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100 Top Courses Survey Results

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Several months ago we asked our readers to vote for their favorite golf courses. The prime criteria being that any course nominated must be accessible to the public. Meaning, no private facilities could be nominated.

Our readers responded and the votes have been tabulated. And there were quite a few surprises. Some facilities that we expected to be at or near the top were either further down the list, or were not able to garner enough votes to even be in the top five in their respective state.

So here it is! The 100 Top Courses plus the Top Five Courses for each state.

Top 100 Public Access Courses

(1) Bandon Dunes Golf Resort; Bandon, OR
(2) Pebble Beach Golf Links; Pebble Beach, CA
(3) Whistling Straits; Mosel, WI
(4) Pacific Dunes; Bandon, OR
(5) Pinehurst No.2; Pinehurst, NC
(6) PGA West (Stadium); La Quinta, CA
(7) Ocean Course at Kiawah Island; Kiawah Island, SC
(8) Spyglass Hill GC; Pebble Beach, CA
(9) Princeville (Prince), Kauai, HI
(10) Cog Hill #4 (Dubsdread); Lemont, IL
(11) Kapalua GC (Plantation); Maui, HI
(12) Bethpage State Park (Black); Farmingdale, NY
(13) Dunes Golf & Beach Club; Myrtle Beach, SC
(14) Barton Creek (Canyons); Austin, TX
(15) Homestead Resort ( Cascades); Hot Springs, VA
(16) Redlands Mesa; Grand Junction, CO
(17) Challenge at Manele Bay; Lanai, HI
(18) Coeur d'Alene Resort; Coeur d'Alene, ID
(19) Sea Island GC (Seaside); St. Simon Island, GA
(20) Grand Cypress (New); Orlando, FL
(21) Kemper Lakes; Long Grove, IL
(22) Mauna Kea Beach GC; Kamuela, HI
(23) Prairie View; Carmel, IN
(24) Paa-Ko Ridge; Sandia Park, NM
(25) Balsams Resort & GC (Panorama); Dixville Notch, NH
(26) Ohio State University (Scarlet); Columbus, OH
(27) Ballyowen; Hardyston, NJ
(28) Pinehurst No. 4; Pinehurst, NC
(29) Coral Canyon GC; St. George, UT
(30) Golden Horseshoe GC (Gold); Williamsburg, VA
(31) Colbert Hills; Manhattan, KS
(32) Bluffs on Thompson Creek; St. Francisville, LA
(33) Spirit Hollow; Burlington, IA
(34) New Seabury (Blue); Mashpee, MA
(35) Bay Hill Club; Orlando, FL
(36) Troon North (Monument); Scottsdale, AZ
(37) Greyhawk GC (Talon); Scottsdale, AZ
(38) Dancing Rabbit GC (Azaleas); Philadelphia, MS
(39) Tullymore GC; Stanwood, MI
(40) Bear's Best GC; Las Vegas, NV
(41) TPC at Sawgrass (Stadium); Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
(42) Sedona Golf Resort; Sedona, AZ
(43) Torrey Pines (South); San Diego, CA
(44) Sugarloaf GC; Carrabassett, ME
(45) Prairie Highlands; Olathe, KS
(46) Heart River GC; Dickerson, ND
(47) Greenbrier GC (Old White); White Sulphur Springs, WV
(48) Karsten Creek GC; Stillwater, OK
(49) Pine Dunes Resort & GC; Frankston. TX
(50) Desert Canyon; Oreland, WA
(51) Estrada at Snow Canyon; St. George, UT
(52) Greystone (Legacy Course); Birmingham, AL
(53) Dunes Course at Riverdale; Brighton, CO
(54) Cape Cod National; Brewster, MA
(55) Harvester; Rhodes, IA
(56) Inn of the Mountain Gods; Mescalero, NM
(57) Olympic Course at Gold Mountain; Bremerton, WA
(58) La Cantera GC; San Antonio, TX 
(59) Pumpkin Ridge GC (Ghost Creek); Cornelius, OR
(60) Winnapaug G & CC; Westerly, RI
(61) Toftrees Resort; State College, PA 
(62) ArborLinks GC; Nebraska City, NE
(63) Harbour Town Golf Links; Hilton Head, SC
(64) Sunbrook GC; St. George, UT
(65) Irish Course; Mosel, WI
(66) Gleneagles at The Equinox; Manchester, VT
(67) Golf Course at Glen Mills; Glen Mills, PA
(68) Shangri-La Resort; Afton, OK
(69) Concord Hotel GC (Championship); Concord, NY
(70) Running Y Ranch; Klamath Falls, OR
(71) Shanty Creek Resort (Cedar River); Bellaire, MI
(72) Edgewood Tahoe GC; Tahoe, NV
(73) The Classic at Madden's Lake; Brainerd, MN
(74) Innisbrook GC (Copperhead); Tarpon Springs, FL
(75) Great River GC; Milford, CT
(76) Sea Island GC (Plantation); St. Simon Island, GA
(77) Boulders Resort (South); Carefree, AZ
(78) Broadmoor CC (East); Colorado Springs, CO
(79) Tanglewood Park (Champions); Clemmons, NC
(80) Quail Hollow Resort; Concord, OH
(81) Shenandoah GC; Verona, NY
(82) Lawsonia (Links); Green Lake, WI
(83) Cowboys GC; Grapevine, TX
(84) Jackson Hole G & TC; Jackson Hole, WY
(85) Rancho Santa Fe CC; Rancho Santa Fe, CA
(86) The Links at Hiawatha Landing; Apalachin, NY 
(87) Blue Herron Pines (East); Galloway, NJ
(88) Shaker Run; Lebanon, OH
(89) Treetops North (Smith); Gaylord, MI
(90) Wolf Creek GC; Mesquite, NV
(91) The Wilds; Prior Lake, MN
(92) University Ridge GC; Verona, WI
(93) Talking Stick GC (North); Scottsdale, AZ
(94) Stonewall Orchard; Grayslake, IL
(95) White Columns GC; Alpharetta, GA
(96) Crumpin Fox; Bernardston, MA
(97) Tradition Course at Cypresswood; Houston, TX
(98) Nemacolin Woodlands (Mystic Rock); Farmington, PA
(99) Wild Dunes (Links); Isle of Palm, SC
(100) River's Edge; Shallotte, NC

Top 5 Public Access Courses By State

Alabama

(1) Greystone (Legacy Course), Birmingham (2) Grand National (Links Course), Opelika
(3) Limestone Springs, Oneonta (4) Grand National (Lake Course), Opelika
(5) Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores  

Alaska

(1) Anchorage GC, Anchorage (2) Settler's Bay, Wasilla
(3) Moose Run GC, Ft. Richardson (4) Kenai GC, Kenai
(5) Eagle Glen GC, Elmendorf AFB  

Arkansas

(1) Mountain Ranch CC, Fairfield Bay (2) Quapaw Golf Links, North Little Rock
(3) Cherokee Village (South Course), Cherokee Village (4) Hot Springs CC (Arlington), Hot Springs
(5) Prairie Creek CC, Rogers  

Arizona

(1) Troon North (Monument), Scottsdale (2) Greyhawk GC (Talon), Scottsdale
(3) Sedona Golf Resort, Sedona (4) Boulders Resort (South), Carefree
(5) Talking Stick GC (North), Scottsdale  

California

(1) Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach (2) PGA West (Stadium), La Quinta
(3) Spyglass Hill GC, Pebble Beach (4) Torrey Pines (South), San Diego
(5) Rancho Santa Fe CC, Rancho Santa Fe  

Colorado

(1) Redlands Mesa, Grand Junction (2) Dunes Course at Riverdale, Brighton
(3) Broadmoor CC (East), Colorado Springs (4) River Valley Ranch, Carbondale
(5) Dalton Ranch, Durango  

Connecticut

(1) Great River GC, Milford (2) Willimantic CC, Willimantic
(3) Richter Park, Danbury (4) Fox Hopyard GC, East Haddam
(5) Shennecossett, Groton  

Delaware

(1) Three Little Bakers, Wilmington (2) Bear Trap Dunes, Bethany Beach
(3) Baywood Greens, Long Neck (4) Frog Hollow, Middletown
(5) Back Creek GC, Middletown  

Florida

(1) Grand Cypress (New), Orlando (2) Bay Hill Club, Orlando
(3) TPC at Sawgrass (Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach (4) Innisbrook GC (Copperhead), Tarpon Springs
(5) World Woods (Pine Barrens), Brooksville  

Georgia

(1) Sea Island GC (Seaside), St. Simon Island (2) Sea Island GC (Plantation), St. Simon Island
(3) White Columns GC, Alpharetta (4) Harbor Club, Greensboro
(5) Reynolds Plantation (Great Waters), Greensboro  

Hawaii

(1) Princeville (Prince), Kauai (2) Kapalua GC (Plantation), Maui
(3) Challenge at Manele Bay, Lanai (4) Mauna Kea Beach GC, Kamuela
(5) Kauai Lagoon GC (Kiele), Kauai  

Idaho

(1) Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene (2) Elkhorn GC, Sun Valley
(3) Sun Valley GC, Sun Valley (4) Banbury GC, Eagle
(5) Ridgecrest GC, Nampa  

Illinois

(1) Cog Hill #4 (Dubsdread), Lemont (2) Kemper Lakes, Long Grove
(3) Stonewall Orchard, Grayslake (4) The Glen Club, Glenview
(5) Eagle Ridge (The General), Galena  

Indiana

(1) Prairie View, Carmel (2) Rock Hollow, Peru
(3) Fort GC, Indianapolis (4) Warren GC at Notre Dame, South Bend
(5) Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Kampen), East Lafayette  

Iowa

(1) Spirit Hollow, Burlington (2) Harvester, Rhodes
(3) Spencer G & CC, Spencer (4) Amana Colonies, Amana
(5) Veenker Memorial GC, Ames  

Kansas

(1) Colbert Hills, Manhattan (2) Prairie Highlands, Olathe
(3) Buffalo Dunes, Garden City (4) Chisolm Trail, Abilene
(5) Willowbend, Wichita  

Kentucky

(1) Quail Chase GC (East/West 9's), Louisville (2) Kearney Hill Golf Links, Lexington
(3) Old Silo GC, Mount Sterling (4) Seneca GC, Louisville
(5) Lassing Pointe, Union  

Louisiana

(1) Bluffs on Thompson Creek, St. Francisville (2) Mallard Cove, Lake Charles
(3) Gray Plantation GC, Lake Charles (4) Tamaka Hills, Marksville
(5) Belle Terre CC, LaPlace  

Massachusetts

(1) New Seabury (Blue), Mashpee (2) Cape Cod National, Brewster
(3) Crumpin Fox, Bernardston (4) Farm Neck, Martha's Vineyard
(5) The Ranch GC, Southwick  

Maryland

(1) Bulle Rock GC, Havre de Grace (2) Whiskey Creek, Urbana
(3) Run Point (Seaside), Berlin (4) Beechtree, Aberdeen
(5) Links at Lighthouse Sound, Ocean City  

Maine

(1) Sugarloaf GC, Carrabassett Valley (2) Penobscot Valley CC, Bangor
(3) Waterville CC, Oakland (4) Samoset Resort, Rockport
(5) Kebo Valley, Bar Harbor  

Michigan

(1) Tullymore GC, Stanwood (2) Shanty Creek Resort (Cedar River), Bellaire
(3) Treetops North (Smith), Gaylord (4) Bay Harbor GC (Links/Quarry), Harbor Springs
(5) Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia  

Minnesota

(1) The Classic at Madden's Lake, Brainerd (2) The Wilds, Prior Lake
(3) The Pines of Grand View Lodge, Nisswa (4) Dakotah Ridge, Morton
(5) Giant's Ridge, Biwabik  

Mississippi

(1) Dancing Rabbit GC (Azaleas), Philadelphia (2) Timberton GC, Hattiesburg
(3) Dancing Rabbit GC (Oaks), Philadelphia (4) Grand Bear, Saucier
(5) Shell Landing GC, Gautier  

Missouri

(1) Branson Creek, Branson (2) Lodge of Four Seasons GC, Lake Ozark
(3) Old Kinderhook, Camdenton (4) Rivercut GC, Springfield
(5) Missouri Bluffs GC, St. Peters  

Montana

(1) Old Works, Anaconda (2) Whitefish Lake GC (South), Whitefish
(3) Whitefish Lake GC (North), Whitefish (4) Northern Pines, Kalispell
(5) Eagle Bend GC, Bigfork  

Nebraska

(1) ArborLinks GC, Nebraska City (2) Heritage Hills, McCook
(3) Quarry Oaks, Ashland (4) Bayside GC, Lake McConaughy
(5) Wild Horse, Gothenburg  

Nevada

(1) Bear's Best GC, Las Vegas (2) Edgewood Tahoe GC, Tahoe
(3) Wolf Creek GC, Mesquite (4) Lake Las Vegas (Reflection Bay), Las Vegas
(5) Bali Hai GC, Las Vegas  

New Hampshire

(1) Balsams Resort & GC (Panorama), Dixville Notch (2) Mount Washington GC, Bretton Woods
(3) Owl's Nest GC, Campton (4) Portsmouth G & CC, Portsmouth
(5) Bretwood GC (North), Keene  

New Jersey

(1) Ballyowen, Hardyston (2) Blue Heron Pines (East), Galloway
(3) Seaview CC (Bay), Absecon (4) Twisted Dune, Egg Harbor
(5) Scotland Run, Monroe Township  

New Mexico

(1) Paa-Ko Ridge, Sandia Park (2) Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero
(3) Pinion Hills GC, Farmington (4) Cochiti Lake CC, Cochiti
(5) University of NM (South), Albuquerque  

New York

(1) Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale (2) Concord Hotel GC (Championship), Concord
(3) Shenandoah GC, Verona (4) The Links at Hiawatha Landing, Apalachin
(5) Whiteface Club, Lake Placid  

North Carolina

(1) Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst (2) Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst
(3) Tanglewood Park (Champions), Clemmons (4) River's Edge, Shallotte
(5) Pine Needles CC, Southern Pines  

North Dakota

(1) Heart River GC, Dickinson (2) Edgewood GC, Fargo
(3) Minot CC, Minot (4) Hawktree, Bismarck
(5) Links of North Dakota at Red Mike Resort, Williston  

Ohio

(1) Ohio State University (Scarlet), Columbus (2) Quail Hollow Resort, Concord
(3) Shaker Run, Lebanon (4) Longaberger, Nashport
(5) Tartan Fields, Dublin  

Oklahoma

(1) Karsten Creek GC, Stillwater (2) Shangri-La Resort, Afton
(3) Forest Ridge GC, Broken Arrow (4) Chickasaw Pointe, Kingston
(5) University of Oklahoma GC, Norman  

Oregon

(1) Bandon Dunes, Bandon (2) Pacific Dunes, Bandon
(3) Pumpkin Ridge GC (Ghost Creek), Cornelius (4) Running Y Ranch, Klamath Falls
(5) Eagle Point GC, Medford  

Pennsylvania

(1) Toftrees Resort, State College (2) Golf Course at Glen Mills, Glen Mills
(3) Nemacolin Woodlands (Mystic Rock), Farmington (4) Great Bear GC, Marshall's Creek
(5) Hershey CC, Hershey  

Rhode Island

(1) Winnapaug G & CC, Westerly (2) Montaup CC, Portsmouth
(3) Triggs Memorial GC, North Providence (4) Exeter CC, Exeter
(5) Fenner Hill, Cranston  

South Carolina

(1) Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Kiawah Island (2) Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach
(3) Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head (4) Wild Dunes (Links) Isle of Palm
(5) Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island  

South Dakota

(1) Southern Hills, Hot Springs (2) Hillcrest G & CC, Yankton
(3) Willow Run, Sioux Falls (4) Hart Ranch GC, Rapid City
(5) Meadowbrook GC, Huron  

Tennessee

(1) Bear Trace (Harrison Bay), Harrison Bay (2) Bear Trace (Ross Creek), Clifton
(3) Hermitage GC (President's Reserve), Nashville (4) Legends Club of Tennessee ( Roper's Knob), Franklin
(5) Springhouse GC at Opryland, Nashville  

Texas

(1) Barton Creek (Canyons), Austin (2) Pine Dunes Resort & GC, Frankston
(3) La Cantera GC, San Antonio (4) Cowboys GC, Grapevine
(5) Tradition Course at Cypresswood, Houston  

Utah

(1) Coral Canyon GC, St. George (2) Estrada at Snow Canyon, St. George
(3) Sunbrook GC, St. George (4) Jeremy Ranch GC, Park City
(5) Thanksgiving Point, Lehi  

Vermont

(1) Gleneagles at The Equinox, Manchester (2) Vermont National, Burlington
(3) Rutland CC, Rutland (4) Stratton Mountain GC, Stratton
(5) Okemo Mountain, Durkee  

Virginia

(1) Homestead Resort (Cascades), Hot Springs (2) Golden Horseshoe GC (Gold), Williamsburg
(3) Kingsmill GC (River), Williamsburg (4) Royal New Kent GC, Providence Forge
(5) Riverfront GC at Harbor View, Suffolk  

Washington

(1) Desert Canyon, Oreland (2) Olympic Course at Gold Mountain, Bremerton
(3) McCormick Woods GC, Port Orchard (4) Washington National, Auburn
(5) Trophy Lake Golf & Casting, Port Orchard  

West Virginia

(1) Greenbrier GC (Old White), White Sulphur Springs (2) Greenbrier GC (Greenbrier), White Sulphur Springs
(3) Locust Hills GC, Charles Town (4) Glade Springs Resort, Daniels
(5) Raven Course at Snowshoe Mountain, Snowshoe  

Wisconsin

(1) Whistling Straits, Mosel (2) Irish Course, Mosel
(3) Lawsonia (Links), Green Lake (4) University Ridge GC, Verona
(5) Blackwolf Run (River), Kohler  

Wyoming

(1) Jackson Hole G & TC, Jackson Hole (2) Teton Pines GC, Jackson
(3) The Powder Horn GC, Sheridan (4) Buffalo GC, Buffalo
(5) Bell Nob GC, Gillette