Meadow Lake Resort in Columbia Falls
Although spring has sprung in fits and starts in Montana, it's safe to say that golf season is officially here.
Montana is blessed with natural beauty, and our golf courses are wonderful reflections of that scenic splendor. And the best part about golf in Montana is that most of the courses are public. So, whether you're looking to get in nine holes after work or a leisurely 18 on a beautiful Montana golf course, we present a review of Montana's best golf courses and Montana providers of golf accessories.
Meadow Lake Resort/Columbia Falls, Montana
Notched out of the forests near Glacier National Park, Meadow Lake Golf Course is a joy to play and a treat for the senses.
The 18-hole course winds through dense forests, through meadows and streams. Accuracy off the tee box, therefore, is crucial. The course doesn't have a ton of elevation changes (slope rating), so you won't find yourself climbing hills and valleys. Meadow Lake requires you to think. Shot placement is crucial from tee to green, so you might find yourself using irons off the tee just to keep your ball in play.
A demanding par four, (above) the 11th at Meadow Lake Resort (David Reese photo/Montana Living)
The sixth hole at Meadow Lake Resort in Columba Falls is a par three, downhill to a target green fronted by a creek. (David Reese photo/Montana Living)
Looking from the restaurant deck to the ninth hole at Meadow Lake Resort in Columba Falls. (David Reese photo/Montana Living)
As a full-service resort, Meadow Lake also offers a spa, fine dining restaurant, home rentals, hotel rooms and condos. The resort is just a short drive to Glacier Park International Airport, with Kalispell and Whitefish just minutes away.
With Glacier National Park just a 30-minute drive from Meadow Lake, you can enjoy golfing ... and Glacier Park ... all in a day.
On the Web: https://meadowlakegolf.com/
Montana made golf gear from Sun Mountain Sports
Let’s face it, part of golf is the opportunity to style.
Now, maybe that isn’t part of your game or strike your fancy, but today’s golf wear and equipment lets you be as stylish as you want.
We tried the new Mid Stripe golf bag from Sun Mountain Sports in Missoula, Montana. We chose a retro green to try out, as it reflects our fifty-something editor’s nod to the ‘70s.
Sun Mountain used a vinyl fabric that keeps your clubs and accessories dry, even this spring when we golfed in the rain. The backpack straps allow for comfortable carrying, if that’s your gig, and an easy-to-operate leg system.The bag has ample pockets, including a double velour-lined pocket for your shades and phone.
Other features of the Mid Stripe bag are:
- A full-length apparel pocket, two velour-lined valuables pockets, and a beverage pouch.
- Nice, big zippers for quick access during your round
- A single strap is available as an accessory if you would like strap options. The straps have quick-release buckles so straps can be changed in seconds.
- Comes with a box of twenty-five 3 1/4” matching wood tees (Nice touch!)
- Chrome plate that can be customized with initials
- Matching rainhood included
Sun Mountain’s products are made in Missoula, where their team can custom embroider your bag with corporate logos or team.
Check out the bags at sunmountain.com