Stretching across immaculate greenery and pristine waters that run alongside Cape Cod’s Melody Tent, Twin Brooks Golf Course’s 18-hole, par 3 layout is a treat for players of all abilities. Only one hole exceeds 200 yards in length on the par 54 course, though the design still manages to fit in plenty of obstacles, including five ponds and 36 strategically placed sand traps, each one filled to the lip with soft Cape sand and disoriented sunbathers. Players who have stepped into the tee box recently may have noticed a difference: the teeing grounds have all been leveled, reshaped, and covered with new turf. The improvement is just one of many the course has undertaken in the last several months. Others include repairing the cart paths, upgrading the landscaping with railroad ties and new plantings, and reshaping the tree line along the fairways to make the course feel more open and remove potential obstructions. Players can expect a round to take between two and three hours, and Twin Brooks offers both pull carts and gas-powered carts for an additional fee.
It's no coincidence that Brian Silva won Golf World's Golf Course Architect of the Year award in 1999, the year after his two tracks at Waverly Oaks Golf Club opened. Acclaimed by outlets including Golf Digest and the New England Journal of Golf, Waverly Oaks' signature course meanders through tree lines and sand traps for 7,114 challenging yards. Each hole boasts its own playful moniker. The ninth hole, for instance, is dubbed "Double Trouble," a reference to the two ponds golfers must clear—one between the fairway and the tee, the other on the left side of the fairway as it approaches the front of the green. But Silva didn't stop at the signature course. Alongside, he crafted a 9-hole, par 33 challenger course ideal for novices or golfers trying to squeeze in a round before taking their caddie out to dinner.
Championship Course at a Glance:
An 18-hole layout that has earned plaudits from The Boston Globe and The New England Journal of Golf, Atlantic Country Club unfurls a circuit of bent-grass fairways and greens across 178 acres of rolling terrain. Mature trees pinch these fairways throughout the course, impeding the passage of wayward golf balls. The team behind these features is the prolific architectural trio of Cornish, Silva, and Mungeam, who designed the course to be a narrative. It begins with an easy starting hole, with the most difficult hole (the par-four 8th) positioned in the middle of the round. Games conclude with a dramatic finish at the 18th, a par-four known as being the second most difficult hole. After playing, golfers can relax at the bar and grille, where an outdoor deck overlooks the 9th and 18th greens.
The weather in Boston doesn’t always provide for ideal golfing conditions. In 2003, a record storm buried the city under nearly 28 inches of snow. Other years have simply been cold. In either case, On The Tee Indoor Golf Club lets players work on their swings year-round with an advanced golf simulator that re-creates some of the world's finest courses. Standing in front of a high-definition 14'x9' screen, golfers shoot actual balls as 3-D Doppler tracking radar—not unlike the radar used to track stray caddies—accurately follows the shots and relays the results within the simulated course. Computers also help visitors take their games to the next level during lessons with professional golfer Russell Quigg, who uses video-analysis software to diagnose and fix problems in players’ swings.
Incandescent fish, turtles, and dolphins illuminate the underwater-themed wonder worlds of Oceans 18’s glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course and two lanes of mini bowling that provide indoor fun year-round. Oceans 18 keeps links-lovers entertained with a full-size golf simulator while mini bowling promises all the fun of the alley without the hassle of wearing rental shoes or a bedazzled bowling glove. Patrons can also carry on their competitive spirit in Oceans 18’s extensive arcade.
Hawthorne Country Club's 9-hole course unfolds across a 54-acre parcel of countryside that incorporates thick clusters of woods, stone-lined ponds, and picturesque views of the valley. The nine fairways coil around the club's crown jewel: the clubhouse with ample deck seating and interior accommodations. Here visitors can soak in sights of the Paskamansett Valley through the dining room's floor-to-ceiling windows while also making sure golf carts don't try to sneak out after curfew. In May, the club will open a new golf restaurant with outdoor seating and fire pits.