Do you want a getaway full of groomed greens and golf claps, but can’t figure out what to do with the kids? Forget the babysitter, this list of Northeast golf vacations offer the best of both worlds: great golf and family-friendly fun. Don’t settle for one or the other. Make everyone happy with beautiful ocean vistas, spa treatments or mini-golf for the kids, while you hit the course.
These are the top spots for a Northeast golf getaway.
Omni Mount Washington Resort Golf Club, Bretton Woods
Shout “fore!” from the highest peak in the Northeast as you drive the ball down this classic 18-hole golf course. Rated No. 1 in New Hampshire by Golf Magazine, this newly renovated course is a short putt away from the AAA Four Diamond Rated Omni Mount Washington Hotel. There’s fun for the whole family, including a full-service signature spa and a scenic zip line tour through the White Mountain’s Presidential Range.
Waterville Valley Golf Club, Waterville Valley
The Waterville Valley Golf Club’s nine-hole course is fun for all ages and abilities. It’s also right down the road from Black Bear Lodge, which is one of the Northeast’s largest outdoor playgrounds! Lounge in one of the heated pools with the White Mountains in sight as the kids enjoy the children’s cinema or game room.
Taconic Golf Club, Williamstown
Nestled in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Taconic is one of the top collegiate golf courses in the country. This nationally recognized course is a short 10-minute drive from the quaint and quirky Porches Inn, a row of vintage Victorian homes overlooking the famed Mass MoCA. Discover the culture of this college town in the heart of the Berkshires, or partake in the plethora of outdoor adventures that await.
Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club, Brewster
Enjoy beautiful bentgrass fairways and ocean vistas with this Nicklaus-designed 18-hole course. Sitting on Cape Cod Bay, the AAA Diamond Rated resort provides a variety of accommodations for all ages, including fun kid-friendly programming like outdoor movies and scavenger hunts, making it an ideal Northeast golf vacation. The club even has PGA professionals on staff for those who are new to the game or just need to touch up their swing. Whether you want to practice with a pro, or sip drinks on the private beach, Ocean Edge has it all. Book now with AAA and save!
Newport National Golf Club, Middletown
This 18-hole course provides a dramatic backdrop, surrounded by stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Sakonnet Passage. Rated No. 1 in Rhode Island by Golf Magazine, the course sports sloping fairways and marshes teeming with life. The setting is reminiscent of Ireland’s coastline, with a layout similar to the famed Scottish links. It’s just a short drive from the AAA Three Diamond Rated Hampton Inn and Suites Newport-Middletown.
Winnapaug Country Club, Westerly
This Donald Ross-designed 18-hole course is a short and sweet challenge with stunning views of the Atlantic coastline. One of the few country clubs that offer public access, this course is just a five minute drive from a popular oceanfront resort, the Pleasant View Inn. The resort is located right in the heart of downtown Westerly, which has the atmosphere and history of an old New England village. This beach town boasts a variety of attractions, including water parks, local farms and wineries, and nearby Mystic Aquarium (save on tickets with AAA!) in Connecticut.
Lake of Isles Golf Club and Resort, North Stonington
Golf Magazine ranked this course among the top five of the best public Northeast golf courses. Unlike its southern twin, the north course is open to the public, and may even be the most difficult of the two. The holes are situated around a large central lake and the fairways weave gracefully through wetlands. Just across the road is the AAA Four Diamond Rated hotel, Fox Tower, right next to Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Shennecossett Golf Course, Groton
Shennecossett is the only Donald Ross-style course in Connecticut open to the public. It sits where the Thames River meets the Long Island Sound, offering some challenging holes on the front nine and rewarding views on the back nine. You may even catch a glimpse of a submarine! Take a quick ferry to Fisher’s Island or visit one many historic museums on the coast of the Constitution State. A 10-minute drive inland will take you to the AAA Three Diamond Rated Hilton Garden Inn Mystic-Groton.
Montauk Downs, Montauk
This hidden gem at the end of Long Island has it all – scenic views and shifting winds that keep you on your toes. There’s plenty of places to stay in the area, including Montauk Manor, a historic 1920s building converted into casual condos. Walk a mile along Fort Pond and you’ll get to Main Street, booming with delicious eateries and fun places to shop. The exciting nightlife, combined with beautiful beaches, make Montauk one of the hottest vacation destinations in the Northeast.
Turning Stone Resort, Verona
This destination resort comes with a choice of two great golf courses: Shenendoah and Atunyote. There’s also choices when it comes to booking your stay; the resort’s Tower Hotel and Lodge are both AAA Four Diamond Rated, and feature restaurants, a casino and spa.
Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg
There’s golf for the entire family, from challenging courses like Ballyowen to the fun putting course at the Grand Cascades Lodge. Ballyowen’s rolling greens ride the natural curves of the land, tumbling through hills and valleys until they meet the Walkill River. Located in the Garden State’s picturesque northwest, the resort offers a variety of options in accommodations, including the AAA Four Diamond Rated Grand Cascades Lodge. The destination attracts foodies and wine lovers alike. The outdoor pools are surrounded by tropical greenery, making Crystal Springs look like paradise.
Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield
This country club has been named New Jersey’s No. 1 public golf course by Golf Week, Golf Magazine and Golf Digest. With an ambiance of saltwater marshes, natural ponds and manicured greens, it’s no wonder they top the charts. Just a 15-minute drive from Atlantic City’s boardwalk, it’s a nice detour from the hustle and bustle of the popular gambling destination. You can stay at any number of Atlantic City’s top-tier hotels, including the AAA Four Diamond Rated Caesar’s Atlantic City. Hit the casino, walk to the beach or grab your clubs; the choices are plentiful with this oceanfront getaway.
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