Is there any track more fitting to serve among the best golf courses in the United States than the one named "National Golf Links of America"?
William Tyler Smith
GOLF Magazine recently unveiled its 2020/2021 Top 100 Courses in the United States, and to showcase the country’s geographic diversity, GOLF has, for the first time, broken the country into four regions and ranked the top 50 in each. Each region is shockingly diverse — and overflowing with exquisite golf.
American golf courses — much like the land they preside over — are a geographic melting pot. In order to better understand the qualities of our land mass, it’s helpful to to create a further subset of it. In other words, it’s helpful to condense further down into regions.
For our ranking of GOLF’s Top 100 Courses in the U.S., we found that to be a useful endeavor as well. The essence of course design is that there is no one “proper” way to create a course, it is largely about using the land to the best of its abilities. On the west coast, the best abilities of the land might incorporate a seaside routing over jagged cliffs and bluffs. Such a design would never work in the midwest, where the rolling prairies and blustering winds are overflowing with links-style routings. In other words, what works at Shinnecock might not at Cypress Point, and so on.
Below, you’ll find GOLF’s rankings of the top 10 courses in each region. To check out the remainder of the top 50 courses in the Northeast, Southeast, Heartland and West, click the associated links.
The Top 10 Courses in the U.S. by region
1. Cypress Point — Pebble Beach, Calif. (Alister MacKenzie, 1928)