33 Nicklaus Design courses highlight Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play”

In Golfweek’s 2012 ranking of the “Best Courses You Can Play,” a state-by-state look at the top public-access layouts, 33 Nicklaus Design courses received recognition, including three that took top honors. There were 13 Nicklaus Design courses that finished in the top-five of their respective states.

The Nicklaus Design courses to receive No. 1 rankings: Cougar’s Canyon Golf Links (Colorado); Bayside Resort Golf Club (Delaware); and Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain (Tennessee).

In Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses (2011-12), Nicklaus Design’s Breckenridge (Colo.) Golf Club and North Palm Beach (Fla.) Country Club made the Top-50 list at Nos. 35 and 38, respectively.

Below is a state-by-state list of the 33 Nicklaus Design courses to make Golfweek’s list of Best Courses You Can Play 2012:

2. Ritz-Carlton GC at Dove Mountain (Saguaro/Tortolita), Marana
4. Superstition Mountain GC (Prospector), Superstition Mountain
9. Superstition Mountain GC (Lost Gold), Superstition Mountain
17. Golf Club of Estrella, Phoenix
20. La Paloma GC (Ridge/Canyon), Tucson

PGA West (Stadium), La Quinta

Cougar Canyon GL, Trinidad

Bayside Resort GC, Fenwick Island

5. PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens
8. Ocean Course at Hammock Beach, Palm Coast
20. Grand Cypress (New), Orlando – featured
24. Grand Cypress (North/South), Orlando – featured

3. Reynolds Plantation (Great Waters), Greensboro
11. Achasta, Dahlonega

4. Challenge at Manele Bay, Lanai
5. Hualalai GC, Kona
6. Kauai Lagoons GC, Kauai

6. Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Cumberland

10. Pinehills (Nicklaus), Plymouth

Grand Bear, Saucier

2. Old Works, Anaconda

4. Coyote Springs (Chase), Coyote Springs
10. Bear’s Best, Las Vegas

New York:
15. Timber Banks GC, Baldwinsville

6. Pronghorn (Nicklaus), Bend

South Carolina:
2. Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head Island
4. May River Course at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton

1. Bear Trace (Cumberland Mountain), Crossville

8. Bay Creek GC (Nicklaus), Cape Charles

6. The Bull at Pinehurst Farms, Sheboygan Falls

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