Introducing Golf Digest's new, improved Course Finder. We believe it's the best way to search and compare golf courses, whether you want to play 18 holes today or you're planning a multi-round buddies trip to one of the world's top golf destinations.
Course Finder combines a database of nearly every course in the U.S. (plus quite a few in Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico) with YOUR input. Think of it as a Trip Advisor or Yelp but devoted entirely to golf. We use reviews from real golfers like you to create our 1- to 5-star Best Places to Play ratings. All public courses are eligible for a rating, so look up the courses you've played lately and start telling us about your experience!
We think you'll find the site intuitive and incredibly easy to use. It's powered by FindTheBest, a California company at the forefront of search technology. (Here's a recent New York Times article on FindTheBest and its founder, Kevin O'Connor.)
Click on the "Compare" tab to start your search. Here you can look for courses by name, city, state or country. Refine your search by limiting the results to public and resort courses, say, or to courses with Best Places to Play ratings of 4 stars or above. You can even search by green fee. Click on the Map tab to plot your trip among the courses you've selected.
Once the results of your search are displayed, click on "+Compare" to select the courses you want to learn more about. Then click "Compare Now" and you'll see a Side-by-Side comparison of each course you highlighted.
At any point, you may click on a course name to visit its Details page. Here you'll find information about its location, the course architect, green fees, yardages and much more, including, in many cases, a box where you can book tee times directly from our site.
Perhaps the most valuable info comes by clicking "see user ratings and reviews" on the righthand side of the Details page. This is where you find the true "inside story" -- what other golfers have been saying about the course lately. If YOU'VE played the course recently, please take a moment to rate it and post your comments. We want to hear what you thought of the courses...and so do our other readers!
-- Peter Finch
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