Newest edition of Golfers’ Choice joins recently revealed lists, including top 50 in the U.S., and rankings by most improved, pace of play, course conditions, staff friendliness, and more
ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2024) – Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of an early spring has no impact whatsoever on golfers in the warm-weather states, who will continue to tee it up at the courses they love the best. Those favorite layouts are being revealed today by GolfPass in the next edition of Golfers’ Choice.
The latest Golfers’ Choice lists highlighting the Top-25 courses in Warm Weather States across the U.S., which include Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Texas, have been determined as the best courses played by recreational golfers in 2023. The newest installment will join Golfers’ Choice flagship "Top 50" courses in the U.S. list, which was announced on Jan. 16 and can be found within dedicated pages on GolfPass. The balance of the U.S. states (excluding Alaska) will be announced on March 1.
“Even the golfers who don’t live in these warm-weather states will be very interested in these lists from Arizona, California, Florida, Texas and Hawaii,” said Jason Scott Deegan, managing editor of GolfPass. “These are the states where golfers go to tee it up in the winter months and escape the cold. Golfers looking to chase the sun can use these best-of rankings to inspire their next winter getaway.”
Relied on by golfers for its user-generated golf course reviews and expert travel content, GolfPass creates the Golfers’ Choice lists starting every January to recognize top courses as determined by recreational golfers who shared nearly 300,000 reviews the previous year through NBC Sports Next’s leading online tee-time service, GolfNow. With golf’s popularity at an all-time high, this year’s list continues to shine a spotlight on the game’s best playgrounds for everyday golfers.
Unlike golf course rankings published by industry insiders who have access to golf courses the public may never have the opportunity to play, the Golfers’ Choice lists are totally consumer driven – by recreational golfers, for recreational golfers. Ages, handicaps and budgets of golfers using the website run the gamut, so the millions of reviews accumulated by GolfPass and GolfNow showcase the golf course characteristics that are the most important to avid golfers across the country in any given year.
Golfers’ Choice will reveal 69 lists in total this year. New in 2024, the most celebrated lists are being announced first so the courses honored can take a bow in a spotlight all their own. More than 3,300 courses received the minimum 10 reviews in 2023 to qualify for Top 50 consideration.
The five courses topping each of the Warm Weather state lists are highlighted below. Complete lists can also be found on GolfPass.
- TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course (Scottsdale)
- Troon North Golf Club (Scottsdale)
- Quintero Golf Club (Peoria)
- Los Caballeros Golf Club (Wickenburg)
- Oakcreek Country Club (Sedona)
- Journey at Pechanga (Temecula)
- Quail Lodge & Golf Club (Carmel-By-The-Sea)
- Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course (Groveland)
- Classic Club (Palm Desert)
- Paso Robles Golf Club (Paso Robles)
- Tiburon Golf (Naples)
- Heritage Landing Golf & Country Club (Punta Gorda)
- Reunion Resort & Golf Club – Nicklaus Course (Kissimmee)
- Forest Glen Golf & Country Club (Naples)
- Deer Island Country Club (Tavares)
- Mauna Kea Golf Course (Island of Hawaii)
- Mauna Lani Resort – South Course (Island of Hawaii)
- Ocean Course at Hokuala (Kauai)
- Ko Olina Golf Club (Oahu)
- Hapuna Golf Course – Mauna Kea Resort (Island of Hawaii)
- Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch (Denton)
- Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club (Fairview)
- Diamondback National Golf Club (Abilene)
- Palo Duro Creek (Canyon)
- White Bluff Golf Club – Old Course (Whitney)
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