Think you've got a focused game? Good, you'll need it in Vermont! The incredible natural beauty of the Green Mountain State is a hazard in its own right, and can be downright distracting! This place has been wowing outdoorsmen visitors for centuries. With the second-highest golf course-to-population ratio in the country (just behind Florida,) Vermont is definitely a golf vacation destination extraordinaire! In fact, it'll probably take you a few trips just to get to all the great courses found all over the state! Let's take a look at a few of them.
Talk about venerable! The Gleneagles, originally built in 1927 by Walter J. Travis, BUT... the resort it was built on dates back to the Marsh Tavern in SEVENTEEN-SIXTY NINE! In 1992, Rees Jones redesigned the course to carry on the Scottish concept while integrating contemporary standards with environmentally conscious technologies. Offering up 6,423 par-71 yards, this course is consistently challenging and popular. Links Magazine's readers gave it #3 course in the Northeast, Golf Magazine gave it the Silver Medal, and it ranks in the top ten of New England Golf Journal's 100 Best Public Golf Courses. Part of the widely acclaimed Equinox Resort, you can get a hotel room which includes unlimited golfing, and enjoy a falconry encounter while you're at it! Gleneagles definitely belongs on your Must-Play list!
The Woodstock Country Club, originally opened in 1895, is a finely worked marriage of excellences which is open to the public. Their motto is to offer sophistication without being pretentious. Founded by Laurance S. Rockefeller, grandson of John D. Rockefeller, the foundational principle was that “Beauty must be a fact of life.” To that end, he buried power lines and endowed the National Park Service with over 550 acres of land. When, in 1969, he was asked about repairs to the hotel, he decided that it was beyond restoration and had it replaced with the building which still stands in its place today. Guests have a health spa, tennis and other racquet sports available to them. Now just imagine the magic Robert Trent Jones, Senior will have worked upon such a beautiful landscape his course is considered one of the top courses in the US, and rated in the top 100 in the world, Boston Magazine heralds it as “A golfing experience that approaches perfection.” We're sure you'll agree.
These are but a few of the many outstanding golf courses and resorts you'll find at your disposal in the Green Mountain State. One could spend a full day just pouring over the lists of courses and their amenities! Yet there's still so much more to see and do in Vermont. A trip to Ben & Jerry's Famous Ice Cream factory, complete with taste tests... or take half a day off to enjoy the great fishing. There are still maple syrup sugar shacks. True maple syrup sugar shacks still exist today. Visit and see them, bring back some real maple syrup. The taste is unlike any other, summer or winter; Vermont is a land of sights and wonders. A truly magnificent golf vacation awaits you in Vermont.