Covered bridges, white birches and 300-year-old towns are utterly charming, but not everyone can make it to New England for an autumn golf getaway. The good news? The Mid-Atlantic and the upper reaches of the South offer golf experiences that will appeal to the most demanding lovers of foliage. Here are the greens to play if you want to take in the reds, yellows and oranges.
1. Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Va. ($75-$195; 540-839-1766, thehomestead.com)
Thanks to the Allegheny Mountains, both of the Homestead's courses dazzle in autumn. The Cascades is slashed with rushing brooks and sidehill lies, while the milder Old features alluring views of the hotel's white clock tower.
2. Greenbrier Resort [Greenbrier Course], White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. ($155-$225, 855-453-4858, greenbrier.com)
This sturdy 1977 Jack Nicklaus redesign is a fall-color fiesta. The Greenbrier Course now looks up to its PGA Tour sibling, the Old White TPC, but it's $80 to $100 less and features the same setting of maples, oaks and pines.
3. Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, W. Va. ($52-$72; 304-572-6500, snowshoemtn.com)
This 1993 Gary Player design might be his best for autumnal action. With nine holes winding through hardwoods and lakes, and the other featuring wild elevation changes, the Raven is a kaleidoscopic fall experience.
4. Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, N.C. ($85-$160; 800-438-5800, groveparkinn.com)
Ten presidents and countless golf legends have sampled the charms of this Blue Ridge Mountain property in western North Carolina. The Donald Ross design isn't his toughest, but it boasts sufficient brawn and maximum beauty in the fall.
5. Linville Golf Club, Linville, N.C. ($125; 800-742-6717, eseeola.com)
Open to guests of the Eseeola Lodge, Linville is a 1924 Donald Ross configuration that embodies classic mountain golf. Trout-filled Grandmother Creek comes into play on 14 of the 18 holes, notably at the 472-yard par-4 third.
6. Sequoyah National at Harrah's Cherokee Hotel & Casino, Whittier, N.C. ($65-$91; 828-497-3000, sequoyahnational.com)
This five-year-old RTJ II/Notah Begay design 45 minutes west of Asheville punishes wayward shots but rewards with dramatic elevation changes. If the forced carries beat you up, lift your spirits on the outdoor clubhouse deck, which affords compelling mountain views.
7. The Highland Course at Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan, Va. ($135-$220; 866-953-8058, primland.com)
Deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, 20 miles north of the North Carolina border, the Highland Course is draped across mountain peaks and valleys along a River Dan gorge. Architect Donald Steel also outfitted the layout with deep bunkers and closely mown green surrounds that require precise approaches. At 3,000 feet elevation, the fall color palette is rich.