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The Best Golfing States in the Land!

The Best Golfing States in the Land!

The Best Golfing States in the Land!

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Where Does Your State Rank in “Golfiness”?

Jim Moriarty has written a terrific story for LINKS Magazine called ‘The Best Golf States.”  Jim says each state’s “golfiness” is considered. That means that the following factors are studied and tallied to decide how ‘golfy’ your state is.

Percentage of estimated golfers per the current population

Number of facilities

State’s place in the record book of American golf (examples: the Masters is in Georgia and California has Pebble Beach)

Weather and Commute

Read more about this first-ever “best-golfing states” ranking, and find out where your state came in!

Believe it or not, there has never been a ranking of the best states in golf. Until now.

By: Jim Moriarty

In a preview of our spring issue cover story on the golf ranking of all 50 states, here’s a sneak peak at the first 10. How do you define best? Ultimately, the answer came down to one elusive word: ‘golfiness.’

We also took into consideration a number of benchmarks gleaned from statistical information obtained from the National Golf Foundation and elsewhere: where each state ranks in terms of percentage of estimated golfers, number of facilities, total rounds and rounds played per estimated golfer, in addition to the somewhat more amorphous measurement of passion which the NGF has posited on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 the highest. Weather and golf history were also factors.

Let the 19th-hole debates begin.

1. FLORIDA.
You are my sunshine. Not the only one, just No. 1.

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Bay Hill 19th.

2. MICHIGAN.
The state where Hogan brought the Monster to its knees.

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Tullymore Golf Resort

3. OHIO.
Giving us Jack Nicklaus is reason enough to be in anyone’s top five.

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Ohio State GC.

4. CALIFORNIA.
And if Jack had just one more round to play, it would be at Pebble Beach.

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Pebble Beach 7th

5. SOUTH CAROLINA.
The Lowcountry is where golf washed ashore in America.

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Ocean Course at Kiawah

6. TEXAS
Hogan, Nelson, and Babe Zaharias alone make it a six-shooter.

18th at Colonial CC

7. ARIZONA.
Holy Leaping Cactus, it’s a dry heat and prickly good golf.

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Sedona Golf Resort #10 210 yd par 3

8. WISCONSIN.
A Midwestern state on the ascendency: Whistling Straits, Erin Hills.

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Whistling Straights GC

9. GEORGIA.
In April, there is no golfier place on Earth. One out of 12 ain’t bad.

13th at Augusta national

10. ILLINOIS.

Like the Western Golf Association, once more major than it is now.

Thunder Hawk GC #7

 

To read the full cover story and see the complete ranking, go here.
 
 
Pictures : LC Lambrecht   Jim Mandeville    Evan Schiller    Cassique    Mike Klemme    Estancia    Erin Hills
 
Thanks for reading – The Best Golfing States in the Land! I hope your state is mentioned!

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