A Quick Nine: Best courses on the Gulf Coast

By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer
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A Quick Nine: Best courses on the Gulf Coast

It's no surprise that one of the more popular destinations to play golf in the U.S. is on the Gulf Coast.

We what know which of the many places to play on the Gulf Coast are your favorites.

In this week's, 'A Quick Nine,' we asked: What's the best course anyone can play on the Gulf Coast?

Here are the top answers we received:

Editor's note: If you've played any of the courses listed below, be sure to click its name to leave a review.

1. World Woods Golf Club in Brooksville, Fla. Designer Tom Fazio has regarded World Woods as, "my best work." Furthermore, it's the home to not one, but two Top-100 courses.

Facebook fan quote:

"World Woods. Fazio-design located in Brooksville, Fla." -- Jay Nelson

2. The Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla. Home to three courses with arguably the coolest names in golf -- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. It has played host several times to various stages of PGA Tour Qualifying School.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Hombre, Panama City Beach, Florida." -- Todd Chessor

"Even though I am a prior employee at the Hombre, I still think it is one of the best on the Gulf Coast. Burnt Pine, Sharks Tooth, Kelly Plantation, and Kiva Dunes are a close second. For a challenge, Lost Key in Perdido Key is a great layout." -- Darrell Smock

3. Eagle Pointe Golf Club in Mont Belvieu, Texas. From the description on its website: As you turn into Eagle Pointe in Mont Belvieu, you're in the middle of a picturesque oasis of golf and other recreational facilities. Designed by the noted Houston architect Rick Forester, Eagle Pointe is the pride of the Mont Belvieu community, attracting players from all over the Houston area. The Houston Chronicle awarded Eagle Pointe a four-star rating and labeled our course an excellent, must-play golf course, a great place to play golf.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Eagle Pointe in Mont Belvieu, Texas. Just east of Houston not far from Galveston Bay. Best kept secret of southwest Texas. Owned by the city of Mont Belvieu but plays and looks like a high-end country club. Forty foot drops and peaks in elevation with natural rivers, creeks, and rock fountains carved out of the piney woods. Awesome!" -- Chuck Winfree

"Eagle Pointe is a good one, played there last weekend and looks good despite the drought." -- Miklos Fitch

4. Kiva Dunes Golf Club, Gulf Shores, Ala. Rated as the No. 1 course in Alabama, Kiva Dunes is a place you can play year-round. The rates change depending on the season, but there aren't many top courses in the country that you can play for less than $100 during peak season. Kiva Dunes is one of them.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores, Ala... it never plays the same way twice." -- Gabe Santiago

"Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores, Ala." -- Patrick Killian

5. Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope, Ala. With many elevation changes, Rock Creek is as beautiful as it is challenging.

Facebook fan quote:

"Rock Creek Golf Club, best course on the Alabama Gulf Coast!" -- Taylor Payne Pettit

6. The Newport Dunes Golf Club, Port Aransas, Texas. Opened in 2008, Newport Dunes is a Scottish links-style course developed by Arnold Palmer. It was inspired by the best courses in Scotland and Ireland. If you ask me, enough said.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Newport Dunes -- Arnold Palmer design, very beautiful links course!" -- Timothy Gaestel

"Just played Newport Dunes in Port Aransas, Texas... AMAZING!" -- Michelle Presley

7. The Bridges Golf Club at Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Throughout the course of this particular, 'A Quick Nine,' it's become quite apparent that Arnold Palmer is a huge fan of the Gulf Coast. The Bridges Golf Course is the only Palmer Signature course in Mississippi and is ranked as one of the top-40 casino course destinations in the country.

Facebook fan quotes:

"The Bridges course at Hollywood Casino in Mississippi, super fun course, great layout, Arnie design, and affordable." -- Paul Hale

"Arnold Palmer's The Bridges @ Bay St. Louis in MS. Haven't played there since 2004, but before Katrina an awesome course. I hear it's still nice, but can't vouch for it." -- Raymond Walters

8. TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. Home of the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans, it's always a treat to be able to play the same course that the best players in the world play. It makes you appreciate how good those guys really are!

Facebook fan quote:

"I played TPC Louisiana this year, it's a great course." -- Riley Ingram

9. Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, Copperhead, in Palm Harbor, Fla. Annually, this is one of the most challenging stops on the PGA Tour. Anyone who has ever been to Innisbrook raves about the beauty and the service.

Facebook fan quote:

"Innisbrook-Copperhead probably should host an Open, but it may break your bank to play it." -- Jimmy McCants 

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