Playing golf with friends is the best kind of bonding. There's nothing like being out in the open air, hearing the wind blow through the beautiful old trees lining the well-groomed fairways, and refusing to grant your compadres mulligans. The satisfaction of a well-played hole is amplified by the sadistic enjoyment you get from your partner's three-shot spectacle in the woodsy rough. Today's Groupon gets you one round of golf with a cart at championship-caliber Quail Ridge Country Club for just $40 (normally $55–$75, depending on day and time).
Majestic pines and towering hardwoods envelop each hole in a cozy, yet prickly comforter of peace and seclusion. Located in a forested valley in Acton (just 30 miles from Boston), respected course architect Mark A. Mungeam's 18-hole course, with its varied distances and challenging angles, was designed to force players to approach the game with the meditative strategies of chess players or martial artists playing chess.
Use your Groupon to Quail Ridge Country Club anytime, Monday–Thursday, and after noon, Friday–Sunday. This is the first year that Quail Ridge has opened its greens to the public, so be among the first public players to enjoy driving that golf cart down rolling hills, over sand traps, and through some of Boston's famous carved-out redwoods.
Quail Ridge Country Club just opened its greens to the public this summer, so there aren't online user reviews. Nick Fisher, a fan of Quail Ridge Country Club's new Facebook page, writes, "fantastic course, great rates...that 18th really kills me though!" People have great things to say about course architect Mark A. Mungeam:
- The soft-spoken partner among the heavy hitting golf course architectural firm of Cornish, Mungeam and Silva, generally lets his work do the talking. The 44-year-old resident of Douglas, Mass. was chosen by the United States Golf Association to oversee renovations and improvements to the North Course at Olympia Fields Country Club outside of Chicago, Ill. for the 2003 U.S. Open. He received rave reviews for his efforts, which added length to the venerable layout to meet today’s modern equipment and enhanced the fairways, greens and bunkers of the course Willie Park, Jr. first designed. – John Torsiello, Golfing Magazine Online
- Mungeam may be best known for his sensitive renovation of Olympia Fields in preparation for both the 1997 U.S. Senior Open and the 2003 U.S. Open. But the architect's original design work is equally admired. His early design of Shaker Hills Golf Club in Harvard, Mass., was selected the second Best New Public Course by Golf Digest in 1992. – Cybergolf.com
Quail Ridge Country Club
Nestled within 164 acres of mature pine trees and hardwood forest, the secluded golf course at Quail Ridge Country Club surrounds visitors in natural splendor. Course architect Mark Mungeam of Cornish, Silva, and Mungeam, Inc., designed the fairways to harmonize with the naturally rolling terrain, where occasional stone walls line the edges of what were once farmers’ fields. After teeing off, players choose carefully among their bag’s fairway woods, long irons, and golf-ball-sized blowguns as they confront a first hole whose fairway unfurls over nearly 365 uphill yards. The course doesn’t let up after that—recently redesigned as a 9-hole, par 70 championship layout, it keeps golfers on their toes right up to the end of each round.
Off the course, players gain the skills needed to meet such challenges by frequenting the chipping area or practice putting green. During lessons held in these practice spots, head teaching pro John Carco harnesses more than 15 years of experience to help students eliminate slice and perfect their swing. The country club’s family center hosts a snack bar where golfers can fuel up for a round, stash their belongings in lockers, or build ball-driving muscles at the fitness center.
Just a hop and a skip from the family center, the club’s 3,200-square-foot outdoor pool entices visitors of all stripes with its widely varied facilities. Athletes zip down 75-foot swim lanes, parents and kids splash in a baby pool with zero-grade entry, and sunbathers bask on more than 4,500 square feet of deck. On four adjacent tennis courts, serves rebound off of Har-Tru clay surfaces, and windscreens keep out distracting breezes and lost pool-goers murmuring "Marco?" Additionally, Quail Ridge is currently offering FootGolf, a combination of golf and soccer.
352 Great Rd
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