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Discover Basin Harbor, which is a historic lodge on the shores of Lake Champlain named for explorer Samuel de Champlain.

Play one of Vermont’s finest historic golf courses and experience the only lakeside course in the Green Mountain State at the Golf Club at Basin Harbor.

Guests at Basin Harbor enjoy access to the course at the Golf Club at Basin Harbor in Vergennes, Vermont. Basin Harbor opened to guests in 1886 and was inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 1999. Golf at Basin Harbor dates to 1916 when the owner of the Basin Harbor resort, Allen Penfield Beach, constructed three or four holes. A.P., as he was commonly known as, drew on inspiration from his winter visits to Florida and building the golf course was a way to attract more guests from the cities of New York and Boston.

The original course at Basin Harbor was installed in 1927 and designed by Alex ‘Nipper’ Campbell, a famous golf player from Scotland and most famous for his five top-10 finishes in the United States Open in the early 20th century. While most the original holes designed by Campbell have changed in some fashion of the years, two of the holes no longer exist in any configuration. The green complex for the original fourth hole, a short par three, sat right next to the resort pool, and when taken out of the routing by Cornish, served as the short game practice area for a number of years. (Many errant tee shots from the fourth hole found their way into the resort pool over the years.) The hotel hired another Scottish professional golfer by the name of Danny Wilson in 1927. Wilson served as the first Head Golf Professional and was part of Basin Harbor for some 50 years.

The course was redesigned twice in the twentieth century: first by golf course architect William Mitchell in 1955, another famous golfer from Scotland, who expanded the course to 18 holes, and then again by world-renowned architect Geoffrey Cornish in the 1980s. It retains some of its original Campbell holes, nearly 100 years old. Cornish is credited for building the existing seventh hole while, among other design features, rerouting the existing eleventh hole to accommodate the construction of the practice facility.

While the golf course has seen many iterations in the past 100 years, it still maintains its Golden Age charm with gentle rolling fairways and fescue-framed green complexes. The course was the first in Vermont to become a sanctioned Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Golf Course, a program that is dedicated to preserving natural resources and enhancing wildlife habitats. This beautiful lakeside course serves as the perfect complement to any family resort vacation or corporate retreat. The Basin Harbor Golf practice facility offers a grass practice tee and putting green for warming up. Golfers can hit three different elevated greens, practice chipping, pitching, lob shots, and bunker play, or work on putting. Today, Basin Harbor's 18-hole championship course is a delight for any golfer with its rolling terrain, well-placed bunkers, beautiful trees, contoured fairways, and friendly service.


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