Priority lists are a fun way to track progress as we travel across the world playing golf courses. Within these priority lists is a total of 614 courses listed in three countries. The most dense region is the Northeast USA leading with 131, and the least dense is Mexico, with 10. The region breakdown is below.
113 Canadian courses from Victoria to Deer Valley, Newfoundland. Ontario has the most, while Saskatchewan has the least. Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, PEI and New Brunswick are included in their own category as ‘Atlantic Canada’ because of the lack of courses.
45 courses in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, which includes states such as Alaska, Oregon, Nebraska, and Kansas. Part of the lack of courses is due to how close the PNW is to where I currently live so I’ve been lucky to play a fair amount of courses already, but states like the Dakotas or Kansas don’t have the course depth bigger states like California, Florida or Texas have.
111 courses in the Southwest region of the United States, which ranges from Hawaii to Texas, and up to Colorado. California and Texas both make up the majority of the 111 courses, partly due to the fact that I’ve played 35+ courses already in Arizona, but also accredited to the sheer volume of golf in both states.
85 courses in the Midwest region of the USA, but perhaps one of the strongest regions due to the amount of classic and modern architects alike who have worked here. I’ve included Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa in this geographical location.
131 total courses in the Northeast USA make up the biggest percentage of the total courses I’d like to play in North America, not even including Ontario or Quebec. This is perhaps the most famous region, thanks to the numerous major championship venues and famous courses like National Golf Links of America.
119 courses in the Southeastern region of the states, which is made up of states from Oklahoma over to Florida and up to Missouri. A lot of Tom Fazio in this region, but also a surprising amount of classic architects in a region not often associated with Golden Age designs.
And finally, 10 Mexican courses to finish off North America. I personally don’t enjoy Jack Nicklaus courses, and the amount of courses he’s designed in Mexico is astonishing, which hindered the length of the list. Nevertheless, the 10 Mexican courses I’ve listed look very interesting!
Below I’ve linked the pages, but unfortunately I’ve kept each of these pages password protected to avoid backlash towards my lists or towards me for making priority lists. There will be some obvious choices, such as Pine Valley, Augusta National and Cypress Point, but also a lot of surprises and a lot of hidden gems, per-say, in the pages.
If you’re interested in looking at these lists, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page. I’d be more than willing to grant you access! Be on the lookout as well for an international list, which will be coming in the months ahead.