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Affordable Gems
You don’t have to pay top dollar to play top courses. Here are 10 world-beaters that won’t break your bank.

  1. Bethpage State Park Black Course Farmingdale, N.Y. / $65 to $150
    Not many munis are big and brash enough to host a U.S. Open. This Long Island monster has hosted two. Visit Website
  2. Pine Barrens Course at World Woods Golf Club Brooksville, Fla. / $40 to $119
    Located a little over an hour north of Tampa, this flawless Tom Fazio layout cuts through a rustic landscape of pines and dunes and is widely regarded as the public’s Pine Valley. Visit Website
  3. Black Mesa Golf Club La Mesilla, N.M. / $62 to $89
    Craggy ridgelines and sandstone foothills frame the fairways of this beautifully rough-cut course just north of Santa Fe. Visit Website
  4. Bayonet Golf Course Seaside, Calif. / $60 to $120
    Once overshadowed by the fabled courses of nearby Monterey, this taut, treelined layout is finally getting its due, thanks to a recent multimillion­-dollar overhaul. Visit Website
  5. Pecan Valley Golf Club San Antonio / $48 to $89
    To play this classic course is to walk in the footsteps of greats like Arnold Palmer, who lost the 1968 PGA Championship to Julius Boros on the 18th hole. Visit Website
  6. Rustic Canyon Golf Course Moorpark, Calif. / $39 to $63
    Built without detailed blueprints, this Los Angeles–area layout lives up to its name with holes that curl and roll with the natural contours of the land. Visit Website
  7. Papago Golf Course Phoenix / $44 to $59
    The host of the 1971 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, this character-rich municipal course was recently lengthened to stand up to the modern game. Visit Website
  8. Crumpin-Fox Club Bernardston, Mass. / $36 to $77
    Designed by golf architect Roger Rulewich, this sleeper of a layout winds through a postcard New England backdrop of pine forests and meadows. Visit Website
  9. Circling Raven Golf Club at the Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Worley, Idaho / $65 to $95
    Wow is the word that first comes to mind when you step onto the first tee of this expansive, scenic golf course spread on 620 acres in rural Idaho. Just over an hour southeast of Spokane, Wash., it’s a setting with a stunning sense of remove. Visit Website
  10. Southern Dunes Golf and country Club Maricopa, Ariz. / $50 to $125
    Originally home to an orange grove, this superb course offers the beautiful bones and pristine conditions of a high-end private retreat. Visit Website