With the U.S. Open going on this week (June 13-16), it only makes sense to highlight the places that have shaped the pro golfers America loves to cheer on. And since today is Father’s Day to boot, it just feels right. 

So, we’re all over a recent study by My Baggage, which answers the question, “Which states would you recommend to someone who loves golf and wants to move to a state that loves golfers?” or “Which are the best states for golf lovers looking for a second home?

We know we’ve already covered “dream houses for golf lovers.” This study zooms out a bit to identify the top 10 U.S. states for golfing getaways. 

And, surprising no one, Florida came in at first place with a score of 64.42 out of 100, followed by Colorado at number two and Arizona at number three. Louisiana comes in dead last with a score of 5.34/100, earning it the dubious distinction of being the worst state for golfers. 

Relocation experts My Baggage carried out the study by analyzing each state’s distribution of golf courses, driving ranges, golf tournaments, and golf coaches for every 100,000 residents, along with the number of platinum clubs

Given a score based on this data, each state was ranked accordingly. 

Top 10 best U.S. states for golfers:

  1. Florida (Total score: 64.42 out of 100)
  2. Colorado (62.91)
  3. Arizona (59.79)
  4. South Carolina (57.33)
  5. Wyoming (54.82)
  6. Pennsylvania (54.04)
  7. New York (52.43)
  8. Minnesota (52.11)
  9. Illinois (51.93)
  10. Maryland (50.90)

More about the top five

#1—Florida, with its top score of 64.42/100, ranks as the number one state for golfers: 

  • Number of golf courses: 1,131
  • Highest number of available PGA coaches (329)
  • Highest number of Platinum Clubs in the U.S. (12 listed in the 2023-2024 ranking, twice as many as California), including renowned places such as Seminole, Old Marsh, and Adios Golf Club
  • 96 upcoming tournaments (starting this month)
  • Number of driving ranges (for practice): 437

#2—Colorado (62.91)

  • Number of golf courses (for its 5.87 million residents): 263
  • Number of driving ranges: 167
  • Number of PGA coaches: 109
  • Number of platinum clubs: 1 (White Castle Pines in Castle Rock)
  • Upcoming tournaments include the Colorado Open and the Denver Senior City Amateur
  • Pro golfers produced by Colorado include Wyndham Clark, Jennifer Kupcho, and John Schlee. 

#3—Arizona (59.79)

  • Number of golf courses: 305
  • Number of driving ranges: 173
  • Number of PGA coaches: 108
  • Number of platinum clubs: 2 (Desert Highlands and Whisper Rock Golf Club)
  • Upcoming golf tournaments: 36

#4—South Carolina (57.33)

  • Golf courses: one for about every 16,000 residents
  • Driving ranges: one for every 28,500 residents
  • Number of PGA coaches: 75
  • Number of platinum clubs: 1 (Sage Valley Golf Club)
  • Upcoming tournaments: 58 (following the recent RBC Tour last month)

#5— Wyoming (54.82)

  • Number of golf courses: one for about every 10,000 residents
  • Number of driving ranges: 42
  • Number of PGA coaches: 5
  • Number of platinum clubs: 1 (The Club at 3 Creek)
  • Upcoming golf tournaments: 8
  • Pro golfers produced by Wyoming include Jim Benepe 

Paul Stewart, Managing Director of My Baggage, commented on the findings: 

While states like Florida hold a high concentration of courses and coaching; golfers in places like Louisiana, ranked lower in resources by the recent study, might find themselves drawn to trying golf vacations to renowned destinations. They may even add a competitive edge to their golfing experience by testing their skills in tournaments across state lines.

For passionate golfers, this ranking suggests a compelling reason to explore beyond their home turf, especially when they help stretch your money further. Different states can offer unique climates, terrains, and course designs, creating a chance to experience the game in entirely new ways, all whilst offering better value for your tee time.

Paul Stewart

Managing Director of My Baggage