By Jupiter Boniface
Summer is finally here and many people will be planning to visit Boston for a weekend getaway. While many visitors will be heading to the coast, others will be looking to spend their free days on a golf course. Boston and the surrounding area have some of the best courses in the country, and we've got five of our favorites here.
The Pinehills (Plymouth)
The Pinehills is one of the country’s most prestigious golf clubs, and has two of New England's best daily fee courses: the Nicklaus Design course and the Rees Jones course. With its tree-bordered layout and rolling fairways, the Pinehills is one of the most picturesque places to play. Moreover, it offers extensive practice facilities and an expansive range of amenities in the clubhouse.
The Country Club (Brookline)
The Country Club is a 27-hole course made up of the original Clyde and Squirrel nines and the Primrose course built in 1927. But it is the Clyde and Squirrel combination that truly wows players, with Golf Digest comparing it to a Scottish highlands course. For any golfer that is looking to play on a fairway that has plenty of history, The Country Club hosted the U.S. Open in 1913, 1963, and 1988, and the Ryder Cup 1999. Elite level golf will return to Brookline in 2022, as it has been chosen to host the U.S. Open for a fourth time.
TPC Boston (Norton)
The TPC Boston is one of New England’s newest courses and also one of its most challenging. It is for this reason that the 72-par course was the host of the Dell Technologies Championship. The championship has been won by some of golf’s biggest icons, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson, Vijay Singh, and Rory McIlory, who along with Singh won it twice. McIlory first won here in 2012, then again in 2016. That 2016 win at the TPC was part of a season that saw the Irish star earn $14.5 million, making McIlroy one of highest paid athletes in the world. Unfortunately the two-time winner won’t be able to win a third title, as the tournament has been scrapped to shorten the FedEx Cup playoffs. The PGA Tour, though, will return to TPC Boston in 2020 with The Northern Trust. This a great course to play on, as it will make you feel like a true golfing pro.
Essex County Club (Manchester-by-the-Sea)
The Essex County Club has a history that dates back to 1893, and is known for its par-5 3rd hole. It is nearly as long as the course’s first two holes combined, and is marked by a stream on the left and bunkers on the right. The result is a trademark hole that has come to define this historic course. The Essex County Club is also known for its unusual holes. Most notable in this regard are the par-3 11th, where the green resembles the deck of a sinking ship, and the par-4 18th, where the green resembles the letter S.
Eastward Ho! Country Club (Chatham)
A classic on the eastern seaboard, Eastward Ho! offers a simplistic course defined by minimalist bunkering, uncomplicated greens, and a rolling up-and-down landscapes. The par-3s on the 4th, 7th, 10th, and 15th, are noticeably short, and will help anyone looking to get some low scores and improve their handicap. Plus, the views of Pleasant Bay are spectacular, which adds to the appeal of playing on this course.
There you have it! The top courses in the greater Boston area. And if you're looking for a weekend trip, come stay with us! Reservations can be made HERE, or directly over the phone at 617-566-4500.
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