Golf in the State of Vermont
Land-locked Vermont, nicknamed the “Green Mountain State” is bordered by New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Canada’s Quebec province. The state is predominantly forested but in between the trees there is room for 56 golf courses, with most-populous city Burlington boasting 17, Rutland 8 and Montpelier 2.
A good place to learn the game in a relaxed but challenging setting is the scenic Newport Country Club, Newport. The highly-rated 18-hole championship Fox Run Golf Club, Ludlow, offers well-placed hazards and wide fairways, to challenge players of any level. Accurate shooting is a must to score well at the challenging Quechee Club’s Highland Course, Quechee. The premier par 3 Arrowhead Golf Course, Milton is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Once a cow pasture, the Cedar Knoll Country Club, Hinesburg has been transformed into three 9-hole courses, where the owners are committed to offer the best golf experience available. Milk is still served at the clubhouse. In the heart of Vermont, the Green Mountain National Golf Course, Killington is a good choice for a golf vacation - just watch out for those Green Mountain Boys!
Pro golfers with Vermont roots include Keegan Bradley, born in Woodstock, who was the 2011 PGA champion. Jarvis Hunt, born in Weathersfield, was an avid golfer but is best known for designing several golf clubhouses, including the Chicago Golf Club. Joe Kirkwoood Sr, was born in Australia and had a successful international career including 29 holes-in-one to his credit. He became a member of the American Golf Hall of Fame before retiring to Burlington where he passed away in 1970. Patty Sheehan, born in Middlebury, is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and has established a charity to help Nevada women and children in need. David Soucy, born in Portland, Maine, is the head golf pro at the Country Club of Barre, in Barre.