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The par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass
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Golfweek’s Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play


The number of courses per state varies based on course supply, population and level of play; includes daily-fee layouts and courses accessible via resorts. (m) - modern course; (c) - classic course; * - new to list


Alabama

  • 1. FarmLinks at Pursell Farms, Sylacauga (m)
  • 2. Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores (m)
  • 3. The Shoals (Fighting Joe), Muscle Shoals (m)
  • 4. Ross Bridge, Hoover (m)
  • 5. Grand National (Links), Opelika (m)
  • 6. Grand National (Lake), Opelika (m)
  • 7. Limestone Springs, Oneonta (m)
  • 8. Oxmoor Valley (Ridge), Birmingham (m)
  • 9. Timberline, Calera (m)
  • 10. Capitol Hill (Judge), Prattville ...

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March 7, 2013 | 9:48 p.m.

2013 Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play

The par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass
The par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass

The number of courses per state varies

based on course supply, population and

level(No. of play; includes daily-fee layouts

and courses accessible via resorts.

(m) modern course; (c) classic course; * new to list)

Alabama

1) FarmLinks at Pursell Farms, Sylacauga (m)

2) Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores (m)

3) Capstone Club, Brookwood (m)

4) Ross Bridge, Hoover (m)

5) The Shoals (Fighting Joe), Muscle Shoals (m)

6) Limestone Springs, Oneonta (m)

7) Grand National (Lake), Opelika (m)

8) Grand National (Links), Opelika (m)

9) Oxmoor Valley (Ridge), Birmingham (m)*

10) Timberline, Calera (m)

Alaska

1) Anchorage GC, Anchorage (m)

2 ...

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March 23, 2012 | 12:01 p.m.

Hidden gem

Martin Kaufmann
A waste area on No. 11, with the 13th green in the background at Pine Dunes.
A waste area on No. 11, with the 13th green in the background at Pine Dunes.

FRANKSTON, Texas - It would be reasonable to assume that, upon arriving in this tiny east Texas town, you would be greeted with a billboard bursting with civic pride. The billboard might read something like this: Welcome to Frankston, home of the best golf course in Texas.

But no, there’s no billboard. The closest thing you’ll find is a sign at Pandora’s Box advertising, with no hint of irony: “Outrageously cool junk.”

Even as you drive along State Highway 155, there’s little to suggest that you’re approaching a course that’s often compared to the great ...

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March 12, 2012 | 12:03 p.m.

2012 Golfweek's Best Courses: State by State

Golfweek Staff
Kiva Dunes, No. 1 in Alabama.
Kiva Dunes, No. 1 in Alabama.

The number of courses per state varies based on course supply, population and level of play; includes daily-fee layouts and courses accessible via resorts.

(m) – modern course; (c) – classic course; * – new to list

Alabama

1) Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores (m)

2) Farm Links at Pursell Farms, Sylacauga (m)

3) Limestone Springs, Oneonta (m)

4) Capstone Club, Brookwood (m)

5) Ross Bridge, Hoover (m)

6) The Shoals (Fighting Joe), Muscle Shoals (m)

7) Grand National (Lake), Opelika (m)

8) Grand National (Links), Opelika (m)

9) Timberline, Calera (m)

10) Magnolia Grove (The Crossings), Mobile (m)*


Alaska

1) Anchorage GC, Anchorage (m ...

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March 10, 2011 | 10:50 a.m.

Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play

Golfweek Staff
Pete Dye Course at French Lick.
Pete Dye Course at French Lick.

The number of courses per state varies based on course supply, population and level of play; includes daily-fee layouts and courses accessible via resorts.

(m) – modern course; (c) – classic course; * – new to list


Alabama

1.) FarmLinks at Pursell Farms, Sylacauga (m)

2.) Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores (m)

3.) Limestone Springs, Oneonta (m)

4.) Capstone Club, Brookwood (m)

5.) Ross Bridge, Hoover (m)

6.) Grand National (Lake), Opelika (m)

7.) The Shoals (Fighting Joe), Muscle Shoals (m)

8.) Timberline, Calera (m)

9.) Grand National (Links), Opelika (m)

10.) Cambrian Ridge (Sherling/Canyon), Greenville (m)*


Alaska

1.) Anchorage GC, Anchorage (m)

2 ...

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March 11, 2010 | 9:23 a.m.

Public statement

Golfweek Staff
Oregon's Pacific Dunes is the state's No. 1 public access course as ranked by Golfweek.
Oregon's Pacific Dunes is the state's No. 1 public access course as ranked by Golfweek.

2010 Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play

State-by-State 2010

Public-access courses

The number of courses per state varies based on course supply, population and level of play; includes daily-fee and resort courses

(m) – modern course; (c) – classic course; * – new to list


Alabama

  1. Limestone Springs, Oneonta (m)
  2. Capstone Club, Brookwood (m)
  3. Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores (m)
  4. Farm Links at Pursell Farms, Sylacagua (m)
  5. Ross Bridge, Hoover (m)
  6. The Shoals (Fighting Joe), Muscle Shoals (m)*
  7. Grand National (Lake), Opelika (m)
  8. Grand National (Links), Opelika (m)*
  9. Timberline, Calera (m)*
  10. Oxmoor Valley (Ridge), Birmingham (m)*

Alaska

  1. Anchorage GC, Anchorage (m)
  2. Moose Run (Creek ...

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August 16, 2005 | 5:55 p.m.

2005: A Grander Strand

Bradley S. Klein

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The only thing tougher than building a reputation is changing the one you’ve acquired. Myrtle Beach, the self-styled “golf destination of the world,” is widely known as the destination of choice for publinx golfers seeking a busman’s holiday at discount rates. And while there’s some truth to the label, it’s only part of a bigger story. It turns out that there’s plenty of quality, upscale golf, as well as some innovative examples of golf course architecture – plus the hotels, restaurants and entertainment to match. This clearly is not your father’s ...

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March 27, 2004 | 12:50 p.m.

Barona Creek: Picture of patience

Bradley S. Klein

The elements of a fine golf course design don’t emerge suddenly; they evolve, and only during repeated site visits and reworking of the original plan. Daily-fee golfers at Barona Creek Golf Club, 25 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, can be excused for thinking that the daily-fee/resort course they play earned its ranking of No. 82 on Golfweek’s America’s Best Modern Courses list thanks to its native site features. But the design team that created the course in the late 1990s knows better.

Veteran architect Gary Roger Baird had some concerns when he first visited the ...

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November 16, 2002 | 2:26 p.m.

2002: Mirabel: High end of the High End

Golfweek Staff

By Brian Hewitt

Scottsdale, Ariz.

If you are looking for a “second home”; if you like Arizona, golf and Tom Fazio-designed courses; if you are willing to spend between $1 million and $7 million for a house with up to 5,600 square feet; and if you like loads of amenities, keep reading.

Keep reading because you likely will be interested in Mirabel, a “private golf community” in north Scottsdale that was born in controversy; weaned while so much of the milk of the golf real estate

economy was turning sour; and declared healthy when its COO reported that 168 ...

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November 16, 2002 | 10:35 a.m.

2002: Fall For North Carolina

Golfweek Staff

By Jenna Reiser

Since the Wright Brothers invented the powered flying machine, North Carolina has been first in flight. With the arrival of several master course designers, the Tar Heel State has soared to the top of the nation’s list of most desirable places to stay and play.

This fall, in the pioneering spirit of Orville and Wilbur, golf’s jetset will take off to the sand hills of Pinehurst and the awe-inspiring Peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, attracted by the irresistible charm of the Southeast’s most invigorating resort and community lifestyle.

Pinehurst

Pinehurst’s “Take a ...

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November 30, 2001 | 11:04 a.m.

2001: Ambience top feature at the Ranch

Bradley S. Klein

Southwick, Mass.

In an intriguing press release, Damian Pascuzzo, American Society of Golf Course Architects president, recently made a plea for course raters not to award bonus points for tradition or walking.

The statement, obviously targeted at how Golf Digest undertakes course rankings, goes on to suggest that modern courses today are hard to compare with classical layouts. They are built under very different conditions than was the case a half century or more ago. Because of the severity of the land or the need for additional revenue, many modern courses require that golfers ride golf cars when they play ...

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