Map Options

Metric:
Color Scheme:
Map Type:
Download SVG:
map placeholder
California
968
Texas
861
New York
857
Michigan
852
Ohio
774
Pennsylvania
697
Illinois
658
North Carolina
549
Wisconsin
509
Minnesota
478
Indiana
460
Georgia
423
Iowa
412
Massachusetts
365
South Carolina
348
Missouri
335
Virginia
330
Arizona
323
New Jersey
311
Washington
292
Tennessee
287
Kentucky
282
Colorado
265
Alabama
256
Kansas
254
Nebraska
225
Oklahoma
219
Oregon
207
Arkansas
201
Maryland
192
Connecticut
178
Louisiana
170
Mississippi
161
Maine
139
Utah
128
West Virginia
123
South Dakota
122
North Dakota
115
Idaho
113
New Hampshire
112
Montana
100
Hawaii
91
Nevada
89
New Mexico
85
Vermont
65
Rhode Island
59
Wyoming
57
Delaware
41
Alaska
24
District of Columbia
3

Golf Courses by State 2024

Golf Courses by State 2024

It is one thing to ask about the most golf courses by state, but what people are really asking is what state has the most golf courses. Okay, that sounds like the same question, but to be fair, comparing an area the size of Texas versus a state like Rhode Island, for example, isn't exactly fair. This perspective also prompted another question that led to some rather surprising data.

Asking, what state has the most golf courses also isn't necessarily an accurate depiction of which states actually have the most golf courses by area. That was also the question that one of the leading golf authorities, The Golf Channel, asked that very question. In some way, they also leveled the playing field by asking not only, what states had the most golf courses, but which state had the most golf courses per square mile.

Florida

The state with the most golf courses is unsurprising, Florida. The Sunshine State is known for its tourism and the number of retirees that come south for the winter, domestically and internationally. Golf is usually a sport that is most associated with wealth and prestige, meaning that the equipment is marked up because of this. Also, Florida has some of the country's prime real estate for gold courses, namely housing over 1250 golf courses throughout the state. Pam Beach County is an area with the most densely populated number of golf courses, with popular names being TPC Sawgrass, PGA National Gold Club, and Streamsong Resort.

New York

New York may not have the most desirable landscape for golf courses, but is home to some of the wealthiest citizens in the country. This has brought about a huge demand for the sport in the state, even outside the Greater NYC area. New York has around 1000 golf courses, with some of them being the most popular in the world. New York golf courses are often found on the PGA tour, which many can discern from watching the sport on television. New York has plentiful and quality courses, with Oak Hill Country Club leading the charge.

California

California is the country's largest state by the number of residents, making golf an extremely lucrative business that attracts the state's top talent, as well as golfers from around the world. California has a pristine climate that makes it great for resorts to stay open year-round, unlike some states that are found in the north or east. California has around 920 courses in the state, with key names such as Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, and Spyglass Hill.

The combination of excellent climate, unique landscape, and increasing yearly demand will have the Californian golf scene exponentially trending upwards in the years to come.

Texas

Texas comes in 4th with 900 golf courses. It is not unusual to see this state at the top of the list, as it has some of the largest land mass in the country, and attracts top talent and businesses year-round. Texas golf courses can be open throughout all seasons as Texas rarely sees inclement weather, save for a few situations. The famous courses in Texas are the Dallas National, Whispering Pine Course, and Cordillera Ranch. The open landscape has the opportunity to house some of the largest golf courses in the country for the right entrepreneur.

Ohio

Home to Muirfield Village and the Inverness Club, Ohio may not be the largest by volume, but it certainly is one of the largest by size. At almost 800 courses, Ohio is a strong contender for the top 5 positions as the sport is extremely popular outside of urban areas. Central Ohio has received some scrutiny in the last few years for weakening demand, but thought-leaders in this space claim that there is still extremely healthy competition and desire for the sport in this area.

Golf Courses by State 2024

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

State
# Courses
Courses per Square Mile
Best Golf Courses
California9680.01Pebble Beach Golf Links
Texas8610Black Jack’s Crossing
New York8570.01Bethpage State Park Golf Course (Black Course)
Michigan8520.01Arcadia Bluffs
Ohio7740.02Fowler’s Mill
Pennsylvania6970.01Mystic Rock at Nemacolin
Illinois6580.01TPC Deere Run
North Carolina5490.01Pinehurst No. 2
Wisconsin5090.01Sand Valley
Minnesota4780.01Deacon’s Lodge
Indiana4600.01French Lick Resort
Georgia4230.01Reynolds Lake Oconee (Great Waters)
Iowa4120.01Spirit Hollow
Massachusetts3650.04Crumpin-Fox Club
South Carolina3480.01Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Ocean Course)
Missouri3350.01Big Cedar Lodge (Payne’s Valley Course)
Virginia3300.01The Omni Homestead Resort (Cascades Course)
Arizona3230We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
New Jersey3110.03Atlantic City Country Club
Washington2920Gamble Sands
Tennessee2870.01Sweetens Cove Golf Club
Kentucky2820.01Lassing Pointe
Colorado2650The Broadmoor (East Course)
Alabama2560.01FarmLinks Golf Club at Pursell Farms
Kansas2540Firekeeper Golf Course
Nebraska2250
Oklahoma2190
Oregon2070Pacific Dunes
Arkansas2010Mystic Creek Golf Club
Maryland1920.01
Connecticut1780.03Keney Park
Louisiana1700TPC Louisiana
Mississippi1610Mossy Oak
Maine1390Sunday River Golf Club
Utah1280Sand Hollow Resort (Championship Course)
West Virginia1230.01
South Dakota1220The Golf Club at Red Rock
North Dakota1150Hawktree Golf Club
Idaho1130Circling Raven Golf Club at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
New Hampshire1120.01Omni Mount Washington
Montana1000The Wilderness Club
Hawaii910.01Manele Golf Club at the Four Seasons Resort
Nevada890Cascata
New Mexico850Paako Ridge
Vermont650.01Spruce Peak (Mountain Course)
Rhode Island590.04Newport National Golf Club (Orchard Course)
Wyoming570Teton Pines
Delaware410.02
Alaska240Moose Run Golf Course
District of Columbia3
Florida1,1540.02TPC Sawgrass (The Players Stadium Course)
showing: 51 rows

Sources