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.
A three-day celebration of country, bluegrass, roots, and folk tunes, The Javelina Festival showcases up-and-coming musical talent from across New England. More than 18 bands have climbed aboard this year's docket to rescue fans from summer's monotonous soundtrack of chirping crickets and shrill, cackling robins. Among Saturday's melodeers, Boston Globe –praised country-rock outfit Girls Guns and Glory will adorn the fest with rustic melodies and rocking guitar solos, and Girl Howdy will tickle eardrums with the strings of its guitars, fiddles, and upright basses. Visitors can rollick to the tunes and enjoy Francis Farm's acres of history-drenched beauty while standing or seated astride a docile blanket or lawn chair. Visit the fest's Facebook page for travel tips, concert announcements, and other up-to-the-minute information.
The professional equestrians at Star Impression Riding School work with students of all experience levels to impart horseback-riding know-how during private and group lessons. An 80'x135' indoor arena facilitates training during colder months, and ample scenic outdoor space hosts idyllic trots after the thaw. For horses who need a place to sleep, 12'x12' matted stalls pamper boarders with daily attention and a mint under their haystack each night.
Like many young girls, Sherri Savoy dreamed of horses. However, her dreams went far beyond simply riding through flowery meadows; in these visions, Sherri saw herself someday owning and operating a lesson and show facility. That dream came to fruition in 2003 in scenic Rehoboth, Massachusetts, where Sherri opened Journey’s Haven Riding School, naming the facility after her own late show horse.
There, Sherri falls back on more than three decades of experience as a licensed instructor and trainer while teaching equitation, hunters, and Western riding styles to students of all ages. Sherri builds her lessons from the ground up, making sure to emphasize proper preride essentials such as handling and grooming. For students with a similar dream to her own, Sherri also provides a working-student program that introduces newcomers to the inside secrets of horse-farm management.
Licensed trainer Judy Mastalerz splits time between Sundae Stables in Attleboro and Hobby Horse Farm in Rehoboth overseeing students as they transform from nervous beginners to confident, established riders. In addition to youth horse camps held three times a year, she leads lessons in huntseat and Western disciplines that span the entire spectrum of horsemanship, from grooming to tacking the horse.
Lombardi's Hillside Country Club's nine-hole, par 36 layout caters to players of all abilities with its relatively short length of 2,956 yards. The recently renovated course takes golfers careening across tree-lined fairways and past burbling water hazards that come into play on five holes. Yardage markers once used for golf-cart-jousting tournaments are stationed throughout the course and are measured with the precision of a laser, allowing clubbers to swing with confidence in pinpoint approaches to the greens.
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