Add These 12 PGA Rated Golf Courses To Your Golf Bucket List
You love golf and all you want to do is find the best places to play. You are not just a weekend warrior; you live and breathe golf. In fact, you are glued to Golf Channel on a daily basis. If someone asked you the meaning of March 24, 2001, you would instantly answer, “Tiger Woods and a 60-foot birdie putt, and that was ‘better than most'” without even thinking about it. And why not, like on that fateful day at TPC Sawgrass, Woods made his way to third round 66 and his first players’ championship title.
The course, which features 36 challenging holes designed by architect Pete Dye, can be one of your bucket list courses to play someday, and of course there’s Augusta. However, there is a plethora of other PGA golf courses that can not only delight you but, frankly, humiliate you.
In the past, we’ve written about the world’s best golf courses and the world’s most memorable golf courses, but a lot of these remote places aren’t exactly around the corner. However, if you want to visit some of the best PGA golf courses, these destinations are much easier to cross off your list of golf choices.
If you’re as serious about golf as we are, here are the best PGA rated golf courses in the United States. You might not be able to sink a 60-foot birdie putt like Tiger, but you can still give your best shot.
1. Pebble Beach Golf Links
Ranked the first public golf course in the United States, Pebble Beach Golf Links is truly a bucket list item for those who never miss a US Open, which it has hosted six times. Although this is a public course, it is quite expensive, but the views of the coastline and the cliffside fairways can be worth it. But don’t get lost watching the spray of the Pacific Ocean as you miss the bunkers of 18 and pass its par-5. This beloved course has hosted legends like Bobby Jones, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. And coming this year is a new short course designed by none other than Woods. It will be built on the former site of the Peter Hay Golf Course.
2. PTC Scottsdale
Woven in the Sonoran Desert, the TPC Scottsdale features 36 holes that allow everyday golfers to experience “a day in the life” of a PGA Tour player. The club features two championship courses, the famous Stadium Course, designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, and the Champions Course, by Randy Heckenkemper. TPC Scottsdale is home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which takes place each year in early February. At the end of a day of class, you can head to Toro Restaurant & Rum Bar and feast on Pan-Latin cuisine.
3. Kapalua Plantation Course
If you need a break from the cold, brisk winter winds, head to the beautiful island of Maui and the Kapalua Plantation Course for a round or two of golf might just be the break for you. His Plantation course is par 73 and designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. It showcases the beauty of the island. Of the 7,596 meters, there is none without a breathtaking view. Although it offers wide fairways, making it a playable course for the mid-road golfer, but be prepared for a challenge on the 18th. The property’s other course, the Bay Course, is tucked away in the ‘hibiscus and has hosted over 20 major professional tournaments.
4. Torrey Pines South
Torrey Pines South Golf Course will see a return to the US Open this year, which it also hosted in 2008. During this event, an 18-hole playoff won Tiger Woods over Rocco Mediate. (Woods would have played on a broken leg that day.) The course has been recently renovated and the 7,800 yards are now more difficult than ever. At the same time, you might see rabbits, snakes, foxes, or a great blue heron on this famous San Diego coastal golf course. But don’t take your eyes off the ball, or you could land in one of the 54 bunkers.
5. Bethpage State Park Golf Course
Opened in 1936, Bethpage Black is well known as the home of the 2002 and 2009 US Open Championships. The PGA 71 rated golf course is considered one of the toughest in the world. This is where Woods won the US Open in 2002 and Patrick Reed in 2016. Bethpage State Park also has four other courses: Bethpage Green, Yellow, Blue and Red. Bethpage is located on Long Island, just outside of New York City, so save time on your next trip to Manhattan and play one of the best PGA golf courses in the country.
6. Reunion Resort & Golf Club
Located in Kissimmee, Florida, the Reunion Resort & Golf Club is a true golf lover’s paradise, with 54 holes designed by three of the world’s greatest golfers: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. The Palmer Par 72 course covers 6,916 yards of hilly terrain that features unpredictable elevation changes, some up to 50 feet. Nicklaus, who has 18 major titles, designed a course that runs effortlessly, which sounds easy, but you’d be wrong. The Golden Bear also created a tough course, with long horizontal lines and raised tees that will appeal to even the best. If you like the short game then the Tom Watson Course is where you should be heading for a demanding 7,154 yard course that will put your putter to the test. And while it all feels like a slice of paradise, these three courses at the Reunion Resort are rivaled by luxurious on-site suites and condos, multi-room villas, and private three- to 13-bedroom vacation homes on 2,300 acres. .
7. TPC Summerlin
Just minutes from downtown Las Vegas, TPC Summerlin hosts Tiger Woods’ first professional victory and the WGC-Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the fourth event of the PGA TOUR FedExCup season. Although it did not make SPY’s list of the best golf courses in the world, TPC Summerlin was named by Golf Digest as “one of the best golf courses in America”. the private club is a 7243 yard par 72 golf course designed by Bobby Weed. It is also the first golf course to be certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System by Audubon International.
8. Pacific Dunes
Pacific Dunes, located in Bandon, Oregon, was designed by Tom Doak and opened in 2001. The course rises from the coastal pines and although it is relatively easy, the wind presents challenges as well as the rugged nature of the course. It sits next to Bandon Dunes, which has hosted four US Amateur Championships. As complicated as Pacific Dunes is, its length will prevent it from hosting a major championship.
9. Pinehurst # 2
Pinehurst No. 2 was designed by Donald Ross and hosted the 2014 men’s and women’s tournaments, hosted two other Opens and the US Amateur 2008. The Par 70 course was also where Ben Hogan scored his first victory. in stroke play. And while he’s known for all of these awesome things, he’s also public, which is definitely a win!
10. Harbor Town Golf Links
If you think you are a good golfer, try Harbor Town Golf Links. Designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, it is home to the RBC, a PGA Tour event held on Hilton Head Island since 1969. It features a collection of par threes and an 18th, par 4, one of the toughest. The award-winning course is an Audubon certified cooperative sanctuary.
11. Valley of the Pines Golf Club
For the past 108 years, the Pine Valley Golf Club in southern New Jersey has been primarily for men and women were only allowed to play on the course on Sundays. Well, finally, in 2021 the club became inclusive, and women are now allowed to play all the time. Pine Valley spans 600 acres and is considered not only difficult, but has earned the honor of being ranked # 1 in the “Challenge” category for Golf Digest. All we can say is keep our head in the game as each hole comes with its own set of dangers.
12. Shinnecock Hills
Shinnecock Hills is known as one of the best golf courses in the world and is said to resemble some of the courses in the British Isles. But most notably, it hosted the second US Open championship, then in 1986, 1995, 2004, 2018, and will do so again in 2026. Additionally, it was the venue of the US Amateur in 1896, the Women’s Amateur in 1900 and the Walker Cup match in 1977.
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