The 50 best golf courses in the Southeast, according to GOLF evaluators

The 12th hole of Augusta National.

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GOLF Magazine recently unveiled its 2022-23 ranking of the top 100 courses in the United States. But why stop there? To better shed light on the extent of epic golf across the country, we’ve divided the country into four regions and ranked the top 50 in each. Takeout: No matter what part of the United States you live in, you have no shortage of world-class options. Below you will find the 50 best courses in the Southeast.

Other regional rankings: Top 50 in the North East | Midwest Top 50 | Top 50 in the West

Ah, the American Southeast. This corner of the world hosts the most famous golf tournament; you won’t have to scroll far to get to host the Masters Augusta National Golf Club. Scroll further and you’ll see plenty of representatives from the Carolinas as well as perhaps the most golfing US state: Florida. You’ll find major championship hosts, not just Augusta but Pinehurst and Kiawah. You’ll find old school, like Seminole and Old Town and Yeamans Hall. You’ll also find some new school, like Ohoopee and Congaree and Streamsong.

In short, our reviewers agree there’s a lot to like about the Southeast. Find out how many in the list below.

The 50 best golf courses in the South-East

1. Augusta National — Augusta, Georgia (Bobby Jones/Alister MacKenzie, 1933)

Augusta National’s timeless design and playability make it the best course in the Southeast.

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2. Pinehurst (#2) – Pinehurst, NC (Donald Ross, 1907)

Donald Ross’ timeless design at Pinehurst No. 2 puts the resort at the heart of the conversation for the Home of American Golf.

Christian Hafer

3. Seminole – Juno Beach, Florida (Donald Ross, 1929)

Seminole is one of the purest (and most exclusive) golf destinations in North America.

Patrick Koenig

4. Kiawah Island (Ocean Course) – Kiawah Island, SC (Pete Dye, 1991)

The beautiful seaside landscape of Kiawah Island will be visible to the world during the 2021 PGA Championship.

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5. Peachtree – Atlanta, Georgia (Robert Trent Jones Sr./Bobby Jones, 1947)

6. Old Town – Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Perry Maxwell, 1939)

7. Ohoopee Match Club – Cobbtown, GA (Gil Hanse, 2018)

8. Yeamans Hall – Hanahan, SC (Seth Raynor, 1925)

Yeamans Hall is a Seth Raynor classic, through and through.

Larry Lambrecht

9. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (Pete Dye, 1981)

10. Specialty Course – Ooltewah, Tennessee (Pete Dye, 1983)

11. Wade Hampton – Cashiers, North Carolina (Tom Fazio, 1987)

12. Harbor Town – Hilton Head, SC (Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus, 1969)

13. Congaree—Ridgeland, SC (Tom Fazio, 2017)

14. Streamsong (red) — Streamsong, Florida (Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2012)

The red course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw at Streamsong, one of the most popular new public tracks in the United States.

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15. Streamsong (Blue) Streamsong, Florida (Tom Doak, 2012)

16. Calusa Pines—Naples, Florida (Michael Hurdzan/Dana Fry, 2001)

17. Palmetto – Aiken, SC (HC Leeds, 1897/Alister Mackenzie, 1933)

18. Pinehurst (#4) – Pinehurst, North Carolina (Donald Ross, 1919/Gil Hanse, 2017)

Gil Hanse’s deft touch on Pinehurst No. 4 helped restore its original Ross shine.

Chip Henderson

19. McArthur Golf Club (Hobe Sound, Florida)

20. Mountain Lake (Lake Wales, Florida)

21. Tobacco Road (Sanford, North Carolina)

22. Quail Hollow (Charlotte, North Carolina)

23. Mid Pines (Southern Pines, North Carolina)

24. Jupiter Hills (Hills) (Tequesta, Florida)

25. Southern Pines Golf Club (Southern Pines, NC)

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26. Cascades (Upper) (Hot Springs, Va.)

27. Indian Creek (Indian Creek, Florida)

28. Streamsong (Black) (Streamsong, Florida)

29. Pine needles (Southern Pines, North Carolina)

30. Shoal Creek (Shoal Creek, Alabama)

31. East Lake (Atlanta, Georgia)

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32. Concession (Bradenton, Florida)

33. Roaring Gap (Roaring Gap, North Carolina)

34. Long Cove (Hilton Head Island, SC)

35. Chechessee Creek (Okatie, SC)

36. Dormie Club (West End, NC)

37. Laurel Country Club (Laurel, Mississippi)

38. Medalist (Hobe Sound, Florida)

39. Sea Island (Seaside) (Sea Island, Georgia)

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40. Olde Farm (Bristol, Virginia)

41. Pine (Boynton Beach, Florida)

42. Charlotte Country Club (Charlotte, North Carolina)

43. Holston Hills (Knoxville, TN)

44. John’s Island (West) (Sebastian, Florida)

45. Secession (Beaufort, SC)

46. ​​Country Club of Charleston (Charleston, SC)

47. Alotian (Roland, Ark.)

48. Kinloch (Manakin-Sabot, Virginia)

49. Lookout Mountain (Lookout Mountain, Georgia)

50. Augusta Country Club (Augusta, Georgia)

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