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With 15,827 golf courses in the U.S. there are plenty of places to play, most notably in Florida and California. Surprisingly, Michigan has the third-most courses (854) and the second most (109) to earn Golf Magazine's four-star rating
Public Courses by County
Oregonians love golf, especially around Portland and Eugene, and the public has access to most of the state's great courses. But while those dark green sections are home to Pumpkin Ridge and Sunriver, Oregon's crown jewels are found farther down the coast in Bandon, home to Pacific Dunes (No. 2 in Golf Magazine's public-course ratings) and Bandon Dunes (No. 7). The top-rated course? Pebble Beach(Calif.).
Courses per Square Mile
Ohio may appear to be chock-full of courses, but 166 of the Buckeye State's 762 facilities are nine-hole courses. That's 22%, or roughly double the percentage of short courses in Florida. The country's Northeast megalopolis is where you'll find the greatest density of courses, but California is catching up with 30 new courses under construction, the most of any state.
Private Courses by County
Counties in western states tend to be larger than those in the East, which is why Las Vegas turns the southern tip of Nevada into one dark-green splotch, and Phoenix and Tucson have the same effect on southern Arizona. They are the country's population growth centers; venerable sites like Winged Foot, Oakmont, Oak Hill and The Country Club, on the other hand, are found in the small dark blocks in the Northeast.
Golf Courses per Capita
Florida and California have the most courses, but they also have large populations--teeming with golfers. The counties with the most courses per capita, located from the Texas panhandle north through the Dakotas, are low in head count. With two 18-hole layouts and a population of 783, Hooker County in Nebraska is No. 1 in courses per capita.
SOURCE: UNITED STATES GOLF FEDERATION