Gardner Municipal’s par 71 course takes golfers on an 18-hole odyssey through immaculate, well-maintained fairways hugging the north end of Crystal Lake’s waters. Astride a whirring golf cart or advancing on foot, golfers bob and weave through the course’s tight tree lines, rein in wayward balls, and bribe woodland creatures to improve their lie. Rounds reach their crescendo at the 538-yard, par 5 seventh hole, where drives must trace the fairway as it doglegs to the left while avoiding a vanguard of towering trees along the left side of the fairway.
A multifaceted training area fosters straighter swings and confident putts with a three-tiered practice green and a two-level driving range with space dedicated for long drives, shorter iron shots, and blindfolded sprints through the barrage of practice shots.
Gardner Municipal Golf Course showcases the latest golf styles and equipment in Dan Berry's Golf Shop, which is run by a savvy staff that will help golfers find the clubs and clothes that best suit their style. Zoe's 19th Hole Restaurant and Bar awaits greenside, where golfers can peruse a menu of prime meat cuts and savory grill fare while deciding whether or not spinach leaves would make a good putting surface.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course
Length of 6,131 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 73.4 from the farthest tees
Slope of 126 from the farthest tees
Four tee options for golfers of all abilities
First laid out in 1926 by influential course architect Donald Ross, whose 413-course resumé includes Pinehurst No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort, Winchendon Golf Club’s 18-hole course stretches over 5,512 yards of tree-dotted New England countryside. The par 70 layout remains true to its original design, with narrow fairways cut through thick curtains of trees that part intermittently to reveal scenic views of Mount Monadnock and squirrels changing clothes. Small, undulating greens await at the end of each hole, offering a slick blend of bent and poa grass that presents more challenging putts than golfers may expect upon their first visit. Golfers can prepare for their rounds with a bite at the onsite bar and grill or by loading up on golf balls at the pro shop, which sells an array of golf equipment and apparel emblazoned with the Winchendon Golf Club logo or pictures of clients’ favorite mini-golf obstacle.
Course at a Glance:
Designed in 1926 by Donald Ross
18-hole, par 70 course
Length of 5,512 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 67.8 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 122 from the farthest tees
Bent- and poa-grass greens
After a lifetime of loving baking, founder Heather O'Toole's focus on the flour-based art form really flourished after meeting her husband. The two spent countless hours each holiday season in the kitchen baking for friends and perfecting her cupcake recipes, such as her chocolate chip cookie dough-stuffed chocolate cupcakes. With those friends' encouragements voiced through satisfied sweet teeth, she started My Sweet Escape Treats, making her triple sea salt caramel and strawberry basil cupcakes available to anyone within Worcester County. She puts personal touches on all made-to-order sweets, making googly-eyed spider and pumpkin cupcakes for Halloween. Then she and her team follow up those touches by hand-delivering them, instead of smushing them into thin cakepaper by shipping through the mail, to ensure freshness.
A local beach is located just steps away from Lamb City Campground in Athol, making it a prime vacation destination.
The suites at this hotel provide guests with more space and stunning views.
Lamb City Campground knows how important it is to stay connected to the web while you travel and that's why wifi is complimentary for all guests.
Guests may also enjoy a swimming pool at Lamb City Campground.
You'll love how affordable the rooms are at Lamb City Campground.
At Lamb City Campground, you can safely park just around the corner.
Do you hear the call of the sea? Book your next vacation at the luxurious Lamb City Campground in Athol.
A game of pool at Shooter's Billiards and Supplies in Gardner is a way to unwind after a long and stressful week.
It's certainly time you stopped reading about this hall with its amazing restaurant and finally came in for a bite.
If you're searching for a great place to hangout and tip back a few, Shooter's Billiards and Supplies is it.
The hall can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the hall's Pleasant St location offers nearby street parking.
If any recent trailers have sucked you in, catch the movies when they come out at Gardner Cinemas in Gardner.
Sit down for a savory meal at their in-house restaurant.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly activities at this theater just as much as mom and dad.
The outdoors and a movie are a magical combination. Experience it yourself at Gardner Cinemas' open air theater.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.