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The second smallest of the fifty US states, Delaware is known as “The First State” (and several other monikers) because it was the first of the thirteen original states to agree to the US Constitution way back in 1787.

Despite its northern location and diminutive size, Delaware has some capital golf courses, most of which centre around its largest city, Wilmington, where the roots of DuPont Country Club can be traced back to the late 19th century (although the club was not officially founded until 1920). The Delaware State Golf Association currently consists of 52 member clubs, but only 33 are located within the First State.

Two layouts from two of the most notable golf course architects of the modern era (Robert Trent Jones and Dick Wilson) are on offer at Wilmington Country Club, The longer South course is universally considered the premier layout here, but the North is by no means a relief course. Dick Wilson also designed the Bidermann golf course which vies for the top sport in The First State.

Our Delaware Best In State Rankings were last updated in June 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Delaware

Bidermann

1st Delaware - Best in Area

The Bidermann golf course is a Dick Wilson design from the mid 1960s that is now shared by members of Bidermann and Vicmead Hunt Club after they merged to form one sporting club in 1977.

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Wilmington (South)

2nd Delaware - Best in Area

The Robert Trent Jones-designed South golf course at Wilmington Country Club has twice played host to the US Junior Amateur.

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Description: The Robert Trent Jones-designed South golf course at Wilmington Country Club has twice played host to the US Junior Amateur. Rating: 3 out of 6

Bayside Resort

3rd Delaware - Best in Area

The Bayside Resort Golf Club’s course is an integral component of a residential development close to Fenwick Island.

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Description: The Bayside Resort Golf Club’s course is an integral component of a residential development close to Fenwick Island. Rating: 4 out of 6

The Peninsula

4th Delaware - Best in Area

Jack Nicklaus routed the fairways of the golf course at The Peninsula at Longneck around a rather large residential development. Set close to the Indian River Bay, several holes are laid out adjacent to Lingo Creek.

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Description: Jack Nicklaus routed the fairways of the golf course at The Peninsula at Longneck around a rather large residential development. Set close to the Indian River Bay, several holes are laid out adjacent to Lingo Creek. Rating: 4 out of 6

Baywood Greens (Woodside & Waterside)

5th Delaware - Best in Area

The pay-and-play golf course at Baywood Greens is in the process of being expanded to a 27-hole complex. When work is complete, a sand nine, called Duneside, will be added to the existing Woodside and Waterside nines.

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Fieldstone

6th Delaware - Best in Area

The course at Fieldstone Golf Club lies on something of a heaving landscape, so the fairways rise and fall with regularity on this Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry design.

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Description: The course at Fieldstone Golf Club lies on something of a heaving landscape, so the fairways rise and fall with regularity on this Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry design. Rating: 4 out of 6

Wilmington (North)

7th Delaware - Best in Area

The Dick Wilson-designed North course at Wilmington Country Club was laid out around the same time as Robert Trent Jones completed the South layout.

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Deerfield

9th Delaware - Best in Area

Originally operated as the Louviers Country Club by the Du Pont Corporation in the mid-1950s, the Deerfield course in the White Clay Creek State Park was re-opened by the state of Delaware as a public golf facility in 2006.

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Description: Originally operated as the Louviers Country Club by the Du Pont Corporation in the mid-1950s, the Deerfield course in the White Clay Creek State Park was re-opened by the state of Delaware as a public golf facility in 2006. Rating: 3 out of 6

DuPont (DuPont)

9th Delaware - Best in Area

There are three golf courses at DuPont Country Club but the jewel in the crown is the DuPont layout which was resurrected by Lester George in 2005.

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Description: There are three golf courses at DuPont Country Club but the jewel in the crown is the DuPont layout which was resurrected by Lester George in 2005. Rating: 5 out of 6

White Clay Creek

10th Delaware - Best in Area

The modern 18-hole layout at White Clay Creek Country Club is routed to the south and east of the horseracing track at Delaware Park.

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