Wednesday, January 16, 2019

GOLF Advisor Reveals Courses that Cater Best to Golfers' Tastes

A Year of Reviews by Recreational Golfers Determined Top 25 Lists for Most Improved, Best Layouts, Staff Friendliness, Pace of Play, and More

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The next wave of GOLF Advisor’s “Best of” lists were revealed this week, showcasing the top golf courses in the United States that best cater to the ever-changing tastes of recreational golfers.

The "Best of" lists feature the top-25 courses in separate categories, determined by specific criteria, including: Top 25 Most Improved Courses; Top 25 Courses Rated by Value; Top 25 Course Layouts in the U.S.; Top 25 Courses for Staff Friendliness; Top-Rated Courses for Pace of Play; Top 25 Courses Rated by Conditions; Top 25 Courses for Off-Course Amenities; and Top Courses by State.

“What really separates our review platform from other consumer review sites, like Yelp, Google and TripAdvisor, is that not only is our reviewer base full of avid golfers, but our platform lets golfers drill down into these subcategories,” said GOLF Advisor Senior Managing Editor Brandon Tucker. “This level of detail is unmatched in the golf review industry and provides a much more thorough idea of what the total golf experience is like from the parking lot to 19th hole.”

More than 2,800 golf courses of the 144,000-plus courses reviewed on GOLF Advisor in 2018 were considered, having received the minimum 10 reviews to qualify.

Unlike golf course rankings published by industry insiders who have access to golf courses the public may never have the opportunity to play, these GOLF Advisor “Best of” lists are totally consumer driven – by recreational golfers, for recreational golfers. Ages, handicaps and budgets of golfers using the website run the gamut, so the more than 825,000 reviews GOLF Advisor has accumulated showcase the golf course characteristics that are the most important to avid golfers across the country.

The GOLF Advisor online destination grew rapidly in 2018, with user traffic to the website hit all-time highs for four consecutive months during the year. It also expanded services for the avid traveling golfer, including the debut of a GOLF Channel series, titled GOLF Advisor Round Trip. Hosted by Matt Ginella, the series takes viewers around the world to showcase amazing golfing destinations. On the next episode, Ginella will showcase beautiful Sandestin, Fla., airing Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. (watch a preview here ), with upcoming destinations including Melbourne, Australia; Baha Mar, Bahamas; and Turning Stone Resort in New York state. Viewers also can travel with the GOLF Advisor team on hosted golfing trips – GOLF Advisor Getaways – exploring the destinations featured on the TV series. On the next Getaway, GOLF Advisor Senior Writer Bradley Klein will host an experience of Florida’s most significant courses, new and old, with the group based at famed Streamsong Resort, March 31-April 3.

The “Best of” lists can be found at

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