Revealed: Top 10 Paige Spiranac Bucket List Golf Courses

Paige Spiranac

A few weeks ago, we got the lucky opportunity to catch up with Paige Spiranac and get her Top 10 favorite golf courses she has ever played. Paige has gotten the chance to play at several of the best golf courses the world has to offer, but there still are a few that she hasn’t gotten to yet. Recently we got to hear from Paige about the courses at the top of that list. Here are the Top 10 golf courses Paige Spiranac wants to play.

Top 10 Golf Courses Paige Spiranac Wants to Play:

#1: Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, GA

No surprise or drama here with what course is going #1. Augusta is one of the most exclusive country clubs in the world, and rightfully so. The host of The Master’s tournament is near or at the top of everyone’s list that hasn’t played it yet. Augusta National was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts and opened for play in 1932. It was designed by Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones himself. Augusta has hosted The Masters every year since 1934 and it is the only course that plays host to a major every season.=

#2: Pine Valley Golf Club – Pine Valley, NJ

It might not be as well known as Augusta, but Pine Valley is every bit as prestigious and exclusive. Pine Valley is located in southern New Jersey right near Philadelphia. It was founded in 1913 by a group of amateur golfers and designed by George Arthur Crump. Pine Valley regularly lands at the top of Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in America and finds itself there again in its latest edition. Pine Valley does not host many tournaments regularly and remains one of the most highly exclusive clubs in all of the United States.

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#3: Oakmont Country Club – Oakmont, PA

Not only is Oakmont considered one of the best golf courses in the United States, but it also holds some sentimental value. Paige’s parents grew up in Pittsburgh not far from Oakmont and she mentioned how special it would be to be able to play it with them. Oakmont was established in 1903 and is widely regarded as the oldest top-ranked golf course in the country. It was even named a National Landmark in 1987. Oakmont consistently finds itself in the Top 5 of Golf Digest’s Top 100. Several majors have taken place at Oakmont including 9 U.S. Opens, most recently in 2016 won by Dustin Johnson.

#4: The Old Course at St. Andrews – St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

The Old Course is an obvious choice for anyone that hasn’t played it. It is considered the “home of golf” to this day as the game was first played there in the early 15th century. While people had been playing golf on the grounds of St. Andrews since 1457, The Old Course was established in 1552. To this day, the course is considered public ground and is accessible to walk to anyone. The Old Course is a regular home to the Open Championship and has hosted the Major a whopping 30 times, most recently this past summer won by Cam Smith of Australia. The Old Course has hosted The Open more than any other course.

#5: Whistling Straits (Straits Course) – Sheboygan, WI

The second public course on this list is Whistling Straits and for VERY good reason. Whistling Straits is considered one of the most scenic and beautiful golf courses in the United States while also being one of the most difficult. Whistling Straits is a relatively new course, it was established in 1998 and designed by Pete Dye. It was formed off the coast of Lake Michigan with several holes playing right along the Great Lake. Whistling Straits is a long-hitters paradise tipping out to 7,790 yards. It has hosted multiple PGA Championships and most recently, the Ryder Cup in 2021.

#6: Muirfield Village Golf Club – Dublin, OH

There are two things about “Jack’s Place” that intrigue me. First, the top-tier golf course, and second, the famous buckeye milkshake. Muirfield is an annual stop for the PGA Tour hosting The Memorial tournament every year. It has also hosted a number of events including a Ryder Cup, a Solheim Cup, a Presidents Cup, a US Amateur, and a US Junior Amateur. Now onto the important part: the Buckeye Milkshake. The shake’s name refers to the famous buckeye candy which is a ball of peanut butter dipped in chocolate. The milkshake recipe is a closely guarded club secret and to this day has not been revealed.

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#7: TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

The regular host of The Players Championship is widely considered one of the best courses in the United States and home to arguably the most famous hole in golf. The Par 3 island green 17th hole has created more drama and intrigue than just about any hole on the PGA Tour. The 17th stretches to just 137 yards, but is completely surrounded by water and has just a 78-foot long green with a tiny bunker in front. TPC Sawgrass opened 42 years ago in 1980 and is now the home to the PGA Headquarters.

#8: Royal County Down – Newcastle, Northern Ireland

As highly rated as Augusta National and Pine Valley are, Royal County Down is regularly rated #1 on Golf Digest’s World’s Greatest 100 Courses list. Royal County Down was originally designed by Old Tom Morris but was refined by several architects over the years, most recently Donald Steel. While the greens aren’t the most challenging you’ll find across the pond, the blind shots and bunkers are its main defense. Royal County Down was founded in 1889 and is one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland. Carved along Dundrum Bay with the Mountains of Mourne in clear view, there aren’t many more scenic places in all of the world to play the great game of golf.

#9: Real Club Valderrama – San Roque, Cadiz, Spain

Valderrama is one of the most well-known golf courses throughout the world and is located in southern Spain. It was constructed in 1974 and designed by Robert Trent Jones. Valderrama has hosted a number of tournaments throughout the years including a regular stop for the now-defunct Volvo Masters and perhaps most famously the 1997 Ryder Cup which saw a narrow European win led by captain Seve Ballesteros.

#10: Bear Creek – Denver, CO

Bear Creek is a choice with some sentimental value for Paige. She grew up next to the course and thinks it would be awesome to be able to go back and play. Bear Creek is a men-only country club, so playing it after seeing it every day would be special for Paige. The course opened in 1985 and was designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. Bear Creek’s main defenses are the undulating greens and various hazards throughout the course. The course stretches a little over 7,000 yards, so strategy and execution trump length when playing this course.


Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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