The Green Mountain State of Vermont lies in the north east of the United States and it’s the only New England state to not have an Atlantic Ocean coastline. Located far enough north to share a border with Quebec in Canada, Vermont occupies an area of less than 10,000 square miles, with a population of around 600,000 people. Originally inhabited by the Abenaki and Iroquois native American tribes, the state was populated by French and British settlers prior to its admission to the Union in 1791.

Seven clubs founded the Vermont Golf Association in 1902 and nowadays it represents almost 11,000 golfers in 63 clubs dotted around the state. The Vermont State Women’s Golf Association provides a similar service for female golfers in 53 clubs.

A couple of courses constructed in the late 1990s have risen to near the top of the Vermont rankings and they are Gene Bates’s Green Mountain National in Killington and the Graham Cooke-designed Country Club of Vermont near Waterbury Center. Great though those two modern layouts are, many still think the two old neighbouring Walter Travis tracks at Ekwanok and Equinox in Manchester still exemplify the very best in Vermont golf course design.

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

Top 100 Golf Courses - Vermont


1st Vermont - Best in Area

The charming course at Ekwanok Country Club was designed by Walter Travis at the start of the last century and such was his golfing prowess at the time, he won the US Amateur Championship on three occasions...


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Country Club of Vermont

2nd Vermont - Best in Area

Graham Cooke designed the engaging layout at The Country Club of Vermont in 1998 with two contrasting loops – the front nine is played on open, rolling terrain with the back nine routed through dense woodland.


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Okemo Valley

3rd Vermont - Best in Area

Unveiled in 2000, the course at Okemo Valley Golf Club is a Steve Durkee design that lies on the other side of the main highway leading to the ski slopes at the Okemo Mountain Resort.


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Jay Peak

4th Vermont - Best in Area

Set within the dense woods of Northern Vermont, the Graham Cooke-designed course at the Jay Peak Resort is recognised as a top public facility in the Green Mountain state.


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Vermont National

5th Vermont - Best in Area

The 18-hole layout at Vermont National Country Club was the first Nicklaus Design course to open in New England when it debuted in 1998.


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6th Vermont - Best in Area

Walter Travis laid out the fairways at Ekwanok in 1900 when at the height of his playing powers. He returned 27 years later, shortly before he died, to construct the 18 holes at the neighboring Golf Club at Equinox.

Green Mountain National

7th Vermont - Best in Area

Laid out in dense woodland close to the Killington Ski complex, the Gene Bates-designed Green Mountain National Golf Course was the first municipal layout to open in the state of Vermont when it debuted in 1997.

Quechee (Highland)

8th Vermont - Best in Area

One of two Geoff Cornish-designed 18-hole layouts at The Quechee Club, the Highland course underwent a major restoration by Brian Silva in 2012.

Stowe Mountain

9th Vermont - Best in Area

Designed by Bob Cupp, the mountain fairways of the Stowe Mountain Club Golf Course are laid out in the foothills of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak.


10th Vermont - Best in Area

Robert Trent Jones Snr laid out the 18-hole layout at Sugarbush Resort Golf Club in the early 1960s, starting a trend that would lead to other New England ski resorts building courses to attract visitors during the summer months.