Most people don’t think of Montana when they think of destination golf locations. Arizona, Hawaii, Califorina—even New Jersey might have more famous golf courses than Montana does, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some courses worth visiting right in our own back yard. And you might think the gates and membership prices are prohibitive, but you’ll be surprised by who are opening their doors.

Stock Farm Club

Located in western Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, the Stock Farm Club is as dedicated to the landscape and culture of Montana as it is to the pleasures of club activities. The idyllic location, with panoramas decorated by mountains and wildlife, offers ample opportunity for fly fishing and horseback riding as well as skiing and shooting clays. Their championship golf course, designed by Tom Fazio and renovated in 2018, boasts views of the Sapphire Mountains. As they say on their website, “Yes, our members would like to keep Stock Farm a secret, but we invite you to reach out and inquire about the opportunities of membership.”

Black Bull

For the more modern and less rustic crowd, Black Bull is a golf community with luxury real estate in a town described as a “mountainside mecca” by Travel + Leisure magazine. Bozeman has been Montana’s hot spot for real estate for a long time now, but Black Bull is creating a community that will appeal to locals and transplants alike. The PGA tour practice facilities will attract serious golfers, and for the first time, Black Bull is offering golf and social memberships to non-property owners. Couple that with the amazing outdoor activities Bozeman is known for and you could have a world-class vacation only hours from home.

Old Works

“Rich in history, high on fun.” Possibly one of the most authentically “Montana” courses you could find is the Old Works built on a copper smelter in Anaconda, Montana. Part round of golf, part history tour, patrons will golf on the land that was once used for the smelter, and in places will see the remains of Upper Works. The rusted structures that dot the property look more like art than equipment. With tee times specifically for Montana residents and tournaments for both amateurs and pros, it’s a course worth trying at least once.