Emerald fairways are hemmed by stone walls and the towering branches of ancient pine, maple, oak, and beech trees, giving Maplegate Country Club's 18-hole course a timeless feel. The course sprawls across gently rolling terrain with water in play on ten holes?five each on the front and back nine. Measuring 6,815 yards from the tips, the course hosted U.S. Open qualifiers in 1998 and 2001, in addition to countless golf cart drag-races under the cover of darkness.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,815 yards from the tips * Four tee options * Scorecard
Heather Hill Country Club lets players decide their own 18-hole path using a trio of nine-hole layouts that populate this 27-hole country club. Whatever two tracks they choose, golfers bend their shots around dense foliage and over the streams that occasionally babble into the line of play. After the last golf ball emerges from the 18th cup as pure gold trophy, groups can retire to the bar and grille to satisfy hunger with burgers, salads, and wraps on the back patio.
Seasoned ace Jim Fenner steadies unstable swings and smoothens out wobbly putts with lessons tailored to individuals, groups, or players hoping to address specific ailments within their golf game. A veritable Johnny Appleseed of golf, the passionate pedagogue roams about courses and teaching centers throughout the greater Worcester area, spreading golf wisdom and burying dimpled orbs that soon blossom into VHS copies of The Legend of Bagger Vance. Clients can catch Jim refining pupils' motions at one of the area's outdoor ranges and courses on sunny days or remedying trust issues between clubs and their owner at the indoor golf simulator of The Perfect Game, where he hibernates during the off-season chill.
When renowned course architect Howard Maurer designed Wentworth Hills Country Club, he did so in a manner that showcases the New England region. Lined with trees, the course's rolling landscapes cross open meadows and through heavily wooded areas. They rise and fall dramatically, and, in spots, get intersected by sparkling water features. Beneath those aesthetic visuals, though, lurks a series of challenges, including greens that have been sized, shaped, and angled to complicate tee shots. More than 60 strategically placed bumpers also litter the course, encouraging players to take risks in order to save par or catch the attention of any indigenous PGA recruiters grazing in the nearby trees. After rounds, players can head to the elegant, but cozy clubhouse to stock up in the pro shop or relax with a good meal at the grill.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,202 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71 from the back tees * Course slope of 128 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
New England's Premier Sports Complexes since 2002 with facilities in Norfolk and Marlboro MA. featuring fitness centers, indoor turf fields, indoor driving ranges, basketball courts, concessions, pro shop, outdoor lighted turf fields (Marlboro), plus a lighted par 3 golf course (Norfolk).
Golfers across the handicap spectrum practice bogey-thwarting skills at Natick Golf Learning Center, where PGA- and LPGA-certified pros preside over a multifaceted outdoor practice facility. The center?s outdoor driving range offers 75 artificial and natural-grass hitting mats; two chipping greens, a putting green, and a practice bunker let players practice their finesse shots. During daily lessons, the pros enlist video analysis and other teaching aids to help pupils tackle new skills or correct recent on-course weaknesses.