Rankings 2021’s Best/Worst Cities for Golfers in America

Were you under the impression that living in the south automatically meant great news for golfers? Think again. LawnStarter.com is out with new research that has determined the Best and Worst Cities for Golfers in America, and the results may surprise you.

LawnStarter used eight metrics to create its list of the best and worst cities. Those metrics include: least average monthly precipitation (in.), most average monthly precipitation (in.), most golf courses, fewest golf courses, most golf equipment stores, fewest golf equipment stores, most driving ranges, fewest driving ranges.

It shouldn’t come as a shock to see California and Arizona combine for eight of the top ten best cities spots. Scottsdale, Arizona is home to the Waste Management Open and its stadium debauchery at the TPC Scottsdale. The most shocking city in the top ten has to be New York City. The Big Apple ranked a horrible 178th in climate, but it ranked an astounding No. 2 in the golf courses category, which measures the number of equipment stores, specialty stores, driving ranges and venues offering golf lessons.

Mobile, Alabama takes home the prize as the worst city for golf in America, based on horrible showings in climate and practice facilities. Golf across SEC country took a real hit on the LawnStarter rankings. SEC states have a stranglehold on the bottom 10 positions on this list.


• Augusta, Georgia ranked outside the Top 100 for best golf cities.

• Florida has nine cities in the Top 100

• Texas has 12

• California has 37

• Anchorage, Alaska is 190th

To find your city on the list, head over to LawnStarter and search.

Best Cities for Golfers in America




Scottsdale, AZ


Los Angeles, CA


New York, NY


Anaheim, CA


Las Vegas, NV


Phoenix, AZ


Mesa, AZ


Gilbert, AZ


San Diego, CA


Glendale, CA

Worst Cities for Golfers in America




Clarksville, TN


Columbus, GA


Montgomery, GA


Jackson, MS


Macon, GA


Metairie, LA


Huntsville, AL


Shreveport, LA


Springfield, MO


Mobile, AL

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.


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  1. I’d think San Diego would take the cake here. Most southern courses get unbearably hot during the summer and most northern courses see significant snow closures during the winter, but San Diego is temperate year round with little rain. Also, residents get a fantastic deal at Torrey Pines.

    Ranking New York third just eliminates all credibility of this ranking.

    • Agreed about San Diego. Lots of choice – public & private. I make the hour drive to play Aviara whenever possible. Every morning at Torres Pines, as early as 4:30AM, San Diego residents show up for limited slots to pay the local rate of around $60 for 18 holes. Otherwise, it’s over $200 a round for non-residents.

      I don’t get L.A. at all. If you’re not a member at Sherwood, Riviera, Bel-Air, etc., you get to slug it out for a 6 hour round at one of the munies like Rancho Park! Nope.

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