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2010 10 Best Golf Cities

Every golfer has heard of Pebble Beach and Augusta, but the vast majority of the more than 28 million Americans who play golf regularly spend their weekends on the public and private courses in small towns and cities all over the country. What many of them don't know is that local courses can often be best-kept secrets and hidden gems. Livability.com searched 200 of the most livable cities in America to find the top 10 best lesser-known cities for golfers. For an in-depth look at what makes these cities great for golf, just click through the list. Fore!

Ranking Criteria
Great course design
Well maintained
Storied past
Golf course density
  • 10

    Tyler, TX

    Population: 100,806
    Antony Boshier

    With a warm East Texas climate, an array of private clubs and upscale residential communities built around challenging courses, Tyler, TX, has earned a reputation as a golfer’s paradise. The Cascades, a 500-acre golf and residential community on Lake Bellwood, features one of only three Jack Nicklaus golf academies in the country and is home to the Texas State Open, one the biggest non-PGA tournaments in America.

    There are many more great courses throughout Tyler as well, including the highly regarded Hollytree Country Club and Willow Brook Country Club, the public – and some say best-kept secret of local golfers – Pine Springs Golf Course, and the lavish Eagle's Bluff on Lake Palestine, named by Golf Week magazine as course of distinction and one of America's best residential courses.

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