Boston Golf Courses: Where to Play This Season

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Posted April 16, 2014 by Lindsey Daniels in Downtown Boston
The Country Club

As we finally approach the time when our New England weather is pleasant again, a round of golf becomes the perfect way to spend a nice Saturday or Sunday — especially if you stop off at the 19th hole afterward. Since Boston is a dense urban city, finding golf usually takes you outside the city limits. Try these four golf courses to sate your appetite for some of the city’s best golf experiences.

The Country Club, Chestnut Hill: Conveniently located in Brookline just 6 miles from downtown Boston, The Country Club has the distinction of being the oldest country club in America. In addition to 27 holes of golf, you will find 9 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, paddle & squash courts, an Olympic swimming pool, an ice rink for curling, skating & hockey, and skeet shooting. This is a premier place to socialize, relax, and play world-class golf. The Country Club is notoriously tight-lipped on how to apply. Your best bet may be sponsorship or an inside tip from friend or colleague who already belongs to TCC.

George Wright Golf Course: A jewel of a public golf course located in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood, the George Wright Golf Course is one of just two public greens in Boston. Golf Digest called this course the Best Municipal Course in Massachusetts, and Golfweek termed it the 14th Best Municipal Course in the U.S. Originally conceived of as a private golf course, the green was abandoned after the 1929 stock market crash, and only completed in 1938 with funds received from the Works Progress Administration. The course was taken over in the 2000’s by the City of Boston, in a win-win situation for the city and its golf fans. This 18-hole public course is open daily from April 1 through November 30, so add it to your list for 2014.

Renaissance Golf Club, Haverhill: This relatively new club pays homage to some of the great Scottish and British courses with its unique greens. Members can also practice teeing off in the dedicated practice area, or try the five bunkered practice greens. Amenities include a pool, fitness center, PGA Professional golf tutors, and a clubhouse with restaurant and guestrooms. The Renaissance Golf Club offers a range of membership options, including Social and Sports (with limited golf access), Under 40, and and Full. The “Renaissance Now” membership lets you pay a 10 percent membership fee, then use club facilities for a year to try out the fit. The scaled membership option makes this club a good one for single and settled golfers.

Charles River CC

The Charles River Country Club opens for the season on April 1 and closes on December 15. Courtesy of Charles River Country Club.

Charles River Country Club, Newton: Newton’s Charles River Country Club allows you the convenience of a centralized location and the amenities of a private country club. The Club allows guests, so if you have a friend who is a member, you can test it out and see whether you would like to apply for full membership. Charles River has been host to several prestigious golf courses including the 2003 USGA Men’s State Team Championship, the 2006 Massachusetts Open, and the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship. The club opens for the season on April 1 and closes on December 15. It is located just 11 miles outside of Boston and can be reached by car or public transportation, convenient for locals and business travelers alike. Please note, this club does have a dress code: Jeans are not acceptable, shorts must be Bermuda style, and collared shirts are required.


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