Cool breezes, a kaleidoscope of autumnal color and discounted green fees are three of the primary reasons that golf might be at its peak during the fall in New England. Like the season itself, there is a more prevalent calm that lingers on the greens during the fall, morphing a course that might have provided a sense of frustration during the spring and summer months into a serene escape.
Whether it’s about getting your last licks in before first snow arrives, or if this is the season you have earmarked for the course, here are some of the best spots to hit the links in New England as the leaves fall and we prepare for the chill of winter.
Woodstock Country Club | Woodstock, Vt.
The 18 holes at Woodstock, designed by course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., are surrounded by panoramic views of the Kedron Valley, a sight that only gets more breathtaking during foliage season. Golf Magazine named it one of the top 100 golf courses in the world, a status that speaks for its certain level of challenge, not to mention its varied terrain. Green fees range from \$55 (non-peak days, 3-5 p.m.) to \$135 (Friday-Sunday, 7-11 a.m., cart included). The inn also offers an unlimited golf package, providing guests with luxury accommodations paired with unlimited golf on the course. See website for details and pricing. woodstockinn.com
Granite Links Golf Club | Quincy, Mass.
Located only seven miles south of Boston, Granite Links has become one of Massachusetts’ top destinations for city dwellers to get their swings in out on the golf course. Non-members are welcome to use the public driving range and may book tee times with some restrictions, which makes the offseason the perfect time to check out the course. Eighteen holes during the offseason runs \$90 every day. Nine holes runs \$50, but with some day and time restrictions. Green fees include the use of a cart. granitelinksgolfclub.com