The 10 Best Golf Courses in Delaware – Rated By Real Players

Choosing the 10 best golf courses in Delaware is somewhat easier due to the lower number of courses available, but still is very subjective. Although small in size it offers 50 established golf courses that offer a stern test for every skill level.

This task has been eased with a collaboration with TheGrint, our favorite mobile app that helps golfers track their handicap and stats. They have collected golf course reviews from millions of real golf rounds from real golfers.

The 10 Best Golf Courses in Deleware Ranked in Order

  1. Baywood Greens Golf Club
  2. Plantation Lakes Golf Course
  3. Dupont Country Club| Dupont
  4. Bayside Resort Golf Club
  5. White Clay Creek Country Club
  6. Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club| Black Grizzly
  7. Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club| Grizzly Kodiak
  8. Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club| Kodiak Black
  9. Odessa National Golf Club
  10. Back Creek Golf Course

1. Baywood Greens Golf Club

  • Site Link
  • Location: Millsboro, Delaware.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,383 meters off the Tips and 4,697 meters off the Front.
  • (5 tee options available).

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 95.1
Fun Rating: 95.8
Shape Rating: 94.5

Signature Hole – The 388-meter par 4 14th hole is the signature hole and offers risk and reward off the tee.

Attack the island fairway in the center and shorten your approach shot, or play to the right and leave a long 2nd into the green.

Described by many as “The Augusta of the North” it features 2 very different 9s. The woodside front 9 and the waterside back 9 live up to their affectionate titles.

Tree-lined fairways call for accurate tee shots while the man-made ponds can create havoc with your score on the last 9 and come into play on 8 of the holes.

2. Plantation Lakes

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  • Location: Millsboro, Delaware.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,089 meters off the Tips and 4,195 meters off the Front. (5 tee options available).

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 94.1
Fun Rating: 93.1
Shape Rating: 95

Signature Hole – Plantation Lakes golf course has only recently opened the 2nd 9- holes to complete an 18-hole layout.

Some new very challenging holes will no doubt vie for the signature hole in the future.

Plantation lakes back 9 is relatively new, but the undulations and challenging layout is still fun and offers a great experience for every golfer.

The greens are firm, fast, and true and if your putting stroke is on for the day, expect to score well.

3. Dupont Country Club | Dupont

  • Site Link
  • Location: Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6,508 meters off the Tips and 4,793 meters off the Front.(6 tee options available).

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 93.1
Fun Rating: 91.9
Shape Rating: 94.3

Signature Hole – The 420-meter par 4 15th is a fantastic hole. “Husbands run”, a creek that runs down the right side and then crosses the fairway just in front of the green, is ever-present.

The final challenge is the contoured green, and making par is an achievement.

3 x 18-hole courses set in the Brandywine Valley, offer a variety of golf and can be enjoyed by all.

The championship course with its natural dips and bumps requires some versatile ability to score well on this challenging layout. Well-positioned bunkers and contoured greens keep the golfer honest.

The par 61 short course is ideal for youngsters learning to play.

4. Bayside Resort Golf Club

  • Site Link
  • Location: Selbyville, Delaware.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,878 meters off the Tips and 4,685 meters off the Front. (6 tee options available).

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 91.2
Fun Rating: 91.5
Shape Rating: 91.0

Signature Hole – This golf course does not have any weak holes, and to single out one, would be very subjective, according to the many reviews received.

A Jack Nicklaus signature course that offers an experience of note.

Pine forests line some fairways, and the marshland holes offer variety and natural hazards.

Strategically placed bunkers require shot-making and distance control.

The big hitters will also enjoy some of the wide-open fairways, with the Assawoman Bay coastline creating a picturesque setting.

Don’t be mislead by the beauty, as the golfer will require his A-game to conquer the layout.

5. White Clay Creek Country Club

  • Site Link
  • Location: Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Par: 72
  • Length:  6,405 meters off the Tips and 4,842 meters off the Front. (5 tee options available).

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 89.4
Fun Rating: 91.2
Shape Rating: 87.5

Signature Hole – The 167-meter par 3 17th hole is the signature hole and supplies a stunning view.

A lake lurks on the left side and the shot is played into a stadium-like green surround.

White Clay Creek offers the best of all worlds to the many golfers that play here.

The greens are slick and smooth and bunkers are ever-present.

An extremely tough course to walk and select the correct tee for your ability as some forced carries will catch you out and destroy your score.

6. Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club | Black Grizzly

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  • Location: Ocean View, Delaware.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,308 meters off the Tips and 4,656 meters off the Front. (4 tee options available).

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 89.3
Fun Rating: 92.2
Shape Rating: 86.4

Signature Hole – The Grizzly 9 brings water into play on 7 of the holes, while the long par 3 3rd on Black, has water on the right, to keep the golfer honest.

No defined signature hole.

The courses are great for walking and also a favorite among the women golfers.

A feature is the large greens with subtle breaks that could result in a few 3-putts.

The wind is often a factor, so good ball control is a bonus.

Add the fantastic scenery on offer and this is a “must play” when in the area.

7. Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club | Grizzly Kodiak

  • Site Link
  • Location: Ocean View, Delaware.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,247 meters off the Tips and 4,761 meters off the Front. (4 tee options available).

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 87.0
Fun Rating: 90.7
Shape Rating: 83.4

Signature Hole – No signature hole was defined, but the constant meandering fairways, with the thick wetland grass, create a good challenge on every hole.

These 2 x 9 holes formed the original 18-hole layout and all have a links-style feel when playing.

The use of the natural terrain, set in sand dunes, with tough wetland grass areas alongside the fairways, makes an interesting course for all skill levels.

8. Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club | Kodiak Black

  • Site Link
  • Location: Ocean View, Delaware.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,264 meters off the Tips and 4,638 meters off the Front. (4 tee options available).

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 86.7
Fun Rating: 89.1
Shape Rating: 84.2

Signature Hole – No signature hole defined, but playing this combination with the many doglegs and sand traps will be an enjoyable and fair test.

The long par 4s and 5s will be an attraction to the long-hitters, but the well-placed bunkers, ensure that golfers consider the options, before lashing out for sheer distance.

Water hazards and grassy hollows add to the difficulty but enhance the experience.

9. Odessa National Golf Club

  • Site Link
  • Location: Townsend, Delaware.
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,363 meters from the Tips and 5,204 meters from the Front. (4 tee options available).

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 85.6
Fun Rating: 89.6
Shape Rating: 84.4

Signature Hole – Two holes stand out on this course, although not defined as the signature hole.

The 393-meter par 4 7th hole is a dogleg off the tee, with 2 forced carries into the green, over penal waste.

The 519-meter par 5 11th has water on the right and the approach is over a marshy area.

A golf strategist’s delight. Forced carries and high native grass await the adventurous golfer and the driver is not the option on all the holes.

5 risk and reward holes on offer and throughout the track different shape and size greens will test the putting stroke on the day.

10. Back Creek Golf Course

  • Site Link
  • Location: Middletown, Delaware.
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6,502 meters from the Tips and 4,583 meters off the Front. (5 tee options available).

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 84.8
Fun Rating: 85.3
Shape Rating: 84.3

Signature Hole – No defined signature hole but the 312-meter short dogleg par 4  6th and the 396-meter par 4 7th, with a very intimidating tee shot, are favorites with the regulars.

Once a farmyard, this course with 80 bunkers, water hazards, and heavily contoured greens, has it all to test every skill level.

It is a links-feel track and has an interesting rule, for property backyards that border some fairways. They are deemed hazards and not out of bounds, and this assists in keeping the pace of the round on track.

Other Courses In Delaware Outside The Top 10

1. Heritage Shores Club

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 84.8
Fun Rating: 88.3
Shape Rating: 81.2

An 18-hole classic links-style layout with water-flanked fairways. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy this challenging, but playable course.

2. Deerfield Golf and Tennis Club

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 84.4
Fun Rating: 85.8
Shape Rating: 83.0

Scenic vistas, elevation changes, rolling forest terrain, and a great mix of golf holes make this a worthwhile course to play.

3. The Rookery | South

PLAYER RATING

Overall Rating: 83.2
Fun Rating: 84.6
Shape Rating: 81.8

A local favorite in the Delmarva peninsula, this 18-hole course is a challenging, but fair layout for all skill levels.

Final Thoughts

Although Delaware is one of the smallest states, its golf courses provide an abundance of golf course styles to visit and play.

Like all the other states the sheer beauty of the surrounding terrain and the versatile golf options available, make a trip to Delaware a worthwhile consideration.

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