Summertime is great for long days of golfing in beautiful weather, but some areas of the country can be unbearably hot for hitting the ball around all day. Fortunately, escaping the summer heat is only a matter of finding the right destination, and there are plenty of options from coast to coast. We’ve put together a list of nine of the top golf destinations for escaping the summer heat to help you plan the perfect summer golf getaway.
1—Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club - Clio, California
If you love beautiful views, Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club is a must. Operated as a public golf course, reviews of the course frequently mention it being extremely well maintained, with generous fairways and accommodating staff.
The practice facility also gets top accolades, featuring multi-level grass tees, a putting green, and practice bunkers. This course offers one of the finest golf experiences in the High Sierras.
As a bonus, the trip to Whitehawk Ranch can be combined with their other golf property, Graeagle, only a short drive away.
2—Edgewood Tahoe - Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Play at an altitude of over 6,200 feet to enjoy temps in the 70’s and low 80’s in the summertime, along with stunning alpine lake views backdropped by white-capped mountains. Every hole at Edgewood has been designed to deliver one-of-kind challenges, captivating vistas, and championship-level play.
Created by George Fazio in 1968 the course was later renovated by his nephew, world-renowned golf architect Tom Fazio and is home to the American Century Championship. Golf Digest rated Edgewood as a top public golf course, and the course has welcomed some of the biggest names, such as Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and Phil Mickelson.
After your game, relax with drinks and a view at the Brooks’ Bar & Deck, a water's-edge restaurant and bar with refined comfort food, craft beers, and signature cocktails.
3—Taos Country Club - Rancho De Taos, New Mexico
Playing at higher altitudes always makes for a cooler golf game, making Taos, New Mexico, the perfect setting for a course. With manicured greens flanked by incredible desert landscapes and panoramic mountain views, this course delivers an unforgettable golfing experience.
Measuring 7,302 yards, this Jep Wille design tests the best players’ skills while gently rolling terrain and four sets of tees keep the course fun and enjoyable for players of all skill levels. The course was awarded a 4-Star Rating by Golf Digest, and The Terrace Restaurant and Bar serves up 360-degree views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Taos Valley.
4—The Wilderness Club - Eureka, Montana
This Montana resort spans 550 acres, only minutes from the Kootenai National Forest. If you’re looking for a golf destination that can satisfy all of your outdoor cravings, The Wilderness Club features a top-rated golf course designed by Nick Faldo, a 21-acre lake for fishing and recreation, along with endless other outdoor activities. When you’re finished adventuring for the day, you can head back to one of many luxurious cabins and cottages or relax in the full-service spa.
Whether your handicap is low or you’re completely new to the sport, you will find the golf course here challenging and well-manicured. Four tee box positions range from 5431 to over 7200 yards, making the course approachable yet engaging for all experience levels.
Unencumbered views of mountain ranges, lakes, and streams combined with an expansive all grass driving range, a 9,000 sq. ft. putting green, and 7,000 sq. ft. pitching green rounds out this course as a complete golf package.
5—Sun Valley Resort - Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley Resort has just about everything you could want for outdoor recreation, from skiing to mountain biking to golfing. There are two courses to play and substantial practice areas. The 18-hole Trail Creek course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., runs 6,968 yards, and the nine-hole White Clouds course provides 3,600 yards of play, along with spectacular 360-degree views of the Wood River Valley. There’s also a 25-acre practice facility and 18-hole Sawtooth Putting Course as well.
The Sun Valley Club offers a restaurant, bar, wraparound terraces, a pro shop, locker rooms, club storage, and club rental.
6—Stowe Mountain Club - Stowe, Vermont
Golf Magazine named Stowe Mountain Club one of the “Top 10 new courses in the United States that you can play.” Spanning the slopes of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, the Stowe Mountain Club sits at an elevation of 1,800 feet, but the weather in Vermont is perfect in the summertime despite the lower elevations. Bear in mind—The Stowe Mountain Club golf course is exclusive to members and guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge, so you’ll need to plan accordingly.
7—Giants Ridge Resort - Biwabik, Minnesota
At Giants Ridge Resort, you get two legendary golf courses in one location. Long considered one of Minnesota’s best resort golf vacation destinations, along with national golf publications ranking The Legend and The Quarry high on the best golf courses lists, this resort has it all.
According to Golf Digest, The Quarry is now the #1 public golf course in Minnesota. This course offers a unique experience that compliments the more traditional feel of The Legend course. Opened in 1997, The Legend has been named by Golf Digest as one of the 10 Best New Upscale Public Courses in the Nation.
8—Belvedere Golf Club - Charlevoix, Michigan
For golf aficionados who want to experience playing golf the way it was meant to be played, the Belvedere Golf Club is hard to beat. Belvedere plays host to the National U.S. Hickory Open, annually attracting a field of golfers from around the world who play with authentic pre-1935 hickory shafted golf clubs or replica hickory clubs. Of course, the weather here is idyllic in the summer, making this one of the most unique places to play golf when the mercury starts to rise.
9—Taconic Golf Club - Williamstown, Massachusetts
Name #1 Best Public Golf Course in Massachusetts and #39 in the Top 100 Courses You Can Play by Golf Magazine, the Taconic Golf Club is located in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Originally designed in 1927 by Wayne Stiles of Stiles & Van Kleek, this par-71 course was renovated in 2009 by Gil Hanse, Golf Magazine’s 2009 Architect of the Year. Taconic offers golfers a captivating combination of scenery, a challenging course, and an exceptional playing environment in the summertime.
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