Have you ever tried to find a straight east/west route across Vermont? It’s impossible. If there was a straight interstate across Vermont, it would take about 15 minutes to cross the state. Don’t get me wrong, the winding routes are beautiful, but if you need to make a tee time and have to cross the border from New York, you better leave early. We did, and GPS finally got us to our destination. As senior citizens our thoughts are always – how did we get anywhere before GPS?
We pulled into the Bomoseen Golf Club parking lot and looked at the hill leading to the green at Hole #1 and decided to take a cart today rather than walk. After seeing four tee shots hammered up the hill, this course should be renamed – Seen-a-Bomb!
The wide fairway on the opening hole allows for you to hopefully ease your way into the round. There are many trees lining the right side, so easy on that wild slice of yours. The crowned green will test your approach shot at this par 5.
Hole #2 is a par 3 from an elevated tee box. A nice looking hole but you better choose the right club. Hole #3 is a dogleg right with a small ditch that runs down the left side. A lot of trees out there and so far the course has been beautiful.
Hole #4 is like a little sister to hole #1. It’s uphill; tree trouble to the right; really uphill (glad we have carts today); and a ditch that runs through the fairway. It’s just much shorter (283 yards) than #1. Hole #5 is a 268 yard par 4 from an elevated tee box. Your approach shot needs to be long to avoid the nasty bunker fronting the green. Hard to miss the fairway at the sixth hole. It’s a straight wide landing area with glimpses of Lake Bomoseen starting to come into view.
Going uphill again at Hole #7. Once again the fairway is very receptive to any mildly wild shots. We are now standing on top of the hill at Hole #8 with a nice view of the lake down below. These next two sentences are very important, so please pay close attention! There are a few big trees that separate the eighth and first fairways. The eighth goes to the right! Two of our foursome were aiming down the left to the first fairway. Luckily both had “good” slices on their drives and did end up in the correct fairway by mistake. Hole #9 is a 132 yard par 3 over water. The fox at the tee box, and the coyote at the green didn’t move or seemed fazed by our trespassing on their territory.
Rating – Ace (50 out of 60): This course was well worth the two hour drive on the small New York/Vermont roads to get there. The course was in wonderful shape; the pro staff was excellent; we loved the views and elevation changes on the course; and of course, the fox and coyote were not real.
To complete our day, we retraced our route back to North Creek, NY for a railbiking tour with the Revolution Rail Company. We biked the North Bridge Run which takes riders (yes you have to do your own peddling) on a 7 mile trip along the Hudson River, then over a trestle bridge, before peddling back to the launch point. It’s a fun trip through the Adirondack Mountains and will definitely get your heart pumping. With four senior citizens peddling, I am glad to say we completed the trip with no heart attacks or serious injuries. We live to golf the next day!
111 Prospect Point Rd., Castleton, VT 05735; 802-468-5581; www.bomoseengolfclub.business.site