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Golf Digest's Top 100 Public Golf Courses
That You Must Go To

Golf Digest's top 100 public golf courses are must sees! Continue reading to learn about the best public golf courses in the United States.

1. Pebble Beach (CALIF.) G. Links

One of the best public golf courses according to golf digest is Pebble Beach. There are amazing ocean views on holes 4th through the 10th, 17th and 18th. The 6th and 8th holes will leave you on the edge of your seat as you hit hail marys over an ocean cove on eight from atop a 75-foot-high bluff. This is a course you’ll never forget.

2. Pacific Dunes

Golf digest ranks the Pacific Dunes as number 2 on it’s list for best public golf courses. This unique public golf course looks like the holes emerge from the landscape, instead of being man made. The greens and fairways are surrounded by sand dunes and bunkers.

Panelists have stated:

  • “As extraordinary a setting as you'll find anywhere, but particularly unique for a links course in the United States. What a fine, natural site for golf."
  • “Doak's MacKenzie-style, blow-out bunkers are reminiscent of Cypress Point. Pacific Dunes is a joy to walk and play under any conditions! Simply the best.”

3. Whistling Straits (Straits)

Whistling Straits lands third on golf digest's top 100 list. This beautiful course has hosted major championships and the 43rd Ryder Cup. When people think of this public golf course, rugged windswept terrain that's sculpted along Lake Michigan is what comes to mind.

4. The Ocean Course

The Ocean Course is ranked number 4 on the top 100 public golf courses. This is another challenging golf course. Each hole is lined with sawgrass, and every green is met with difficult slopes, and every bunker borders the sand dunes. The coastal winds also pose another element of strategic play. This course isn’t for the faint of heart. 

5. Shadow Creek

Shadow Creek has the reputation for the most expensive course built in America and is priced at $47 million. This unique course is an oasis in a sandy desert. When you’re on this course, it’s like you're transported to a different realm. 

54. The course that was here altered their guest policy and no longer qualifies as public access. 

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