With six distinct courses etched into the New England countryside, Sterling Golf Management promotes pin-hunting recreation for Boston-area golfers of all abilities. The longest and most difficult of the six, The Shattuck Golf Club's 18-hole course kicks off with a 409-yard par 4 where players hack their way toward a green that is visually wreathed by the rising red rocks of Mount Monadnock, setting the tone for a scenic, 6,764-yard round. Groves of trees ensconce the fairways and barter over carbon dioxide at Norwood Country Club's recently renovated course, a relatively flat layout characterized by smallish greens and flanked by a lighted driving range. The newest member to the Sterling Golf Management team is the Rockland course, where 18 par-3 holes wind between tall oaks for a picturesque par-54 round. Designed in 1921 in the Donald Ross tradition is the Maynard Golf Course, a picturesque par 70, 9-hole course with a full-service clubhouse. The same sylvan makeup returns at Newton Commonwealth's course, where lush tree lines cast shadows over a creek as it snakes across the fairways of seven holes. Rounding out the grassy sextet, Chelmsford's nine-hole course takes golfers careening across 2,467 yards of narrow fairways, placing straight drives or skilled golf ball pilots at a premium.
Gardner Municipal’s par 71 course takes golfers on an 18-hole odyssey through immaculate fairways hugging the north end of Crystal Lake’s waters. Astride a whirring golf cart or advancing on foot, golfers bob and weave through the course’s tight tree lines, rein in wayward balls, and bribe woodland creatures to improve their lie. Rounds reach their crescendo at the 538-yard, par 5 seventh hole, where drives must trace the fairway as it doglegs to the left while avoiding a vanguard of towering trees along the left side of the fairway.
A multifaceted training area fosters straighter swings and confident putts with a three-tiered practice green and a two-level driving range with space dedicated for long drives, shorter iron shots, and blindfolded sprints through the barrage of practice shots.
Gardner Municipal Golf Course showcases the latest golf styles and equipment in Ben Egan's Golf Shop, which is run by a savvy staff that will help golfers find the clubs and clothes that best suit their style. William's Restaurant and Tavern awaits greenside, where golfers can peruse a menu of prime meat cuts and savory grill fare while deciding whether or not spinach leaves would make a good putting surface.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,131 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 73.4 from the farthest tees * Slope of 126 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
First laid out in 1926 by influential course architect Donald Ross, whose 413-course resum? includes Pinehurst No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort, Winchendon Golf Club?s 18-hole course stretches over 5,512 yards of tree-dotted New England countryside. The par 70 layout remains true to its original design, with narrow fairways cut through thick curtains of trees that part intermittently to reveal scenic views of Mount Monadnock and squirrels changing clothes. Small, undulating greens await at the end of each hole, offering a slick blend of bent and poa grass that presents more challenging putts than golfers may expect upon their first visit. Golfers can prepare for their rounds with a bite at the onsite bar and grill or by loading up on golf balls at the pro shop, which sells an array of golf equipment and apparel emblazoned with the Winchendon Golf Club logo or pictures of clients? favorite mini-golf obstacle.
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Established in 1896, The Country Club of Greenfield's rolling fairways challenge bands of comrades with an 18-hole, par 72 golf course. Teams of four enjoy a rollicking round of golf, traversing the course split up in two golf carts to ease the burdens of golf bags and to engage in fairway games of chicken. The course boasts 6,337 yards of golf from the longest tee, with a 69.2 course rating and a 117 slope rating. After tackling perilous obstacles such as sand traps, water hazards, and ball washers filled with maple syrup, friends can sip a drink in the full bar amid the dining room stocked with three TVs and outdoor seating with expansive views of the course.
When looking for the ideal person to design your golf course, you should always seek out someone with both expertise in course architecture and an intimate knowledge of the surrounding land. Fortunately, Mark Graves didn't have to look far to find a designer for his Edge Hill Golf Course; he already had both criteria himself. Mark grew up working on his family's dairy farm on a 150-acre plot in the Berkshires, knowledge which?coupled with a degree and career in course design?he used to convert the farmland into a course that opened in 1994.
Nine current holes wind through open and wooded spaces and rolling terrain into a challenging, 3,023-yard layout. In June of 2014, a back nine will open as well, completing the scenic 18-hole masterpiece that Mark had always envisioned. Though cows no longer roam the grounds whispering golf advice into people's ears, evidence of the land's heritage still exists, as the original barn now serves as the pro shop.