Every year, Golfweek’s elite team of course raters, which currently boasts more than 850 evaluators, surveys more than 3,600 courses – grading each nominated course on the basis of Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation. Collectively, these knowledgeable raters have turned in more than 75,000 votes to compile Golfweek’s Best courses lists. 

Welcome Golfweek’s annual Best. Each spring, we publish the three lists that are the foundation of our course-ratings program: Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses, Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses and Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play.

The members of our course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on our 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course.

Those overall ratings on each course are averaged together to produce a final rating for each course. Then each course is ranked against other courses in its state, or nationally, to produce the final rankings.

We hope you enjoy poring over these rankings, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on this Best Courses You Can Play list:


Best Courses You Can Play

1. Giants Ridge (Quarry), Biwabik 
2. The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower 
3. Breezy Point Resort (Deacon’s Lodge), Brainerd 
4. The Classic at Madden’s Lake, Brainerd 
5. Chaska Town Course, Chaska 
6. Meadows at Mystic Lake, Prior Lake 
7. Jewel GC, Lake City
8. Dacotah Ridge, Morton
9. Rush Creek, Maple Grove
10. Legends Club, Prior Lake

Check out the full Golfweek article here .