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Best College Golf Courses in America

Since the first NCAA Division I golf championship tournament was held in 1939, colleges have gotten a lot more serious about their golf teams. Now, the top D1 golf schools in the USA can boast impressive courses for their student athletes to play on. If you are applying for a golf scholarship, then you might want to consider one of these schools which made the list for best college golf courses in America.


Oklahoma State University – Karsten Creek

Oklahoma State University is one of the leading D1 golf universities in America. It is no wonder that their teams are so good when they have the Karsten Creek course to practice on. When the course was first opened in 1994, it was named “Best New Course” by Golf Digest. Some of its features include the 110-acre Lake Louise, native blackjack oak trees, and a $4.5 million clubhouse.

  • Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Par: 72
  • Yards: 7,095
  • Slope Rating: 142
  • Year Opened: 1994
  • Architect: Thomas Fazio

Karsten Creek golf course


Purdue University – Kampen Course

Purdue University golfers play at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, which features two courses. The Kampen Course is considered one of the most difficult in Indiana and has high rankings with Golf Digest. The course hosted numerous tournaments, including the 2008 Men’s NCAA Championship.

  • Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Par: 72
  • Yards: 7,253
  • Slope Rating: 145
  • Year Opened: 1998
  • Architect: Pete Dye


Stanford University Golf Course

Stanford University has had a golf team since the 1930s and can boast 8 National Championship wins and alumni like Tiger Woods and Tom Watson. This is a university which takes golf seriously, and it is evident by their stunning golf course which is consistently named as one of the best in the world, not just the USA. It is worth noting that the golf course is located just outside of the Stanford campus, so student athletes won’t have to go far to practice.

  • Location: Stanford, California
  • Par: 70
  • Yards: 6,727
  • Slope Rating: 136
  • Year Opened: 1930
  • Architects: George C. Thomas and Billy Bell Jr.
Stanford golf course

Aerial view of Stanford Golf Course


Ohio State University – Scarlet Course

The OSU Buckeyes play on the Scarlet Course, which is located in a suburb outside of the university campus. The course is famous for hosting the first ever women’s collegiate golf championship in 1940 and marked the 50th anniversary of the event by hosting the 2006 championship tournament as well. The course was renovated in 2006, during which it was lengthened, making it a beast of a course to play on.

  • Location: Upper Arlington, Ohio
  • Par: 71
  • Yards: 7,455
  • Slope Rating: 138
  • Year Opened: 1940
  • Architect: Alister MacKenzie


University of Georgia Golf Course

University of Georgia Bulldogs have won more than 25 SEC championships and their alumni includes names like Bubba Watson, Liz Murphy, Chip Beck, and Brian Harman. Even if you aren’t a student athlete at UGA, you will still want to check out this course. Not only is it beautiful and challenging with its pine trees and slopes, deep bunkers, and water holes, but it is also affordable at $24 (weekday 9 holes) and $70 (weekend).

  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • Par: 71
  • Yards: 7,240
  • Slope Rating: 133
  • Year Opened: 1967; renovated 2006
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Davis Love III


Texas Tech University – Rawls Golf Course

Rawls Golf Course was named the “Best Golf Course in Texas” by Golf Advisor in 2014 – and Texas is a state which has many impressive golf courses. When designing the Rawls Golf Course, architect Tom Doak kept the Texas wind in mind. To deal with this problem, he moved over 800 thousand cubic yards of dirt. However, the course is still as windy as any coastal course, which makes it especially great for practicing on.

  • Location: Lubbock, Texas
  • Par: 72
  • Yards: 7,207
  • Slope Rating: 126
  • Year Opened: 2002
  • Architect: Tom Doak
Rawls golf course

Rawls Golf Course in Texas


University of Washington – Olympic Golf Course

The UW Huskies are one of the best golf teams in the USA, and their success no doubt is helped by having the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain to practice on. The course is public but has ranges which are reserved for UW Huskie athletes.

  • Location: Bremerton, Washington
  • Par: 72
  • Yards: 7,168
  • Slope Rating: 135
  • Year Opened: 1924
  • Architect: John Harbottle III


University of Notre Dame – Warren Golf Course

Notre Dame not only is one of the best universities in America, but has one of the best golf teams. The Fighting Irish men’s golf team has won 11 conference championships. Student golfers at Notre Dame practice on the prestigious Warren Golf Course which has hosted dozens of high-profile USGA and NCAA tournaments.

  • Location: Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Par: 71
  • Yards: 7,020
  • Slope Rating: 129
  • Year Opened: 1999
  • Architect: Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw


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