Five great golf destinations for this fall

Autumn is a great time for a golf trip, thanks to cooler weather and the fall foliage in the northern parts of the country.

Also, you can find some great deals at some of our country's best golf resorts.

Recently on Golf Channel's Morning Drive, I shared five great places to play this fall, from the Northwest to Texas to the Midwest to the Northeast.

I've also received some updated golf package specials from the resorts. Watch the video below or scroll down to view my picks for some great fall getaways in 2015.

Watch: Ginella and Bailey Mosier discuss top fall golf getaways

Cooperstown, New York

This is the destination for one of my favorite trips ever, when years ago, my parents and a few buddies and I got in the car and drove north to upstate New York and Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Historic Leatherstocking Golf Course, opened in 1909, is a great place to play golf and is located next door to the Otesaga Resort Hotel (bring a jacket for formal dining). Set aside a half-day to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.

$485 per night (double occupancy) gets you lodging at the Otesaga Hotel, breakfast, cart and unlimited golf for both guests.

Sunriver Resort, Oregon

I talk a lot about Bandon Dunes in Oregon, but I also love the Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon.

$1088 gets you their "all-in" package: Four golfers, three nights in a two-bedroom condo and unlimited golf on the resort's four courses. That includes the top course here, Crosswater, which has hosted Champions Tour events in the past. After golf, the fishing is great on the Deschutes River, too.

Hotel Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hotel Hershey, also home to the Country Club of Hershey East and West courses, is a great spot to go in the fall, with great history. Ben Hogan was a pro here, Byron Nelson won the PGA Championship at the West Course.

It also has one of the best short courses I've come across in the country, Spring Creek.

$700 per person gets you three nights and six rounds of golf.

Omni Barton Creek, Austin, Texas

Fall is a great time to visit Austin, where you can combine golf with tailgating for the University of Texas Longhorns games or go to the Austin City Limits Music Festival (happening on back-to-back weekends this year, Oct 2-4 and 9-11).

Just west of downtown, stay at Omni Barton Creek, home to three courses on site (two by Tom Fazio and one by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw), plus a fourth, the Palmer Lakeside, located just west on Lake Travis. $500 per night gets you lodging and unlimited golf on the resort's four courses, plus breakfast.

Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri

Home of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, Big Cedar Lodge is home to not only golf (including a new Coore-Crenshaw design coming soon) but a lot of great fishing and other great activities off the golf course.

$550 per person gets you three nights of lodging, two rounds of golf (Buffalo Ridge Springs and Top of the Rock) and a cave tour.

Owner Johnny Morris, from the area himself, put his heart, soul and a lot of money into making his home an incredible destination for everyone to come enjoy the outdoors in the Ozarks. (They're packed over the next couple months, so consider a Monday-Thursday trip.)

Where are you teeing it up this fall? Let us know in the comments below.

Matt Ginella is Golf Advisor's Editor-at-Large and host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel. Matt serves as resident buddy trip expert and captains a collection of VIP trips called Golf Advisor Getaways.

Related Links

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris' Big Cedar Lodge and the Top of the Rock are an outdoorsman's paradise no matter your sport, especially golf.
4 Min Read
In Texas' capital city of Austin, where hipsters, techies, hippies and rockers all live harmoniously, the golf scene is similarly diverse. Affordable, well located municipal courses serve those living in central Austin, while lavish country clubs fight for University of Texas boosters, and top PGA Tour pros such as Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite can be found on the town's perimeter. Those visiting Austin in search of a destination-worthy golf experience with luxury hotel amenities will do just fine, too. Here's where to stay-and-play on an Austin golf trip.
3 Min Read
The changing seasons bring whole new life to golf courses in the Midwest and Northeast. Golf Channel travel expert Matt Ginella shares his top 5 courses to play this fall.
1 Min Read
Golf is just a small part of why the 22-course New York Golf Trail continues to grow in popularity. It's more about touring the state's most beautiful regions than chasing bucket-list courses.
2 Min Read
More from the author
3 Min Read
November 25, 2019
Walk-off hole-in-one by Geoff Ogilvy marks a triumphant finish to a great annual charity event at Goat Hill Park.
16 Min Read
October 25, 2019
The faces and courses that endure after the ultimate summer spent on golf courses coast-to-coast and abroad.
3 Min Read
October 16, 2019
Few families in golf put on more miles than the Ginellas. They share some of their favorite tips and items to bring along.
1 Min Read
August 11, 2019
Matt Ginella's Ultimate Itinerary to Pebble Beach features the best golf and lodging at Pebble Beach Resorts as well as the surrounding Monterey Peninsula.
1 Min Read
August 11, 2019
Our guide to the best courses you can play around Orlando, from top-rated resort golf to hidden local gems.
1 Min Read
August 11, 2019
Our guide to the ultimate in public and resort golf in the San Francisco Bay Area, featuring legendary municipal courses and world-class resort courses.
6 Min Read
November 6, 2023
We make golf gift shopping easier with this handy guide.
2 Min Read
November 20, 2023
Golf is a game of control and composure. Don't lose yours by tossing a club.
1 Min Read
October 31, 2023
If you want to hole more putts, you should take the advice of the world's greatest golfers.
8 Min Read
November 12, 2023
The rise of artists launching their own companies has changed the way golfers use wall art that impresses their co-workers on Zoom.
Now Reading
Five great golf destinations for this fall