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20 of the Best Public Golf Courses in the United States – Part 1

Every true golfer has a “bucket list” of courses they’d like to play in their lifetime, many of those courses being private and invite-only… but what many golfers have discovered, there are hidden gems hidden right in your backyard. We are working on a series to bring these to light and we welcome your suggestions on others we may have missed!

Cog Hill, Lemont, IL

Located just 30 miles southwest of Chicago, The 72 par Cog Hill Golf Club offers players of every ability level an opportunity to enjoy the game. The public golf facility, owned by the Jemsek family, has four championship golf courses, including Dubsdread, which is ranked among the Top 100 courses in the country by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.

Visit their website for details!

TCP Harding Park, San Fransisco, CA

Named after avid golfer and former President Warren G. Harding, the golf course was designed by Willie Watson (who also designed the Olympic Club) and opened in 1925. TPC Harding Park features 27 holes of championship golf – the 18-hole Harding Park Course and the 9-hole Fleming Course and has been the site of championshop wins for golf legends Ken Venturi, Billy Casper and Gary Player.

The golf course underwent a major renovation in 2002-03 and once again showcased the skills of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship and later in the 2009 Presidents Cup as well as the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Visit their website for more information and book your trip!

Van Cortlandt Golf Course, Bronx, NY

“Vanny”, as it is affectionately coined by the locals, is the oldest public golf course in the US. Beloved by New Yorkers, its fairways have also been graced by Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Joe Lewis, and the Three Stooges.

Currently under new management, 18-hole, par 70 Cortlandt features 1.5 million dollars in revovations including seven new greens, new tee boxes, additional cart paths, improved bunkers, and dramatically improved drainage.

This golf course, situated in a park-like setting, is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC without ever having to leave the City, and is accessible by public transportation.

Visit their website for more information!

Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, CA

Located on Calfornia’s beautiful Monterey Peninsula, Pebble Beach is worls-reknowned as the premier public golf course every golfer should play at least once. It has been the site of golf’s most prestigious tournaments, including the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and five U.S. Open Championships including the 2010 U.S. Open. They will also be hosting the U.S. Open for the sixth time in 2019.

This 18-hole, par 72 course features breathtaking views of the coastline, cliffside fairways, and sloping greens. Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, it’s on the golfing bucket list of most every golfer, regardless of level of play, and proves to be equally thrilling for spectators of the sport.

Visit their website for more information or to plan your trip!

Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, CA

Located at the foot of the San Gabriel mountains and mere minutes from the world-famous Rose Bowl, the Brookside Golf Club is one of the best public golf courses we have found. They offer a host of free golf clinics several times a week, and their clubhouse is an excellent venue for any event.

If you’re looking to host a tournament for the purposes of fundraising, corporate events, team building, or customer appreciation, their team of event planners can assist you from beginning to end and will make sure your event is as successful as you imagined it! They offer a GPS system with live leaderboard scoring throughout the event, accomodations for 288 golfers, on-site banquet facilities, and comprehensive turnament packages.

Visit their website to set up a tee time!

Have you visited any of these courses? What are some other public courses you’ve played that deserve an honorable mention? Join the conversation on Facebook!

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