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. To introduce each region, we called upon a star architect to help.
The Appeal of Golf in the Southeast | By Dana Fry
When I think of the quality of courses in the Southeast, the word that comes to mind is diversity. The variety of landscape is staggering, from Florida, which has arguably the best weather in the United States in the winter, to the Appalachian Mountains, to the Lowcountry courses along the Carolina coast, to the Sand Hills of North Carolina, to the amazing topographical sites with towering pines in Alabama and Georgia.
Just imagine a quick trip to play Seminole and Calusa Pines, both in the South Florida. Then fly up to Augusta National, Pinehurst No. 2, Wade Hampton, Harbour Town and Shoal Creek. Pretty great trip, right? But point is, it’s amazing how different each of those courses is from the others.
As you browse the list below, you’ll see far more examples of the Southeast’s diverse golfing riches.
The top 50 courses in the Southeast U.S.
1 Augusta National — Augusta, Ga. (Bobby Jones/Alister Mackenzie, 1933)