The U.S. is known as one of the most impressive and respected golfing nations in the world with more than 15,000 golf courses dotted across the third most populous nation in the world. In the U.S., there are many important states for golf fans looking for the best options in impressive golf courses including California, Florida, South Carolina, and New York; starting with a 0 on some of the best golf courses in the United States means playing many of the world’s top courses.

Cypress Point, California

One of the most dramatic courses in the world with stunning views of the Monterey Penninsula, Cypress Point is a private course with one of the best-loved back nines on the planet. This coastal course sits on sand dunes to create a classic links course enjoyed for the beautiful coastal holes of the final stretch of holes from 15 through 17 with the 16th hole played over 200 yards of the Pacific Ocean. Cypress Point is often described as two distinct courses with the opening nine played within the Del Monte forest. The second nine then passes along the Monterey Peninsula with stunning views across the rocky coastline of the Pacific Ocean.

Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia

Perhaps the most famous golf course in the United States and one of the world’s best-known courses, Augusta National Golf Club is the host of the annual Master’s major tournament first played in 1934. Playing on the course designed and built under the leadership of Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie is thrill many players hope to achieve over the course of their playing days; following in the footsteps of golf’s greats crossing ‘Amen Corner’ through holes 11, 12, and 13 has become the iconic stretch for those playing Augusta.

Oakmont Country Club, Pennsylvania

Only Augusta National has hosted more majors than Oakmont which makes this one of the most iconic courses in world golf. Playing Oakmont Country Club is a unique experience as this is a National Historic Landmark in the U.S. and has been forced into a unique design by the opening of the New Jersey Turnpike which separates holes two through eight from the rest of the course. Generally regarded as one of the hardest courses in the U.S., Oakmont remains known for the difficult bunkers dotted across is hard sloping course.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina

Although the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island may not seem to be the most challenging in the U.S. it is known as a beautiful course made difficult by the challenging natural conditions facing players of this course. In 2010, the Ocean Course was named as the most difficult in the U.S. because of its many bunkers, Bermuda grass, and large sloping fairways giving the course opened in 1991 the highest course rating on offer from the USGA.