America is one of the greatest countries for golfers in the world, with incredibly designed courses, states with year-round sunny weather, and thousands of courses to choose from. If you’re a golf enthusiast, it’s hard not to plan a trip to California, Georgia, Florida, Texas, or Michigan in the summertime. You won’t be disappointed with the links in any of these states.
With that said, sometimes statewide is a little bit too broad, especially when we talk about states as large as California and Florida. For those interested, these are the states with the most golf courses in the USA. Instead, let’s explore the top golf cities in the USA, including cities with the most and best courses.
Here are the top 10 cities for golfers in the USA.
1. New York City
Sounds strange, right? Pump the brakes, and let us explain. NYC is within driving distance to more of Golf.com’s top 100 courses than any other city in the world – including Edinburgh, Dublin, and London. Check out some of the incredible courses within driving distance that made the list:
- Pine Valley: 98 miles
- Shinnecock Hills: 91 miles
- National Golf Links of America: 91 miles
- Fisher’s Island: 137 miles
- Winged Foot (West): 24 miles
- Friar’s Head: 80 miles
- Somerset Hills: 50 miles
- Garden City: 28 miles
- Bethpage (Black): 40 miles
- Winged Foot (East): 24 miles
- Maidstone: 106 miles
- Quaker Ridge: 23 miles
- Sleepy Hollow: 33 miles
- Yale: 77 miles
The average driving distance to each of these is 64 miles. Maybe not a 10 minute drive, but they’re in your backyard and ready to be explored. For this reason, we think a golf trip to NYC is well worth it.
2. San Francisco
The private clubs in San Francisco are first class, with the US Open venue Olympic Club, Lake Merced Golf Club, and the San Francisco Golf Club coming to mind. There are also terrific public courses in or near the city, with The Presidio being our top recommended public course to play. Nearby Oakland, and nearby wine country are also home to some stunning courses within driving distance to San Francisco, so you’re never going to run out of great spots to play.
Scottsdale and Phoenix are fantastic golf cities, with a plethora of courses to choose from and wonderful weather in the winter months. There are over 200 courses in the area to choose from, which has led it to be named the best city for golfers by other publications.
We recommend: We-Ko-Pa Saguaro, TPC Scottsdale, Troon North Monument, Boulders Resort South
The state of Florida is home to many excellent golf cities, but Orlando takes the top spot on our list. Naples is mentioned below, but Miami and Jacksonville should also be noted, and of course, Juno Beach which is home to the finest course in the state, Seminole Golf Club. Orlando is home to the Arnold Palmer invitation at Bay Hill every March, and you can visit great courses like Orange County National, the Country Club of Orlando, and The Golden Bear Club.
5. San Diego
Great weather, great food, and great golf makes San Diego a city you could visit yearly. We recommend visiting Torrey Pines North and South, Aviara, Omni La Costa, Coronado, and Maderas Golf Club. Torrey Pines is truly the stuff of golf legend, don’t miss it.
The private club roster in Chicago is among the world’s best courses, but more public courses are popping up every year. Here’s a look at the 13 best public courses in Chicago, should you be in town and looking for a round.
The Crowne Plaza Invitational takes place at Colonial Country Club each year, and there are tons of public courses to visit in Dallas as well. Bleacher Report named Dallas the top US city for golf back in 2013, with nearby Fort Worth and Arlington having a lot of spots to choose from.
With more golf courses than any other city in Florida, including favorites like Tiburon Golf Club’s Gold & Black Courses, Naples Grande Golf Club, TPC Treviso Bay, and of course the Jack Nicklaus designed Old Corkscrew Golf Club. You can’t go wrong at any of these courses, making Naples an incredible city to visit for golf lovers.
In many ways visiting Maui is the ultimate golf getaway, you might even enjoy this trip better than a golf trip to Ireland (depending on how you feel about the weather). The sun always shines in Maui, and it shines on its golf courses as well. The island’s topography is what really sets it apart from the other cities on this list.
Top golf courses in Maui: The Plantation Course at Kapalua Bay, King Kamehameha, Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club, and Ka’anapali Kai Course.
10. Palm Springs
It’s hard to argue with Palm Springs being one of the top wintertime golf destinations to visit in the USA. The weather here is always perfect in the winter, and the rolling hill backdrops add to why we love golfing in Palm Springs. There are TONS of private and public golf courses to play at in Palm Springs, but for the top spots it’s hard not to pick PGA West, Players Course at Indian Wells, and SilverRock Resort designed by Arnold Palmer.