The rolling terrain at Willodell Golf Club of Niagara's 18-hole course may lull golfers into a false sense of security, but allowing the landscape to do so would undermine the course's chief threat: water hazards. The 6,481-yard, par 72 layout, voted "Best Golf Course in Niagara" in the Niagra Falls Review's 2012 Reader's Choice Awards, features several sneaky waterways that come into play on 10 holes, showcasing ponds of all sizes and the watery guise of Lyon's and Tee Creeks. Some water features are difficult to spot, obscured by brambly depressions and trees walking to the shores for a drink. A 484-yard par 5, the first hole eases golfers into the round, and a 300-yard, grass-tee driving range lets golfers warm up their swings.
Off the course, made-from-scratch soups, stocks, and sauces add a flavourful punch to dishes at Willodell Golf Club's dining room, which offers 10-ounce burgers alongside savoury entrees such as sweet-chili salmon and vegetable stir-fry. Along with a dining room and lounge, the restaurant offers patio seating for guests who prefer to dine in the company of their solar-powered caddies.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,481 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 72.3 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 127 from the farthest tees
Five tee options
The best golf location in Needham is none other than Needham Golf Club.
Whether you're looking for a quick snack or a full meal, the restaurant at this course is sure to dish out something delicious.
This course is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
With 160 driving range tees, 72 miniature golf holes, and 16 batting cages spread across its three locations, Golf Country provides ample opportunity for visitors to hone all aspects of their swings. Each driving range features overhead lights for practicing after the sun goes down for the evening, as well as a number of covered, heated tees that allow for practice when the sun goes down forever. The Easton and Saugus locations offer one 18-hole miniature golf course apiece, while the Middleton location showcases two courses. Nicknamed the Millpond Course and the Stone Bridge Course, Middleton’s miniature tracks meander through large flower beds, flowering trees, and ample water features.
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.
At Paradise Family Golf, friends and families guide colorful golf balls through an 18-hole oasis of zigzagging putting greens and tropical obstacles. The course’s river exposes orbs to the treachery of a flowing stream on multiple holes, and a 35-foot-tall tree house gives local birds a chance to cheer on putt-putters or stock up on nourishing golf balls for winter's hibernation. After a round, golfers can stop by the koi pond and feed the fish at the feeding station or visit the ice-cream stand. Visitors looking to expand their golf game beyond the mini domain can drop by the Paradise Driving Range to hone lengthier swings. Other offerings include the golf simulator where you can choose from over 80 courses from around the world to play, TrackMan Performance Studio to help identify areas in your game you can improve, and putting green for practice in a variety of conditions and situations.