When autumn rolls in and the temperatures begin to drop, it becomes the perfect time to play a round of 18. Considering many of the United States’ best golf courses are located in coastal or desert climates, the summertime heat is often unbearable.

And that’s not to mention the increase in accommodation prices and amenity fees during the busy tourist season, as well as the bountiful foliage on display.

All in all, it seems like autumn is the best time to hit the course! Read on to discover some of America’s most famous courses and why they’re so special from September to November.

The Best Autumn Golf SpotscSunday River, Newry, Maine

Never underestimate the allure of autumn foliage in New England. Book a colorful excursion at Sunday River, Newry, Maine’s most beautiful course. Once built as a warm-weather activity for the nearby ski resort, Sunday River has become a premiere destination for experienced golfers from around the world. With cascading views of the Mahoosuc Range and Old Speck (Maine’s third-highest peak), you’ll feel like you’re in a post card from hole one to eighteen.

Scottsdale, Arizona

While temperatures scorch for most of the year, the golf courses in Scottsdale, Arizona are the perfect autumn escape. Besides beating the heat, you’ll save money, too. From cheaper accommodations to reduced rates for tee times, Scottsdale is a dream waiting to happen. Beware: during transitional times (such as October), many courses over-seed the grass. Come prepared to ignore a few yellow or brown spots to take advantage of the significantly reduced rates! Favorite courses in Scottsdale are: TPC Scottsdale, Silverado Golf Club, and Grayhawk Golf Club.

The Best Autumn Golf Spots

Streamsong Resort, Bowling Green, Florida

For a pristine golf experience, book nowhere else than Streamsong Resort’s Red Course. The challenging course rolls through diverse geography such as strikingly beautiful dunes, lakes, natural bunkers, and plenty of quaking seagrass. Designed by the legendary teams of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Streamsong Red is unlike anywhere else in the world. Reserve a tee time in autumn to take advantage of cool coastal winds, less crowds, and a perfectly relaxed atmosphere.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

As a classic beach destination, Myrtle Beach has plenty of golf courses to choose from as well. While the crowds collect three-rows-deep during spring and summer, the autumn becomes a seaside oasis. You’ll find reduced rates for everything after summer comes to a close, especially the closer you get to Thanksgiving. A few terrific courses near Myrtle Beach are Colonial Charters Golf Club, Burning Ridge Golf Club, and the Aberdeen Country Club.

The Best Autumn Golf Spots

Created by Mandy Burkholder