Best Public Golf Courses in the USgolf courses to enjoy the game.
With the help of the emergence of Tiger Woods, the popularity of exploded in the late 1990s and early 2000s, drawing hundreds of thousands of new players to the game. Gen X-ers to soon-to-be retired Baby Boomers picked up a set of clubs and needed a place to play, but most couldn’t afford a private club.
To keep up, developers in every city and many small towns from Maine to Hawaii built courses to accommodate the new playing public. Many of these courses were built on minimal budgets with the goal of attracting local players. Some developers reached well down into their considerably deep pockets and built courses that are monuments to the game – with green fees that are out of reach for the average local player – to attract players from all over the world who are willing to pay up to $500 for a round on a truly great course. Only a few courses reach that price extreme, but you be able to find a great public course to enjoy the game.
Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn built Shadow Creek in 1989 as a place for only his highest of high rollers to play. The course is now owned by MGM Resorts International and is open to guests of its Las Vegas properties, which includes MGM Grand, the Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and New York, New York, among others. The $500 fee includes a caddie, clubs, shoes, balls and everything you might need, right down to a limousine ride to the course and back. The layout, designed by Tom Fazio, is a tribute to Wynn’s money-is-no-object business style. It cost $60 million to build and Wynn had 21,000 trees hauled in and planted, making this an oasis of green in the otherwise dry, drab desert.