If you ask most golfers, anytime is the best time to golf.
But if you push them a little further with that question, they’ll undoubtedly tell you that golfing in the fall is the best time of the season.
The scenery is changing colors, the temperatures are brisk (allowing you to finally break out that new windbreaker!) and a tasty beverage at the 19th is always a great ending to a round of golf.
Here are our top 15 golf courses to hit this fall.
1. Maroon Creek Club: Aspen, Colorado
This members-only club shows off what is so fascinating about Aspen: Dramatic ski trails down magnificent Rocky Mountains, the occasional reservoir that might trap your golf ball and beautiful Aspen trees.
During the fall, the Aspens transform from green beauties to red and orange wonders, glowing in the sky.
2. The Catskill Golf Club, Catskill, New York
It’s no secret that the Catskills region is one of the country’s most desirable locations to visit in the fall.
The winding roads take drivers through some of the most glorious reds, oranges and yellows you’ll ever witness on the bordering trees.
It’s also a great golf destination.
The Catskill Golf Club is a semi-private club which has been open for play since 1927.
The nine-hole design (alternating tees for a full round of 18) is home to an annual Pro-Am event.
And during the fall, nothing is more relaxing than teeing off in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
3. Beacon Rock Golf Course: North Bonneville, Washington
The scenery of the Columbia River Gorge is certainly beautiful year-round, but it’s extra special in autumn.
The endless gorge flares up with bright oranges and yellows, making it one of America’s top drives along the Columbia River Highway.
Views of that Gorge are visible from Beacon Rock Golf Course in Bonneville, Washington, which has offered a great golf atmosphere for more than 40 years.
Considered a locally-loved course, this 18-hole course is nestled right in the magic of the Columbia River Gorge.
4. Club de golf Cowansville: Eastern Townships, Quebec, Canada
Amid massive maple and coniferous woods and highlighted by an impressive mountain range, this golf club in the Eastern Townships of Quebec offers a peaceful golfing experience during the fall season.
And only 45 minutes from Montreal, you could truly make a great vacation that involves this 72-hole course.
5. Sequoyah National Golf Club: Whittier, North Carolina
Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, this par 72-championship course is smack dab in the middle of one of America’s top destinations for fall foliage.
Because it has great views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ll not only be able to take in the breathtaking colors of fall in this beautiful region, but also enjoy a round of 18 on a challenging and dynamic course.
6. The Golf Club at Deer Chase: Linn Creek, Missouri
This Roger Null-designed course is a challenging task, no matter your level of golf experience.
Thankfully, you have the surrounding hills of the Auglaize River Valley as the perfect backdrop.
So if you hit the occasional double-bogey, don’t worry.
It’s absolutely beautiful here.
Word of advice, however.
People understand the beauty of this course and tee times can be tough to come across.
Typically, you need to reserve at least 30 days in advanced.
7. Bull’s Bridge Golf Club: South Kent, Connecticut
Located in Connecticut’s gorgeous Litchfield County, Bull’s Bridge Golf Club offers some of the most scenic golf out east.
Your also near the historic town of Litchfield.
Settled in 1721, the little town is found among rolling hills and offers stunning backdrops for fall activities.
When you think of perfect little historical towns in October, the vision you have in your head most likely resembles Litchfield.
8. Hells Canyon, Idaho
During the fall and even the winter, golf is open for business in the Lewis-Clark Valley.
You have plenty of options while in Hells Canyon, from wine tasting to hiking to — you guessed it — golf!
Check out the Clarkston Golf and Country Club or the Lewiston Golf and Country Club to take in some glorious canyon golfing.
Fall colors are complimentary this October.
9. St. Croix Country Club: Calais, Maine
This public 9-hole course is located in Washington County Maine — a location for hardcore fall foliage followers (try saying that fast five times!).
Like the county, the course offers coastline views and the occasional lighthouse if you look carefully.
The men’s par-70 course measures in at more than 5,500 feet.
10. Treetops Resort: Gaylord, Michigan
This golf resort isn’t described as Michigan’s most spectacular resort for just any old reason.
It’s absolutely beautiful up here in Northern Michigan.
And come fall, the hundreds of trees that border this challenging course will flare up with bright orange, red and yellow colors.
Treetops is home to 81 holes of championship-caliber golf — five distinct courses in all — including “The World’s Best Par 3 Course.”
11. Williston Golf Club: Williston, Vermont
The historic village of Williston truly comes to life in autumn.
Once you hit the golf course on a brisk fall day, you’ll see why.
The Williston Golf Club is one of the best-maintained golf courses in all of New England.
Most rounds take about four hours to finish up.
Oh, and once you get to hole 14 — nicknamed The Vermonster — best of luck!
This long par-4 includes a double dogleg and has been named one of the toughest holes in Vermont.
12. Pine Grove Country Club: Iron Mountain, Michigan
Located on the southeastern coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain offers affordable golf with beautiful fall views.
Once you’re done with a round of 18, you can unwind on the beautiful veranda and sip some adult beverages from the main bar.
Fall in the Upper in Peninsula is one of our country’s best kept secrets.
13. Golf at Feather River Inn
Located off the well-known Feather River Scenic Byway, the historic Feather River Inn Golf Course has been home to many golfers since 1915.
The course actually started as a practice course way back when, but has now turned into a luxurious championship-caliber course that people from San Francisco go to on a brisk fall weekend.
14. Sedona Golf Resort: Sedona, Arizona
When its flirting with triple digits in Phoenix or Tucson, it’s absolutely beautiful in Sedona — typically 15 degrees cooler on average.
That’s why golfing 4,000 feet up the Sedona Golf Resort is the perfect golf experience during the fall.
There are also plenty of orange and red trees that contrast against the red and white rock formations.
Take it all in on hole No. 10 — a par-3 that puts you at the highest point on the course, at about 4,300-feet.
15. Schneiter’s Bluff: Ogden, Idaho
Schneiter’s Bluff might just be Northern Utah’s finest golf course.
This 18-hole course has more than 6,100 yards of golf goodness with plenty of beautiful landscapes, including mountains and glorious glowing trees in the fall.
Where will you be teeing off this fall?
About the Author
Andrew is the luxury travel consultant for Estate Weddings and Events, offering readers the latest trends when it comes to high-end travel. When it comes to travel, he credits his expertise to his wife Erin, who has quite the understanding of the finer things in life. Living in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, he enjoys the fresh mountain air, Colorado craft brews and relaxing with his cat Franklin.