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.
Geneva National Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wis., has become Geneva National Resort after opening a 146-room lakeside hotel called Geneva Ridge Resort, and acquiring The Inns of Geneva National, both of which have been extensively remodeled. Geneva Ridge offers a full-service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a marina, and more than 22,000 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space.
Because of limited new-construction activity, Golfweek’s list for 2011 actually covers courses that have opened, or been fully renovated, during the past two calendar years.