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Pictured: The 11th hole at Stowe Mountain Club.
THE GOLF CLUB AT THE EQUINOX RESORT, MANCHESTER
A favorite in autumn, when the hillsides are aflame with color, this par-71 proffers quintessential New England vistas of white steeples, Mount Equinox, and the adjacent grand hotel. The memorable seventh hole is a 443-yard-plus par-5 that plays over a road; take a break at the ninth and lunch on lobster rolls at the green-side Dormy Grill. From $99, 3567 Main St. (Rte. 7A), Manchester Village, 802-362-7870, playequinox.com.
STOWE MOUNTAIN CLUB, STOWE
Legendary course designer Bob Cupp’s ego-boosting par-72 design has five sets of tees to ensure that birdies, not bogeys, are a reality. Celebrate your low score with a drink at the cozy golf cottage, then retreat into the neighboring resort for a sports massage. (No one has to know you didn’t really earn it.) From $115, 7322 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 888-403-7739, stowemountainclub.com.
VERMONT NATIONAL COUNTRY CLUB, SOUTH BURLINGTON
It’s a tale of two courses on this Jack Nicklaus–designed par-72. The front nine plays fast through meadows and rolling greens, much like a traditional links layout. The back nine, though, is more typical of challenging Vermont play, and winds past forests of maples and ashes. You’ll get a good view of Camel’s Hump, Vermont’s third-highest mountain, from the signature 10th hole. From $135, 1227 Dorset St., South Burlington, 802-864-7770, vnccgolf.com.