Major Bargains: Three PGA Championship courses you can play for under $100

August 9, 2018

Bellerive has a storied history since Gary Player won the U.S. Open there in 1965. Unfortunately for traveling golfers, the course is private, so you’d have to know a member to get aboard. However, if you’re looking to bask in PGA lore, there are plenty of public-access tracks that will accommodate, though many of them are priced for special occasions only. To help you wallet watchers, here are three former PGA Championship courses that you can play for under $100.

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The Stockton Seaview Golf Club.

Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club
Galloway, N.J.
Not far from Atlantic City sits this venerable resort, which features a pair of first-rate courses, the Donald Ross/Hugh Wilson–designed Bay and the William Flynn–crafted Pines. Sam Snead captured the 1942 PGA over a track that incorporated holes from both courses: the front nine of the Bay, a linksy spread that edges the marshes of Reed’s Bay, and the original nine holes of the aptly named Pines. $99 (M-Th);

The Championship course at Tanglewood Park.
The Championship course at Tanglewood Park.

Tanglewood Park (Championship)
Clemmons, N.C.
One of America’s best bargains, this viciously trapped, 1957 Robert Trent Jones Sr. design sits eight miles west of Winston-Salem, in the heart of tobacco country. Lee Trevino smoked the field to win the 1974 PGA, easing past Jack Nicklaus and a 62-year-old named Snead. Since the PGA, they’ve flopped the nines, and the course is currently undergoing a Robert Trent Jones II/Richard Mandell renovation, with a scheduled reopening in late ’18. $27-$49;

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Keller Golf Course in Maplewood, Minn.

Keller Golf Course
Maplewood, Minn.
Fully refreshed following a 2014 renovation by architect Richard Mandell, this classic tree-lined muni near the center of the Twin Cities dates to 1929. Olin Dutra
and Chick Harbert won PGAs here in 1932 and 1954. Legend has it that John Dillinger was playing Keller in the 1930s when he got a tip that the Feds were on the way—and made a narrow escape. $26-$61;