The mountains of snow have finally subsided and you can once again tee it up and let it fly. Let’s check out some of the best courses in the Metro West area of the Bay state that are inviting you to grab your clubs and celebrate the glorious season of spring.
Eileen Aviza has been the general manager of a unique golf course in Millis, MA, called “The Glen.” Aviza worked in the hospitality industry for 18 years prior to joining the team at The Glen. “Customer service and a welcoming environment are the keys to establishing customer loyalty,” said Aviza. “If we get golfers to come play our course just once, they return again and again because they love the great condition of our course that can be enjoyed by golfers of all levels.”
I have played The Glen several times and what I like about it is that the course has fast greens and fairways that are mostly flat and easy to walk. Stand on the first tee that plays 383 yards from the front and 448 yards from the tips, and any hazards are plainly in view. The greens are large and receptive to a variety of shots. The second hole is a par 3 that is all carry to a green framed by a small pond. Number 3 is a gentle dogleg playing only 387 yards from tips so try a 3 metal and a middle iron approach shot to a large green that will give you a good chance at a par.
But there is a lot more than golf that is available to members. The facility offers a large swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball, miniature golf and even a softball field for golfers who would like to smash a ball that is easier to hit. There is a new fully stocked pro shop and a natural grass practice area.
Young golfers can take part in their extensive summer camp program. Kids aged 6 to 9 can join the Nationwide Tour Camp, and players between the ages of 10 and 14 can sign up for the Pro Tour Camp.
Information on tee times, lessons and summer camp should be directed to Rik Lynch, head PGA Pro at 508- 376 -2978 extension 208. For outings and membership information call Eileen Aviza at 508- 376 -2978.
Quail Ridge is a recently re-designed 9 hole golf course at 345 Great Road in Acton, Mass that provides more options than most 9 hole courses. When playing 18 holes there is a variety of yardage and green options to the golfer who enjoys playing 18 holes when hitting the links.
Quail Ridge is experienced in hosting leagues and corporate events and is the home of a junior golf program that played in the New England Championship after only two years.
Quail Ridge has tennis courts and also is the first course in Massachusetts to offer “Foot Golf.” It’s like playing golf with a #5 soccer ball and cups that are 21 inches in diameter. The way I putt they should use the same size cups on all golf courses. There is a pool and fitness center also available at Quail Ridge.
Call PGA Pro Mark Laviano at 978-264-0399 xt. 102 for tee times and more information.
Beverly Golf and Tennis Club is an 18 hole course located 134 McKay Street in Beverly, Mass. Beverly was built in 1918 by United Shoe Machinery so its employees could have a place to play golf.It is a medium length course playing 6,237 yards from the tips and provides a nice practice range to warm up a bit before your round. For tee times and other information call 978 922 9072.
The Country Club of Billerica is an 18 hole course playing a modest 5,798 yards from the back tees. There is a driving range to warm up before your round and the pro shop is fully stocked and will even do club repairs to keep the equipment in good condition. For tee times call 978 667 9121.
Stow Country Club has something for everybody. The two 18 hole courses were designed by Geoffrey Cornish. The South Course was opened in 1921 and is quite hilly while the North Course is easier to walk. The North course was designated one of the top 50 courses in North America by Golf Digest magazine. The renovated Victorian clubhouse is a charming bit of New England history and is a great environment for a post-game meal and drink. Call 978- 568 -1100 for tee time
Rowley County Club is a 9 hole course on the north shore. It was designed by owner A.C. Newton and was opened in 1965. The course plays only 3098 yards from the back tees so golfers of all skill levels will enjoy this unique course. Call director of golf, Phillip Cornetta for more information at 978-948-2731.
Bungay Brook is a great 9 hole course located in Bellingham with wide open fairways and large greens. It plays only 3,136 yards from the back tees so there are opportunities for making a birdie or two. But the gigantic greens are protected by gigantic traps that must be avoided if you want a chance at that sub-par round. Bungay offers specials on Mondays, and weekends and has a practice area with grass tees. Call 508 883-1600 for tee times.
Foxboro Country Club is a semi-private 18 hole course that is a classic Geoffrey Cornish design. Foxboro opened in m1957 and is always in fine condition. It plays 6849 yards from the back tees and has a great practice range to fine tune your game. Call 508- 543- 4661 for more information.
Leo J Martin is an 18 hole course that has been open for play since 1925. The course is in the town of Weston so it is convenient for golfers who reside in the Boston area. Leo J Martin plays 6320 yards from the tips so you do not need to be a big hitter to enjoy this venue. Call 781- 891-1119 for information.
New England Country Club is another course in the town of Bellingham. This 18 hole course was designed by tour legend Hale Irwin. The narrow fairways are framed by trees so consider using a fairway metal for some of your tee shots. The course has a practice range and the Eagan Pub sits on a hill providing a great view and superior food. Phone 508 -883- 2300 for more information.
Far Corner Golf Course is located in Boxford, Mass. Far Corner offers 27 holes of golf for your pleasure. You can play any nine, or if you are lucky enough to have the time give them all a try. Each nine averages 3,300 yards from the back tees and a brand new golf shop has just opened for your convenience. Call 978 -352- 8300.
Newton Commonwealth Golf Course was opened for play as a nine hole course in 1897. It was redesigned as an 18 hole venue by the legendary architect, Donald Ross. The course is not long at 5354 yards, but the greens are small and protected by bunkers. I have played a lot of courses across North America and Ross designed links are still my favorite places to play a round of golf. For more information call 617- 630- 1971.
Maynard Golf Course is a 9 hole course that was a semi private club that was purchased by the town back in 2012. It is another short course playing only 6000 yards from the back tees that has been compared to a Donald Ross course. Call 978 -637- 2268 for more information about this traditional New England course.