Top 2021 lists led by the best courses in each state

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The champagne is on ice. The countdown has begun. Before you know it, 2022 is upon us.

For the final days of 2021, we’ve provided a look at the top 10 stories from each of Golfweek’s most popular sections, including Travel, PGA & LPGA Tours, Instruction, and Amateur Golf. Here is what we have already counted.

Today we’re focusing on one of Golfweek’s most important areas: golf course listings.

Here’s a look at the top 10 golf course listings, which you clicked on (note that this doesn’t include any yardage books or individual course stories that were featured on Thursday):

Dog’s teeth at Casa de Campo (Courtesy of Casa de Campo)

A fun list is offered by Golfweek’s top golf courses in Mexico, the Caribbean, the Atlantic Islands and Central America for 2021, first published in the printed issue of Golfweek’s Ultimate Guide.

Click here to see the list.

Tara Iti in New Zealand (Courtesy of Tara Iti / Joann Dost)

This year marked Golfweek’s initial list of modern best international courses with the top rated courses outside the United States that were built in 1960 or after.

This was the first year on this modern international list, and it includes thousands of individual course evaluations from around the world.

Take a look at the great courses on this list.

The Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort in Indiana.

This list focuses on courses owned and / or operated by casinos, with data drawn from Golf weekmassive database of course rankings.

The hundreds of members of Golf weekThe Course Assessment Panel continually assesses courses and scores them against our 10 criteria. They also deposit a unique overall mark for each course.

Here is an overview of the list of casinos.

Bandon dune sheep ranch

The Sheep Ranch at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon (Courtesy Bandon Dunes)

Golfweek’s Best 2021 list of the top 200 modern courses, built in 1960 or later in the United States.

Every year we publish lots of lists, these top 200 modern courses and the lists of the top 200 classic courses that come with it being the premium offerings.

Click here to view this list.

15th hole at Cypress Point Golf Course in California, circa 1999 (Photo by Phil Sheldon / Popperfoto / Getty Images)

Cypress Point was built in the 1920s, a great decade for courses. (Photo by Phil Sheldon / Popperfoto / Getty Images)

This list presents the best classic courses.

Courses must have a minimum of 25 votes to qualify for the top 200 Modern or the top 200 Classic. Golfweek’s other best listings, such as the best courses you can play or the best private ones, don’t require as many votes. This allows a course to appear on other listings but not on the premium top 200 listings.

Here’s a look at that busy list.

Whistling Straits No.18 from above. (Gabe Gudgel / Golfweek)

Golfweek’s 2021 list of the best resort golf courses in the United States was first published in the print issue of The Ultimate Guide to Golfweek.

The hundreds of members of our Course Assessment Panel continually assess courses and score them against our 10 criteria. They also deposit a unique overall mark for each course. These overall grades for each course are averaged to produce a cumulative final grade. Then each course is ranked against other courses in the region.

Here is an overview of that list.

The hills of champions

Champion Hills (courtesy Champion Hills)

Here is the list of the best residential golf courses in the United States, first published in the print issue of The Ultimate Guide to Golfweek.

These focus on courses within residential developments and include both private clubs and public access tracks.

Click here to view this list.

Bethpage Black Par 5 Fourth Hole

If you’re only looking for the best in publicly accessible golf, we’ve got you covered with this list of Golfweek’s 100 best courses you can play in the United States, according to our nationwide network of reviewers.

Here is the full list.

Augusta Nationale n ° 11

Where is the best private golf course in every state? With this list of the best private courses in Golfweek, we present the best of these layouts, according to our national network of reviewers.

Members of our Course Assessment Panel continually assess courses and score them against our 10 criteria. They also deposit a unique overall mark for each course. These overall grades for each course are averaged together to produce a final grade for each course. Each course is then ranked against the other courses in its state to produce the final ranking.

Here is the full ranking.

Softens the creek

The “heckledeck” overlooks the 9th green at Sweetens Cove.

Not a member somewhere? No problem.

With this list of the best Golfweek courses you can play, we present the best public access courses in each state, according to our nationwide network of reviewers.

All of the courses on this list allow public access in one way or another, whether it’s standard daily green fees, through a resort, or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there is a will, there is a starting time.

Here’s the full list, which just so happens to be our most clicked post of 2021.


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