It makes sense to head to the western part of the state in autumn, where the landscape comes alive with dazzling fall foliage.

Your first stop might be Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, which requires a bit of a journey but is well worth the effort. Crafted from the natural beauty of the land, few New England courses offer more dazzling vistas or pristine conditions. Named after the majestic red-tailed hawks that soar over the property, the course meanders among numerous streams and ponds, while the terrain features maples, birches, oaks and pines, along with tall grasses and sands reminiscent of coastal layouts.

Deeper into the Berkshires is Taconic Golf Club, located on the campus of Williams College in Williamstown. This historic course opened in 1896 and was renovated in 2009 by Gil Hanse, architect for the course being used at the Rio Summer Olympic Games. Taconic is a jewel, with dramatic elevation changes and commanding views. Take note of the engraved rock behind the tee at the par-3 14th that commemorates a hole-in-one made by Jack Nicklaus during the 1956 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.


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