Escape the oppressive heat of summer at the lakeside setting of Lake Morey Resort. Surrounded by Vermont’s majestic Green Mountains, Lake Morey Resort is the perfect retreat to rejuvenate your mind, body and game. Here, championship golf is just beyond the front door with a 600 acre, sparkling, spring-fed lake out back.
Lake Morey Country Club, a full service 18-hole course, has been the home of the Vermont Open for over 50 years. Originally designed by Geoffrey Cornish and redesigned by Avery, Ross and Smith, it has been in operation since 1929. The par 70, 6024-yard course features a choice of three tee boxes with a rating/slope range of 69.4/120 from the tips, and 68.2/118 from the front tees. Don’t let the yardage fool you – the very narrow fairways, lined with spruce trees from tee to green, demand accuracy and precision. The front nine holes start out easy with fairly flat fairways which lead to a more challenging rolling, back nine that have spectacular water vistas. Many holes have elevated and multi-tiered greens that are guarded by strategically placed bunkers. The cluster of greenside bunkers (on just about every hole), far outnumber fairway bunkers. Water hazards (4 lakes) come into play on six holes with the most challenging appearing on the back nine par 3’s. Water holes #7, #11, #15, and #17, mostly par 3’s, are the most picturesque on the course, offering challenging carries over water and a nice break from the monotony of the long, narrow fairways found on the front nine. Ladies will find that they do not have much of a distance advantage on most par 4’s and par 5’s on this course. However, thank the “golf gods” for giving us a considerable distance advantage on the par 3 water holes on the back nine! Yardage distances on the par 3’s from the men’s tees range from 119-232; distance for the ladies range from 83-115 yards. A-la-carte golf rates for 2010…very affordable: 18 holes –weekdays $34; weekends/holidays -$43; special rates for seniors (over 55), evening rates (after 3:00) – $23; after 4:30 -$16.
Lake Morey Resort, a family-friendly venue, offers a variety of activities for all ages. They offer a slew of boating and lake activities…water-skiing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboats and fishing. Other amenities include indoor/outdoor pools with Jacuzzi, tennis, racquetball, basketball, horseshoes, billiards, ping-pong, hiking, bicycling and a lighted putting green. Movies are shown nightly in their own theater, and live entertainment and dancing are offered most evenings in their Steamboat Lounge, overlooking the lake. The resort’s main dining room offers beautiful lake views and “new American cuisine”. Their chef crafts a variety of creative dishes using local Vermont produce when in season and will accommodate special dietary requests. If you’re looking to rejuvenate your body with indoor exercise then step into their sports center complete with Vision Fitness equipment and a full line of cardiovascular machines. If pampering is your game or you need to rejuvenate your body after that strenuous round of golf, hiking, or bicycling then a visit to the Waters Spa is a must. Choose from individual treatments or indulge in a spa package. Services include facials, pedicures, manicures, and different types of massage such as Swedish, deep tissue, aromatherapy, prenatal and sports massage.
The Resort offers a variety of accommodations ranging from three types of guestrooms, multi-chambered junior suites and the more luxurious Avery suites, which feature expansive rooms, free-standing Jacuzzi tub with a panoramic view of the lake. Room rates vary according to season, length of stay, room location, and meal plan. Select from the Modified American Plan (MAP), which includes lodging, full breakfasts and dinners, greens fees, as well as unlimited use of most amenities; or choose the European Plan (EP), which includes lodging only and pay-as-you-go. They offer some great summer specials and 3-night weekend packages. Check out their upcoming Labor Day 3-night package: 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts and 4 days use of all the Resort’s standard amenities including complimentary greens
fees – rates range from $392-$487 per person, based on room choice.
Here are a few area attractions worth visiting:
Quechee Gorge & Village (25 min. from resort): Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon” with beautiful vistas 162’ above the Ottauquechee River with hiking/walking trails along the mile long chasm. Sugarbush Farm (30 min. from resort): Famous for their Vermont Cheese and pure Maple Syrup…visit the sugarhouse and learn how maple syrup is made. Simon Pearce Glass (35 min. from resort): Watch the renowned, hand-blown glass and handmade pottery being created.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?