Just shy of the Adirondacks mountains in upstate New York, there are few other public access courses in the country that can rival this all-around experience.
Parkland Style Golf Courses
Typically located inland, parkland courses have well-kept fairways, mature trees, thick rough and many bunkers. They are lush and well manicured. The most prestigious ones have immaculate landscaping with flowers, hedges, specialty bushes and trees. Greens are typically mildly undulating and small. Water hazards are usually manmade often with waterfalls and rock walls. They have a park-like feel.
A remarkable layout with small plateaued greens. It’s no wonder it’s ranked #5 in the state for public courses. The views of the lake and the hotel are magnificent.
To play well here, you must have a variety of shots and absolutely keep the ball below the hole.
Fabulous ocean views, classic Hawaiian black lava outcroppings and excellent conditioning. Minutes from the beachfront hotels and villas.
Steady views of the Sierra Madre mountains are comforting but undulating greens, strong bunkering and forced carries make this course a meaningful challenge.
Among plentiful bougainvillea and disinterested iguanas are frequent gullies to carry and dense jungle that devours wayward shots.
Slightly inland from the Pacific Ocean, mango and palms trees combine with abundant water features and views of the Sierra Madre mountains. Easy access from the oceanfront hotels.
A cornerstone of the Southwest Florida golf experience, there are no homes on this course. A natural well-balanced layout with an excellent mixture of water, trees and bunkers.
Tiburon’s Gold course designed is one of the most magnificent golf courses in all of Florida. Architect Greg Norman deftly incorporates water hazards, adds difficult stacked sod-wall bunkers and converts critical areas of rough into coquina shell waste bunkers.
Developed by the PGA of America, PGA Village is a community built around learning and playing the game of golf. It serves as the winter home to PGA professionals. PGA Village includes the PGA Golf Club, the PGA Center for Learning and Performance and the PGA Education Center, the training forum for PGA apprentice professionals.
The only golf course in the world co-designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Winding through the residential communities of the Village, it’s long, not tricky with a mixture of their design styles.
With moderate length, little rough, wide fairways and less penal bunkering, the Slammer and Squire is fun and very playable. The sister course, King and Bear nearby, is longer, tighter and more challenging.
The only Nicklaus course in the Sandhills area. Built in 1989, No. 9 is more challenging than typical Nicklaus courses as it represents his early work. The water holes are memorable and it’s very well manicured.
Designed by Tom Fazio to celebrate the centennial year of Pinehurst Resort. We rank it third behind Major Championship caliber No. 2 and the Gil Hanse refurbished No. 4 as the best courses to play at Pinehurst Resort.
A Rees Jones design with some of the largest greens in the stable of resort courses. The terrain is the most hilly of the nine Pinehurst courses.
A George and Tom Fazio design is not as striking as the other Fazio design No. 8. But it’s no “piece of cake”. The uphill elevated greens are frustrating to reach. Not as busy as other courses, you’ll find the perfect place to start a Pinehurst Resort vacation.
A challenging, lush tournament quality course with great value. It’s also 100% bentgrass on tees, fairways and greens. Only forty-five minutes south of the 2020 Ryder Cup course Whistling Straits.
Salish Cliffs Golf Club is associated with LIttle Casino Resort nearby. It’s a fun high-quality well-manicured golf course framed by beautiful towering pines. And it’s 100% bentgrass on tees, fairways and greens.
The floating green Par3 at Couer d’Alene Golf Resort course is an unusual but entertaining experience. Lake Couer d’Alene is a favored vacation destination in the Idaho panhandle.
Oregon’s newest golf resort located a working ranch in Eastern Oregon is the second reversible course in America. Fascinating. And it’s an impressive full-size course – in both directions.