Vermont golf tends to be more relaxing and without the crowds and intimidation of many metropolitan courses. Couples can generally play as a couple and avoid a pairing with strangers (although some of our nicest golfing experiences have included course pairings) and there is good etiquette displayed with the pace of play. In general, fancy club houses are not a part of the Vermont golf experience but beautiful and challenging courses are all around us. Here are the closest and our most favorite.
Ralph Myhre Golf Course
The course is in Middlebury and on the Middlebury College Campus. It is a good walking course but does have many modest inclines. It is very well maintained, inexpensive and generally not crowded. It is a challenge to get around in par with lengthy par fours, some narrow fairways, water and sand to keep your attention. There is a snack bar at the club house (which is hard to get to between front and back nine) for sandwiches and a cold beer. Find out more here.
Neshobe Golf Course
Neshobe is located in Brandon, approximately fifteen miles from the Inn. Neshobe is a beautiful course but quite hilly and, while it is possible to walk most opt for a cart. If you are a confirmed walker then take on the front nine and leave the option open to ride the back. The course is a beautiful lay out (particularly the back nine) with many holes that are big on risk and reward. The club house has a full service dining area and bar with friendly staff. The pro shop is well equipped and the staff is very helpful. Find out more here.
There are at least five other courses that we play throughout the summer that are within an hour of the Inn. We would recommend them all and would be happy to offer our thoughts if you are on an extended golf vacation. These courses and their location are:
- Kwiniaska Golf Course: Shelburne, Vermont. A beautiful, long course that can easily be walked and has a very nice club house with full amenities. Approximately 50 minutes from the Inn.
- Williston Golf Course: Williston, Vermont. Another beauty but a much shorter course. You will still want to use a driver on some holes but be sure that you have your 3 wood and mid irons. Great club house with a full range of food and drink. Approximately 1 hour from the Inn.
- Sugarbush Golf Club: Sugarbush Resort, Vermont. Definitely a hill course with many shots both up and down hill. Many of its holes are a challenge but the scenery is beautiful and is a must play in the fall. There is a full menu and bar in the club house. Approximately 1 hour from the Inn.
- Green Mountain National Golf Course: Mendon, Vermont. One of the prettiest courses in central Vermont and has more of a private club feel. The course is a challenge with narrow fairways and a lot of wooded rough. It too is hilly and would be a challenge to walk. The club house is full service with a drive up for lunch or snack pick up from the cart. Approximately 1 hour from the Inn.
- Killington Golf Course: Killington, Vermont. A lovely course located near the base of major ski runs at Killington Mountain. As you might imagine, this is a hilly course and carts are required. It is a fair challenge with wide fairways and limited water and sand. The club house is full service and there is a snack stand at the turn for a light snack and beverages. Approximately 1 hour from the Inn.