A Quick Nine: Your favorite links-style golf courses in the U.S.

Pacific Dunes
Pacific Dunes, the second course built at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., was selected by our friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation as one of the best links-style courses in the U.S.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: A Quick Nine

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | 11:02 a.m.

One of the greatest weeks in golf is upon us with the Open Championship taking place at Muirfield in East Lothian, Scotland.

There are so many great links-style courses on the other side of the Atlantic -- Castle Stuart, host of last week's Scottish Open; St. Andrews; Royal Troon; Royal Birkdale; Royal St. George's; Royal Lytham & St. Annes; Carnoustie; Royal Liverpool; Turnberry; the list goes on and on.

Well, there are also plenty of fantastic links-style courses here in the U.S.

With the Open Championship in the spotlight this week, we reached out to our friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation and asked: What's your favorite links-style course in the U.S.?

Below is a list of the top nine answers we received from you.

Agree? Disagree? Use the comment section below the story to tell us why or why not.

Editor's note: If you have played any of the courses listed below, please click its name to visit its PGA.com course page to leave a review for others to see.

9. Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I. Founded in 1893, Newport Country Club played host to the very first U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur Championships, both in 1895. It has since hosted the 1995 U.S. Amateur (won by Tiger Woods) and the 2006 U.S. Women's Open (won by Annika Sorenstam).

Facebook fan quote:

"Newport Country Club." -- Barry Ruane

8. Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisc. Nestled against a 2-mile stretch of Lake Michigan coastline, Whistling Straits makes you feel as though you've stepped onto a course in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Since opening in 1998, Whistling Straits has hosted two PGA Championships (2004 and 2010) as well as the 2007 U.S. Senior Open.

Facebook fan quote:

"Whistling Straits!" -- Matt Turk

7. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in Johns Island, S.C. The beautiful Ocean Course -- designed by Pete and Alice Dye -- has hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup; 1997 and 2003 World Cup; the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship; the 2007 Senior PGA Championship; and, just last year, the 2012 PGA Championship.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C." -- Scott Blue

"Kiawah Island." -- Scott Hall

6. Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. Located on the beautiful Puget Sound, Chambers Bay opened in 2007, but looks like it's been there for a hundred years. Chambers Bay hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur and in 2015 it will host the U.S. Open.

Facebook fan quotes:

"You will all discover Chambers Bay when the US Open is played there in 2015. It will become everyone's favorite!" -- Doug Rice

"Chambers Bay, Wash." -- Gregory Meyer

5. Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Ore. Designed by Tom Doak, the incredible Pacific Dunes opened in 2001 -- the second course to open at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The views of the Pacific Ocean from this course on the Oregon dunes are mesmerizing.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Pacific Dunes for sure." -- Code Vanos

"Pacific Dunes." -- Delmar Strader

"Pacific Dunes." -- Doug Wert

4. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Located in Long Island, Shinnecock Hills -- built in 1892 -- has hosted the U.S. Open four times in three different centuries and is scheduled to host again in 2018.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Shinnecock Hills." -- Matt Hooper

"Shinnecock Hills." -- Dan Williams

"Shinnecock Hills." -- Tyree Dandy

3. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club in Arcadia, Mich. Built on the bluffs above the shore of Lake Michigan, Arcadia Bluffs resembles an Irish seaside links course. It received plenty of attention from our PGA.com Facebook friends.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Arcadia Bluffs." -- Jerry Metiva

"Arcadia Bluffs in Arcadia, Michigan." -- Don Veltman

"Arcadia Bluffs, Michigan." -- Darek Chelminiak

"Arcadia Bluffs in Arcadia Township Michigan." -- Bryon Stark

2. Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Ore. This is the one that started it all, so to speak -- the first course that opened at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in 1999. Bandon Dunes was designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd. Like Pacific Dunes, Bandon provides amazing views of the Pacific Ocean.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Bandon Dunes for sure." -- David Gold

"Bandon Dunes." -- Kyle Clark

"Brandon Dunes!" -- Johnny Ramirez

"Bandon Dunes." -- Corbin Butterfield

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. Arguably the most recognizable golf course in the world, it's no surprise that our PGA.com Facebook friends think of Pebble Beach as their favorite links-style course in the U.S.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Pebble Beach!" -- Michael Shannon

"Pebble Beach without a doubt." -- Andrew Stewart

"Pebble." -- Mike Parker



T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.



I'm with Scott. Pebble Beach does have the word Links in it's name and is, as stated, arguably the most recognizable golf course in the world. But I have to push back on it's inclusion, much less the top, of a list of links-style golf courses. You are absolutely spot on with Pacific & Bandon Dunes, however. Pacific Dunes is the closest that you will get to the Irish links experience where the US Dollar is the local currency.


I like playing at sevillano links in Corning calif. it is a great place to play and the staff is awesome


linksland (usually uncountable; plural linkslands)

(UK) A coastal zone of topsoil-covered sand between the beach sand and mainland soil.


Sorry but PB is technically a headlands course. It's not really links land.


You forgot the Highland Links on Cape Cod: