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Best Public Golf Courses in the Midwest: GOLF Ranking 2021-22

Michigan’s Forest Dunes has two of the best GOLF courses in the Midwest.


With 23 top-rated public courses spread across 10 states, the Midwest region of the United States is one of the best regions in the country for proximity to great golf.

Michigan and Wisconsin top our latest list of the top 100 courses you can play with six courses each, with Wisconsin taking top honors for the region’s top-rated course, along with Whistling Straits, which is ranked 11th in the rankings. general. Indiana had a strong showing with three runs, while Nebraska had two. How many courses are there near you? Check out our full list below.


2021-22 GOLF ranking of the best public courses in the Midwest

(With overall ranking, course name, city, state, architect and year opened)

Michigan (6)

34. Forest Dunes (loop: red/black)
Roscommon, MI
Tom Doak, 2016

46. ​​Bluffs of Arcadia (Bluffs)
Arcadia, Michigan
Warren Henderson/Rick Smith, 1999

56. Arcadia Bluffs (south)
Arcadia, Michigan
Dana Fry, 2018

65. Marquette (grey walls)
Marquette, Mich.
Mike Devries, 2005

Marquette (gray walls)

73. Forest dunes (Weiskopf)
Roscommon, MI
Tom Weiskopf, 2002

96. Stoatin Brae
Augusta, MI
Renaissance Golf Design, 2016

Wisconsin (6)

11. Hissing Strait (Strait)
Haven, Wis.
Pete Dye, 1998

23. Lawsonia (Links)
Green Lake, WI
Bill Langford/Ted Moreau, 1930

25. Valley of Sand (Valley of Sand)
Nekoosa, Wis.
Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2017

29. Sand Valley (Mammoth Dunes)
Nekoosa, Wis.
David McLay-Kidd, 2018

31. Erin Hills
Hartford, Wis.
Michael Hurdzan/Dana Fry, 2006

38. Blackwolf Run (River)
Kohler, Wis.
Pete Dye, 1988

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Indiana (3)

57. French Lick (Ross Course)
French Lick, IN
Donald Ross, 1917

70. Cours Warren at Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2000

85. Pfau Course at Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
Steve Smyers, 2020

Nebraska (2)

22. Prairie Club (Dunes)
Valentine, NE
Tom Lehman/Chris Brands, 2010

49. Wild Horse
Gothenburg, NE
Dave Axland/Dan Proctor, 1999

Illinois (1)

92. Cog Hill (#4)
Lemont, IL
Dick Wilson/Joe Lee, 1965

Minnesota (1)

68. Giant’s Ridge (Quarry)
Biwabik, MN
Jeff Brauer, 2003

Mississippi (1)

54. Ozarks National at Big Cedar Lodge
Holister, Mo.
Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw, 2019

Ozark National

Ohio (1)

83. Firestone (south)
Akron, Ohio
Robert Trent Jones Sr., 1969

Oklahoma (1)

48. Karsten Creek
Calm water, OK
Tom Fazio, 1994

West Virginia (1)

51. The Greenbrier (Old White)
White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia
C. B. Macdonald, 1913

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