(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Golfweek, the most authentic and authoritative voice in the game, today released its 11th annual Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play guide. This digest-sized, dedicated issue offers golfers a state-by-state breakdown of the nation's top courses, making it the perfect resource for avid players seeking an unforgettable round at an award-winning layout anywhere across the country.
"Turns out it's not just everyday golfers who make good use of the public layouts on this Best Courses You Can Play list," said Bradley S. Klein, national director of Golfweek's Best Courses rating program. "Many course designers also grew up on daily-fee and municipal golf, and in this year's guide we look at how the influence of accessible golf helped designers build courses for the general public without compromising architectural standards."
In addition to the full state-by-state list and Klein's story on premium public courses, the guide delivers a special feature from Golfweek's travel editor, Martin Kaufmann, who takes an in-depth look at Tennessee's No. 1 course, Sweetens Cove in South Pittsburg, Tennessee – delving in to how this unlikely contender made it to the top of the list.
To compile Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play list, an experienced team of nearly 850 evaluators rated each public layout on the basis of 10 criteria, including routing, conditioning, variety and memorability of holes. The result is an average of scores that determine a course's overall ranking. The number of courses per state varies on this list based on the course supply, population and level of play in each state.
Visit Golfweek.com/GolfweeksBest to view the complete state-by-state list.