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The Best US Courses in PGA Tour 2K21

The overwhelming number of courses available to play in PGA Tour 2K21, especially considering all of the ones created by talented members of the community, can make it hard to decide which virtual links you should hit up next. I’ve recently tried to help out by highlighting some of the better fantasy courses and mini-putt designs if you’re seeking something a little different. But PGA Tour 2K21 also has plenty of real courses that have been meticulously recreated. As always, you would be wise to check out the course list curated by the fine folks over at the premier online competitive PGA Tour 2K21 website, TGC Tours, where they are always dedicated to listing only the best courses. With that in mind, I’m also putting together my own list of the best US courses in PGA Tour 2K21 right here.

From running my own online society in PGA Tour 2K21 (shameless plug: join Legacy Leagues Golf if you haven’t already), I’ve tried to get creative in how I schedule different seasons within the society based around certain themes. Aside from the enjoyment of getting to assign names to events according to my own whims, which often involves using my favorite restaurants or fictional companies from movies and TV, this can also translate to some intricate planning. In all my years of presiding over the same society, I’ve organized everything from journeys to fictional tropical courses with events all named after legendary hip-hop albums to elaborate tours of real-life Australian courses perfectly arranged from east to west.

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For the purposes of this article, I thought I would put together a short virtual tour of US courses that you can play if you’re looking for a selection of some of the better realistic representations of the top courses around the US. I’ve tried to be as precise as possible in the spelling of the names so as to make it as easy as possible for anyone to find them when searching through the thousands of courses that have been added to the game by the community. You’ll probably notice that some of these have “Lidar” (Light Detection and Ranging) or “L” in their name, which is a technology that uses lasers to help better represent the layout of terrains.

Grab your suitcase and your golf bag, but no need to book any tickets because this Canadian is taking you on a road trip all across the United States of America!

The Best US Courses In PGA Tour 2K21

Best US Courses PGA Tour 2K21

Cypress Point Club – Monterey, CA

California has been well represented in the game thanks to designers throughout the community doing their best to recreate the state’s many standout courses. Rather than teeing off our cross-country trip with anything too difficult though, let’s begin at Cypress Point Golf Club, a relatively short and scenic course that should help build our confidence here at the outset. Take in some great views of the Pacific, drain some birdies, and relish a great warmup for our US tour.

Hobble Creek G.C. – Springville, UT

One of the great things about community courses is that they don’t always have to be the most famous ones for them to have found their way into the game. Case in point is this lesser-known Utah course that designer Brandon Pugh originally attempted to bring to life for The Golf Club 19 after having played on it almost nearly every day as a kid. It’s another fairly simple and straightforward layout that should keep your score low, but you can also feel the care that has gone into every detail.

Sand Hills GC Lidar – Mullen, NE

Consistently ranked as one of the best courses in the US, this emulation of Sand Hill Golf Club captures its spare and natural feel. Just as its name would suggest, the biggest challenge here will be contending with the bunkers that have been strategically strewn about the rolling hills. If you happen to be wondering about the absence of a clubhouse or parking lot, you’ll be happy to know that the designer considered adding these but decided against it because, in reality, these are all located at least 750 yards from the actual course.

Austin Country Club (L) – Austin, TX

As someone who has always wanted to visit Austin but never had the chance in real life, I’ll have to settle for the next best option of visiting its local golf course within PGA Tour 2K21 until I can make it happen. Situated on the shores of Lake Austin, there are some pretty sights to be seen as you work your way through the holes, and you likely won’t have to suffer too many frustrations throughout considering it’s not the most difficult of layouts. Enjoy yourself and work on your game here before we ramp up to some greater challenges on the tour.

Alotian Club LiDAR (t) – Roland, AR

An upscale, ultra-exclusive course like the Alotian Club is the kind that most people will never be lucky enough to access or even glimpse in the real world, so it’s incredibly fortunate when someone in the design community takes the initiative to have it added to PGA Tour 2K21. The fairly new course that was dreamed up by a billionaire investment banker showcases some creativity in its elevation changes right from the first tee, but it still shouldn’t be tricky enough to have your score ballooning too high.

Valhalla Golf Club (L) – Louisville, KY

Best US courses in PGA Tour 2K21

This is the kind of generically named course that can present some issues when trying the find the best one to play since there are pages of search results returned when looking for “Valhalla.” Fortunately, there’s a good rule of thumb to keep in mind whenever looking through similarly branded courses. The one that has the most number of plays (while maintaining a high community rating) is generally the one you want to pick. That’s the case with this private one designed by Jack Nicklaus that will make birdies harder to come by thanks to its long par 3s and 4s that don’t leave a lot of room for error.

Black Lake GC Michigan – Onaway, MI

This tour isn’t only about hitting up the most exclusive golf clubs, and to help illustrate that let’s head to this course in Michigan that’s typically regarded as one of the best public courses in the country. With its wide fairways and limited hazards throughout, your biggest worry here will likely be avoiding the kind of shank on a drive that can see your ball find the trees usually lining the fairways.

Winged Foot West (Open) – Mamaroneck, NY

As we get later into this golf trip, it’s only fair that we start to put the skills to the test that have no doubt been developed from playing all of these courses so far. This New York course that’s hosted the US Open a number of times (last in 2020) should fit the bill because perhaps the most accurate way to describe its layout is unforgiving. Thin strips of fairway force you to be accurate, and even if you do manage to hit the greens on your approaches, you must be careful of your ball placement on the greens because many of them have some wicked slopes that can give fits to even the strongest of putters.

Pinehurst No. 2 TGC19 – Pinehurst, NC

Not only are there a lot of different versions of this particular course among the community, but there are plenty of recreations of other courses at Pinehurst as well to make it even harder to find the one being highlighted here. Look for the “TGC2019” at the end (and the large number of plays) to find an effort that does an admirable job of making you experience the various ways this course can leave you scrambling. This is especially true in the stretch run, where some longer holes can make it imperative to find the fairway (or green on lengthy par 3s) if you want a shot at scoring under par.

A Course Has No Name – Augusta, GA

Because PGA Tour 2K21 went so far as to censor any courses with any terms even related to the trademarked Augusta National course in Georgia that hosts The Masters tournament every year, it can be tricky to find the best community recreations of it. There’s one that’s been dubbed “A Course Has No Name” that presents a formidable enough challenge to have you struggling to stay above par just like the real pros, but sadly that one has also been removed from search results. Your best bet is to search for one of the many TGC Tours societies in the game, find in their schedule where they have played a Masters event in the past (usually it will be around the same time of year as the PGA one), and then favorite the course once you manage to find it so you can play on it later.

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  1. Are pieces like this sponsored at all?
    It's always felt so weird to me when content like this comes along out of the blue to "bump" an existing product that is not even remotely new anymore, etc.
    I don't fault anyone as I know money pays the bills..
    Just curious if sponsored/promoted content is a "thing" around here?
    scagwi
    Are pieces like this sponsored at all?
    It's always felt so weird to me when content like this comes along out of the blue to "bump" an existing product that is not even remotely new anymore, etc.
    I don't fault anyone as I know money pays the bills..
    Just curious if sponsored/promoted content is a "thing" around here?

    Maybe it’s because some people still might actually play the game?
    scagwi
    Are pieces like this sponsored at all?
    It's always felt so weird to me when content like this comes along out of the blue to "bump" an existing product that is not even remotely new anymore, etc.
    I don't fault anyone as I know money pays the bills..
    Just curious if sponsored/promoted content is a "thing" around here?

    Definitely not sponsored. We are all looking forward to what the future holds for the series, but there are users that still play this game and enjoy it.
    Steve_OS
    Definitely not sponsored. We are all looking forward to what the future holds for the series, but there are users that still play this game and enjoy it.

    Thx Steve
    I definitely didn't mean to cast aspersions on anything or anyone here...was genuinely curious.
    Cheers
    I can attest to 7 of the choices as being viable. There are three listed that I've never played before: Sand Hills GC, Alotian Club, and Black Lake. I will remedy that situation starting today! I would have to put PGA National (Champion) in the top 10, along with FriendBOMBER's latest version of Pebble Beach.
    Interesting article and thanks for showing some love to the talented designers who create these masterpieces. They're as responsible for the longevity of the game itself and the game's development team IMO!
    I still play 15-20 rounds a week, alone playing 9 hole matchmaking and with a buddy online. Nice article. We played Black Rock last night and it's stunning. We are looking into playing the real course, we had never heard of it before.
    What is FriendBomber's Pebble Beach called in the search? Would like to check that out.
    scagwi
    Thx Steve
    I definitely didn't mean to cast aspersions on anything or anyone here...was genuinely curious.
    Cheers

    Just for the record, our editorial policy is that if something were sponsored, we would be up front and clear about it in the article itself.
    The Augusta clone (search in 2K21 instead for "Big Golf Weekend 2020", as well as the "Wednesday Par 3 Contest", since the other options are censored) and Winged Foot West (Open) were done by theclv24, a fantastic designer over at the TGC Tours forums. And those are just a couple of the amazing real-life courses he's done.
    He recently published "Kingsley Club 2022", a private course in Michigan which is amazing. He's also done the following:
    Crystal Downs CC (L)
    Meadowbrook CC Lidar
    The Motown Club, 1916 - a faithful "restoration" of the Detroit Golf Club back to its more original Donald Ross design
    Erin Hills and Erin Hills (Tour)
    Merion East and Merion East (Tour)
    Oakmont Country Club and Oakmont CC (Tour)
    Chambers Bay and Chambers Bay (Tour)
    Shoreacres (LiDAR)
    He's also done great non-US courses, like (due to licensing reasons) "Her Majesty's Open at TOC" and "Auld Grey Toon" - stand-ins for the home of golf...
    As for Pebble Beach, there are several decent options. Look for "The Bing Crobsy Classic", "Cobble Beach GL (Tour)" or "119th U.S. Open".
    Here are some other one's I'd recommend:
    National Golf Links of America (L)
    PGA National (Champion)
    Kapula Plantation v4****
    Hazeltine National Golf Club (L)
    Southern Pines (RCR)
    Whistling Straits - Ryder Cup 2021 - TMT
    Sleepy Hollow CC Lidar
    Pasatiempo 2021 (lidar)
    Arcadia Bluffs (L)
    Bandon Trails - TMT LiDAR
    Colonial CC Tour (L)
    TPC Harding Park (L) and TPC Harding Park (Tour)
    The Country Club, MA. (L)
    LIDO - I know it technically doesn't exist anymore as it did, but it is being rebuilt in Wisconsin
    Torrey Pines (South Tour)
    Shinnec*ck Hills USGA - that is how it's spelled in game, as to avoid getting dinged as "profanity"
    Friars Head
    SentryWorld Golf Club
    Camargo Club (L)
    Lawsonia (Links)
    And a couple shameless plugs for my own US-based real courses:
    Charleston Muni Redesign
    Whistling Straits (Irish)
    Brown Deer Park GC (Tour)
    MrArlingtonBeach
    The Augusta clone (search in 2K21 instead for "Big Golf Weekend 2020", as well as the "Wednesday Par 3 Contest", since the other options are censored) and Winged Foot West (Open) were done by theclv24, a fantastic designer over at the TGC Tours forums. And those are just a couple of the amazing real-life courses he's done.
    He recently published "Kingsley Club 2022", a private course in Michigan which is amazing. He's also done the following:
    Crystal Downs CC (L)
    Meadowbrook CC Lidar
    The Motown Club, 1916 - a faithful "restoration" of the Detroit Golf Club back to its more original Donald Ross design
    Erin Hills and Erin Hills (Tour)
    Merion East and Merion East (Tour)
    Oakmont Country Club and Oakmont CC (Tour)
    Chambers Bay and Chambers Bay (Tour)
    Shoreacres (LiDAR)
    He's also done great non-US courses, like (due to licensing reasons) "Her Majesty's Open at TOC" and "Auld Grey Toon" - stand-ins for the home of golf...
    As for Pebble Beach, there are several decent options. Look for "The Bing Crobsy Classic", "Cobble Beach GL (Tour)" or "119th U.S. Open".
    Here are some other one's I'd recommend:
    National Golf Links of America (L)
    PGA National (Champion)
    Kapula Plantation v4****
    Hazeltine National Golf Club (L)
    Southern Pines (RCR)
    Whistling Straits - Ryder Cup 2021 - TMT
    Sleepy Hollow CC Lidar
    Pasatiempo 2021 (lidar)
    Arcadia Bluffs (L)
    Bandon Trails - TMT LiDAR
    Colonial CC Tour (L)
    TPC Harding Park (L) and TPC Harding Park (Tour)
    The Country Club, MA. (L)
    LIDO - I know it technically doesn't exist anymore as it did, but it is being rebuilt in Wisconsin
    Torrey Pines (South Tour)
    Shinnec*ck Hills USGA - that is how it's spelled in game, as to avoid getting dinged as "profanity"
    Friars Head
    SentryWorld Golf Club
    Camargo Club (L)
    Lawsonia (Links)
    And a couple shameless plugs for my own US-based real courses:
    Charleston Muni Redesign
    Whistling Straits (Irish)
    Brown Deer Park GC (Tour)

    Great list of courses, although I'm ashamed to admit that there's a few on there I've not played. I'll give them all a go here soon. You should include your Lothmoor Abbey course in your personal list. We just played that course yesterday in the Digital Sportspage Society tournament and it's a nyce 'un!
    MrArlingtonBeach
    The Augusta clone (search in 2K21 instead for "Big Golf Weekend 2020", as well as the "Wednesday Par 3 Contest", since the other options are censored) and Winged Foot West (Open) were done by theclv24, a fantastic designer over at the TGC Tours forums. And those are just a couple of the amazing real-life courses he's done.
    He recently published "Kingsley Club 2022", a private course in Michigan which is amazing. He's also done the following:
    Crystal Downs CC (L)
    Meadowbrook CC Lidar
    The Motown Club, 1916 - a faithful "restoration" of the Detroit Golf Club back to its more original Donald Ross design
    Erin Hills and Erin Hills (Tour)
    Merion East and Merion East (Tour)
    Oakmont Country Club and Oakmont CC (Tour)
    Chambers Bay and Chambers Bay (Tour)
    Shoreacres (LiDAR)
    He's also done great non-US courses, like (due to licensing reasons) "Her Majesty's Open at TOC" and "Auld Grey Toon" - stand-ins for the home of golf...
    As for Pebble Beach, there are several decent options. Look for "The Bing Crobsy Classic", "Cobble Beach GL (Tour)" or "119th U.S. Open".
    Here are some other one's I'd recommend:
    National Golf Links of America (L)
    PGA National (Champion)
    Kapula Plantation v4****
    Hazeltine National Golf Club (L)
    Southern Pines (RCR)
    Whistling Straits - Ryder Cup 2021 - TMT
    Sleepy Hollow CC Lidar
    Pasatiempo 2021 (lidar)
    Arcadia Bluffs (L)
    Bandon Trails - TMT LiDAR
    Colonial CC Tour (L)
    TPC Harding Park (L) and TPC Harding Park (Tour)
    The Country Club, MA. (L)
    LIDO - I know it technically doesn't exist anymore as it did, but it is being rebuilt in Wisconsin
    Torrey Pines (South Tour)
    Shinnec*ck Hills USGA - that is how it's spelled in game, as to avoid getting dinged as "profanity"
    Friars Head
    SentryWorld Golf Club
    Camargo Club (L)
    Lawsonia (Links)
    And a couple shameless plugs for my own US-based real courses:
    Charleston Muni Redesign
    Whistling Straits (Irish)
    Brown Deer Park GC (Tour)

    Just wish whoever created oak hill in TGC 2019 would port it over. Probably the best replica I’ve seen.
    jbd345
    Just wish whoever created oak hill in TGC 2019 would port it over. Probably the best replica I’ve seen.

    There is an Oak Hill in the game...can't recall the name of it exactly, and I haven't played it so I don't know if it's the same one that was in TGC 2019. But I do have it saved in my Favorites in-game.
    EDIT - just found it and played it...it's called "Oak Hill E. Course Rochester NY". Seemed decent enough from what I could remember about the actual course.
    Just wish whoever created oak hill in TGC 2019 would port it over. Probably the best replica I’ve seen

    One of the better designers in the tgc brand asked me not to release it in 2k21 he is a member there and is doing is own version, saying that it has been 18 months so i don't think we will ever see it.I did put the final changes into a 2k21 version but i have never released it see pic below,Thanks for the kind words on tgc2019 version. The version mentioned above is the old layout and designed by another designer.


    Not the Biggest of Fans of US courses but to me The Lidar Version of Bethpage (black) is one of the better one's i feel,but it gets so lost in the amount of courses called Bethpage.I do feel MrArlingtonBeach choices a little better than the author of the post,but in the end why TGC/2k brand is decent amount of choice and opinion all subjective. The Lidar version of Pinehurst (no2) in my view much better than the one in the original topic.

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