You can see it now: a perfect shot against a backdrop of the dramatic peaks of Glacier National Park. The area around Glacier boasts varied golf courses, from the rustic mountain course near West Glacier to the world-class course near Whitefish Lake.
And a local’s tip—golfing Glacier country is not pretentious at all. It's relaxed, casual and fun. You’ll see people in T-shirts and shorts heading out for a round. Tee off in front of the sweeping vistas and massive peaks of Glacier and find a course that matches any price range and level of play.
1. Glacier View Golf Course, West Glacier
Swing in for 18 holes at the locals’ favorite, Glacier View Golf Course. Sitting just outside the west entrance to the national park, the course is par 69—a short course but still a fun challenge. The rolling greens are well maintained (and deceptively challenging!). You can spend an afternoon on the course, playing 18 holes for $32.
After the game, stop by Freda’s in West Glacier for a beer and scoot on back to your West Glacier lodging of choice—we recommend the brand-new West Glacier RV Park & Cabins.
Photo: Grab a pint at Freda's after playing a round in West Glacier.
2. Whitefish Lake Golf Course, Whitefish
A ‘must’ for playing in Whitefish, the Whitefish Lake Golf Course features views of the lake, PGA golf pros available for lessons, and a driving range if you’re short on time.
This world-class course has both a north and south course, and at peak season rates, it comes in at $63 for full play (18 holes), but you can get the ‘twilight rate’ of $40 by starting after 2 PM since it stays light until 10 PM during Montana summers. Call ahead to book if you’re golfing peak season!
To make that early tee time easier, stay at Grouse Mountain Lodge, located directly on the west side of the course.
Photo: The world-class Whitefish Lake Golf Course is renowned and popular.
3. Glacier Park Lodge Golf Course, East Glacier
Get the whole crew out for nine holes on this fun course on the east side of the park. The oldest grass green in Montana (it was built in 1928 by the Great Northern Railway), the course is located on the grounds of the historic Glacier Park Lodge and will only set you back $40 for nine holes with a cart. It’s a par 27 course—a good time for everyone!
Playing the Glacier Park Lodge course is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon outside soaking in the views with the whole family. Where to stay on the east side? Right at Glacier Park Lodge, of course!
Photo: The historic links at Glacier Park Lodge are truly unique.
4. Meadow Lake Golf Course, Columbia Falls
Golf Digest recently rated Meadow Lake a 4 ½ star course, and one of the top four public play courses in Montana. The par 72 course runs $58 for 18-holes—not bad, considering the accolades the course has received.
Drain the putt, take in the views, have a beer at the patio pub, and head back to your hotel—maybe staying at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish or West Glacier Village (Apgar Village is a good bet, too). Columbia Falls is just between Glacier National Park and Whitefish, so wherever you stay, it's easy to get to!