A vibrant destination

The Flathead Valley is dotted with some of the U.S.A.’s top golf courses and clubs

by Danielle Cameron

Nestled in northwest Montana, the Flathead Valley has a shining reputation among golfers.

Boasting several championship courses and picturesque attractions such as Glacier National Park, the valley offers plenty for visitors to see and do.

“(People visit due to the) quality of so many courses at reasonable rates,” said Steve Dunfee, general manager of Buffalo Hill Golf Club in?Kalispell, “ease of access to courses (and the) natural beauty of the area, with the largest fresh-water lake (Flathead Lake) west of the Mississippi.”

Courses with class

The quality courses in the Flathead Valley make it stand out as a destination, especially given their convenient locations in close proximity to each other.

Village Greens Golf Club offers stunning views of lake and mountain scenery. For a reasonable price, golfers can enjoy the greens and take advantage of the full-service pro shop, all-grass driving range and the ever-popular Spike’s 19th Hole.

At Polson Bay Golf Club, 27 holes keep golfers busy amidst sublime playing conditions. After a few rounds, they can take a break and enjoy a mouthwatering meal at the Bay Club Bar & Grill.

The Big Mountain Golf Club was created by two-time US Open Champion Andy North. Two different types of landscaping make this course unique and challenging.

Glacier View Golf Course provides a fun and affordable golf experience for all ages and ability levels. Glacier View welcomes the whole family to enjoy its lush greens.

At Buffalo Hill Golf Club’s course, you can play on a sprawling expanse of Flathead Valley terrain and relax in a classy, full-service, air-conditioned clubhouse.

“The Stillwater River runs through the golf course offering challenging shots and awesome views,” said Dunfee. “The . . . elevation changes drastically, offering incredible views of the valley and Glacier Park.”

Mountains and meadows

At the base of the Mission Mountains in Ronan, the Mission Mountain Country Club incorporates a challenging course layout, restaurant, pro shop and rental facilities.

Cabinet View Country Club has been doing some renovations. They have reconstructed nine greens and tee boxes with new designs to improve playability.

Meadow Lake Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course that has been awarded 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest and is enveloped by the glorious Rocky Mountain territory.

Settled beside Whitefish Lake, with a view of Big Mountain, Whitefish Lake Golf Club is another favourite course in the Flathead Valley.

Indian Springs Ranch Golf Course is located on the western edge of the Rockies. With 18 holes and a challenging links-style course, this destination is sure to please.

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