Montana

Situated in the north west of the United States, the Treasure State of Montana is one of the largest by area in the country but with a population of less than one million people, it’s also one of the least densely populated states. Montana is home to seven American Indian reservations and it was here – near Little Bighorn River – that George Armstrong Custer and seven hundred men from the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the US Army were defeated in a famous battle known as “Custer’s Last Stand” by the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in 1876.

Montana’s modern day golfers (attached to the 100 or so clubs within the state) are governed by the Montana State Golf Association which was formed in 1917. Lady golfers are looked after by a corresponding organisation, the Montana State Women’s Golf Association.

A couple of demanding Tom Fazio designs from the late 1990s – Iron Horse in Whitefish and Stock Farm in Hamilton – are amongst the top tracks in the state but they’ve been overshadowed in the last few years by Tom Doak’s Rock Creek Cattle Company course at Deer Lodge which has emerged as the premier 18-hole layout in Montana.

Our Montana Best In State Rankings were last updated in April 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Montana

Rock Creek Cattle Company

1st Montana - Best in Area

The Tom Doak-designed golf course at Rock Creek Cattle Company opened for play in 2008, competing with the 10,000-foot backdrop of the sometimes snow-capped but always dramatic Flint Creek Mountain Range.

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Description: The Tom Doak-designed golf course at Rock Creek Cattle Company opened for play in 2008, competing with the 10,000-foot backdrop of the sometimes snow-capped but always dramatic Flint Creek Mountain Range. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Wilderness Club

2nd Montana - Best in Area

The Faldo-designed championship course at the Wilderness Club is just one of a number of sporting options available to members at this private residential development.

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Stock Farm

3rd Montana - Best in Area

Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, Tom Fazio’s course at Stock Farm Club is the centrepiece of an attractive residential development in Bitterroot Valley.

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Iron Horse - Montana

4th Montana - Best in Area

Such is the difficult nature of the Big Mountain terrain over which the course at Iron Horse Golf Club is routed, there’s more than 500 feet of elevation change during the round here.

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Old Works

5th Montana - Best in Area

Built on the site of Anaconda’s old copper smelter, Old Works Golf Club is a Jack Nicklaus design that took four years to construct. A brick smokestack still looms over a layout where bunkers are filled with crushed black slag.

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Spanish Peaks

6th Montana - Best in Area

Tom Weiskopf was responsible for laying out the fairways of The Club at Spanish Peaks in 2007. The course is situated at an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level with holes weaving their way through acres of pine forest.

Yellowstone Club

7th Montana - Best in Area

Yellowstone Club members can ski during the winter and golf in the summer at this private resort where Tom Weiskopf laid out the mountain course.

Black Bull - Montana

8th Montana - Best in Area

The Tom Weiskopf-designed layout at Black Bull is located in the Gallatin Valley near Bozeman within a private golfing community. Unveiled in 2008, the fairways flow effortlessly around a gently undulating landscape that makes walking the course an absolute pleasure.

Yellowstone Country Club

9th Montana - Best in Area

Robert Trent Jones Snr designed the course at Yellowstone Country Club which occupies around one third of an expansive 630-acre property near Billings, the largest city in Montana. Recent improvements include a bunker renovation and new irrigation system.

Northern Pines

10th Montana - Best in Area

With the back nine routed around Stillwater River, the course at Northern Pines Golf Club is an Andy North and Roger Packard design which debuted in 1996.