Best Public Golf Courses in Vermont

Updated February 2024 to update booking information.

I’ve written extensively about golf in New England.  As you might recall, my wife has been here and loves to go look at the leaves every fall with her girlfriends.  I always encourage her to take this trip, because I take more than my share of golf trips – it’s only fair.  I’m always amazed when the credit card statement comes after she gets back. . .

That’s another story.

In fact, she just got back from her annual trip and took note of just how many “pretty golf courses” there are in the state of Vermont. 

The statement got me thinking that I should reach out to our readers to see if there was any interest in highlighting the state’s best public golf courses.  I wasn’t the least bit surprised when they responded with plenty of feedback.

Let’s have a look at where you should play when you find yourself in Vermont.

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Green Mountain National Golf Course

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The town of Killington is home to Green Mountain National.  It’s not hard to see why this track has been rated the “#1 Public Golf Course in Vermont” more than once.

As its name would suggest, Green Mountain is carved out of the wild and rugged Green Mountains.  From the research I’ve done, and based on what locals tell me, this place is spectacular.  Both because of its beauty and challenging design. 

The layout has holes separated from each other.  On each one, you’ll feel like you’re all alone. 

Despite the rugged terrain that this course inhabits, it’s more than walkable.  The fairways are gently sloped and distances from green to tee aren’t all that far. 

Of particular note is the 16th tee box.  From some elevation, you’ll want to snap a few pictures of the surrounding countryside. 

A most memorable round of golf, and one that I can’t wait to play myself.

 

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If you’re seeking a top-rated public golf course in Vermont, look no further than The Links at Lang Farm for a beautiful and exceptional golfing adventure.

Nestled in the serene Vermont woods, this course offers a visually stunning and natural setting that golfers can truly appreciate.

The blend of natural beauty and intricately designed courses make The Links at Lang Farm one of the best golf courses in the state.

The intricate layout of the course provides an engaging game for golfers of all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting out, the course offers a perfect balance of difficulty and enjoyment.

Additionally, the full facilities and affordable green fees make it a top choice for golf enthusiasts looking for an exceptional golfing venture without breaking the bank.

The Links at Lang Farm truly stands out as one of the top public golf courses in Vermont, offering a combination of natural beauty, challenging courses, and accessibility that makes it a must-visit for any golf enthusiast.

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Ralph Myhre Golf Course

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After experiencing the natural beauty and stimulating layout of The Links at Lang Farm, golf enthusiasts will find the Ralph Myhre Golf Course to be another top-rated public course in Vermont, offering a similarly scenic and engaging golfing course.

Designed by renowned architects and nestled in the charming Green Mountains, Ralph Myhre Golf Course boasts stunning landscapes and well-maintained fairways and greens, providing a challenging yet visually captivating round of golf.

The course’s green fees are reasonable, making it an accessible option for both locals and visitors to enjoy. Additionally, golfers can take advantage of various amenities and services, further enhancing their overall experience.

Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting, Ralph Myhre Golf Course offers a welcoming environment for all skill levels. With its blend of natural beauty, exciting design, and quality facilities, it’s no surprise that this course is a standout in the realm of Vermont golf.

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Nestled in the captivating landscape of Vermont, Fox Run Golf Club offers golf enthusiasts a challenging and scenic course that seamlessly integrates with the natural beauty of the Green Mountain state.

This top-rated public access golf course has garnered attention for its traditional and serene golfing tour. It’s no surprise that Fox Run Golf Club has been recognized as one of the Top Five public golf courses in Vermont and New England by Golf Digest.

The course’s layout is designed to connect golfers with the stunning vistas and demanding terrain, making it a popular choice among enthusiasts seeking a memorable round of golf.

Apart from the calming setting, Fox Run Golf Club provides full facilities, including a driving range, and offers affordable green fees, ensuring an enjoyable golfing experience for players of all levels.

As a sanctuary for those who appreciate the beauty of the Green Mountain landscape, Fox Run Golf Club stands out as a must-visit golf destination in the United States.

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Jay Peak Resort Golf Course

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Jay Peak Resort Golf Course, designed by renowned architect Graham Cooke, offers golfers pristine fairways and a serene connection to Vermont’s woods and wildlife. This mountain golf sanctuary provides a challenging and visually stunning golfing experience, with breathtaking views from every hole.

The course at Jay Peak Resort Golf Course is a testament to the tradition and appreciation for the natural beauty of the Green Mountain landscape. The resort offers full facilities, including a driving range, and affordable green fees for golfers. Nestled in the heart of Vermont, this course provides an exceptional opportunity to immerse oneself in the beauty of the surrounding nature while enjoying a round of golf.

If you’re a fan of picturesque courses, Jay Peak Resort Golf Course is a must-visit. The course’s design and layout pay homage to the stunning natural surroundings. With its unique blend of challenges and serenity, it’s no surprise that it’s highly regarded by golf enthusiasts. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned golfer, Jay Peak Resort Golf Course promises an experience that’s both memorable and rewarding.

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Brattleboro Country Club

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If you appreciate demanding settings and breathtaking vistas, the Brattleboro Country Club offers an equally stunning and rigorous golf game, recognized by Golf Digest for its visual splendor and sporting rigor. The course, designed by Walter, is one of Vermont’s best public golf courses, nestled in the striking mountain landscape.

Here’s what makes Brattleboro Country Club an exceptional golfing destination:

  • Each hole offers stunning views, immersing you in the beauty of Vermont’s natural scenery.
  • The course’s challenging setting demands strategic play and rewards precision, providing an exhilarating experience for golfers.
  • The full facilities, including a driving range, cater to golfers of all levels, ensuring a well-rounded and enjoyable visit.
  • Affordable green fees make this mountainous sanctuary accessible to all golf enthusiasts, inviting you to enjoy its splendor.
  • The Brattleboro Country Club fosters an appreciation for the intricacies of the game, making it a must-visit for those seeking mastery in golf.

Brattleboro Country Club not only offers a remarkable golfing tour but also a profound connection with Vermont’s majestic landscape.

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Highland Golf Course

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Highland Golf Course, designed by renowned architect Graham Cooke, offers golfers a serene and pristine setting to enjoy the natural beauty of Vermont’s woods and wildlife. The course, nestled among Vermont’s Green Mountains, is recognized as one of the top private golf courses in the state. It provides a sanctuary for golfers, embracing tradition and appreciation for the landscape.

Highland Golf Course boasts stunning views and an appreciation for the beauty and intricacies of the layout, recognized for its visual splendor and sporting rigor by Golf Digest. This course is known for its pristine fairways and serene atmosphere, connecting golfers to the natural beauty of Vermont.

It provides a complete golfing experience with full facilities, including a driving range and affordable green fees. If you’re looking for the best golf club in Vermont, Highland Golf Course is a must-visit, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty and challenging play.

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Mount Snow Golf Club

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Nestled in the picturesque Vermont countryside, Mount Snow Golf Club offers golfers a tranquil and scenic experience with unparalleled mountain vistas. As you consider your next round of golf, Mount Snow Golf Club, a top-five course in Vermont recognized by Golf Digest, awaits with its captivating features.

Here’s what awaits you:

  • The front nine winds through idyllic countryside, offering a serene start to your round.
  • The back nine presents a rugged challenge with wood-lined fairways and water hazards, providing a thrilling test of your skills.
  • Spectacular views of Mount Snow and Haystack await, adding a breathtaking backdrop to your game.
  • Designed by renowned architects, the course offers unparalleled mountain vistas, providing a visually stunning environment.
  • Mount Snow Golf Club is part of a sanctuary for golfers, combining tradition and an appreciation for the natural beauty of Vermont’s landscape, where women’s golf takes center stage.

Prepare for an unforgettable round of golf as you navigate through the captivating landscape and challenging terrain that Mount Snow Golf Club has to offer.

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The Country Club of Barre

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One of the oldest courses in Vermont is the Country Club of Barre.  It opened for play in 1924. 

Designated a “Top Five Course in Vermont” by Golf Magazine, this layout was designed with players of all abilities in mind.  For the low handicap, it proves a tough test from the back tees.  For higher handicaps and beginners however, forward tees allow for plenty of room off the tee and shorter clubs into the greens.

The real story here is the greens.  As you might expect of an older design, the greens are small and quirky.  It might take you a round or two to figure out which ways putts break. 

When you’re finished, relax in the full-service restaurant with a beverage of your choice and a plate of delicious food.  If you plan on dining on Friday night, reservations are encouraged.

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Dorset Field Club

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If you thought the Country Club of Barre was old, it doesn’t compare the 1886 founding date of Dorset Field Club. 

Located in a picturesque valley in the Green Mountains, some people claim it’s the oldest course in the United States.  Whatever the case may be, it’s remained a timeless test for nearly 150 years.

The course isn’t long, but requires pinpoint precision.  That’s especially true as your approach greens that look like the size of a parking space from the fairway. 

Along with great golf, you’re encouraged to take full advantage of all the other amenities which include a pool, restaurant, and full-service practice facility.

I don’t know about you, but playing the oldest course in the country sounds pretty cool to me.

Conclusion

After hearing from our readers, and doing some of my own research, I fully understand what my wife meant when she said there are a lot of “pretty golf courses” in Vermont.  I might not put it in those exact words, but you get the idea. 

Even though the playing season here is short, Vermonters take their golf seriously.  And there’s plenty of options to suit everyone’s needs and wants.

I continue to be blown away by the ready enthusiasm our readers respond with each time I ask for their thoughts about public golf in a particular part of the country.  Thank you to you all!

If you have more you’d like to add about golf in Vermont, feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments.

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Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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