By averaging the ratings of the top five public-access golf courses in each state, Golfweek found that Oregon came out on top, thanks almost entirely to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. California, Wisconsin, Florida and North Carolina rounded out the top five.
What is America’s best golf state? Golfweek took a stab at tackling that question by averaging the ratings of the top five public-access courses in each state.
Thanks almost entirely to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which has four courses ranked among the top 20 on the Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses list, Oregon came out on top of the list, edging out California.
This is an interesting, if imperfect, way to compare the states. Golfweek only compared public-access courses; for that reason, states such as New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Jersey, all of which have long lists of great private clubs, didn’t crack the top 10.
Also, in order to maintain an apples-to-apples comparison, we only went five deep in each state. So this exercise tended to favor states with a few superstar courses; it doesn’t measure the broader quality of each state’s course roster, Golfweek reported.