The PGA’s strategic plan is to grow the game of golf through initiatives aimed at increasing participation by making golf more accessible, player-friendly, and FUN. We’ve seen courses drastically reduce fees and offer specials to lure golfers; but how many have gone beyond to make their facilities more welcoming, player-friendly and more fun? Chemawa G.C. has achieved high marks in offering a golfing experience that is inviting and enjoyable for all genders, skill levels and ages. The 18-hole course is tucked away in a quiet enclave, off the beaten path of Route 1 in North Attleboro, MA. It’s no secret that Chemawa has been a longtime favorite among ladies. What makes it so appealing? Many things…but most importantly, it’s the TLC. You feel it from the welcoming atmosphere of the course and from the friendly, accommodating staff. Owner, Glen Bourque stated, “Our goal is to treat people well. We appreciate that they are here and we offer them a tranquil setting where they can forget their problems and enjoy the game. On hot days we give out iced bottle water, popsicles and watermelon to ensure our golfers stay hydrated and refreshed. ”

The course is exquisitely detailed and well maintained to provide consistent play on a daily basis. It’s green from beginning to end, the rough isn’t too rough and the contoured, undulating greens are receptive and roll true. Each hole is unique, featuring different esthetic features that tantalize your senses. There’s the strategically placed ponds with soothing water fountains, arched bridges, babbling brooks that intersect many holes, apartment birdhouses that serve as the 150-yard markers, and lots of unusual floral plantings that add incredible ambience. Every year Glen introduces something new…a new plant or flower that people haven’t seen before, to add interest and variety.

Chemawa is not a long course, but it’s not without its challenges. Yardage ranges from 5,285 from the blues to 4,368 yards from the reds. It’s the perfect distance for the average female golfer to be able to reach the green in regulation and string some pars. The front nine’s straightforward layout and flat terrain is easy to navigate, but the tight fairways demand accuracy to score well. The back nine opens up to a more fascinating, challenging layout with its sloping, rolling fairways, elevation changes, blind shots and water hazards. Signature holes?

It’s a toss up! Could be the captivating par-3, 13th hole featuring two ponds with fountains, guarding both sides of the green. Or it could be the breathtaking severe downhill 16th par-3 that features a small green guarded by bunkers and surrounded by a meandering brook. Chemawa runs some great specials. On Mother’s Day, moms play free. Seniors, enjoy the “free ride” on Mondays before 11AM during June-August. October’s special…18 holes, cart and lunch for $37. Check out their new website: www.chemawagolf.com.