Where to Golf in October

Fall can be the best time of year to go golfing. The summer’s heat and humidity are gone, the air is clear, and the forests have burst into their autumn show. If you are wondering where to golf in October, you have plenty of choice. October golfing outings can range from enjoying PGA Tour courses surrounded by blankets of fall colors, to warm rounds on the California Coast, to getting on the track in Canada before the snow flies.

hilton head golf course golf cart on waterHarbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, SC

Harbour Town Golf Links, a PGA stop at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head, is popular with the pros for its par-threes and its challenging par-four 18th hole, considered one of the hardest when the wind is blowing in off the sound. Designed by golf’s famous Pete Dye, Harbour Town is consistently rated as one of the best courses in North America by golf magazines, and was ranked second by PGA Tour players in Golf World's survey of "Top PGA Tour Courses (beaten only by Augusta National). The weather in October is warm and fresh, with temperatures in to the mid-70s, and the trees are starting to change into gorgeous hues of yellow and orange.

Legends on the Niagara, Niagara Falls, Canada

In Ontario, Canada, October is the most beautiful month. It is dry, sunny, crisp but still warm, and the trees create a gorgeous carpet of fall colors. Book a vacation rental in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and play some rounds at the stunning Legends on the Niagara. This golf facility has two 18-hole courses, a nine-hole short course, and a 360-degree driving range. The 18-hole Battlefield Course has wide fairways and treacherous bunkers. Thomas McBroom designed the 18-hole Ussher’s Creek course to work your way through wetland hazards, thick groves of trees, and plenty of rough fescue.

Saratoga National Golf Club, Saratoga Springs, NY

This 18-hole Roger Rulewich course, built in 2001, plays like a premier country club. It’s one of the top courses in New York State with an excellent layout and solid conditions. The greens are fast and relatively flat. Its signature hole is the 13th, which features a water hazard down the left side. The forests around the front nine are the reason Saratoga is on the list of where to golf in October, as the fall colors here are simply resplendent. The clubhouse also serves an excellent New York steak after you’ve finished on the course.

Torrey Pines South Course, San Diego, CA

Known for its challenges and spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean, the famous Torrey Pines South Course was made even more famous during the 2008 U.S. Open when Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate went head-to-head in a sudden death playoff. The course was renovated in 2001 and lengthened to more than 7,700 yards, and was named America's third-best municipal course by Golfweek Magazine.

If you want to brush up on your skills, Torrey Pines offers adult group clinics, private lessons, and half-day and full-day golf schools. The weather in San Diego is lovely all year round, but in October, the region sees its driest and sunniest weather of the year.

savannah ga boat on waterThe Club at Savannah Harbor, Savannah, GA

If you’re wondering where to golf in October when you want a genteel and cultured experience, head to Savannah. The Club at Savannah Harbor played host to the 2010 Georgia PGA State Open Championship and is consistently recommended by Golf Week Magazine and Golf Digest. The course is designed to challenge the most experienced golfers, but it is also accessible to beginners.

The course rating is a 74.6, with a slope rating of 134. The greens are speedy, and the course offers challenging water hazards on the front nine with lots of sand traps to dodge. Savannah is just beautiful in October as well, when the weather is less humid, with temperatures are hovering around 80 degrees with lots of sunshine. After a round of golf, you can spend the evenings enjoying the gentility of its southern charm by strolling down Savannah's historic waterfront.


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