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Dorset Field Club

Dorset, VT Private

Overview

Dorset Field Club, founded in 1886, boasts itself to be the oldest continuously operated golf club in the United States. (Though a few other courses also make that claim, we won't get into that argument.) For years it was a nine-hole course, but in 1999 the major project to make the course 18 holes was completed by Vermont designer Steve Durkee. Don’t let the yardage on the card fool you, Dorset is plenty of a test. Several tight landing areas, beautiful yet penal fescue and quick, undulating greens that keep you thinking are a few features that will make you forget the course is 6,240 yards. Of all the holes, No. 16 will likely be the one you’ll play in your head over and over again on your drive home. The lone par 5 on the back nine features a 90-degree dogleg and a green surrounded by picturesque birches. The risk-reward opportunity here could leave you trying to cut across the hole, over a deep, waterless hazard, or dutifully playing around the corner, wondering if you could’ve gotten home in two. You’ll find Dorset in perpetually excellent condition, and throughout the round your eyes will be pulled upwards to take in the mountain views that surround the course.

About

Holes 18
Length 6168
Slope 124
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1886

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Best in State: Ranked in Top 5 in Vermont since 2017.
2023-'24 ranking: 3rd.
Previous ranking: 3rd.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

3.8

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.5768
Character
6.8358
Challenge
6.4169
Layout Variety
6.6287
Fun
6.9467
Aesthetics
6.9633
Conditioning
6.8082

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