Purple Mountain Majesties
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series detailing several unique GolfNow courses that offer scenic views.
With millions of available tee times at more than 5,000 courses around the world, GolfNow offers golfers more ways to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the outdoors during their round. We continue our coast to coast look at unique scenic golf courses by focusing on those nestled in our most beautiful hills and mountains.
Easily the best public course in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Country Club at Woodloch Springs in Hawley, Penn., is a spectacular 18-hole, par-72 course that has earned top honors track from Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Crafted by international course designer Rocky Roquemore, the neatly-manicured course winds its way through lush forests, local wetlands and broad meadows, providing players with different tests along the way. The signature hole is the par-3, 220-yard 14th, which requires a difficult carry over “Hell’s Gate Gorge” and rushing water 200 feet below.
Perched high atop the Cumberland Plateau in Fairfield Glade, Tenn., at the highest point in the country located between the Rocky and Great Smoky Mountain ranges, sits Stonehenge Golf Club at Fairfield Glade. With unparalleled playability and natural beauty, the Joe Lee design gets its name from the natural rock outcroppings found throughout the course, which also features elevation changes and obstacles that provide any level of golfer a true challenge. Tee off early in the morning to see wildlife during your round.
The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo., is a member of the Golf Digest’s Top 100 list and is home to some of the most majestic views of the Rocky Mountains. The jagged cliffs, tranquil desert and beautiful red sandstone formations that overlook the Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa and the Book Cliffs, are breathtaking and reminiscent of the days in the “Old Wild West.” Named one of the most fun courses to play in the country by Golf Digest in 2012, the Jim Engh-layout uses massive elevation changes to make the experience unique and challenging to golfers of all ability levels.
We finish in the Great State of Montana and the small town of Anaconda with the Jack Nicklaus signature design, Old Works Golf Club. This unique course features an 18-hole, par-72 course that measures more than 7,700 monstrous yards while incorporating historic relics on the site that was once a century-old copper smelter. Granite slabs from the old mill, massive stone furnaces and the trout-filled Warm Springs Creek provide a remarkable experience along with the stunning contrast of the black slag (sand) bunkers. Set between the scenic and breathtaking Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, Old Works Golf Club is the ultimate mountain golf escape for a unique and exciting round of golf.