2012 Golfweek's Best Resort Courses

No. 18th hole at Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South) in Newport Coast, Calif.

1. Pacific Dunes

Bandon, Ore., 2001

Tom Doak

Avg. rating: 9.21


2. Old Macdonald

Bandon, Ore., 2010

Tom Doak, Jim Urbina

Avg. rating: 8.83


3. Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1999

D. Grant, Jack Neville

Avg. rating: 8.83


4. Whistling Straits (Straits)

Kohler, Wis., 1997

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 8.64


5. Pinehurst (No. 2)

Pinehurst, N.C., 1903-1946

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 8.44


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: 8.06


8. Spyglass Hill

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1966

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 7.86


9. Ocean Course

Kiawah Island, S.C., 1991

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.82


10. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium)

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 1981

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.78


11. Bandon Trails

Bandon, Ore., 2005

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 7.63


12. Harbour Town

Hilton Head, S.C., 1970

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.40


13. Fallen Oak

Saucier, Miss., 2006

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 7.35


14. Homestead Resort (Cascades)

Hot Springs, Va., 1923

William S. Flynn

Avg. rating: 7.30


15. Blackwolf Run (River)

Kohler, Wis., 1988

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 7.29


16. Sea Island (Seaside)

St. Simons Island, Ga., 2000

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

Avg. rating: 7.24


17. Kapalua GC (Plantation)

Maui, Hawaii, 1991

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 7.08


18. Pine Needles

Southern Pines, N.C., 1927

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 7.04


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

Fountain Hills, Ariz., 2006

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 6.93


20. Princeville (Prince)

Kauai, Hawaii, 1990

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.81


21. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club

Pawleys Island, S.C., 1994

Michael Strantz

Avg. rating: 6.81


22. The Prairie Club (Dunes)

Valentine, Neb., 2010*

Tom Lehman

Avg. rating: 6.78


23. May River Course at Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton, S.C., 2004

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.75


24. Pine Dunes Resort & Golf Club

Frankston, Texas, 2001

Jay Morrish

Avg. rating: 6.75


25. French Lick Resort (Pete Dye)

French Lick, Ind., 2009

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.73


26. Dunes Golf & Beach Club

Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1949

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.66


27. Barona Creek

Lakeside, Calif., 2000

Gary Roger Baird, Todd Eckenrode

Avg. rating: 6.65


28. Highland Course at Primland

Meadows of Dan, Va., 2007

Donald Steel

Avg. rating: 6.63


29. Pronghorn (Nicklaus)

Bend, Ore., 2004

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.62


30. Cougar Canyon

Trinidad, Colo., 2007

Jack Nicklaus, Chris Cochran

Avg. rating: 6.57


31. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Golf Club

Kamuela, Hawaii, 1966

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.55


32. Wolf Creek

Mesquite, Nev., 2000

Dennis Rider

Avg. rating: 6.55


33. The Greenbrier (The Old White TPC)

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., 1914

Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor

Lester George, 2006

Avg. rating: 6.53


34. Atlantic City Country Club

Northfield, N.J., 1923

William S. Flynn

Tom Doak, 2000

Avg. rating: 6.52


35. Manele Bay (Challenge)

Lanai, Hawaii, 1993

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.52


36. Linville Golf Club

Linville, N.C., 1924

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.46


37. Lodestone

McHenry, Md., 2010*

Hale Irwin

Avg. rating: 6.45


38. Whistling Straits (Irish)

Kohler, Wis., 1999

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.44


39. Omni Mount Washington Resort

(Mount Washington)

Bretton Woods, N.H., 1915

Donald Ross, Brian Silva, 2008

Avg. rating: 6.43


40. TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks)

San Antonio, Texas, 2010*

Greg Norman

Avg. rating: 6.42


41. Wilderness at Fortune Bay

Tower, Minn., 2004

Jeff Brauer

Avg. rating: 6.42


42. Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons)

Austin, Texas, 2001

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.41


43. Reynolds Plantation (Great Waters)

Greensboro, Ga., 1992

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.40


44. CordeValle

San Martin, Calif., 2000

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 6.39


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

Marana, Ariz., 2009

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.39


46. Sand Hollow (Championship)

St. George, Utah, 2008

John Fought, Andy Staples

Avg. rating: 6.38


47. PGA West (Stadium Course)

La Quinta, Calif., 1986

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.38


48. Osprey Meadows

Donnelly, Idaho, 2006

Robert Trent Jones Jr., Bruce Charlton

Avg. rating: 6.38


49. Silverado Resort & Spa (North)

Napa, Calif., 1957*

Robert Trent Jones Sr., Johnny Miller

Avg. rating: 6.33


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

Fountain Hills, Ariz., 2001

Scott Miller

Avg. rating: 6.32


51. Innisbrook (Copperhead)

Tarpon Springs, Fla., 1974*

Edward Packard, Lawrence Packard

Avg. rating: 6.30


52. Whitehawk Ranch

Clio, Calif., 1996

Dick Bailey

Avg. rating: 6.27


53. Crosswater

Sunriver, Ore., 1995

Bob Cupp, John Fought

Avg. rating: 6.25


54. Ballyowen GC

Crystal Springs Resort

Hamburg, N.J., 1998

Roger Rulewich

Avg. rating: 6.23


55. Tobacco Road

Sanford, N.C., 1998

Michael Strantz

Avg. rating: 6.21


56. TimberStone

Iron Mountain, Mich., 1995*

Jerry Matthews

Avg. rating: 6.19


57. Raven Course at Snowshoe Mountain

Snowshoe, W.Va., 1993

Gary Player, Tom Walker

Avg. rating: 6.17


58. French Lick Resort (Donald Ross)

French Lick, Ind., 1917

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.16


59. PGA National (Champion)

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 1981

Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.15


60. Southern Dunes

Maricopa, Ariz., 2002

Brian Curley, Lee Schmidt

Avg. rating: 6.15


61. Bedford Springs

Bedford, Pa., 1923

Ron Forse, Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast

Avg. rating: 6.14


62. Nemacolin Woodlands

(Mystic Rock)

Farmington, Pa., 1995

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 6.14


63. Bay Hill Club

Orlando, Fla., 1961

Arnold Palmer, Dick Wilson

Avg. rating: 6.14


64. Ocean Course at Hammock Beach

Palm Coast, Fla., 2000

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.12


65. Mid Pines Club

Southern Pines, N.C., 1921

Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.12


66. Circling Raven

Worley, Idaho, 2003

Gene Bates

Avg. rating: 6.11


67. Golden Horseshoe (Gold)

Williamsburg, Va., 1965

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 6.11


68. Wynn Golf Club

Las Vegas, Nev., 2005

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.10


69. Red Sky (Fazio)

Wolcott, Colo., 2003

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 6.10


70. Kauai Lagoons (Kiele Mauka/Kiele Moana)

Kauai, Hawaii, 1988

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.08


71. Talking Stick (North)

Scottsdale, Ariz., 1998

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

Avg. rating: 6.08


72. Lakewood Shores Resort (Gailes)

Oscoda, Mich., 1992

Kevin Aldrige

Avg. rating: 6.08


73. Stonewall Resort

Roanoke, W.Va., 2003

Arnold Palmer

Avg. rating: 6.07


74. Treetops North (Smith)

Gaylord, Mich., 1993

Rick Smith

Avg. rating: 6.06


75. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Kailua - Kona, Hawaii, 2008

Jack Nicklaus

Avg. rating: 6.05


76. Doral Golf Resort & Spa (TPC Blue Monster)

Miami, Fla. 1962

Dick Wilson, Joe Lee

Avg. rating: 6.03


77. Pechanga Resort & Casino (Journey at Pechanga)

Temecula, Calif., 2008

Steve Forrest, Arthur Hills

Avg. rating: 6.03


78. The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Savannah, Ga., 1999

Bob Cupp

Avg. rating: 6.03


79. Pinehurst (No. 4)

Pinehurst, N.C., 1917

Tom Fazio, Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.02


80. Broadmoor (East)

Colorado Springs, Colo., 1918

Robert Trent Jones Sr., Donald Ross

Avg. rating: 6.01


81. Poipu Bay Golf Resort

Kauai, Hawaii, 1991

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 5.99


82. Wailea Resort (Gold)

Maui, Hawaii, 1994

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Avg. rating: 5.98


83. Links at Spanish Bay

Pebble Beach, Calif., 1987

Robert Trent Jones Jr., Sandy Tatum, Tom Watson

Avg. rating: 5.98


84. Pinehurst (No. 8)

Pinehurst, N.C., 1995

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 5.97


85. Blackwolf Run (Meadow Valley)

Kohler, Wis., 1988

Pete Dye

Avg. rating: 5.94


86. Kiva Dunes

Gulf Shores, Ala., 1994

Jerry Pate

Avg. rating: 5.94


87. Boulders Resort (North)

Carefree, Ariz., 1985

Jay Morrish

Avg. rating: 5.94


88. The Classic at Madden’s on Gull Lake

Brainerd, Minn., 1997*

Scott Hoffman

Avg. rating: 5.92


89. Ventana Canyon (Mountain)

Tucson, Ariz., 1987

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 5.91


90. Barton Creek (Fazio Foothills)

Austin, Texas, 1995

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 5.91


91. Fairmont Turnberry Isle (Soffer)

Aventura, Fla., 1972*

Raymond Floyd, Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Avg. rating: 5.90


92. Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South)

Newport Coast, Calif., 1992

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 5.89


93. Lake of Isles (North)

North Stonington, Conn., 2005

Rees Jones

Avg. rating: 5.88


94. Dancing Rabbit (Azaleas)

Philadelphia, Miss., 1997

Tom Fazio, Jerry Pate

Avg. rating: 5.88


95. The Prairie Club (Pines)

Valentine, Neb., 2010

Graham Marsh

Avg. rating: 5.87


96. Shadow Ridge

Palm Desert, Calif., 2000*

Nick Faldo

Avg. rating: 5.87


97. Coeur d’Alene Resort

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 1991

Scott Miller

Avg. rating: 5.85


98. Turning Stone Resort (Atunyote)

Verona, N.Y., 2004

Tom Fazio

Avg. rating: 5.83


99. Yocha Dehe Golf Club

Brooks, Calif., 2008

Brad Bell

Avg. rating: 5.83


100. Sandia Golf Club

Albuquerque, N.M., 2005

Scott Miller

Avg. rating: 5.82


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