Selecting a starting point for a golf trek through Massachusetts is a daunting feat. Before you ever slip on the golf shoes and grab your bag, you need to pinpoint what interests you on the links as well as off-course culture.
The Bay State has much to offer golfers of all inclinations. Ace Golf Netting recommends mixing a bit of history to guide you in choosing course destinations. The lesser known western region can compete with popular destinations such as Boston or the ocean-view courses.
Wherever you start, just get going in Massachusetts.
Western Massachusetts Offers Golf Challenges
Pittsfield on the western border of the state boasts great courses such as Pontoosuc Lake Golf Course and Skyline Golf Course in nearby Lanesborough. The hills, trees and streams offer challenges for errant shots and the views of nearby mountain ranges are serene.
Travelling east into central Massachusetts, Franconia Golf Course and Veteran’s Memorial Golf Course in Springfield offer forgiving fairways and affordable prices. Don’t be fooled by its openness to aspiring golfers because the water hazards here can sink your scorecard tally in a hurry.
Before taking on the big city and coastal tourism, Worcester is a great stop for more outlying golf. Lead off with Green Hill Golf Course with hills and slopes lined with trees in all directions. Follow this with the award-winning, highly-rated Blackstone National Golf Course in nearby Sutton.
You’ll also want to stray toward West Boylston and Wachusett Country Club. Wildlife, scenery and a demanding 18 holes atop an elevated location will cause you to remember this course for a lifetime.
Boston Is The Hub For Eastern Golf
Golf in Boston is a misnomer because the best rated courses are located in the suburbs.
Get started at George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park and bring your thinking cap as this course demands strategy and accuracy. Follow this with Ponkapoag Golf Course (two courses) in Canton with open fairways and the prices are easy on the wallet.
Don’t pass up a shot at Shaker Hills Golf Club in Harvard. You’ll learn plenty about your game as you face difficult lies and taunting layouts. Your love-hate relationship with this course will drive you to play it again as soon as you can.
Presidents Golf Course in North Quincy offers exhilarating views of Boston and a challenge to your skills for this short course. Jump over to Melrose and Mount Hood Golf Course another short course but a bugger of a challenge for all golfers.
Headed south of Boston presents new challenges for demanding duffers.
William Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park in Dorchester provides big hitters with wide fairways and little to no forgiveness for stray shots into the tall grass in the rough. Lost Brook Golf Club in Norwood offers small elevated greens to challenge your chip-and-putt skills.
Make A Run For The Massachusetts Coast
Start your coastal Massachusetts golf excursion with the triple 9-hole courses at The Crosswinds Golf Club in Plymouth. Stroll on over to Squirrel Run Golf Course and don’t be fooled by the par 57 over 18 holes of this course.
You’ll need to stay on your game at award-winning Waverly Oaks Golf Club in Plymouth. It’s a wide-open course where you must be mindful of the Atlantic winds.
Close out your Plymouth trip with two courses at Pinehills Golf Club. With two award-winning courses named after Jones and Nicklaus you’ll be hard-pressed to find more rewarding golf experience. You’ll pay a day rate and be treated like a long-standing member of the club.
It wouldn’t be a true coastal trip unless you hit the points of the peninsula.
Falmouth Country Club in East Falmouth starts this turn of the trip with two courses that will dig into your game’s strength if you want a respectable score. The Osprey course has earned a reputation for difficulty while the Talon course won’t allow you to let your guard down.
Famed Cape Cod doesn’t sport its own courses so bounce over to Hyannis Golf Course or Twin Brooks Golf Course in Hyannis. Yardage markers at these two can be misleading so be sure to bring a full bag of clubs.
Cross to the north side of the peninsula to Brewster and take on Cape Cod National Golf Club or the dual courses at Captains Golf Course in Brewster. Mind your game with the narrow fairways and obvious bunkers.
Bag your clubs and close out the trip to the end of Highway 6 and enjoy the beach and the lighthouse.
Ace Golf Netting loves the links as much as any golfer, but sometimes the beauty that surrounds the course is worth a little break.