Quechee Lakes Landowners’ Association was formed in 1970 and the QLLA community comprises those who own a lot, completed home or condominium on the property. Ownership grants membership usage of the Quechee Club and people renting from owners are allowed amenity access for a nominal fee while in residence.
It’s very much a four-season recreational community which offers fishing, skiing, tennis and golf among a host of activities – and there’s even a polo field for those who want an equine element in their sporting pursuits. The two 18-hole golf courses were completed in 1970, making this Vermont’s only 36-hole golf facility.
In the book The American Private Golf Club Guide, Daniel Wexler describes the two layouts as “the pinnacle of Geoffrey Cornish’s prolific design career,” adding that the architect’s modern stylings “may not be for everyone, but still Quechee remains one of Vermont’s favoured stops.”
Hurricane Irene devastated the Upper Valley in 2011 with catastrophic flooding and twenty-seven of the thirty-six holes were destroyed. Brian Silva was called in to help rebuild both courses and four years later, the club organized a grand re-opening, with both courses now in better shape than ever before.
There are two courses at Quechee, the Highland and the Lakeland, and we played both. They are both excellent good-value holiday courses and were in superb condition in beautiful surroundpds with sufficient challenge to keep competent golfers on their toes throughout. Our only minor criticism was that the course signage was often poor or non-existent making the layout not that easy to follow for first-time players. The Lakeland is probably fairer, less blind shots and more from an even lie, but the Highland is more exacting and exciting to play.
After a slow but interesting start, the Highland comes to life with the 220 yard par three 8th where your shot from a raised tee has to cross the fast flowing Ottauquechee River, and then throughout the back nine which is played over undulating terrain. Two fearsome par threes at 12 and 17 are the highlights of a testing finish with many good holes and stunning views over the surrounding densely wooded countryside and scenic distant hills.