2012 Golfweek's Best Resort Courses

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

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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