We've since introduced Best In State Top 100 ranking lists for both California and Texas.

We also promote Top 50 tables for four important golfing states, namely New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Of the remaining forty-three states, seventeen boast at least a Top 20 chart (Illinois, Michigan and Ohio actually have Top 40s) and twenty-five states feature at least a Top 10. Alaska, the largest but least densely populated state, is the only state to have a Top 5 chart.

We last updated our biennial rankings for the Top 100 Golf Courses of the USA in December 2015. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - USA

Cypress Point

1st USA Ranking

Cypress Point Club is set at the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains on the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula and the cliff top terrain is varied and thrilling.

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Pine Valley

2nd USA Ranking

Pine Valley Golf Club was the dream of a Philadelphian hotelier, George Crump, who sadly died before its completion.

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Shinnecock Hills

3rd USA Ranking

Not only was Shinnecock Hills Golf Club one of the five founding members of the USGA but also it was where one of the first specifically designed golf clubhouses was built.

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Augusta National

4th USA Ranking

Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world and was designed by the world’s greatest golfer, who teamed up with the world’s greatest architect.

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Oakmont

5th USA Ranking

Apart from Augusta National, Oakmont Country Club has hosted more major Championships than any other course in the U.S. and it’s considered by many to be the toughest golf course in the world.

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National Golf Links of America

6th USA Ranking

National Golf Links of America is a golf course of monumental historical importance, it’s a “Bear’s Best”, or “Blair's Best” of the early 20th century.

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Sand Hills

7th USA Ranking

Sand Hills Golf Club is a club to respect and those in the know admire their non-commerciality and that is a delightful break from tradition these days...

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Merion (East)

8th USA Ranking

When Merion Golf Club was founded in 1896, Philadelphians were more likely to play cricket than golf.

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Pebble Beach

9th USA Ranking

Cypress Point is the course you can’t play at Pebble Beach, but thankfully Pebble Beach Golf Links is one you can.

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