Golf Courses in Boston

Boston Massachusetts and the surrounding area offers a huge variety of golf courses, both public and private, for anyone who is looking to get in a quick round or sign up to join an exclusive country club. Find the course that best suits your needs and head on out for a round of golf in Boston Massachusetts.

Franklin Park Golf Course/ William J. Devine Municipal Golf Course

The Franklin Park Golf Course, otherwise known as the William J. Devine Municipal Golf Course is the second oldest public golf course in the United States. The course opened in 1896 and is part of the Olmstead Emerald Necklace, a chain of parks throughout the city of Boston. The course is steeped in golf history as the first person to win an American professional golf match, Willie Campbell, became the first head professional at the William J. Devine Course. Bobby Jones, who brought golf to the forefront in the United States considered this his home course and practiced here regularly during college. And the preeminent golf architect, Donald J. Ross, redesigned the layout at the William J. Devine Course. This 18 hole course works on a first come first serve basis Mondays through Thursdays and takes tee times for Fridays, weekends and holidays. Rates are very reasonable and you can rent carts, pull carts and even clubs if you’re traveling and forgot your sticks.

George Wright Golf Course

The George Wright Golf Course is another Boston golf course that can claim Donald J. Ross as its architect. In fact the course is considered one of his greatest designs. But Ross isn’t the only architect that can claim bragging rights on this stunning course. In the 1920’s Ross was commissioned to design the course but after the stock market crash the course was left behind. But in 1932 an associate of Ross’s, Walter Irving Johnson took up the challenge with great difficulty and ingenuity. The 18 hole course also work on a first come, first serve basis and takes reservations on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. There are private golf outings that close the course from time to time so you may want to call to make sure they’re open. Rates are reasonable and there are carts, pull carts and clubs for rent if you are interested.

Tournament of Players Club of Boston

The Tournament of Players Club of Boston is a fairly new private club in the Boston region. But being new doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the chops, it’s been named one of the Top 10 Best New Private Clubs in the U.S. by Golf Digest. TPC Boston features an award-winning championship layout that was originally designed by Arnold Palmer but was redesigned in 2007 by Gil Hanse and Brad Faxon. The Tournament of Players Club of Boston is host to the Deutsche Bank Championship which is a playoff for the FedEx Cup. The last information I could find on the price of membership was several years ago and then it was $62,500 so there’s a hefty price tag for those who want to belong to this exclusive club but for some I’m sure it’s worth it.

New England Country Club

In Bellingham Massachusetts the New England Country Club has become a popular family destination as the course is one of those rare gems that provides a challenge for good players yet offers enough breaks for new players to really enjoy it as well. New England Country Club offers memberships but you don’t have to be a member to play the course. As with most semiprivate golf courses the fees are a little bit higher than most public courses but typically the amenities and course is in better shape and more meticulous than a public course.

Squirrel Run Golf Course

Squirrel Run Golf Course is located on the south shore of Boston and is a good course for everyone from beginners to the more experienced players in your foursome. There are a few challenging water holes, especially number 13, that can frustrate or impress anyone. This public 18 hole course is fairly inexpensive and has electric carts, pull carts and rental clubs for those people who forgot theirs at home.

Fresh Pond Golf Course

Fresh Pond Golf Course is a short nine hole public golf course that runs through Cambridge’s Historic Fresh Pond Reservation, just outside of Boston. The course claims to be environmentally pleasing, but aren’t all golf courses? It’s a pretty tricky short course with water hazards on four of the holes and two par fives that should probably be sixes, if there were par sixes. During the weekdays Fresh Pond Golf Course takes guests on a first come first serve basis but there are weekend tee times that you can make o Friday. If you have a membership you can make the tee time further in advance. There are a handful of events throughout the summer, most of them in June, which cause course closures so be sure to check online or call before you make the drive. A round at Fresh Pond Golf Course is very reasonably priced and if you want to double up and play 18 holes (2 times around) the price is even more reasonable.  Carts, both hand and electric, are available as are clubs if you need a rental, although the charge for a rental set does seem rather high at $20.

Boston Golf Club

The Boston Golf Club is another private golf course located just outside of Boston in Hingham Massachusetts. This 18 hole course was designed by Gil Hanse who describes the course as terrain that varies and rolls and pitches in every direction. The Boston Golf Club was chosen as the 3rd Best New Private Court in the Country by Golf Digest in 2005 and is currently ranked 46th by Golfweek in the Modern Top 100 in the United States. I couldn’t find information on this private course’s membership fees so I’m guessing it’s very exclusive. But that’s just what some people want so feel free to give the pro a call to talk fees.

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