As the only par-three course in Chittenden County, Arrowhead Golf Course connects nine holes ranging from 90 yards to 210 yards in length. Arrowhead's small size doesn't just make it easy to slip into a carrying case after rounds: it also makes it an ideal practice course for seasoned and beginner golfers alike. Three sets of tees per hole enable golfers to lengthen and shorten their shots, and gently rolling fairways outfitted with sand bunkers, water hazards, and other quirky traits present a different challenge at every hole. After rounds, players can even continue to work on their game at Arrowhead's driving range and practice putting green. Before or after being outside, golfers can grab a bite or a drink at the onsite cafe.
Framed by the tree-spotted foothills of Vermont, Rocky Ridge Golf Club’s 18-hole course unfurls across a verdant expanse of rolling farmland. Throughout the course, elevated fairways and greens offer breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding mountains, as well as a safe lookout from which golfers can detect rival armies of croquet players. Flower beds and rocky outcrops along short-grass corridors further accent the layout’s bucolic environs. Clubbers looking for lessons can seek out golf pro Ed Coleman, who roams the grounds in a zen state attained through 20 years of coaching experience and aromatherapy that uses the odor of freshly mowed fairways. Cozy, green-side seating and tables nestled in shaded porches await golfers for post-round relaxing at the clubhouse restaurant.
The course at West Bolton Golf Club measures 5,937 yards from front to back. But even where the competitive yardage ends, the property's lush greenery keeps going. It spills over into the surrounding land and it eventually creeps up into the surrounding Green Mountains. Golfers have faced off against this picturesque landscape since 1983, when the family-owned club opened the first half of its course and planted its first nine flag-stick seeds. Today, those fully grown banners punctuate 18 holes that range from 128 yards in length up to a daunting 600. Golfers attempt to navigate the course's challenges throughout the year, including during leagues for men and women, camps for boys and girls, and tournaments that showcase the area's seasonal beauty.
Thunderbird Sports Centre challenges clubswingers' short game on its nine-hole, par 27 Thunderbird Golf Course. Honouring the undulating terrain, plentiful evergreens, and deciduous trees, the course layout sets a brisk pace with a 10-storey metronome at the center and holes ranging from 88 to 142 yards. Design elements elevate play even further, intermingling bodies of water, sand traps, and deep rough. The fully lit course stays open until 10:30 p.m., or whenever the area's stone gargoyles come to life. Pull cart ($3.75) and club rentals ($9.15) are also available, and golfers can refresh before or after a game at the pro shop.
Whether trading groundstrokes on the tennis courts, hunting birdies on the golf course, or practicing cannonballs in the swimming pool, guests make the most of the summer sun at Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club. On the nine-hole, 2,387-yard executive golf course, golfers are presented with three par 4s, five par 3s, and one 463-yard par 5 that prevents drivers and 3 woods from napping in their head covers all day. The whooshes of ace serves and forehand winners echo above the club's three hard-surface tennis courts, where players can schedule open court times or register for lessons.
Appetites piqued by outdoor recreation can be sated at bistrofiftyfour, where chefs put their spin on European bistro classics with an expansive menu that features jumbo shrimp linguini, open-faced smoked salmon sandwiches, and thin-crust pizzas. Guests can unwind amid granite countertops and straight-backed leather chairs in the indoor diner or bestow pet names on every club in their bags from the outdoor patio, which overlooks the golf course.
As they traverse Capital Golf Centre's course, players will notice that there aren’t any water hazards or sandtraps to contend with, or, for that matter, any par 4s or 5s. This is entirely by design: the course architects designed a low-stress experience for all players, but primarily those who are just taking up the game or picking it back up after a long time away. The result is a par 3 course that winds through the Ottawa Valley forest, composed of 18 holes measuring up to 202 yards. The layout helps novice and veteran players alike focus on accuracy with their irons and short game, without the difficulties from long water carries or tight lies in bunkers riddled with sunbathing tourists.
Players can head to the practice area and make use of the driving range’s mat or grass tees, putting green, and chipping green. A portion of the driving range is specifically dedicated to short iron play, with targets spaced out between 50 to 350 yards away.