With so much history in Boston, it's no wonder that the city is home to some of the oldest golf courses in America. Golf season in Boston lasts from May through October, and golfing in the windiest city on the east coast makes for some difficult pars. Many courses in the area are private, but there are many public courses to choose from that offer both challenging play and stunning views. There's also a handful of courses designed by golf's most influential course designer, Donald Ross.
CityGolf Boston: If you're not looking to play a full 18 holes but just interested in polishing your game, then CityGolf Boston is for you. This state-of-the-art indoor practice facility is located right in the middle of downtown Boston and offers everything from putting practice to virtual reality course simulation to practice swing simulation using swing analysis technology. You can purchase private or group lessons with PGA-certified professionals and also get custom golf clubs fit to your specifications.
- Location: 38 Bromfield Street Boston, MA
- Phone: 617-357-4653
- Website: www.citygolfboston.com/index.html
William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park: Rated by Golf Digest as one of America's best courses in 2007, 2008, and 2009, the William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park opened in 1896, making it the second oldest public golf course in the United States. It has persevered through World Wars, social depression, urban decay and racial discrimination and has welcomed golf legends such as Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones and Willie Campbell onto its manicured greens. With a course rating of 72.1 and a slope rating of 120 on bent grass, this 18-hole course is bound to challenge players in the future, just as it has for the past 115 years.
- Location: 1 Circuit Drive Dorchester, MA
- Phone: 617-265-4084
- Website: cityofbostongolf.com
George Wright Golf Course: Named after the baseball Hall of Fame inductee who donated 156 acres of land for its development, the George Wright golf course was rated the top municipal golf course in Massachusetts and 14th in the nation by Golf Digest in 2009. Opened in 1938 and designed by renowned golf course designer Donald Ross, some call this par 70 the greatest golf course in the Boston area. With challenging layouts and magnificent vistas it is no wonder that it was selected as a MGA Amateur Qualifying site in 2009.
- Location: 420 West St, Hyde Park, MA
- Phone: 617-364-2300
- Website: cityofbostongolf.com
Newton Commonwealth Golf Course: Quick greens and narrow fairways are abundant at the Newton Commonwealth Golf Course, in operation since 1897. This public short course is a favorite for its hilly greens and challenging holes, surprising its players with unexpected water and sand bunkers. Originally opened as a nine hole course, it was redesigned in 1920 by Donald Ross into the outstanding 18-hole course it is today.
- Location: 212 Kenrick St Newton, MA
- Phone: 617-630-1971
- Website: www.newtongolf.com/newton
Presidents Golf Course: With views of the Boston skyline, Neponset River, and the Blue Hills Reservation in the distance, Presidents Golf Course is the most picturesque course in the Boston area. Known as a very windy course, it challenges even the most experienced players. Opened in 1977, it hosts the Norfolk County Classic each May, an amateur competition enjoyed for over 30 years.
- Location: 357 W Squantum Street Quincy, MA
- Phone: 617-328-3444
- Website: www.presidentsgc.com/golf/proto/presidentsgc
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 minutes outside of Boston. It is a very tricky short course with water hazards on four of the holes, and a few par fives that you'll wish were par sixes. You can reserve a tee time for the weekend, but during the week the course is only available on a first come, first served basis. In operation since 1930, this course is another masterpiece designed by Donald Ross.
- Location: 691 Huron Ave Cambridge, MA
- Phone: 617-349-6282
- Website: www.freshpondgolf.com
Granite Links Golf Club at Quarry Hills: Perfect for players seeking a country-club-for-a-day atmosphere, this part-public and part-private course was named by Golf Digest as one the top 100 greatest golf courses in America. Built in 2003 where an old granite quarry was filled and reshaped, much of the quarry's old charm can still be viewed along the course. It was named New England's Course of the Year in 2010 by the National Golf Course Owner's Association, and also named on Forbes 2010 Top Ten Urban Golf Courses in America. This links style course stays true to traditional design components—its built close to the ocean, with heavy winds, sparse trees, and challenging roughs.
- Location: 100 Quarry Hills Dr, Quincy, MA
- Phone: 617-689-1900
- Website: www.granitelinksgolfclub.com