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.
With six 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 six, 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. The newest member to the Sterling Golf Management team is the Rockland course, where 18 par-3 holes wind between tall oaks for a picturesque par-54 round. Designed in 1921 in the Donald Ross tradition is the 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 sextet, 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.
Sandy Burr Country Club is a golf course in good company. It's among the nation's ever-dwindling stock of courses designed by Donald Ross, master architect of such notable courses as Pinehurst No. 2 and Inverness Club. The legendary designer unveiled the 18-holer in 1922, at the outset of the decade that would soon become known as the "Golden Era" of golf course design—due to the proliferation of course construction, not because stockbrokers refused to play with anything but golden clubs. Adding to the historical pedigree, professionals Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen played the course in the 20s and 30s, even participating in the 1935 Massachusetts Open. Golfers today walk in their large footprints as they take on the 6,550-yard course and its three water hazards, before retiring to the English Tudor-style clubhouse—a charming piece of history in its own right.
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.
As one of the only PGA-recognized indoor golf facilities in Massachusetts, Big Sticks Indoor Golf provides many of the same skill-honing luxuries as a quality golf course. Here, visitors can develop consistent swing mechanics, practice their short or long game, and receive PGA-certified instruction?the only difference is they can do it all year round, even when it's snowing outside or the streets are running red with molten lava.
Owner and PGA Class-A professional Terry Felty?an award-winning instructor and Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor?heads the facility's instructors, who utilize the latest technology to help improve scores for golfers of all skills and ages. ASTAR and JC video swing analysis, Ag studio, and GC2 with HMT launch monitors provide visual reference as well as ball-flight feedback. This is also evident in Big Sticks' use of high-tech simulators, which use stunning graphics to replicate some of the world's most renowned courses, including the TPC Scottsdale, Pebble Beach, and many more.
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: * Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 5,961 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 69.8 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 127 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Link to scorecard