Pennsylvania has 3 of the Best Golf Courses in US
Golf is a great game that people all over the world play, and the United States has some absolutely amazing courses. Pennsylvania has 3 of the best courses in the US, and 2 of them are just outside Philadelphia. Golf.com ranked the top 100 golf courses in America for 2023 and Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York all claimed plenty of spaces on the list.
Let’s quickly start at the top of the list because its a course that is kind of right in our backyard. #1 on the list is Pine Valley right across the bridge in Pine Valley, NJ. It seems its been the top slot since they started ranking courses. If you want to play Pine Valley you better find someone who is a member there, and make sure they want to bring you, because that is the only way you are getting on. Alright, on to the Pennsylvania courses on the list.
#81 Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, PA
Aronimink’s course layout was created by legendary golf course architect Donald Ross beginning in 1926 and opened for play in 1928. Aronimink has hosted several PGA tour events, most recently the BMW Championship in 2018 won by Keegan Bradley. Aronimink is a walking course and caddies are provided to you. Golf Carts are only available to those who need them for a medical reason. The PGA Tour brings one of it 4 majors back to Aronimink for the 2026 PGA Championship. More course and club info here: Aronimink Golf Club
#10 Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, PA
Merion’s east course is full of incredible history, from the Bobby Jones winning the first ever golf grand slam (at the time it was the US and British Opens and US and British Amatuers), Ben Hogan’s 1 iron on the 18th fairway to win the 1950 US Open, to the wicker baskets instead of flags topping the pin on each green. The East course at Merion, just like Aronimink is a walking only course. Each golfer is given a caddie for their round and, from a story I’ve been told, you should trust that caddie. The caddies at Merion are trained and need to know the yardage from where ever they are on the course. Merion’s east course is amazing, but don’t forget about their west course which would be also be a highly rated course if not for it’s big brother course across the street. The U.S. Open will be returning to Merion in 2030 and 2050. More course and club info here: Merion Golf Club
#8 Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
Oakmont opened in 1904, in a suburb of Pittsburgh. Oakmont is a staple in the PGA tour stable of courses for tournaments and majors. 9 U.S. Opens, 3 PGA Championships and 2 U.S. Women’s Opens have been played at Oakont Country Club. The PGA returns to Oakmont for 4 more U.S. Opens in 2025, 2033, 2042 and 2049. Oakmont is a walking course with caddies.
For the full list of top 100 golf courses to play in 2023 check out Golf.com.