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Top 2022 lists led by best private courses

2022 Players Championship

Sure, the kiddos are said to have sugar plums dancing in their heads tonight, but we know what will be bouncing around in yours — a future golf trip.

For the final days of 2022, we’ve been offering up a snapshot of the top 10 stories from each of Golfweek’s most popular sections, including travel, the PGA and LPGA tours, instruction and fitness. Here’s what we’ve already counted down.

Today, we’re focusing on one of our most important areas — golf course lists. The tracks featured in these lists are from all around the globe.

Here’s a look at the top 10 golf course lists, as clicked on by you:

The 17th green at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo: by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The No. 1 public-access course in Florida isn’t really a surprise, seeing how it has been broadcast worldwide into living rooms during each year’s Players Championship for decades. The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass ranks as one of legendary designer Pete Dye’s top five masterpieces, perplexing PGA Tour pros since it opened in 1980, and it ties for No. 15 on Golfweek’s Best list of all modern courses in the U.S.

Here’s more on the best in Florida.

Hogs Head in Waterville, Ireland (Courtesy of Hogs Head/Evan Schiller)

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Ireland and Northern Ireland? The green waves of Emerald Isle? An ice-cold pint of Guinness? Rory McIlroy?

One thing that should not go overlooked is the beauty of both Irish and Northern Irish golf.

Here’s a list to wet your whistle.

Bandon Pacific Dunes

Pacific Dunes at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon (Courtesy of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort)

It’s been a crazy string of decades in golf design, with construction going gangbusters through the 1990s and early 2000s before grinding nearly to a complete halt after the financial crisis of 2007 and ’08. Things have picked up a bit in recent years, especially when considering high-end destinations scattered in far-flung locales around the U.S.

Here’s our list of the best 30 courses under 30 years of age.

Streamsong Resort

Streamsong’s Red Course (Courtesy of Streamsong/Laurence Lambrecht)

Santa’s checking a list and checking it twice, but here’s a list you can keep checking back on throughout the year. Hopefully, while crossing off the ones you’ve played.

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