Seven Top 100 Courses You Can Afford

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Bethpage Black (No. 23 U.S.) $65-$150 New York residents pay bottom-of-the-barrel prices to play this two-time U.S. Open venue. They also pay a New York cost of living. Insider tip: make your home somewhere less expensive, and apply the savings toward the top-ranked muni in the land.More Top 100 Courses in the U.S.: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1 More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
2 of 7 Aiden Bradley
Chambers Bay (No. 64 U.S.) $109-$219 In the middle of June, the sun doesn’t set until 9 p.m. But super-twilight starts at 5:30 p.m. That’s plenty of time to breeze through 18 on a Scottish-style links overlooking Puget Sound.More Top 100 Courses in the U.S.: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1 More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
3 of 7 Larry Lambrecht
Torrey Pines South (No. 98 U.S.) $61-$229 Hanggliders soaring from the nearby bluffs. The Pacific Ocean shimmering in the backdrop. This is a muni? Doesn’t look it. But check out the greens fees -- a bargain for a U.S. Open venue (and annual Tour stop) on the California coast. They don’t lie.More Top 100 Courses in the U.S.: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1 More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
4 of 7 Larry Lambrecht
Forest Dunes (No. 72 U.S.) $59-$149 Once largely overlooked, this Tom Weiskopf layout has been gaining recognition; it makes its debut this year on Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses list. Good thing is, it’s still unknown enough that prices to remain in sleeper range. Shhh!More Top 100 Courses in the U.S.: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1 More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
5 of 7 Wood Sabold
Pacific Dunes (No. 12 U.S.) $75-$235 Of the four Top 100 courses at Bandon Dunes Resort, Pacific Dunes ranks highest, and rightly so. But the other three aren’t far behind. And the more you play them in a day, the cheaper it gets. Your second round (on any of the four courses) is half-price. Your third is free.More Top 100 Courses in the U.S.: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1 More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
6 of 7 Courtesy of Shadow Creek
Shadow Creek (No. 56 U.S.) $500 Right. We know. $500 is a fortune for 18. But here’s the thing: it’s five hours NOT spent in a casino. All things considered, you’re probably getting off cheap.More Top 100 Courses in the U.S.: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1 More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1
7 of 7 Courtesy of Pasatiempo
Pasatiempo (#53) Up to $250 In golf, as in life, affordability is a relative term. So let’s a moment to relate these facts: Alister Mackenzie used his work at Pasatiempo as inspiration for Augusta. He loved this course so much he built a home here; it overlooks the fairway of the par-5 sixth hole. History. Artistry. And discounted tee times through the club’s website. All things considered, this is one you can’t afford NOT to play.More Top 100 Courses in the U.S.: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1 More Top 100 Courses in the World: 100-76 75-5150-2625-1