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.
Rees Jones had this to say about the course renovation that he carried out with lead architect Greg Muirhead in 1992:
“The Equinox Golf Course at this beautiful resort in the Green Mountains of Vermont was completely redesigned and rebuilt for a consortium headed by Guinness Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of Gleneagles in Scotland.
The historic property, which dates to 1769, is now known as The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa. The refurbishment of the vintage Walter Travis course greatly enhanced the drama and challenge of a classic New England layout tucked in a valley walled in by mountain ridges.”
The Equinox is an old resort throwback, built almost 100 years ago. Thus, it is not very long.. It is literally next door to Ekwanok, a course I have been trying to get on for years. Anyway, the first hole is a welcoming par four. Fairway bunkers left and the green is protected by three bunkers. The 2nd is the longest par four on the front and is the number one handicap hole, which surprised me. A long fairway bunker right and a water hazard on the left side starting about 115 yards out. This green is also well protected with two bunkers front right and one left. I thought the third hole was one of the tougher holes, a whole gaggle of bunkers left with a tree that pinches the fairway, two right and then a huge front left greenside bunker and one right. Of course when you smother it into a bunker left that should not come into play and then go bunker to bunker, one should not expect a happily ever after ending. The 4th is a short par three with a large bunker front left and three right. The fifth is a good birdie hole. Short and wooded right the fairway runs out about 90 yards out and has three bunkers right. The 6th is also a short par four straightaway birdie oppty that parallels five. The only real challenges are the four bunkers surrounding the green. I found the 7th to be an interesting hole. A reachable par five with o9 fairway bunkers left and only 8 right. The fairway runs out about 210 yards from the green. It valleys into a road and resumes about a 100 yards later going uphill. The green is well protected by 6 bunkers. The par fout 8th bends a wee bit right and has three sequential fairway bunkers on the left side starting inside of 200 yards. The green has three bunkers right and one left. The 9th is pretty much straightaway with a 20+ yard deep bunker sitting in front of the green.
The back starts with a birdie hole that bends right. There are five sequential bunkers right and the green is surrounded by five bunkers. The 11th is straightaway, however there is a 50 yard long fairway bunker left. The 12th is interesting, including greenside there are ten bunkers left and one right. As a hooker, I feel discriminated against. The 13th is a long par four that leans right. The fairway tuns out about 50 yards from the green and there is a solitary bunker front left. The 14th is the shortest par three and rated the easiest hole. The last par five is narrow but reachable. However, the green has 6 bunkers left and two larger one front right. The 16th is the longest par three, over a creek and then over three bunkers. The 17th is a long par four that bends left. There a re fairway bunkers on the elbow and three greenside. The 18th is also a long par four that bends left. The fairway narrows considerably the closer one gets to the green. There is a long bunker on the right side that is probably about 70 yards long.
A decent resort course.