Golf Courses under the Big Sky

What better way to spend a gorgeous warm day than on a pristine golf course? When one thinks of Montana they may not think of great golfing, but Montana is very lucky to have championship courses with gorgeous views, that are without crowds, and that remain challenging to even those with the lowest handicaps. Grab the clubs and make the rounds to the Montana links!

Big Sky, Montana Golf Courses

Big Sky Golf Course

Big Sky Golf Couse

Big Sky Resort Golf Course
Combine classic links-style golf and the stunning natural beauty of Big Sky country to witness a golf experience like no other: the award winning scenic 18 hole par-72 golf course at Big Sky Resort. The Arnold Palmer course is 6,500 feet above sea level, offering long drives and spectacular views. Winding along the wildlife-rich banks of the West Fork of the scenic Gallatin River, tee up with deer, moose, and other wildlife as your gallery.


Yellowstone Club
The 18-hole “Yellowstone” course at the Yellowstone Golf Club facility features 7,300 yards of golfing from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the Yellowstone golf course opened in 2005. Yellowstone Golf Club offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Yellowstone Golf Club difficult yet friendly. Enjoy the incredible views of Lone Peak!


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Spanish Peaks Signature Hole

Spanish Peaks
This course is a masterpiece of mountain design. Situated on 300 acres that utilize a true mountain golf experience. This course will test your ability on the fairway and the greens. Located at 7,000 feet elevation, there is abundant wildlife and views of several mountain ranges. The Spanish Peaks course has excellent playability and keeps every golfer having fun.


Reserve at Moonlight Basin
The Reserve is a par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that blends 8000 yards of nature-inspired golfing into an arresting high-elevation setting. As one of Jack Nicklaus’s finest alpine golf creations, each of the course’s 18 holes perfectly frames an array of unique vistas. The course’s PGA Professional, Greg Wagner, is on hand to help members take their game to the next level with specialized clinics, tournaments, and private instruction.


Bozeman, Montana Golf Courses

Black Bull Run
Tom Weiskopf, former British Open champion, and award-winning golf course architect, designed an amazing 19-hole, 7200 yard, par-72 championship course for Black Bull Community that is ultimately challenging yet eminently playable. In this signature ‘modified links’ style course, Tom has woven together native landscaping, an abundance of water features, and breathtaking backdrops to ensure each hole has a strong identity. He considers the bunker layout as being, “reminiscent of the style that was prevalent during the turn of the 20th century.”


Cottonwood Hills
Established in 1984, Cottonwood Hills is the Gallatin Valley’s finest and foremost club open to the public. Admire the endless natural beauty and staggering mountain views while testing your skills on our 7,053 yard Premier Course, or delve into the game on the valley’s only 1,181 yard Executive par-3, perfect for the beginner and short game artist alike.


Anaconda, Montana Golf Course

Old Works
A Jack Nicklaus Signature designed course, the Old Works Golf Course has been reborn on the site of Anaconda’s historic century old copper smelter. Jack Nicklaus incorporated many historic relics in his signature design. With its affordability, course conditioning and friendly service, Old Works has built a reputation as one of the premiere daily fee golf experiences in the Northwest region.


Interested in gorgeous properties in Montana near a golf course? Or simply want to chat about golfing in Montana? Reach out to realtor and broker associate, Allison Gilley at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty: 406-672-6115 and

Horseback Riding in Southwest Montana

blog_horsebackFor over one hundred years Montanans have been exploring the great “Big Sky” state on horseback. While most horseback riding has become a pleasure sport and activity, many people still rely on these majestic creatures for backcountry travel and ranch work. Horses are an integral part of Montana’s history and, as long as there are wide-open spaces, they will continue to be a part of the culture long into the future.

Allison Gilley, a Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty agent with over twenty years of real estate experience, has been riding horses her entire life. Gilley says, “Montana is a very friendly horseback riding state with plenty of public land to ride. Also, many private properties are perfect for horseback riding. Montana even has entire subdivisions that are equestrian friendly with private trails and corrals.” Gilley loves the freedom to explore vast amounts of trails and landscapes in a short amount of time while horseback riding. She says learning to ride is a wonderful experience for an individual or an entire family, and Montana has plenty of professional companies who offer lessons for beginners to expert equestrians, such as Jake’s Horses (,) or Lone Mountain Ranch (,) both in Big Sky.

If you are ready to start exploring the possibility of owning your very own slice of Montana, Gilley has exceptional horse properties available across the state, ready for your horses and adventuring spirit:

920 Beaver Creek Rd, Big Sky, MT
• 157 Lower Luther Rd, Red Lodge, MT
• 83 Blachard Butte Rd, Roberts, MT
• Lot 3 Fowler SUBD, Roberts, MT
• 75 Lower Luther Road

Whether you want to ride leisurely in the summer, take a clinic from the Montana-native “Horse Whisperer” Buck Brannaman, or go “loping through fresh powder snow on a blue bird day,” like Gilley, your perfect Montana escape awaits. Call Allison Gilley at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty to inquire about properties or chat about her love of horseback riding: 406.995.2221.

Affordable Transportation to Big Sky Montana

Transportation from Bozeman to Big Sky

Need a lift with your bike or skis to Big Sky, Montana? Sit back and enjoy the ride with affordable transportation from Bozeman to Big Sky, Montana.

It’s a gorgeous ride through the canyon from Bozeman to Big Sky; but if you have to make the trip frequently, you don’t have reliable transportation, or you just don’t want to get behind the wheel on a wintry day – the Skyline Bus offers excellent and affordable options for both commuters and vacationers alike.

It’s a gorgeous ride through the canyon from Bozeman to Big Sky; but if you have to make the trip frequently, you don’t have reliable transportation, or you just don’t want to get behind the wheel on a wintry day – the Skyline Bus offers excellent and affordable options for both commuters and vacationers alike.

From Bozeman to Big Sky – and Back
The Link Express operates seven days a week during the summer and winter seasons, and makes multiple trips from Big Sky to Bozeman daily. Frequent travelers would be wise to Skyline Bus Passes, which is a screaming deal at three dollars per round-trip. Purchase the 10-ride-pass ($30) and get one free trip; or the 20 ride pass ($60) and get three free trips. There is also a 5 ride pass option for $15.

Even better, these multi-use bus passes are transferable, which means you are welcome to hand over your pass to a friend or family member for the day, or use one pass for two riders. Skyline Buses are equipped with bike and ski racks, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

An important note: Passes cannot be purchased from Skyline bus drivers, so plan ahead. If you forget to purchase a pass in advance, drivers will accept a cash fare of $5.

Bus passes are available from the following merchants in Bozeman and Big Sky:

Bob Ward & Sons, Chalet Sports, Gallatin Valley Mall office, Joe’s Parkway, Rosauers, Round House, Town & Country Foods (campus location), Exxon / Casey’s Corner, Big Sky Owner’s Association in Meadow Village; Big Sky Resort, Country Market in the Meadow Village Center; Hungry Moose Market & Deli; Moonlight Basin.

Getting around Big Sky
Once you get to Big Sky, service is free. The Canyon-Mountain route goes from the Rainbow Ranch to Moonlight Lodge, with multiple stops in-between. Buses operate seven days a week during the summer and winter seasons.

Off-season schedule
The off-season bus schedule is April 20-June 4 and Sept. 14-Nov. 22. Skyline Buses are not as active during these times; but the Link-Express still offers service Monday through Friday from Bozeman to Big Sky. Those needing service in the Big Sky area can schedule a free ride by calling 406-995-6287 in advance.

Summer schedule
Beginning June 5, The Link Express offers four trips to Big Sky daily; and the Canyon-Mountain bus resumes regular service around Big Sky. Big Sky local service is on-demand during unscheduled times or to non-scheduled locations is still available by reservation. Summer service ends Sept. 13. For Routes & Schedules Big Sky and downloadable maps, go to

Connecting routes
If you’re visiting Bozeman, the Skyline Bus connects with Bozeman’s free Streamline service at the Montana State University stop. The Streamline provides service all around Bozeman as well as to Livingston and Belgrade. Skyline also connects with Greyhound service in Belgrade.

Other options
If you prefer private service or need transportation to the Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport, Big Sky Taxi offers group and individual shuttle service by reservation. Big Sky Taxi can accommodate large and small groups and offers luxury service for the discriminating traveler. Private tours of Yellowstone are also available.

For an instant rate lookup, go to Karst Stage also offers daily shuttle service to and from the airport, as well as chartered van, bus and mini-bus service for groups of all sizes.

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