Don’t pack your persimmons away just yet. Fall is a great time to explore new golfing destinations while enjoying lower fees, greater tee-time flexibility and cooler weather. Your game may take a little bit longer as falling leaves litter the fairways, but it’s well worth the opportunity to enjoy all that the season has to offer. Here are five of our favorite golf destinations for you to explore this fall.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Once Labor Day rolls around, the crowds that usually flood Myrtle Beach thin out, so you can usually enjoy considerable discounts on lodging and greens fees and spectacular weather. Temperatures usually range from the mid-70s to the mid-80s during the day, and rain is rarely in the forecast, so you can make your reservations with confidence. We’re especially fond of the Caledonia and the Dunes Golf & Beach Club.
Take a trip to the northeast during late September and early October, and enjoy some of the best fall foliage in the country. You’ll have to reserve your hotel rooms and tee times in advance, as the region fills with fellow leaf-peeping golf enthusiasts, but you won’t regret a moment of your trip. We’re particularly fond of the Woodstock and Stowe areas in Vermont, Carrabasset Valley in Maine and the area surrounding Mt. Monadock in New Hampshire, as well as the iconic Rees Jones/ Walter Travis course at the historic Equinox in Vermont’s Manchester Village. Many courses put winter rules into effect because of fallen leaves that litter the fairways, so inquire before you tee off.
Head north to Michigan’s famous golf corridor in the Gaylord area for a weekend of fall ball. The hilly area and elevated tees offer spectacular views, and the crisp weather and relatively low rates are also appealing. Check out the views from the course at the Treetops Resort or Boyne Highlands, or take a little detour to the Upper Peninsula and enjoy water views as well.
Everyone has to play in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area at least once, and the fall is the best time to do it. Visit the area in the fall, and enjoy a milder climate and heavily discounted fees at some of the area’s most expensive courses, like the one at the Phoenix Biltmore resort or Troon North. Before you make your reservations, inquire about the course’s overseeding schedule to ensure that it’s open and playable.
Those who prefer warmer temps will appreciate the San Francisco Bay area in the fall, as it’s often warmer than the summer months. Wine enthusiasts will appreciate the Napa/Sonoma area during the season, but note that it can get very crowded during the October crush so make your reservations accordingly.