Best public golf courses in the Southeast: GOLF’s 2021-22 ranking

TPC Sawgrass is GOLF's top-rated public course in the Southeast.

Evan Schiller

With more than 20 top-rated public courses spread across six states, the Southeast region of the United States is one of the best areas in the country for proximity to great golf.

Florida tops our latest Top 100 Courses You Can Play list with six courses, but North and South Carolina are right behind, with five courses each. How many courses are near where you live? Check out our full list below.


GOLF’s 2021-22 ranking of the best public courses in the Southeast

(With overall rank, course name, city, state, architect and year opened) 

Florida (6)

10. TPC Sawgrass (Stadium)
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Pete Dye, 1981

19. Streamsong (Red)
Streamsong, FL
Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2012

27. Streamsong (Blue)
Streamsong, FL
Tom Doak, 2012

39. Streamsong (Black)
Streamsong, FL
Gil Hanse, 2017

75. Trump National Doral (Blue)
Miami, FL
Dick Wilson, 1961/Gil Hanse/Jim Wagner, 2013

79. Bay Hill
Orlando, FL
Dick Wilson, 1961

Bay Hill

North Carolina (5)

2. Pinehurst (No. 2)
Pinehurst, NC
Donald Ross, 1907

26. Pinehurst (No. 4)
Pinehurst, NC
Donald Ross, 1919/Gil Hanse, 2017

35. Tobacco Road
Sanford, NC
Mike Strantz, 1998

41. Mid Pines
Southern pines, NC
Donald Ross, 1921

44. Pine Needles
Southern pines, NC
Donald Ross, 1927

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Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is the top-ranked course in South Carolina. Getty Images

South Carolina (5)

6. Kiawah Island (Ocean Course)
Kiawah Island, SC
Pete Dye, 1991

16. Harbour Town
Hilton Head, SC
Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus, 1969

45. May River (Palmetto Bluff)
Bluffton, SC
Jack Nicklaus, 2004

53. The Dunes
Myrtle Beach, SC
Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1948

84. Caledonia
Pawleys Island, SC
Mike Strantz, 1994

Caledonia in South Carolina.
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Georgia (2)

50. Sea Island (Seaside)
Sea Island, GA
Harry S. Colt/Charles Alison, 1929/Tom Fazio, 1999

88. Reynolds Lake Oconee (Great Waters)
Greensboro, GA
Jack Nicklaus, 1992

Mississippi (2)

43. Mossy Oak
West Point, MS
Gil Hanse, 2016 

97. Old Waverly
West Point, MS
Bob Cupp, 1988

Alabama (1)

78. RTJ Golf Trail at Grand National (Links)
Opelika, AL
Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1992

Texas (1)

98. Memorial Park
Houston, TX
John Bredemus, 1936/Tom Doak/Brooks Koepka, 2019

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