Power Rankings: Goose Pond Colony leads the top-rated golf courses for October

October is a month of transition for many golf destinations. Northern regions experience a changing of the fall colors and cooler temperatures, while many of the top Southern destinations are impacted by fall over-seeding and maintenance procedures.

The result is that there are many courses in the top 10 in October that are new and not part of the major golf destinations we normally highlight. The top spot for the month is the Lake Course at Goose Pond Colony, which like many of the courses it's near, provides excellent value and friendly service. Set along the Tennessee River, the resort features the original Lake Course, built in 1971, and a newer Plantation Course which opened in 1994. It's the latest course to be recognized in lesser known northern Alabama, which is a curiously good golf getaway, according to our reviews (Gunter's Landing Golf Club in Guntersville, Ala. is a top under-$50 pick and a fixture in our best-of lists).

You can view the remainder of the top 10 below, which includes courses in all four corners of the country as well as one still enjoying the warmer-than-usual fall climes in Ontario.

Top 10 golf courses of the month

Scottsboro, Ala.

Laconia, Ind.

Howey in the Hills, Fla.

Pahrump, Nev.

Barrington, Ill.

Elizabeth City, N.C.

St. Augustine, Fla.

Corbyville, Ontario, Canada

Sedona, Ariz.

Boerne, Texas

Reviewer photo of the month

While Long Island's Bethpage State Park gets most of the attention, golfers who make the trip to the far eastern end of Long Island are in for another treat: Montauk Downs, another state park course that provides a great escape from the Big Apple:

Review of the month

We're talking about Las Vegas golf this week, as the city hosts the Shriners Open on the PGA Tour. In our article that determines the best time of year to play in Las Vegas, we also looked at which courses receive the best value ratings from golfer. One of the best is Mountain Falls, which is a little bit of a drive from the strip, but golfers claim to hit jackpot time and time again. User wokimi awarded his first five-star review out of 14 to Mountain Falls, and had this to say about his round in early October:

As an out-of-towner, I enjoy meeting new players, and today's round found me grouped up with 3 others who made my day very enjoyable. All of us had played Mountain Falls previously, if only a few times, and we all agreed that the course conditions, scenic beauty and value made the drive from Las Vegas well worth the time. An outstanding staff — from the person who brought a cart to my car, to the pro shop attendant, to the gentleman who met me at the end of the round to take care of the cart (who expressed an interest in how I played and thanked me for visiting), the exceptional staff makes this a hands-down winner. I get it that the distance from LV can be inconvenient, but on a day like today where time was not an issue for me, any tossup decisions would definitely fall in favor of Mountain Falls. They have big-screen GPS monitors that offer not only distance indicators, but also helpful tips (like any of us can really control what side of the fairway we hit!!). My only difficulties came when I failed to read the tips (it really did say "dogleg right, even though I executed the perfect shot for a left turn). There are a couple of holes where you have to decide if you can carry the sand/water or take the layup shot — it's fun if you make it, and still a laugh if you don't (no money riding on this game). Highly recommended!
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.
Related Links
From the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail to the Gulf Coast, these were Alabama's 10 best courses in 2015.
1 Min Read
From Michigan to Myrtle Beach, buddies trips will find great courses and exceptional value at these 10 best budget golf destinations.
3 Min Read
Yes, a vacation at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey in the Hills, Florida removes you from the hubbub of Orlando -- and that's precisely the point.
3 Min Read
More from the author
5 Min Read
December 7, 2021
It may be the private club capital of Florida, but golfers endorse these public-access courses.
4 Min Read
December 3, 2021
It's never been easier to design custom hats, golf balls, clubs, headcovers and more.
2 Min Read
November 30, 2021
It's possible this little ditty finds you scooping up the last bit of cranberry pie crumbs out of the tray. Thanksgiving may have passed but the effects of celebratory eating around the table, and also possibly social imbibing during all the various football games throughout the weekend, are sticking with us. To our bellies and elsewhere.
4 Min Read
November 23, 2021
We scoured the web of golf and found holiday savings up to 50% off.
12 Min Read
November 18, 2021
Golfers can choose from a wide variety of portable launch monitor price points and user experiences. Here is what's new and the best ones to consider to improve your golf.
7 Min Read
November 9, 2021
Our community loves the value and experience at these popular and affordable military facilities and even book online.
2 Min Read
April 28, 2022
Famous, historic and exclusive clubs are all offering rounds to help with turf research in 2022.
6 Min Read
May 9, 2022
Here's how to play - and stay - where the pros play.
9 Min Read
May 12, 2022
Sensei Lanai, a Four Seasons Resort, can help golfers get in better shape - physically, mentally and emotionally - on and off the course.
1 Min Read
April 21, 2022
This new heavyweight just might be the king of all golf books.
Load More
Now Reading
Power Rankings: Goose Pond Colony leads the top-rated golf courses for October