Virginia Golf Courses: Best Public Golf Courses 2016

Bay Creek Resort -- Cape Charles, Va. -- His rival, Jack Nicklaus, also has a course here. But Palmer got his hands on the property first, christening his layout in 2003 on a stunning swatch of land beside Chesapeake Bay. The paths are made from sea shells. The water views are striking. Play a twilight round, with gulls wheeling just above you and an orange-red sunset bleeding on the bay. Few courses have such a vivid sense of place.
Courtesy of Bay Creek Resort

Every two years, GOLF puts together the best of the best when it comes to golf courses you can play. Sure, you can’t get on to Augusta National or Pine Valley, but you still have access to some of the best courses in the world like Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, Harbour Town, Erin Hills and more. Some of these gems are closer to you than you think, too, and we made it easy for you by breaking it down state by state. If you want the complete rankings of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play, click here.

1. Omni Homestead (Cascades), Hot Springs

2. The Highland Course at Primland, Meadows of Dan

3. *Golden Horseshoe (Gold), Williamsburg

4. Full Cry at Keswick Hall and G.C., Charlottesville

5. Kingsmill (River), Williamsburg

6. Royal New Kent, Providence Forge

7. Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech, Radford

8. The Club at Viniterra, New Kent

9. Bay Creek (Nicklaus), Cape Charles

10. Potomac Shores, Potomac Shores

11. Independence, Midlothian

12. Mattaponi Springs, Ruther Glen

13. Golden Horseshoe (Green), Williamsburg

14. Spring Creek, Gordonsville

15. Bay Creek (Palmer), Cape Charles