Golf Digest editors picks

Readers' Choice Rankings:
The Top 50 Public Courses

October 17, 2008

2009 Readers' Choice Awards | Letter from the Editor-in-Chief
RANKINGS: The Top 50 Public Golf Facilities | Private | Resort
RANKINGS: The Top 10 in the U.S.: Public Facilities | Private | Resort
RANKINGS: The Top 38 golf destinations in North America and Europe
SELECTED PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS: Public | Private | Resort | The Best of the Best
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Top 10 Facilities in each ranking category: Public | Private | Resorts
WEB EXCLUSIVE: State By State: All the facilities scoring at least 75 points
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1. RTJ Golf Trail at Grand National, Opelika, Ala.
 
quality of course
course conditions
reputation/prestige
practice facilities
speed of play
clubhouse
golf pro shop
food/dining
activities/anemities
service
overall value
Total  
  9.33 9.33 8.82 8.83 8.75 8.75 9.33 8.50 7.50 8.50 9.25 89.86
2. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill, Prattville, Ala.
  9.58 9.33 8.92 8.92 8.33 8.36 8.92 7.70 7.57 8.58 9.08 89.58
3. Paa-Ko Ridge GC, Sandia Park, N.M.
  9.64 9.31 9.08 8.83 8.29 8.36 8.79 7.50 6.00 9.08 9.29 89.55
4. Longaberger GC, Nashport, Ohio
  9.29 9.29 9.18 9.20 8.24 9.19 8.69 8.13 7.70 9.18 7.94 89.29
5. Tobacco Road GC, Sanford, N.C.
  9.14 9.10 9.04 7.72 8.19 8.30 8.62 7.42 7.50 8.68 8.74 87.27
6. Bali Hai GC, Las Vegas
  9.00 9.00 8.57 6.86 8.71 8.95 8.86 9.25 9.11 8.95 7.81 87.19
7. Arcadia Bluffs GC, Arcadia, Mich.
  9.41 9.06 9.09 8.31 7.88 8.29 8.29 8.07 6.50 8.41 8.34 87.10
8. Orange County National, Winter Garden, Fla.
  8.86 8.68 8.61 9.36 7.89 8.46 9.00 8.07 8.62 8.63 8.68 86.60
9. Bulle Rock, Havre de Grace, Md.
  9.07 8.57 9.36 8.57 7.21 8.50 8.64 8.15 7.25 8.14 7.86 85.67
10. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island, S.C.
  9.29 9.04 8.91 6.56 7.68 8.00 8.21 7.76 8.11 8.15 8.10 85.62
11. Stevinson Ranch GC, Stevinson, Calif.
  9.27 9.45 8.18 9.55 7.82 7.29 7.36 8.00 4.20 9.10 8.91 85.48
12. Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash.
  9.61 8.61 8.89 7.37 7.93 6.60 7.57 8.11 7.00 8.50 8.50 85.40
13. Royal Links GC, Las Vegas
 
quality of course
course conditions
reputation/prestige
practice facilities
speed of play
clubhouse
golf pro shop
food/dining
activities/anemities
service
overall value
Total  
  8.68 8.21 8.22 8.28 8.63 8.53 8.58 8.73 8.42 8.63 8.05 84.25
14. Wolf Creek GC, Mesquite, Nev.
  8.95 8.92 8.79 6.51 6.97 7.82 8.19 7.85 7.62 8.24 7.89 83.60
15. Scotland Run GC, Williamstown, N.J.
  8.68 8.58 8.11 8.05 7.68 8.44 8.11 8.50 8.13 8.16 8.05 83.20
16. True Blue Plantation, Pawleys Island, S.C.
  8.72 8.83 8.51 7.81 7.67 7.76 8.08 7.43 7.58 8.12 7.89 83.14
17. Southern Dunes G&CC, Haines City, Fla.
  8.69 8.69 7.92 8.08 7.77 8.10 8.17 8.40 8.00 8.36 8.08 83.09
18. TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz, Fla.
  8.62 8.54 8.62 8.46 7.23 8.55 8.46 8.00 8.00 7.62 7.23 82.60
19. Bethpage State Park Golf Courses, Farmingdale, N.Y.
  9.44 8.76 9.18 5.23 4.92 6.63 8.22 6.94 7.35 6.52 9.44 82.37
20. Purgatory GC, Noblesville, Ind.
  8.73 8.53 8.07 8.20 7.60 8.46 8.00 7.14 7.15 8.13 7.93 81.99
21. Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale
  8.39 8.29 8.32 8.57 7.10 8.39 8.65 8.52 8.00 8.48 7.06 81.78
22. Cowboys GC, Grapevine, Texas
  8.33 8.50 8.75 7.67 8.25 7.73 8.08 7.58 7.29 8.17 7.08 81.70
23. TPC Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
  8.19 8.05 8.48 8.43 7.38 8.00 8.25 7.63 8.00 8.00 7.81 80.93
24. Celebration GC, Celebration, Fla.
  8.47 8.53 7.88 7.69 7.24 7.69 8.00 7.33 8.21 8.00 8.12 80.91
25. Legacy GL, Aberdeen, N.C.
  8.72 8.67 8.17 7.35 7.61 7.40 7.83 6.75 7.38 7.56 7.39 80.55
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