Here is the best golf course in every state
In our newly released Best in State rankings, nearly 1,000 courses across the 50 states are recognized by our panelists for their superior architecture. The number of courses ranked in each state vary; in some golf-rich states like California and Florida, 60 courses are included, while some remote states have just a handful of courses that received enough panelist reviews to make the list. A common denominator, however, is each state has one course that tops the rest.
Included in this collection is the best golf course in every state as judged by our trained panel of more than 1,900 low-handicap golfers. In the 2023-2024 edition, just five states—Maine, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota and Washington—saw a change in the top spot from our previous ranking two years ago.
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Shoal Creek, AL
Fort Richardson, AK
Pebble Beach, CA
From Golf Digest Architecture Editor emeritus Ron Whitten:
Cypress Point, the sublime Monterey Peninsula work of sandbox sculpture, whittled Cypress and chiseled coastline, has become Exhibit A in the argument that classic architecture has been rendered ineffectual by modern technology.
I'm not buying that argument. Those who think teeny old Cypress Point is defenseless miss the point of Alister MacKenzie’s marvelous design.
MacKenzie relished the idea that Cypress Point would offer all sorts of ways to play every hole. That philosophy still thrives, particularly in the past decade, after the faithful restoration of MacKenzie’s original bunkers by veteran course superintendent Jeff Markow.
Explore our complete review here—including bonus photography and ratings from our expert panelists.
Juno Beach, FL
Kailua Kona, HI
Saint Louis, MO
Deer Lodge, MT
North Las Vegas, NV
Pine Valley, NJ
Santa Fe, NM
Kiawah Island, SC
Park City, UT
Manakin Sabot, VA
University Place, WA
Teton Village, WY
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