Is your home course one of the 30 best munis in America? Here’s our list broken down by state

Memorial Park

Memorial Park in Houston hosted a PGA Tour event in 2020, yet the price is still a steal for locals.

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It’s time to celebrate the best municipal golf courses in America. Finally, right?

In the past year, GOLF released its new and improved rankings for its Top 100 Courses in the U.S. and Top 100 Courses You Can Play lists. On top of that, we also unveiled our inaugural 100 best short courses in the world ranking. Naturally, standout municipal courses seemed like a logical next step.

So in GOLF Magazine’s June 2021 issue, we trotted out GOLF’s 30 best munis in America, which was put together by GOLF Architecture Editor Ran Morrissett and GOLF’s Top 100 Course Panelists. This list has everything — East Coast, West Coast and Midwest must-plays, bucket-list gems and uber-affordable sleepers. You can check out the entire list, with breakdowns of all 30 courses, right here.

Wondering where these 30 land on the map? That’s where this article comes in. Scroll down to see a state-by-state breakdown. And if you want to put a course on our radar, for this list or to feature in upcoming Monday Muni spotlights, click here and send us a note.

GOLF’s 30 best munis in America (rank in parenthesis)


Torrey Pines (South), LA JOLLA, CA (5)
South Course at Corica Park, ALAMEDA, CA (12)
Torrey Pines (North), LA JOLLA, CA (18)
Indian Wells Golf Resort (Players), INDIAN WELLS, CA (23)
TPC Harding Park, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (24)

TPC Harding Park
TPC Harding Park in San Francisco hosted the 2020 PGA Championship. Getty Images


Bethpage Black, FARMINGDALE, NY (1)
Bethpage Red, FARMINGDALE, NY (4)
Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, BRONX, NY (6)
Montauk Downs, MONTAUK, NY (17)


Memorial Park, HOUSTON, TX (7)
Butterfield Trail, EL PASO, TX (10)
Brackenridge Park, SAN ANTONIO, TX (16)


Chambers Bay, UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA (2)
Gold Mountain (Olympic), BREMERTON, WA (11)


Sleepy Hollow, BRECKSVILLE, OH (13)
Manakiki, WILLOUGHBY, OH (27)


Keney Park, WINDSOR, CT (14)
Wintonbury Hills, BLOOMFIELD, CT (25)


North Palm Beach Country Club, NORTH PALM BEACH, FL (20)
Palatka, PALATKA, FL (29)

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A view of George Wright in Hyde Park, Mass. Courtesy Photo


George Wright, HYDE PARK, MA (3)


Buffalo Dunes, GARDEN CITY, KS (8)


Piñon Hills, FARMINGTON, NM (9)


Papago, PHOENIX, AZ (15)


Charleston, CHARLESTON, SC (19)


Wilmington, WILMINGTON, NC (21)


Triggs Memorial, PROVIDENCE, RI (22)


Wailua, LIHUE, HI (26)


Harborside International (Port), CHICAGO, IL (28)


Highland Park, BIRMINGHAM, AL (30)

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