Jim Engh's masterpiece, Lakota Canyon Ranch, is by far the best course in the mountains...some of the other courses mentioned in this article can't hold a candle to LCR. If you are looking to test your game with elevated tee boxes, undulating fairways, testy greens amongst awe-inspiring beauty, then play Lakota Canyon Ranch.
My neighbor and I are looking for a great mountain semi/private/public course roughly 2 hour drive time from Charlotte NC for our final round of the year. Please let me know what other courses you recommend that are not in the mountains as well.
Matt, if you are heading to whistler on the way up you must play Squamish Golf and Country club, great track, friendly people with that old country club feel. Enjoy your trip.Tony, Vancouver
Go to the Poconos for great, cheap mountain golf. Jack Frost is the most expensive course I've played there, and was only $65 on the weekend. Plenty of other courses for under $50. A previous comment has Jack Nicklaus as the designer of Jack Frost. I've seen this elsewhere as well, but the Jack Frost website lists Terry LaGree as the designer. Whoever designed it, it's a tough layout. Lots of fairway traps, native growth very close to the fairways with no chance of finding your ball for a recovery shot. Pocono Manor is a great more than a hundred year old Donald Ross gem. Plenty of room off the tee, but small greens with lots of break. Many interesting holes.
Most of these courses are for the lifestyles of the rich and famous. The Canadian courses are very expensive and so is lodging as we found out. The Tahoe course also go for over $150,but lodging during weekdays is reasonable. All these premium courses are why golf is dying off in the world. I used to enjoy traveling with my spouse to golf but when going to these places cost over $400 for a couple on the average for us to play a round then there are better things to do with our disposable income. I see a great exodus soon as many courses a few years ago were $50 to play are now asking over a $100 and even more on weekends. Add 5+ hours rounds as all these courses are very difficult then you lose the new millineals, who don't think they have the time for these beautiful walks.
The higher costs are probably twofold: 1, More expensive to build and maintain golf in the mountains. 2, the short season forces courses to charge high rates that keep the place open for such a limited amount of time. Yes, all of these courses are pricey. They are the best of the best. But you can always find budget courses in these regions, too.
What about the Raven at Snowshoe Mountain Resort (elevation 4200'+), and WV State Parks courses like Pipestem, Cacapon, and Canaan Valley? All great courses and affordable!
Surprised no mention of Mt. Washington Golf Course at the Omni Resort in New Hampshire. Donald Ross. Sweet!
It's on my bucket list, but I couldn't call one good mountain course a "top 10 destination" when there are so many good options out there.
The top five courses in Maine define mountain golf.
I've played Sugarloaf and want to get back to see what kind of shape it's in.
Any mention of West Virginia mountain golf courses should include The Raven at Snowshoe Mountain (Gary Player), the most dramatic course in the state; and the Pete Dye Golf Club in Clarksburg. The Palmer course at Stonewall Resort is another fine mountain layout in the Mountain State.
The Pete Dye Club is private so that's why it wasn't included. I've only played Pipestem in W.V., so I definitely need to see Greenbrier and more in this beautiful state.
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I believe you. There's a good chance I'll be visiting the Adirondacks this fall.
I can easily make that happen with luxury accommodations at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, and golf at the nearby Whiteface Club. Just let me know. Thank you.
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