Tee Time with Ski Vermont: Golfing in the Green Mountain
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 the listing of resort golfing opportunities below.
Jay Peak Resort
Since it’s virtually impossible to make golf sound exciting (or fun) on paper, we thought we’d clutter your brain instead. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of 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 you hit the greens, spice up your 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
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Disc golf is a sport the entire family can enjoy at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. The 18-hole Brewster Ridge course encompasses about 10 acres of woods and meadows on the Resort's nature trail area within walking distance of the Village Center. Each hole comprises three tees to serve beginner, intermediate and advanced players, a fairway and a green. Smugglers’ also offers the Village 9, an introductory nine-hole course that meanders from the Village Green up and down the Magic Learning Trail. This shorter course is specially designed for families with young children and anyone new to the sport. Ages 9-17 can participate in disc golf camp. There are also private, group and family sessions, and evening glow rounds provide fun for all ages and abilities. (www.smuggs.com/skivts; 855-581-5906)
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 and manicured greens with 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/.
Sugarbush Resort Golf Club opens Friday, May 1, 2015. The par-71 Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course is crafted with respect for the natural setting and boasts breathtaking views of Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley. It also offers one-on-one instruction with PGA professionals RJ Austin and Paul Menier, catering to all skill levels as well as group clinics and custom club fitting.
Killington’s par 72 Championship Golf Course is scheduled to open for the season on May 23, 2015. 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 and 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 Green Mountain river valley 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 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, our full-service golf club also features a pro shop, practice range, putting green, private lessons, and The Fairway Grille restaurant and bar.
Golf Advisor’s ~ Top 25 Friendliest Courses in the U.S. in 2014 & Top 25 Golf Course Conditions in the U.S in 2014. www.woodstockcountryclubvt.com
The Quechee Club
The Quechee Club introduces SNAG Golf! SNAG (Starting New at Golf) is the best first-touch program to effectively teach the game of golf to people of all ages. The Quechee Club is offering daily complimentary clinics this year. Grab the kids and head on over to The Club, where our Golf Professionals will offer free SNAG instruction every Saturday & Sunday from 1:00pmn to 4:00pm at the soccer field. Clinics are open to the public. Ages 17 and under.
Guests can access the exclusive Quechee Club courses by way of our Certified Quechee Rental program or through our Stay & Play affiliate program. To learn more about gaining exclusive access to the Quechee courses with premier Vermont Vacation rentals, please call (802) 295-9356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Whether you’re a master, a beginner or just enjoy getting a few swings in every now and then, Stratton is the place to be for all things Golf this summer. Founded in 1969 by Arnold Palmer, Stratton Golf School offers proven programs designed to bring out the best in your game for lower scores and more fun on course. Adult Golf School programs start at $199 and kids programs begin at $99. Make it a ladies weekend with all-women retreats or bring the whole family for group lessons. The possibilities are endless! Both course and school open May 15, 2015. More information and booking are available online or by calling 1-800-STRATTON.
Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow Golf Club, surrounded by the Green Mountains of southern Vermont in the resort village of West Dover, is an 18-hole championship course that combines challenge, forgiveness and aesthetics into one. Stretching nearly 7,000 yards from the championship tees, the course features wide fairways, large greens and spectacular scenery. Fairways Restaurant offers a great menu of fresh food and a full bar and you can gear up in the fully stocked pro shop. MSGC is also home to vast practice facilities and The Original Golf School, which offers multi day programs. This season’s projected opening date is May 16.