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Course Review: Top 5 American Championship Courses Open to the Public

How many times have you watched the world’s top golfers carve their way around a magnificent championship course and wish you could play a round of golf there too?

For many weekend golfers – especially the majority of golfers who aren’t multi-millionaires – some of the world’s top private golf clubs just aren’t that easy to access – but there’s good news.

Championship courses that welcome visitors

From East Coast to West, there are quite a few championship courses that don’t operate on a members-only policy. In fact, some of them are public courses with superb facilities to rival most private golf clubs in America.  

Here are 5 great championship golf courses that you could play on your next family trip.

Pebble Beach

This Californian links course offers visitors an iconic round of golf with good weather most months of the year. The green fee may not be cheap at $495, but a round at Pebble Beach will certainly create golfing memories that could last a lifetime.

PGA National

Located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, this Jack Nicklaus-designed course lures golfers with its lush fairways and challenging greens. PGA National may have hosted its most recent major back in the 1980s, but PGA National remains one of the great American golf courses.

Tanglewood Park

Visitors to North Carolina will want to stop at this classic course, designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. Located near the town of Clemmons, N.C., the course is open to the public and offers very reasonable green fees. The surrounding area makes for excellent vacationing, with historic towns and plenty of leisure activities on offer.

Cedar Crest Golf Course

A trip to the Lone Star State just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this time-weathered but pristine golf facility near Dallas. Cedar Crest is an all-American golf course, with generous fairways, smooth greens, and snow-white bunker sand awaiting every shot.

Whistling Straits

This course may be off the beaten track in Haven, Wisconsin, but with the PGA Championship returning to this updated Pete Dye course again next season the demand for tee times at the Straits Course is rising fast. The surrounding area is rich in natural beauty, making this course a great addition to any road trip.