Vermont’s ski resorts are home to some of the United States top ranked golf courses. New and experienced golfers alike can find courses for them this summer that offer the perfect balance of challenge and ease, and of course, beautiful mountain views. Find out below what each course has to offer and where visitors can tee up for less this season.
Woodstock Inn & Resort
The Woodstock Country Club has been named one of the top 100 golf resorts by Golf Magazine. The Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed golf course at the Woodstock Inn & Resort is an 18-hole masterpiece of terrain features that excite the most seasoned player. Surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views of the Kedron Valley, the full-service club also features a pro shop, practice range, putting green, private lessons, and The Fairway Grill restaurant and bar. The golf course was also the #1 Ranked Golf Course in New England by Gold Advisor and ranked among the Top 25 Friendliest Courses & Top 25 Golf Course Conditions in the U.S. See picture to right.
The Sugarbush Resort Golf Club celebrates its 55th anniversary this season. Enjoy midweek golf for just $55 from 7-9 AM or $35 rounds of golf on Thursdays with $35 Thursdays. Other events include Ladies Night and Burger Night on Fridays, Wood Fired Pizza Night on Saturdays, the Brew-Grass Golf Scramble in June, Junior Golf Camps, New England Craft Beer Open and many more. The club has made several improvements this season with a new roof on the clubhouse and over $30,000 in new equipment.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Rich in history and scenic beauty, the Stratton Mountain Golf Course offers one of New England’s finest golf experiences with 27 dynamic holes. Designed by noted architect Geoffrey Cornish, the Forest, Lake and Mountain nines offer a rewarding challenge to all who play them. Explore the links with friends with one of many Stratton golf events – including tournaments, demos and a golf exhibition. The Stratton Golf School offers proven programs designed to bring out the best in player’s games for lower scores and more fun on course. Book tee times and memberships online or by calling 1-800-STRATTON.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe boasts two of New England’s finest courses, both on and off the mountain. In the heart of it all, visitors will find the Stowe Country Club; with its beautiful undulating fairways and manicured greens with 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains. On the mountain, Stowe Mountain Golf Club is the course that has caught the attention of the golfing world. Stowe Mountain Club, recognized by Golf Magazine as one of the “Top ten new courses in the United States that you can play,” meanders along the slopes of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, reaching an elevation of more than 1,800 feet. The resort course is available to Stowe Mountain Club members, as well as guests of the Stowe Mountain Lodge.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Designed to honor the traditions of the game and the rolling Vermont terrain, Okemo Valley Golf Club features wide, emerald fairways framed with rolling fields of golden fescue. Moderate elevation changes, strategically placed hazards and undulating greens, are the hallmarks of this scenic course. Although truly punishing features are few, risk-reward is a course feature that grows with course knowledge. Nearby, in Windham, Tater Hill Golf Club offers plenty of challenge for golfers of all ability levels with a layout that features rolling fairways, spectacular views, cottage-style perennial gardens and the casual ambiance of an old Vermont hill farm. Call (802) 228-1396 for more information.
Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow Golf Club, located in the heart of the Green Mountains offers some of the best in mountain golf. Vacation starts the moment visitors pull into bag drop, and lasts to the last sip of their favorite post-round beverage, with beautiful tees, greens, and fairways in between. Located in southern Vermont, and easily accessible from anywhere in New England – the feeling is far away from the everyday. Designed by renowned golf course architect Geoffrey Cornish, the length and mountainous undulations of the course provide a unique challenge, though there is forgiveness to be found in the wide fairways and expansive greens.
Killington’s par 72 Championship Golf Course is scheduled to open for the season on May 27, 2017, featuring a brand-new fleet of golf carts plus GolfBoards, back by popular demand. The Killington Golf Course includes a practice facility with a 12,000 square-foot putting green and practice bunker, full-sized pro shop, private lessons, multi-day golf schools and junior specialty experiences. The course features league nights, tournaments all season long and gorgeous views of Killington Resort and the Green Mountains of central Vermont. Golf Season Passes are on sale now and include discount on “Bring a Friend” greens fees, Golf School programs, food at the Clubhouse Bar & Grill and gear at the Pro Shop.
Jay Peak Resort
Since it’s virtually impossible to make golf sound exciting (or fun) on paper, Jay aims to clutter golfers’ brains instead. To celebrate the Jay Peak Golf course, here are some inane facts and figures from Vermont’s Best Public Course, as rated by Golf Digest and Golf Weekly magazines. So, the next time folks hit the greens, they can spice up the game with a round of “Did you know?”
•Average golfers per year- 15,000
•Average balls lost per year- 52,129
•Course Record- 66 set by Bryan Smith, the resort’s former snow reporter.
•Number of holes with water hazards (and snakes)- 13
•Course Architect- Graham Cooke