Readers' Choice: Best Golf Cities in America
Last year, Golf Magazine and the National Golf Foundation teamed up for our first-annual countdown of the 10 Best Golf Cities in America. This year, we asked you to weigh in. After more than 1,000 votes, we have our new list. You disagreed with us on several cities, including Chicago, which jumped to No. 5 from No. 46.
No. 10Charlotte, N.C.
Better known for its NASCAR tracks than for its trophy courses, Charlotte nevertheless serves up an appealing and affordable blend of public courses such as Birkdale, Renaissance Park, Charlotte Golf Links and Ballantyne Resort. The city also features private gems such as the Donald Ross-designed Charlotte Country Club and Quail Hollow, site of the PGA Tour's Wachovia Championship.
• North Carolina's impressive array of big-time courses
Tiger Woods during the 2007 Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club
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No. 2San Diego
Our favorite spot in California was San Jose, but readers chose the more southern San Diego area, home of this year's U. S. Open venue, Torrey Pines.
• Course Spy: Torrey Pines (South Course)
• Four Seasons Aviara, Carlsbad
Third hole at Aviara Golf Club
3 of 10LC Lambrecht
No. 3Las Vegas
Readers valued Sin City's accessibility to quality public courses and availability of total public courses as much as we did, despite the sometimes high price tag.
• Wynn builds another superstar Las Vegas course
• Course Spy: Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas
• Top 5 Values in Las Vegas
Cascata Golf Club
4 of 10Tom Breazeale/Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Everyone agrees that Orlando is a great golf city. Don't miss Bay Hill, Grand Cypress and Greg Norman's Champions Gate.
• Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge
• Reunion Resort & Club and Champions Gate in Orlando
13th at Bay Hill Club and Lodge
5 of 10Chris Condon/PGA TOUR/WireImage.com
The wind and snow weren't enough to deter readers from choosing Chicago. With great courses like Cog Hill Golf Club, we're not surprised.
• Luke Donald's Home: Chicago
• Chicago's best golf courses
Cog Hill Golf Club
6 of 10Adam Bradley
No. 6Austin, Texas
The No. 1 metro area on our list was only No. 6 in reader voting despite a climate that makes it possible to play almost all year.
• Perfect Day of Golf in Austin
1st hole at Cimmaron Hills
7 of 10Innisbrook Golf Resort
No. 7Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla. There are plenty of reasons to visit, including Pine Barrens, TPC Tampa and Fox Hollow Golf Club.
• Five family friendly Fla. resorts
• Tampa: Where to find affordable, quality golf
• Golf and spring training in one trip
The 410-yard 5th hole at Innisbrook's Highland North Course
8 of 10J2 Golf Marketing
Atlanta is No. 8 on both lists, and for good reason. You've got the Bobby Jones trifecta: East Lake, Peachtree and Atlanta Athletic Club. East Lake is one of the area's two PGA Tour sites, along with TPC Sugarloaf.
• Best places to golf in Atlanta
• Sea Island Resort in Georgia
• Reynolds Plantation is TaylorMade for what ails your game13th hole at Bear's Best
9 of 10David Walberg/SI
No. 9Jacksonville, Fla.
Head to this area for one reason: to conquer No. 17's island green at TPC Sawgrass.
• 3 Budgets: Jacksonville
• Dye's Sawgrass shines anew
• Jim Furyk on Jacksonville
10 of 10D2 Productions
And the winner is...
No. 1 Phoenix
Golf is all about numbers, and these figures are inviting: more than 200 courses and 330 days of sunshine each year. Small wonder that golfers target the Phoenix-Scottsdale-Mesa area like a barrage of heat-seeking missiles.
• 3 Budgets: Phoenix
• Course Spy: Scottsdale's Grayhawk Golf Club
Longbow Golf Club
More on America's Best Golf Cities
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