The Great Gorge golf course was originally built and opened in 1970 by Hugh Hefner and operated as the golf course for The Great Gorge Playboy Club, which included a resort hotel. The exclusive Vernon location was one of prestige and honor, attracting some of the biggest names in entertainment like Sinatra, Avalon, and Bennet, just to name a few. People – including many of whom lived within driving distance – signed up as members and received the traditional “key” to the Playboy Club. Giving a husband or boyfriend a membership was a popular gift choice. The Playboy Club, including the golf course, were enjoyed by guests from around the globe where they played, ate, relaxed and entertained in the $20 million dollar resort.
The resort was eventually closed by the Playboy brand and the resort changed hands a few times before eventually becoming inhabitable. The golf course, however, has lived on.
The New Beginning
In 2016 and the Great Gorge golf course was purchased by the Koffman family and work began almost immediately to transform the dormant course. The new management team focused on restoring the 27-hole course by working on the conditions, turf management and clubhouse amenities. Work continues regularly to maintain the grounds and retain the challenging course for our golf-enthusiasts.
Paying homage to the history of the Great Gorge Playboy Club, the management team is dedicated to creating an experience for our golfers. We have focused on maintaining a pristine golf course which means bunker improvements, updated golf cart paths and tee renovations.