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.
Owned and operated by the town of Killington, the course extends to 6,589 yards from the tips, playing to a par of 71. Tree-lined fairways are laid out on a rugged 234-acre property, with elevation changes occurring on just about every hole.
Outstanding holes include the 402-yard 3rd (where a creek threatens 50 yards short of the green), the 151-yard 7th (with a ridge in the middle of the putting surface), the doglegging 394-yard 12th, (featuring a three-tiered green that’s 40 yards in depth), and the 204-yard 17th, which has all the hazards clearly visible from the tee.
Vermont’s only municipal golf course, Green Mountain National was conceived to bring in tourists and visitors during the off-season. Located in Killington Vermont, near Killington Ski Resort I was initially a bit skeptical on how the course would play. It wouldn’t surprise me if funky holes with massive doglegs peppered the layout at Green Mountain National, but thankfully it did not.
Green Mountain National is an exceptional course, changes in topography and elevation greatly complements the overall layout of the course. Coupled with the conditions and green fees, Green Mountain is arguably the best value course within an hour’s drive, possibly longer.
Two ‘highlight’ holes are the 6th a Par 5 that has a split fairway, players going for the green in two should aim to the right part of the fairway giving the best approach angle. However, this greatly increases the difficulty of the tee shot with the forest coming in to play right.
The 16th hole is a delightful downhill par 4 with beautiful views of the lake off the tee box. Accuracy off the tee is critical. The 16th is a second shot hole, a strategically executed approach will leave either a fair look at birdie or a two-putt dream.
I wouldn’t hesitate playing Green Mountain National again, though I do like most mountain courses, Green Mountain National was less ‘mountain’ than most. Still ruggedly beautiful with steep changes in elevation, Green Mountain National is a fun and solid place to tee up 18.