2. Taconic Golf Club, Williamstown, MA; 413-458-3997, taconicgolf.com
Abutting the postcard perfect campus of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., Taconic blends heart-of-the-Berkshires charm with superb shotmaking challenges to earn a No. 41 ranking on GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play. Trivia buffs: 16-year-old Jack Nicklaus aced the par-3 14th hole in a practice round at the 1956 U.S. Junior Amateur. Still, it’s the 470-yard, downhill, par-4 11th that will set your camera clicking.