First etched into the New England countryside in 1896 by Frederick Law Olmsted—an early American architect who also co-designed New York City’s Central Park— William J. Devine Golf Course meanders across 5,961 yards of relatively open greenery. With each fairway-splitting drive or dead-eye putt, golfers can claim their place in the annals of golf history, as these ancient links served as a training ground to golf legend Bobby Jones, the site of a clinic conducted by Tiger Woods, and the grassy haunt that hosted the first-ever golf-cart-jousting tournament. A stately stone bridge runs beside the back of the seventh hole—the course’s most difficult—awaiting players after they attempt to fly approaches around a right-side water hazard and putt their way across a large two-tiered green. With four tee options, the public course caters to golfers of all stripes, from greenhorns to those who can manipulate ball flight with their minds.Course at a Glance:
Golfers prepare swings for their next pin-hunting expedition year-round at Fore Seasons Learning Center’s indoor and outdoor golf facilities. Whirring orbs race across the New England sky above the center’s 76-stall outdoor driving range, which features both natural grass and turf hitting mats as well as 18 covered and heated stalls, where golf devotees are safe from the elements of chill winters or perilous golf cart-size hail.
Inside the studio, aboutGolf simulators whisk clients away to digitally replicated versions of legendary courses, allowing them to hunt birdies amid the blustery seascape of St. Andrews or evade pixilated porpoises at Pebble Beach. PGA professional Joe Pustizzi roams the center’s grounds, divulging wisdom drawn from more than 30 years of experience and harnessing the simulators and other technological teaching aids to help clubbers on their path to lower scores and higher fives.
With five 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 five, 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. Designed in 1921 in the Donald Ross tradition is 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 quartet, 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.
Over the past 5 years, Harmon Golf and Fitness has been in the business of improving golf, not just our scores (although that is the ultimate goal), but the way we play. It's not always the same 18 Hole round week after week. It's a great blend of practice, playing and even some fun competition.
At the 18-hole Monster Mini Golf indoor course, sharp-swinging guests navigate illuminated balls past 10,000 square feet of horrible goblins, disgruntled swamp monsters, impolite specters, and a scarecrow jack-in-the-box, and an on-site DJ spins tunes and hands out prizes for random reasons. Fun-loving youngsters or families celebrating the sudden popularity of their drying-paint blog can enjoy the course’s engrossing 3-D spectacle, as well as glow-in-the-dark air hockey and arcade games that spit tickets for prizes at skilled players. Golfers may play three mini-golf games back-to-back-to-back to become the mad master scientist of the course or split their Groupon over repeat visits.
The 18 holes of Widow’s Walk tiptoe through undisturbed wetlands and sand dunes along the land's natural contours. Wind from the Atlantic Ocean whips onto the course, necessitating expert club selection and straight shots to avoid the bunkers and roughs that dot the course. The links-type course garners consistent praise from golfing publications, accommodating newbies, and pro swingers alike, with four teeing areas, a par of 72, and a 13th-hole ghost who offers stroke-shaving secrets. Widow’s Walk only irrigates about 30 acres of turf and became a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2002, establishing avian nesting-box programs and habitats for other animals. Like your uncle's tuba recital, Widow's Walk requires proper attire.
The high-pitched thwacks of flush drives pierce the air from the elevated hitting bays that encompass Leo J. Martin Golf Course's driving range, inspiring clubbers of all abilities to perfect their pendulous swings. With more than 30 hitting stalls replete with new artificial mats, the expansive range facilitates practice shots with all clubs or overenthusiastic legs as guests soak in sweeping views of the tree-lined New England countryside. The range faces due east, so golfers won't have to reckon with the setting sun as they follow soaring shots through the stratosphere. A selection of new and used clubs anchors the facility's fully stocked pro shop, providing pristine wares to accompany swings fine-tuned at the range or during lessons. The practice area shares grounds with the Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course, a 6,320-yard course that opens its grassy passageways to all aspiring pin hunters.