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For the past ten years, the Deutsche Bank Championship has brought the best golfers from around the world to TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts, and this year’s tournament, which takes place from August 28 to September 2, promises to have similar action!
Fortunately for Massachusetts golfers, you don’t have to play on the PGA tour or belong to a country club to enjoy a little time on the links.
So, today, we’ll be highlighting five notable Bay State golf courses that are open to the public. Read on to learn a bit about each individual course.
Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, MA
Consistently ranked by Golf Magazine among the best public golf courses in the entire country, Taconic Golf Club should be on any New England golfer’s list. Williams College owns and maintains Taconic, which combines classic breathtaking Berkshires scenery with a course that’s challenging but not harrowing.
During the summertime, the hours of operation at Taconic Golf Club run from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with varying times on weekdays. You can find the hours for each weekday here. Tee times can be booked five days in advance and reservations are encouraged for all players. For information on dress code, directions, parking and more, click here.
Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge, MA
Blissful Meadows doubles as a wedding location and when you see the course, it’s not hard to understand why. Golf World Magazine’s 2000 “Architect of the Year” Brian Silva designed the course, which is open year-round and located within easy driving distance of Boston and Worcester.
The normal rates for public play are available here, while specials, which include a car and lunch, can be seen here. You don’t have to travel far for lunch, either; Meadowview Tavern is open to the pubic and features a number of choices, which you can peruse here. Driving directions to Blissful Meadows can be found here.
Hickory Hill Golf Course in Methuen, MA
Hickory Hills, which isn’t quite as renowned as some other Massachusetts golf courses, is a true hidden gem. The course draws rave reviews from folks who spend a morning or afternoon there, with its scenery and maintenance often singled out as exemplary. To take a look at what you’ll see at Hickory Hills, check out their photo gallery.
Beyond the golf, Hickory Hills is also home to a bar and grill, which has a reputation for tasty breakfast food, as well as a mean turkey club sandwich. Click here to view the breakfast menu and here for the lunch and dinner one.
Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, MA
Pinehills Golf Club was created to provide a daily fee alternative to the most prestigious private courses, and it delivers. Located just a short drive from Boston and Cape Cod, Pinehills beckons with more than 300 acres of lush rolling hills that houses a golf academy and some of New England’s most extensive practice facilities, in addition to two golf courses.
The two courses are Nicklaus Course and Rees Jones Course, which you can explore further at the links. When folks are through with the golf, they can relax and recharge at the East Bay Grille, which is a part of Pinehills. To check Pinehills rates, click here. For tee times, click here.
The Captains Golf Course in Brewster, MA
Cape Cod has a whole host of good golf courses to select from, and it’s hard to go wrong. The Captains Golf Course is one of the best around, offering classic Cape scenery and weather. The course is open through October, although rates do change as summer turns into fall, so make sure to take a look before you book.
The Captains Golf Course is actually two courses: The Port Course and The Starboard Course. Port tends to be a bit more challenging than Starboard, which is consequently favored by beginners and players who have higher handicaps. You can take a look at tee times here. You’ll find hours and directions to the course here.
To explore all of Massachusetts’ golf courses, click here.