Tee Time with Ski Vermont: Golfing in the Green Mountains
Vermont's majestic mountains are well-known ski destinations in the winter, but they also serve as the backdrop for some of Vermont’s best golf resorts. To tee up in the Green Mountain State, just check out this list of resort golfing opportunities, improvements and deals.
Mount Snow Resort
Set at 2,000’ in Vermont’s Green Mountains, the Mount Snow Golf Club features large greens and forgiving fairways lined with tamaracks, oaks, birches and sugar maples. Before heading out for 18-holes, folks can practice their swing on the 2 driving ranges and 3 practice greens, or take time with the pros at The Original Golf School at Mount Snow Golf Club. Green fees are $29 on Wednesdays, $54 midweek, or $79 on weekends. Opening May 13th, 2016. http://www.mountsnow.com/golf/tee-times/
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 the many Stratton golf events including tournaments, golf scrambles and golf exhibitions. TheStratton Golf School offers proven programs designed to bring out the best in your game for lower scores and more fun on the course. Book tee times online or by calling 1-800-STRATTON.
Killington’s par 72 Championship Golf Course is scheduled to open for the season on May 28, 2016. 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, 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.
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 ambience of an old Vermont hill farm. Call (802) 228-1396.
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.
More accolades: Golf Advisor’s Top 25 Friendliest Courses & Top 25 Golf Course Conditions in the U.S in 2014; Ranked #2 Golf Course in New England. www.woodstockinn.com
The Quechee Club
The Quechee Club is rated among Vermont’s leading golf courses. With 36 holes of competitive play, guests stay and play in Quechee, Vermont to gain access to the member only courses and watch championship tournaments like the New England Open and Collegiate Challenge. In addition to stay & play options, the Club also hosts a variety of public tournaments – giving every golf enthusiast a chance to hit the links on these two esteemed courses. The 2016 open tournaments include:
- 2-Person Team Invitational June 11 & 12, 2016
- The Parent/ Child Invitational Saturday, July 30, 2016
- The Couples Invitational Saturday, October 3, 2016
Register for these tournaments by calling the Golf Pro Shop at (802) 299-2145 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sugarbush Resort Golf Club and its par-70 Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed course opens Saturday, May 30, 2016. Now led by Head Golf Pro, Roger King, the club has added several new programs including the Boomer Scramble and Kids Saturdays to help round out programming with returning favorites like Valley League Night, Ladies Nine at 9:00 and numerous clinics. King is also the current VTPGA President. Prior to that he was VTPGA Tournament Committee Chairman for 5 years, as well as the 2012 VTPGA PGA Professional of the Year and 2012 VTPGA Match Play Champion. https://www.sugarbush.com/activities/golf-club/
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe boasts two of New England’s finest courses, both on and off the mountain. In the heart of it all you’ll find the Stowe Country Club with its beautiful undulating fairways, manicured greens and 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains.
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 extraordinary new Stowe Mountain Lodge. Visit http://www.stowe.com/golf/.
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