Power Rankings: Best destinations to visit this October

Reviewer 'Smckeen' submitted this twilight image from New Hampshire's North Conway Golf Club.

October is a sneaky-good month for a golf trip. Let me explain:

It's the last month before the clocks fall back, thus giving sleepy-heads more daylight for afternoon rounds.

Shoulder season rates are in play so you can find some pretty good deals.

The temperature drops all over, making courses more comfortable to walk, especially in the south.

It's also the last month before the holidays kick in and family travel commitments may hamper your bandwidth for a buddies escape.

Just heed caution in a few ways: it can be a bad month to play in desert destinations that overseed heavily, and if you book a trip too far north, you could be prone to early cold fronts or even snow spells.

By looking at our top-rated course in September we can get a glimpse of what destinations and courses are faring well right now. I looked at the ratings from the month, about 15,000, to look for little clusters of over-performing golf courses around the U.S. Whether you want a trip in the north or south, east or west, you should be able to find an affordable last-minute escape here. Some of these courses and destinations are partners with Golf Advisor and we have partner offers or golf packages to share on our site, and we've included the best we have below to help get your trip planning started.

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  1. Western New York

    Western New York boasts a mix of great resorts like Turning Stone as well as off-the-beaten-path daily-fee courses. This is another destination where the miles in the car fly by thanks to pleasant fall scenery.

    Trending Western New York courses
    Verona, New York
    Public/Resort
    4.9321294118
    25
    Vernon, New York
    Public/Resort
    4.7360882353
    32
    Churchville, New York
    Public
    4.2369882353
    225
    Canandaigua, New York
    Resort
    4.8126285714
    73

  2. New Hampshire - Vermont

    Fall foliage doesn't get much better than in New England. We found a quartet of New Hampshire courses rating very well right now, as well as another just across the border in Vermont. Charge those cameras.

    Trending NH -VT courses
    Francestown, New Hampshire
    Resort
    4.1879294118
    223
    Greenland, New Hampshire
    Semi-Private
    4.5913176471
    327
    North Conway, New Hampshire
    Semi-Private
    4.5607117647
    121
    Atkinson, New Hampshire
    Resort
    4.8719058824
    50
    Brattleboro, Vermont
    Semi-Private
    4.0064166667
    53

  3. North Georgia

    Courses into the mountains of North Georgia boast some higher altitude to help cool off the fairways. Great value also abounds at such consistently high-rated picks like Arrowhead Pointe, a top state park course.

    Trending North Georgia courses
    Royston, Georgia
    Public
    4.4624529412
    376
    Elberton, Georgia
    Municipal
    4.5697411765
    468
    Blairsville, Georgia
    Public
    4.5369764706
    383

  4. Northern Alabama

    Fall is a legendary time for solid value golf trips and northern Alabama is proof positive. You can enjoy fantastic layouts for less whether on or off the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

    Trending Alabama courses
    Guntersville, Alabama
    Semi-Private
    4.7610823529
    263
    Oxford, Alabama
    Public
    4.4805411765
    166
    Prattville, Alabama
    Public
    4.8797882353
    68
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Public
    3.7120411765
    33

  5. Sacramento

    It's seldom a bad time for golf in NoCal but you'll find great weather and conditions at relative bargain courses in the Sacramento area, anchored by the casino & resort course Yocha Dehe.

    Trending Sacramento-area courses
    Ione, California
    Public
    4.1111764706
    471
    Patterson, California
    Public
    4.5097
    280
    Auburn, California
    Public
    4.4801411765
    599

  6. Richmond, Virginia

    Rave reviews keep coming in for the reborn Royal New Kent course, a briefly shuttered Mike Strantz design. It's not alone among top central Virginia layouts right now.

    Trending Richmond-area courses
    Powells Point, North Carolina
    Public/Resort
    4.3686058824
    123
    Providence Forge, Virginia
    Semi-Private
    4.7070647059
    441
    New Kent, Virginia
    Semi-Private
    4.4938529412
    711
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Semi-Private
    4.0203705882
    343

  7. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

    Inland North Carolina shines in the fall months. While Pinehurst is undoubtedly the main draw, value awaits around the cities. Several courses are earning high marks around Raleigh, and bragging rights go to N.C. State's Lonnie Poole among public-access collegiate facilities.

    Trending Raleigh-Durham courses
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Semi-Private
    4.4735647059
    553
    Clayton, North Carolina
    Semi-Private
    4.1385941176
    217

  8. Ocean City, Maryland

    It's a great time of year for golf in Ocean City. This jampacked destination represents a convenient drive-to getaway for eastern seaboard golf seekers.

    Trending Ocean City courses
    Long Neck, Delaware
    Public
    4.6295058824
    416
    Berlin, Maryland
    Public
    4.4161941176
    308
    Berlin, Maryland
    Public
    4.6479176471
    328

  9. Dallas-Forth Worth

    Football is the star in Texas these days but as the temperatures finally begin to drop around the Metroplex, golf spoils are to be had as well. Book a tee time during a Cowboys game and you could enjoy wide open fairways.

    Trending Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex courses
    Yantis, Texas
    Public
    4.7535176471
    196
    Gunter, Texas
    Semi-Private
    4.3061764706
    850
    Weatherford, Texas
    Public
    4.3954235294
    511

  10. Chicago

    Daily-fee and semi-private courses around Chicagoland of various price points continue to earn high marks as we head into the fall MIdwest season.

    Trending Chicagoland courses
    Chillicothe, Illinois
    Private
    4.0
    1
    Elgin, Illinois
    Public
    4.6287235294
    418
    West Chicago, Illinois
    Public
    4.6783529412
    446
    Grayslake, Illinois
    Public
    4.5093058824
    341
    Crystal Lake, Illinois
    Public
    4.413
    394

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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Power Rankings: Best destinations to visit this October