Oregonians rejoice and Alaskans despair! Golfweek made waves nationwide this week with the publication of their piece “What is America’s best golf state?”
It’s a brilliant depth charge into the golf media space: Rather than merely indicating the best public courses in each state, why not light the fires of state loyalty and pit, say, Michigan against Massachusetts. If you have the slightest ounce of state pride, you’re going to click through to the ranking. You can’t help but know.
In compiling their ranking, Golfweek, fortunately, stuck to courses you can actually play. Because, really, who cares what state has the best private venues? So the handful of best public, semi-private, and resort courses only, were considered for the ranking. Not surprisingly, distinguished private course/old money heavy states like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania don’t place highly.
So there are two points of curiosity here for the golf fan.
How the top states stack up.
What are these glorious public tracks?
With respect to the latter, we’ve got you covered. Here are the 10 best states for golf and the best public venues therein, based on consensus opinion and no shortage of debate.
Shadow Creek GC, (pictured, source/Shadow Creek). North Las Vegas. Cascata, Boulder City. Wolf Creek, Mesquite. Wynn GC, Las Vegas. Coyote Springs (Chase), Coyote Springs
Easy choice. There's simply not a better right-back in England. Absolute Roadrunner. Image Source: Playingfor90
Chambers Bay, University Place (pictured. Source/Chambers Bay). Gamble Sands, Brewster. Wine Valley, Walla Walla . Salish Cliffs, Shelton. Gold Mountain (Olympic), Bremerton.
Turkey – Greece
It all started with the 300. Despite a very volatile past, these countries' relations have improved over the years, but still provide a decent football rivalry.
Sweden – Denmark
Not much of a violent encounter as much a game between Nordic states. Zlatan made the encounter more interesting and more rival-like, but now it is quite sad of an encounter.
Whistling Straits (Straits), Mosel (pictured. Source/Whistling Straits). Blackwolf Run (River), Kohler . Erin Hills, Hartford. Sentry World, Stevens Point. Lawsonia (Links), Green Lake
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach (pictured. Source/Wikipedia). Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach. Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz. Torrey Pines (South), San Diego. Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach.
England – Argentina
The rivalry has always been a heated affair with contributing political factors playing a part. This rivalry is dipped in controversy from the Hand of God to Beckham's red.