The 9 best mountain golf courses you can play

August 28, 2019

GOLF’s course raters braved the highest peaks to find you the best mountain golf courses. Here they are, ranked first to ninth, along with each course’s total awarded points, and number of first-place votes.*

*Note: Courses were given 5 points for a first-place vote, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth and 1 point for fifth place.

John and Jeannine Henebry

1. Wade Hampton, N.C. (3,442 feet) 69/10

Wade Hampton’s natural setting complements the Blue Ridge Mountain environment and is arguably Tom Fazio’s finest combination of risk/reward holes, married with consistent playability.”

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2. Banff Springs, Alberta (4,537 feet) 36/6

“Overwhelming scale. Banff Springs is best summed up in a single word: majestic.”


3. Whistling Rock, South Korea (3,018 feet) 18/2
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4. Castle Pines, Colo. (7,000 feet) 15/3
Larry Lambrecht

5. Rock Creek, Mont. (5,509 feet) 13/1

“I can still see my tee shot at Rock Creek’s 14th hanging in the air with the distant mountains as a backdrop.”

Larry Lambrecht

6. Grandfather, N.C. (3,780 feet) 11/0 
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T-7. Chateau Whistler, B.C. (2,198 feet) 7/0
Lonna Tucker

T-7. Jasper Park, Alberta (3,478 feet) 7/1

9. Pikewood National, W.V. (2,300 feet) 6/1

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