City Golf's managing owner and head golf professional, Gary Parker, brings a Class A PGA certification and more than two decades of teaching experience to City Golf, earning him Boston magazine's Best Golf Pro in 2007. Gary and his team of PGA-certified aces preside over year-round golfing activities inside City Golf Walpole and City Golf Boston's studios and their modern golf-training facilities, including a brand new downtown Boston location. Pros tailor instruction to individuals during lessons to help straighten out swings with the assistance of Dartfish video swing analysis, which reveals every ill-timed motion, errant clubface position, and argyle-clad poltergeist affecting each shot. A virtual-reality simulator recreates the environments of more than 30 legendary courses, and a 280-square-foot putting green challengers players' ability to read breaking greens.
A fourth location in Brighton is set to open in September of 2013. The 5,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility will include four virtual golf simulators, an indoor driving range, a 2,000 square foot putting green, and teaching areas hosting PGA video lessons.
Since 1929, Green Hills Golf Course has beckoned golfers to traverse 6,485 yards of emerald carpet, dotted with 18 classically constructed holes clustered about the northern half of Green Hill Pond. Players take on the Ted Robinson–designed course from one of five sets of tees, making the course playable for golfers of all stripes. The pond comes into play most directly on the par 5 ninth hole, which tacks close to the water’s edge for the entire length of the fairway and threatens to make golf balls pruny before they reach the back nine. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,485 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 130 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
A Mass Tour Card grants golfers one round of golf at each of ten Massachusetts courses. Golfers must pay the cart fee at each course, after which they can steer their electric steed through the forested charm of The Foxborough Country Club's course or over the rustic covered bridge at Maplegate Country Club. Quail Ridge Country Club's course takes golfers through scenic conservation land and stone relics of its previous life as a farm.
Bradford Country Club's difficult, par 70 layout tests putting strokes with smooth bentgrass greens, while The Stattuck course winds through the granite foothills of Mt. Monadnock. Norwood Country Club, meanwhiile, invites players to smash shots and stare down flagsticks across 6,009 yards of relatively flat terrain with medium-sized greens.
PGA professional instructor Al Vallante diagnoses swing maladies and breaks down proper technique for players of all abilities at his golf school at Harbor Lights Country Club. Rather than asking golfers to completely replace their old swings, he takes into account their body type, skills, and goals in order to fine-tune their whacks. Al’s instruction makes use of pitching and putting greens, a par three course when necessary, and private teaching bays that allow lessons to take place even when it’s raining or the moon is crashing into the Earth.
Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires, the expansive greens and fairways of Edgewood Golf Course are bordered by lush woodlands on one side and Fox Den Restaurant on the other. Named for the foxes that sometimes dart around the course’s forested edges, the restaurant keeps its cunning guests on their toes with daily specials that draw on Pan–American inspirations. Golfers often stop in for a hearty breakfast of omelets and pancakes before their first round of the day, and nightly dinners of prime rib or fish and chips replenish energy lost while running away from rabid golf carts.
With its storybook coves, rushing rivers, and waterfalls, it might be easy to confuse Captain’s Cove Adventure Golf for some sort of exotic resort. The capsized ship near one of the holes, however, may break that illusion quickly. The adventure-themed mini-golf course surrounds visitors with nautical artifacts, including lighthouses and a maritime lookout platform fashioned like the ones found in old ship masts or Jimmy Buffet’s living room. On hot summer days, the abundance of trees provides golfers with plenty of shade as they traverse the well-kept 18 holes.