The U.S. is home to nearly half of the world's Top 100 courses.
Left to right: Getty (2), William Tyler Smith
GOLF’s latest ranking of the Top 100 Courses in the World was released this week, and while the top courses haven’t changed much over the last few years (Pine Valley, Cypress, St. Andrews), there was a significant infusion of fresh names, with eight newcomers appearing on the 2023-24 list.
For fans of golf architecture or simply stunning scenery, the list is a feast for the eyes. Nothing makes you feel motivated to book a golf trip like seeing so much beauty in one place.
The good news? If you happen to live in the United States, you already have a geographical advantage (at least in terms of proximity) to a sizable chunk of the list, which features courses that span 14 countries across the globe.
The venerable number of U.S. courses that made the cut is 49 — just under half, yes, but the American roster is strong, comprising 10 of the top 15 spots and 29 of the top 50.
While many of these awe-inspiring designs are private, there are plenty that are publicly accessible — including a healthy number right here in America. So if you’re ready to start planning a trip and ticking those bucket-list tee times off your list, start here, with the 49 best golf courses in the United States.
As a four-year member of Columbia’s inaugural class of female varsity golfers, Jessica can out-birdie everyone on the masthead. She can out-hustle them in the office, too, where she’s primarily responsible for producing both print and online features, and overseeing major special projects, such as GOLF’s inaugural Style Issue, which debuted in February 2018. Her original interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November of 2015, and appeared in both in the magazine and in video form on GOLF.com.