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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 November 2020. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Delaware

Bidermann

1st Delaware - Best in Area

Bidermann began its golfing life as a 9-hole course, designed in the 1920s by Devereux Emmet, who laid out the fairways across Henry du Pont’s private estate, next to what is now the famous Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.

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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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Fieldstone

3rd 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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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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Bayside Resort

5th 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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Baywood Greens (Woodside & Waterside)

6th Delaware - Best in Area

Located within the Long Neck community in Sussex County, the pay-and-play golf course at Baywood Greens has perhaps been ill-defined by some as the "Augusta of the North".

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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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DuPont (DuPont)

8th 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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White Clay Creek

9th 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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Bear Trap Dunes (Grizzly & Black Bear)

10th Delaware - Best in Area

Set three miles west of Bethany Beach, the 27-hole golf complex at Bear Trap Dunes was designed by former Jack Nicklaus associate, Rick Jacobson. The Grizzly and Black Bear nines form the longest and toughest loops.

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