A former LPGA venue, the 27-hole golf facility at the Stratton Mountain Resort started out with just the Lake and Mountain nines in the late 1960s. Architect Geoff Cornish then returned in 1984, adding the heavily wooded Forest nine.
In The American Golf Resort Guide, author Daniel Wexler writes: “the club occupies a tract which slopes steadily from east to west, with a large lake marking the low point.
The original nines are the Lakes and Mountain, with the former featuring the 418-yard uphill 2nd (a sharp dogleg left around trees) and the 552-yard uphill 9th, which begins along the lake before climbing to a pond-guarded green.
The Mountain nine fills the property’s west side and is arguably the club’s least engaging loop, with only the downhill 621-yard 5th (which crosses two creeks) really standing out.”
First, I’d like to say that Stratton Mountain isn’t a bad course, it’s very typical for the general area, with scenic mountain views. Stratton Resorts boast three 9-hole layouts a Lakes, Mountain, and Forest course. Previously the course hosted an LPGA tournament but that was ages ago and under the current conditions of the course, unlikely to occur again anytime soon. Water is in play here at all three courses, overall an interesting design, that could be much more.
All three courses are held back by the same issue, over the years the dense vegetation has slowly but steadily backed up against the fairways, leaving inconsistent rough areas. A great example of this is hole 5 on the Forest course, the flyover overview that Stratton gives online varies drastically from the actual course today. Overgrown shrubs dominate the rough, or what use to be the rough 10 years prior. Many more examples exist of the same prevailing issue on all three 9-hole courses, making the course quite narrow and hiding a lot of interesting features. shame as the course has lovely bones and scenic creeks that are often blocked out by dense shrubs. A much-needed restoration is needed and if so, I would certainly think that Stratton has what it takes to become a best in area course.