Mountain Golf’s Summit: America’s Best Mountain Courses

By Ryan Watson

Mountain golf provides one of the most scenic and natural ways to enjoy golf and the outdoors. The following are America’s best mountain golf courses.

The Old White TPC at the Greenbrier

300 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986

One of America’s oldest golf resorts, the Greenbrier’s Old White TPC was first built in 1914 in the rugged mountains of West Virginia. The course provides arguably the purest example of mountain golf in the Southern Appalachians and provides breathtaking views to match the challenge. The course has hosted a Ryder Cup and several PGA Tour Events, notably the annual Greenbrier Classic.

Old Works Golf Course

1205 Pizzini Way, Anaconda, MT 59711

The Jack Nicklaus designed Old Works Golf Course is a difficult and beautiful track located in a former mining community in Montana. The course is littered with artifacts from the site’s history as a copper smelter and features bunkers made of black slag, making it truly one of the most unique courses in America. The course is located between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and provides some of America’s most stunning views.

Sunday River Golf Club

18 Championship Drive, Newry, ME 04261

Sunday River Golf Club in Western Maine is one of the finest modern examples of mountain golf. Golfers should expect dramatic elevation changes, inventive routing, and stunning mountain views in this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed track. Formerly a private club, the course is now an all-inclusive golf resort.

Lakota Canyon Golf Course

1000 Clubhouse Dr, New Castle, CO 81647

Colorado is known for its amazing vistas and ski resorts, but is also home to some breathtaking golf. The course was designed by James Engh and opened in 2004. The course seems carved straight from the natural landscape and is very rugged. The course is also known for its large elevation changes (some over 100 feet) and forced carries and will definitely poise a challenge to any golfer.

Schaffer's Mill Golf Club

9000 Heartwood Dr, Truckee, CA 96161

Located in the Sierra Nevadas, Schaffer’s Mill Golf Club was designed by Johnny Miller and John Harbottle and opened in 2008. Since 2008, word has been trickling out of this glorious mountain course, which is private but allows public play on Mondays. The course is seen as one of the top courses in the Lake Tahoe area, and golfers will love the scenic nature and smart elevation changes on the course.

Old Greenwood

13051 Fairway Dr, Truckee, CA 96161

From one of Tahoe’s great courses to the other, the Old Greenwood was designed by Jack Nicklaus and plays through pine forested mountain terrain, creating a charming alpine feel throughout the course. The course’s pedigree is well-known and it has been rewarded with hosting duties of the 2020 Barracuda Championship on the PGA Tour.

Nicklaus Course at The Club at Pronghorn

65600 Pronghorn Club Dr, Bend, OR 97701

Sticking with the Golden Bear himself, Nicklaus sees his 3rd course enter our list with his offering at The Club at Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon. The routing of the course is a thing of beauty as fairways seem to hug the natural terrain. The course also uses the unique lava rock found in the region to make an unforgettable golfing experience that is among the best in the golf-crazed Pacific Northwest.

Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course

975 Golf Course Dr, Midway, UT 84049

Wasatch Mountain State Park in the small town of Midway, Utah is home to one of the finest examples of mountain golf. Utah is slowly turning into a golf destination and this course is an excellent example of natural, mountain golf. Wildlife are abundant and the entire course covers 2 miles of the mountain, and elevation changes are on nearly every hole.

Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club

5945 S Buckrail Rd, Harrison, ID 83833

One of the classics of mountain golf finishes off our list, with Harrison, Idaho’s iconic Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club. The course features the Rocky Mountains as well as Lake Coeur d’Alene, and was designed by the legendary designer Tom Fazio.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.