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Vermont Road Trip
By John Torsiello | Published  07/8/2015 | Vermont | Unrated
Green Mountain National Golf Club A Marvelous Routing
Green Mountain National Golf Club in Killington, Vt. features a wonderful, testing routing and tons of stunning scenery.

Every hole at GMN is unto itself, and places a premium on all-around ability. Located in the beautiful Green Mountains, you don’t have to be a mountain climber to enjoy yourself here. The fairways are rather gentle in their slopes, and old rock formations carved by glaciers line some of the holes.

The layout starts out with a modest-length par-five. You will need a solid drive to the left center of the fairway and long hitters can reach the putting surface in two shots. A good layup to the center of the fairway leaves enough room for a full wedge into a green that has several tiers.

The seventh hole is a pretty, downhill par-three that plays shorter than its 151 yards. With a ridge in the middle of the green, it’s best to put your tee shot to the side of the ridge with the pin placement. There’s a bunker to the back of the green.

The 374-yard par-four 12th affords one of the sweetest views on the course from the fairway landing area. You’ll need a drive of at least 260 yards from the back tees to have a clear shot at the green, which sits below the fairway.

The Killington area has some of the finest lodging available in Vermont.


Mount Snow Golf Course
The Mount Snow Golf Course has matured into one of Vermont’s premier mountain courses and has been rated one of the top five in the state by Golf Digest. Designed by New England course architect Geoffrey Cornish, our 18-hole, 6,943-yard (there are three other sets of tees) championship course has also been named one of the top 10 resort courses in the country by SKI Magazine.

The course meanders through spectacular Vermont countryside and provides stunning views of the Green Mountains, including the peaks of Mount Snow and Haystack Mountain. Tamaracks, oaks, birches and sugar maples lining fairways, while the mountains provide a majestic backdrop. The front nine is spread over scenic expanses and the back nine winds its way through wooded terrain. Water comes into play on 11 holes and 41 sand traps are strategically located around nearly every hole. The course sits 2,000 feet above sea level.

Mount Snow’s Original Golf School, founded in 1978, was one of the country’s first golf schools and continues to be one of the most trusted programs in the golf world for those looking to improve their games.

Sugarbush Resort Golf Course
Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed the golf course at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vt. and he imbued his creation with a natural feel, allowing the course to unfold with the subtle beauty that pervades this area of upper New England. The track, a 6,464-yard, par-72 layout, opened in 1961, and rolls along the hilltops of the Mad River Valley in Vermont.

The course at Sugarbush Resort is challenging yet fair. A perfect example of this balance is the second hole, a par-five that measures 510 yards from the tips. Big hitters can boom a drive and go for the green in two, but the wiser play may be three shots to find the green.

Located in the Green Mountains, Sugarbush Resort and Golf Course provides an ideal setting for an all-inclusive sporting getaway. There’s world-class fly fishing, long, tree-lined hiking and biking trails, in addition to golf.

Visitors can opt to stay at several locations. The 110-room Clay Brook Hotel and Residences offers luxury slopeside accommodations ranging from single rooms to multiple-bedroom suites with full kitchens. The charming 42-room Sugarbush Inn, just off the hill, has been called a quintessential New England inn.