Golfers could do worse than this list of unique and highly-ranked golf courses in the United States. From championship greens to 1920’s design, there’s something on this list for every player. Like fine dining, we’ve also paired these courses with a nearby Magnuson Hotel to complete your authentic experience.
Tournament Players Club Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is rather infamous for its dastardly 17th hole. Designed by Pete Dye, this course is ranked 2nd in the state and benefitted from a significant hole re-design in 2016 by Steve Wenzloff – of PGA Tour design fame. He replaced the former 358-yard, drive and pitch par four with a 302-yard straightforward fairway with barely noticeable mounding on the putting green that adds a strategic element. Instead of staying in Ponte Vedra, why not stay in nearby Jacksonville at our Magnuson Hotel. That way, you can get out and enjoy the city if fair weather doesn’t hold.
Dallas National Golf Club in Dallas, Texas is a unique course. Designed by Tom Fazio, it is ranked 3rd in the state and boasts a dynamic limestone canyon setting. You’ll need to be a member or know one to get into this modern course though. That’s why not many have played through the plunging ravines and high-top landings. It’s received so much low-key attention – it might be worth getting in touch with Jackie Cotropia, Membership Director at 214.331.4195 if you’ll be in town. While you’re in Dallas, don’t forget to book in a stay at the Magnuson Grand Desoto – one of our stunning, flagship properties.
Coyote Preserve Golf Club may not rank high on the list of top clubs in the state of Michigan, it is an Arnold Palmer design that can be played for a STEAL compared to other Signature Golf Courses from the famed architect. Set in 400 acres of woodland, this well-crafted course offers a pristine setting for nature lovers with good elevation changes and water on most of the holes. To complete an affordable stay, visit one of our nearby sister properties : Magnuson Hotel Howell or Magnuson Hotel Fowlerville.
Brookside Country Club in Canton, Ohio is a Donald Ross gem that has recently been restored to its former glory. Coming in at 7th in the state, this members-only course with its beautifully-sculpted fairways was almost scrubbed from the landscape. Thanks to an intervention by Brian Silva in 2003, members can now play a fantastic homage to the 1922 original. If you’re interested in membership, contact Hattie Newman, Director of Club Communications & Member Relations, at 330.477.6505, ext. 130. While you’re in town, stay at the well-appointed M Star Hotel North Canton.
Sand Hollow Resort rounds off our list and it’s a doozy. Situated in Hurricane, Utah; this John Fought course is 1st in the state and is cut out of red sand which is native to the area. It’s a championship course which is open to the public. You’ll queue up to tee off just for the famous 15th hole known as the ‘Devils Throat’ which is one of the most perilous downhill, two-tier greens in the country. If you’re not up for the full 18-hole course, might we recommend the 9-hole Links layout – you’ll still be able to enjoy the stunning, red-rock cliffs. If you want a more affordable stay, consider nearby M Star Hotel Cedar City.