Whirlpool Golf Course
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Whirlpool Golf Course
Designed by Stanley Thompson, Whirlpool Golf Course sits beside the Niagara Falls parkway and opened in 1951. Courtesy of Niagara Parks
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Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
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Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort is one of the accommodation options at Crystal Springs Resort in New Jersey. Courtesy of Crystal Springs Resort
Omni Mount Washington Resort golf course
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Omni Mount Washington Resort golf course
It doesn't get much more spectacular than the Omni Mount Washington Resort with New Hamphire's White Mountains in the backdrop during the fall. Courtesy of Omni Mount Washington
Treetops Resort golf course
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Treetops Resort golf course
The fall colors are wonderful at Treetops Resort in Michigan's Gaylord Golf Mecca, including the Jones Masterpiece course. Courtesy of Gaylord Golf Mecca
Wintergreen Resort - Devils Knob golf course
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Wintergreen Resort - Devils Knob golf course
The Devils Knob Course at Wintergreen Resort, Virginia's highest golf course, boasts unsurpassed views and spectacular terrain -- especially in fall. Courtesy of Wintergreen Resort
Highlands Links golf course - 8th green
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Highlands Links golf course - 8th green
Set within Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Highlands Links on Cape Breton features stunning mountain scenery and a classic Stanley Thompson course design. Andrew Penner/Golf Advisor
Top of the Rock golf course
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Top of the Rock golf course
Jack Nicklaus' Top of the Rock Golf Course in Hollister, Mo. sits high above Table Rock Lake. Courtesy of Branson Tourism
Full Cry Course at Keswick Golf Club - No. 9
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Full Cry Course at Keswick Golf Club - No. 9
The Full Cry golf course at Keswick Hall, a Pete Dye design near Charlottesville, Va., comes to life in the fall. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Garland Lodge & Golf Resort - Monarch Course - 11th
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Garland Lodge & Golf Resort - Monarch Course - 11th
The 72-hole Garland Lodge & Golf Resort sits in a remote part of northern Michigan that is full of fall color. Courtesy of Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Gary Player Course - Geneva National - hole 16
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Gary Player Course - Geneva National - hole 16
Fall colors help the 16th hole on the Gary Player Course at Geneva National in Wisconsin look even more scenic. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Geneva National Golf Club - Trevino Course - 1st hole
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Geneva National Golf Club - Trevino Course - 1st hole
The elevated first tee on the Lee Trevino Course at Geneva National Golf Club in Wisconsin reveals a par 4 cut through the woods. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Whiteface Club & Resort in New York
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Whiteface Club & Resort in New York
Whiteface Club & Resort is located in the spectacular Lake Placid, New York region. Courtesy of the New York Golf Trail
Crumpin-Fox Golf Course
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Crumpin-Fox Golf Course
Crumpin-Fox Golf Course in Massachusetts features a quiet, wooded setting and a Roger Rulewich-Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design. Courtesy of Crumpin-Fox
Stowe Mountain Club golf course
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Stowe Mountain Club golf course
Vermont's Stowe Mountain Club doubles as a ski resort in the winter. Courtesy of Stowe Mountain
Sunday River Golf Club
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Sunday River Golf Club
Sunday River Golf Club in Maine showcases some of the best fall foliage in the Northeast. Jeff White/WorldGolf
Classic at Madden's golf course - hole 14
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Classic at Madden's golf course - hole 14
The Classic at Madden's in Brainerd, Minnesota shows off its fall colors. Courtesy of Madden's
Omni Grove Park Inn - fall colors
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Omni Grove Park Inn - fall colors
Asheville, North Carolina -- home to the Omni Grove Park Inn -- lights up with colorful leaves in the fall. Courtesy of Omni Grove Park Inn
Grand National - Short golf course - hole 13
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Grand National - Short golf course - hole 13
Many courses on Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail -- pictured is the Short course at Grand National -- will feature vibrant fall colors. Courtesy of Mike Klemmer
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Mystic Rock - fall colors
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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Mystic Rock - fall colors
The fall colors on the Mystic Rock golf course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania will impress. Courtesy of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
LedgeStone Country Club golf course
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LedgeStone Country Club golf course
The changing of the leaves lights up courses in the Branson/Ozark Mountains area of southwest Missouri, like LedgeStone C.C. in Branson West, Mo. Courtesy of LedgeStone Country Club
Muskoka Bay Club golf course - 5th hole
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Muskoka Bay Club golf course - 5th hole
Muskoka Bay Club features a bold Doug Carrick design that parades through a beautiful pine and rock-peppered forest a couple of hours north of Toronto. Andrew Penner/Golf Advisor
TPC Deere Run golf course
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TPC Deere Run golf course
In the Quad Cities, TPC Deere Run shows off great fall colors. Courtesy of TPC Network
Primland Resort - fall colors
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Primland Resort - fall colors
Primland Resort, hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains in southern Virginia, can be a great spot for viewing autumn's changing of the leaves. Courtesy of Primland
Wilderness at Fortune Bay golf course
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Wilderness at Fortune Bay golf course
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, located in remote northern Minnesota, features spectacular natural scenery, especially in fall. Courtesy of Wilderness at Fortune Bay
The Lakes Golf Club - hole 6
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The Lakes Golf Club - hole 6
The Lakes Golf Club is an up-and-down mountainside course near Sydney, Nova Scotia. Andrew Penner/Golf Advisor
French Lick Resort - Dye golf course
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French Lick Resort - Dye golf course
Golfers at French Lick Resort in Indiana can take on Pete Dye, Donald Ross and Tom Bendelow amid the colorful foliage each fall. Courtesy of French Lick Resort
Stonehaven Course at The Resort at Glade Spring - fall colors
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Stonehaven Course at The Resort at Glade Spring - fall colors
The Stonehaven Course at The Resort at Glade Spring in West Virginia burns bright with colors in fall. Courtesy of The Resort at Glade Spring

'Fall' in love with these golf destinations during autumn's changing of the leaves

Mother Nature provides one last hurrah before golf season fades away in the Midwest and upper East Coast.

Playing golf during the changing of the leaves is almost a spiritual experience. If you time it just right, the vibrant colors will explode. Red. Yellow. Orange. Brown. This kaleidoscope, when juxtaposed against a canvass of green grass, looks spectacular.

Some states are famous for their fall colors -- Vermont, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota and New York are just a few. The color band can stretch south into North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama as well. Many of these states just happen to have pretty good golf courses, too.

With Sept. 22 marking the first official day of fall, we've collected a gallery of images that celebrates the changing of the leaves on courses around the country.

Even the Southern outposts of Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail will offer up some colorful trees. Asheville, N.C. -- a fun golf town tucked into the mountains -- might be the best option in North Carolina.

If you want the real thing, though, it's best to point your compass north. Virtually anywhere in the Midwest is a picture waiting to happen, especially in Brainerd, Minn., and northern Michigan, where the golf courses generally stay open until mid-to-late October.

The changing of the colors in Canada generally occurs a couple weeks earlier, so plan accordingly if you're planning to play in the Maritimes provinces of Prince Edward Island or Nova Scotia. North of Toronto, Muskoka a golf-mad region with plenty of scenic views accentuated by foliage. Some of Canada's top destinations out West -- the Canadian Rockies and British Columbia (Vancouver, Whistler, Vancouver Island, Kelowna and Kamloops) -- can be hit or miss color-wise with so many evergreen trees as a backdrop. The same caveat applies in the Pacific Northwest.

Wherever you are, don't delay in squeezing in those last rounds of fall. As Game of Thrones warns: Winter is coming. A white golf course just doesn't look the same.

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