Golfweek's Best Resort Courses 2013

Pine Needles Golf Course in Southern Pines, N.C.

Pine Needles Golf Course in Southern Pines, N.C.


1. Pacific Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 2001

Tom Doak

Avg. rating: 9.10


2. Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1999

D. Grant, Jack Neville

Avg. rating: 8.89


3. Pinehurst (No. 2)

Pinehurst, N.C., 1903-1946

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 8.70


4. Old Macdonald

Bandon, Ore., 2010

Tom Doak, Jim Urbina

Avg. rating: 8.67


5. Whistling Straits (Straits)

Kohler, Wis., 1997

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 8.58


6. Bandon Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 1999

David McLay Kidd

Avg. rating: 8.30


7. Shadow Creek

North Las Vegas, Nev., 1990

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 8.12


8. Spyglass Hill

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1966

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 7.87


9. Ocean Course

Kiawah Island, S.C., 1991

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.85


10. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium)

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 1981

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.80


11. Bandon Trails

Bandon, Ore., 2005

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 7.61


12. Harbour Town

Hilton Head, S.C., 1970

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.38


13. Blackwolf Run (River)

Kohler, Wis., 1988

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.31


14. Fallen Oak

Saucier, Miss., 2006

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 7.30


15. Homestead Resort (Cascades)

Hot Springs, Va., 1923

William S. Flynn

Avg. rating: 7.25


16. Sea Island (Seaside)

St. Simons Island, Ga., 2000

Charles H. Alison, Harry S. Colt, Tom Fazio, Joe Lee

Avg. rating: 7.21


17. Kapalua GC (Plantation)

Maui, Hawaii, 1991

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 7.10


18. Pine Needles

Southern Pines, N.C., 1927

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 7.05


19. The Prairie Club (Dunes)

Valentine, Neb., 2010

Tom Lehman

Avg. rating: 6.89


20. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club (Saguaro)

Fountain Hills, Ariz., 2006

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 6.89


21. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

Pawleys Island, S.C., 1994

Michael Strantz

Avg. rating: 6.82


22. Princeville (Prince)

Kauai, Hawaii, 1990

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.80


23. French Lick Resort (Pete Dye)

French Lick, Ind., 2009

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.74


24. Highland Course at Primland

Meadows of Dan, Va., 2007

Donald Steel

Avg. rating: 6.73


25. May River Course at Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton, S.C., 2004

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.70


26. The Greenbrier (Old White TPC)

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., 1914

Lester George, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor

Avg. rating: 6.69


27. Dunes Golf & Beach Club

Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1949

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.64


28. Barona Creek

Lakeside, Calif., 2000

Gary Roger Baird, Todd Eckenrode

Avg. rating: 6.62


29. Manele Bay (Challenge)

Lanai, Hawaii, 1993

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.61


30. Pronghorn (Nicklaus)

Bend, Ore., 2004

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.60


31. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Golf Club

Kamuela, Hawaii, 1966

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.57


32. Linville Golf Club

Linville, N.C., 1924

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.57


33. Pine Dunes Resort & Golf Club

Frankston, Texas, 2001

Jay Morrish

Avg. rating: 6.53


34. Atlantic City Country Club

Northfield, N.J., 1923

William S. Flynn, Tom Doak, 2000

Avg. rating: 6.50


35. Whistling Straits (Irish)

Kohler, Wis., 1999

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.48


36. Lodestone

McHenry, Md., 2010

Hale Irwin, Todd Schoeder

Avg. rating: 6.45


37. Wilderness at Fortune Bay

Tower, Minn., 2004

Jeff Brauer

Avg. rating: 6.43


38. Ritz-Carlton GC at Dove Mountain (Saguaro & Tortolita)

Marana, Ariz., 2009

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.41


39. PGA West (Stadium Course)

La Quinta, Calif., 1986

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.38


40. Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami (TPC Blue Monster)

Miami, 1962

Dick Wilson, Joe Lee

Avg. rating: 6.38


41. Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons)

Austin, Texas, 2001

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.37


42. CordeValle

San Martin, Calif., 2000

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.36


43. Sand Hollow (Championship)

St. George, Utah, 2008

John Fought, Andy Staples

Avg. rating: 6.36


44. Ballyowen GC at Crystal Springs Resort

Hamburg, N.J., 1998

Roger Rulewich

Avg. rating: 6.33


45. Crosswater

Sunriver, Ore., 1995

Bob Cupp, John Fought

Avg. rating: 6.31


46. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club (Cholla)

Fountain Hills, Ariz., 2001

Scott Miller

Avg. rating: 6.30


47. Innisbrook (Copperhead)

Tarpon Springs, Fla., 1974

Edward Packard, Lawrence Packard

Avg. rating: 6.28


48. Wolf Creek

Mesquite, Nev., 2000

Arnold Palmer

Avg. rating: 6.26


49. Tobacco Road

Sanford, N.C., 1998

Michael Strantz

Avg. rating: 6.23


50. Nemacolin Woodlands (Mystic Rock)

Farmington, Pa., 1995

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.23


51. French Lick Resort (Donald Ross)

French Lick, Ind., 1917

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.22


52. PGA National (Champion)

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 1981

Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.19


53. Bay Hill Club

Orlando, Fla., 1961

Arnold Palmer, Dick Wilson

Avg. rating: 6.19


54. Bedford Springs

Bedford, Pa., 1923

Ron Forse, Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast

Avg. rating: 6.18


55. Red Sky (Fazio)

Wolcott, Colo., 2003

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.16


56. Whitehawk Ranch

Clio, Calif., 1996

Dick Bailey

Avg. rating: 6.15


57. TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks)

San Antonio, Texas, 2010

Greg Norman

Avg. rating: 6.14


58. Mid Pines Club

Southern Pines, N.C., 1921

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.13


59. Golden Horseshoe (Gold)

Williamsburg, Va., 1965

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.12


60. Osprey Meadows

Donnelly, Idaho, 2006

Robert Trent Jones Jr. , Bruce Charlton

Avg. rating: 6.12


61. Ocean Course at Hammock Beach

Palm Coast, Fla., 2000

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.12


62. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes

Maricopa, Ariz., 2002

Brian Curley, Lee Schmidt

Avg. rating: 6.10


63. Silverado Resort & Spa (North)

Napa, Calif., 1957

Robert Trent Jones Sr., Johnny Miller

Avg. rating: 6.10


64. Kauai Lagoons (Kiele Mauka/Kiele Moana)

Kauai, Hawaii, 1988

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.09


65. Wynn Golf Club

Las Vegas, Nevada, 2005

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.09


66. Salish Cliffs

Shelton, Wash., 2011

Gene Bates

Avg. rating: 6.09


67. TimberStone

Iron Mountain, Mich., 1995

Jerry Matthews

Avg. rating: 6.09


68. Omni Mt. Washington Resort (Mount Washington)

Bretton Woods, N.H., 1915

Donald Ross, Brian Silva

Avg. rating: 6.09


69. Four Seasons Resort - Hualalai

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 2008

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.08


70. Lakewood Shores Resort (Gailes)

Oscoda, Mich., 1992

Kevin Aldrige

Avg. rating: 6.08


71. Sandia Golf Club

Albuquerque, N.M., 2005

Scott Miller

Avg. rating: 6.07


72. Stonewall Resort

Roanoke, W.Va., 2003

Arnold Palmer

Avg. rating: 6.07


73. Troon North (Monument)

Scottsdale, Ariz., 1990

Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf

Avg. rating: 6.06


74. Links at Spanish Bay

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1987

Robert Trent Jones Jr. , Sandy Tatum,

Tom Watson

Avg. rating: 6.05


75. Wailea Resort (Gold)

Maui, Hawaii, 1994

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.05


76. Firekeeper

Mayetta, Kan., 2011

Jeff Brauer

Avg. rating: 6.04


77. Treetops North (Smith)

Gaylord, Mich., 1993

Rick Smith

Avg. rating: 6.04


78. Pinehurst (No. 4)

Pinehurst, N.C., 1917

Tom Fazio, Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.03


79. Raven Course at Snowshoe Mountain

Snowshoe, W.Va., 1993

Gary Player, Tom Walker

Avg. rating: 6.03


80. Troon North (Pinnacle)

Scottsdale, Ariz., 1996

Tom Weiskopf

Avg. rating: 6.03


81. Ventana Canyon (Mountain)

Tucson, Ariz., 1987

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.02


82. Pinehurst (No. 8)

Pinehurst, N.C., 1995

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.02


83. Broadmoor (East)

Colorado Springs, Colo., 1918

Robert Trent Jones Sr., Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.01


84. Fairmont Turnberry Isle (Soffer)

Aventura, Fla., 1972

Raymond Floyd, Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.01


85. Poipu Bay Golf Resort

Kauai, Hawaii, 1991

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.01


86. Talking Stick (North)

Scottsdale, Ariz., 1998

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 6.01


87. Kiva Dunes

Gulf Shores, Ala., 1994

Jerry Pate

Avg. rating: 6.01


88. Blackwolf Run (Meadow Valleys)

Kohler, Wis., 1988

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 5.96


89. Circling Raven

Worley, Idaho, 2003

Gene Bates

Avg. rating: 5.96


90. Turning Stone Resort (Atunyote)

Verona, N.Y., 2004

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 5.95


91. The Classic at Madden’s Lake

Brainerd, Minn., 1997

Scott Hoffman

Avg. rating: 5.95


92. Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South)

Newport Coast, Calif., 1992

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 5.94


93. The Prairie Club (Pines)

Valentine, Neb., 2010

Graham Marsh

Avg. rating: 5.94


94. Dancing Rabbit (Azaleas)

Philadelphia, Miss., 1997

Tom Fazio, Jerry Pate

Avg. rating: 5.94


95. Coeur d’Alene Resort

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 1991

Scott Miller

Avg. rating: 5.93


96. Boulders Resort (North)

Carefree, Ariz., 1985

Jay Morrish

Avg. rating: 5.93


97. Westin La Cantera Hill Country

Resort (Palmer)

San Antonio, Texas, 2001

Arnold Palmer

Avg. rating: 5.92


98. Turning Stone Resort (Kaluhyat)

Verona, N.Y., 2003

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 5.91


99. Reynolds Plantation (Oconee)

Greensboro, Ga., 2000

Rees Jones

Avg. rating: 5.90


100. Lake of Isles (North)

North Stonington, Conn., 2005

Rees Jones

Avg. rating: 5.90

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