Trinidad Municipal Golf Course

Trinidad Golf CourseWhile the Jack Nicklaus designed Cougar Canyon closed, there is a very agreeable option, and while it’s only nine holes, it’s generally rated as the best nine holers in the state. Trinidad Municipal Golf Course, one of the oldest golf courses in Colorado having been established in 1910, is located just off I-25 on the south side of town at exit 13A to the east. There’s an unfounded rumor that it’s a Donald Ross design, and while there’s no documentation to support the claim, the design elements are consistent with Ross’s philosophy

The setting for the course is parkland style with some change in elevation, surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Fisher’s Peak. The course is known for its blind tee shot “bell hole” where you ring a bell to alert the group behind that the fairway is clear. The fairways are lined with trees, there’s sand around a couple of greens, and no water in play. The greens tend to be small and elevated, sloped back to front, many with false fronts, with rarely a straight putt. There’s several sets of tees, from the tips it’s 6,160 yards, 68.9/119, course/slope, if you go around for 18 holes, with the back nine tee boxes providing a different look at the hole. 

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Best golf courses in Burlington Vt

Burlington, Vt on Lake ChamplainBurlington is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, north of Shelburne Bay. It’s the largest city in Vermont with a population of 213,000 in the metro area, more than a third of the entire state’s population.  In terms of recent history, it may be noted that Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream was founded here in 1978 in a former gas station. While ice cream is year round, the golf season is short with 5 months averaging in the 60 degrees or above. We’ve assembled a variety of the better public golf courses in Burlington as rated by the national golf periodicals, as well as consulting our members for their favorite hidden gems. Here’s our list of the best golf courses in Burlington VT in no particular order:

1. The Links at Lang Farms, on the east side of Burlington, exit 10 off Rt 289, right on the west side of the exit. An executive level course, designed by Asmundson in 2002, measuring 4,000 yards, with par 3′s and par 4′s, it’s routed over fairly level land, mostly open, but with some trees and water in play.

Vermont National Golf Club2.  Vermont National is in south Burlington, about 10 minutes from the airport, a Nicklaus design around and through a housing development on rolling former farmland with views of Lake Champlain throughout the round.  It’s an interesting layout, the front nine is somewhat pedestrian, while the back develops into holes with character, tree lined fairways, elevated tees, and hilly, sloping fairways. 

3. The Williston Golf Club is on the east side of Burlington, off I-89 at exit 12, a classic New England golf course with tight, tree lined fairways over rolling hills, each hole separate and isolated by trees. It’s short at 6,710 yards, par 69, with a 68.4 course rating, and a 111 slope, but will test every part of your game, demanding short and long iron play, accurate drives, and the ability to get up and down from missed approaches.

4. The West Bolton Golf Club is 30 minutes southeast of Burlington in Jericho. It’s a parkland style of layout with trees lining the fairways, some scattered, some tight, over mostly level land, surrounded by the Green Mountains. Short course at 5,937 yards from the back tees, par of 72, 68.6 course rating, and a 117 slope. 

Kwiniaska Golf Club5. Kwiniaska was designed by A. Bradford Caldwell and built in 1964. Kwiniaska exhibits two characters. The first six holes on the opposite side of Spear Road are relatively flat, but on return from across the road, the layout becomes hilly.  The course has relatively little in the way of water hazards, but most of the difficulty comes from heavy forest bordering the holes. Driving areas are relatively generous and the green complexes are not especially tricky or heavily bunkered.

6. Cedar Knoll is located over the mountains in Hinesburg, VT, about 30 minutes south of Burlington on Vt 116 in the Champlain Valley. There’s 27 holes, routed over rolling hills with tree lined fairways without homes or development along the golf course. It’s very playable with enough room off the tee, the trees bordering the fairways are a mix of thick forest and underbrush, with others with scattered trees, and more easily recoverable. 

7. The Essex CC is on the northeast side of Burlington, 20 minutes from downtown on the north side of Essex. The layout has a good mix of tight, tree lined holes with some that open up more, a little water and sand, the challenge here is keeping the ball between the trees, and hitting the smallish greens on approach. It’s not all that long at 6,500 yards from the tips, the middle tees play to 6,045 yards, 70.4/117. 

8. Rocky Ridge is 15 minutes south of the Burlington Airport on VT 116 in St. George. It’s pure golf here without homes or development along the holes, with either adjacent holes or natural areas bordering, and is easily walkable. It’s a routine parkland design, most of the fairways have scattered trees lining, while a few are narrow. The golf course was designed by Ernie Farrington, it plays to 6,000 yards, 70.3/126, course/slope from the tips, with three shorter tee boxes. 

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Pease Golf Course, the “lower” nine is now open for play after renovation

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The lower nine at Pease Golf Course have reopened for play following a renovation by architect Brad Booth which began at the course in October 2012.  The previously layout was completely flat, subject to flooding, and poorly routed.

The renovation was on the “lower nine” which includes holes from both the front and back of the 18 hole routing. It provided for new tees, bunker restoration, and widening the fairways.  The moved a good amount of earth to provide some roll to the fairways, adding humps, hillocks and hollows throughout, adding a little more character to the layout. The redesign will help to improve the golfer’s experience, enable more playable conditions after heavy rains, and create more terrain while remaining true to the original design .  

Pease Golf Course

Pease Golf Course is on the south side of the Portsmouth Airport, the former Pease Air Force Base, off I-95 at Exit 3 with three nine hole layouts, routed along the western border of the airport. The course was originally designed by Alex Findlay in 1901 as the Porstmouth County Club, but was acquired by the Air Force in the 1960′s and changed to Pease.

Pease Golf Course

The golf course reverted back to public with the base closures in the 1990′s when it was re-opened to the public. It’s a well regarded course in the area, while Findlay designed the original layout, there’s been a new 9 added, the Blue by Ted Seavey, and re-design work in the 1950′s by Al Zikorus, and most recently the “lower” nine by Brad Booth. It’s a challenging course with a variety of holes with doglegs, water hazards, bunkers, and smallish greens, most of the holes are somewhat wide open with only a few trees in play, and it’s easily walkable.

 

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