The Best Local Greens
By Jennifer Heiser, Irina Grechko and Kaitlyn Voyce
Pembroke Country Club
Celebrities spotted: Jeremy Roenick (owner), Bobby Orr
Accoladee: Most improved
Most challenging tee: Hole 5 is a 421-yard par 4 with water hazards on both sides of the fairway, demanding an accurate tee shot.
Best view: Hole 7 is an elevated par 3 with water views looking back over three other holes toward the clubhouse.
Top amenity: A full-service bar located between holes 9 and 18 provides food. An outdoor patio with seating looks out over the golf course.
The Country Club
Celebrities spotted:Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson
Accoladee: Most exclusive
Most challenging tee: Hole 3, “The Pond,” has a downhill tee shot with a fairway that twists around a rocky ledge on the right, presenting a classic risk/reward hole.
Best view: Hole 9, “The Himalayas,” has a rocky ledge on the right, and a creek runs straight across the fairway and woods to the left.
Top amenity: Caddie service
Winchester Country Club
Celebrities spotted: Cam Neely, Huey Lewis
Accoladee: Most challenging
Most challenging tee: Hole 16 slides off to the side and has a blind approach
Best view: Hole 6 has a classic Donald Ross par 3 design with an elevated tee and green. It is surrounded by bunkers and sits on a hill by itself, which provides views of the Boston skyline and Mystic Lake.
Top amenity: The new sports center offers a fitness club and indoor practice tees and putting facilities.
Celebrities spotted: Dennis Eckersley, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, James Marsden
Accoladee: Best amenities
Most challenging tee: Hole 14 is a 393-yard uphill par 4 that often has a headwind.
Best view: Hole 10 overlooks the lake, historic gardens and a 1903 Elizabethan mansion.
Top amenity: The mansion, with its soaring ceilings and mahogany details, hosts events. Shutter Island and parts of The Box were filmed there.
Celebrities spotted: Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Brady, Todd English, Bob Kraft, Ray Allen
Most challenging tee: Hole 7 on The Pines course is a demanding, par 3 tee shot that requires accuracy and distance; golfers must determine which side of the hole to be on..
Best view: From the 16th hole of The Oaks course there are stunning views of Mt. Wachusett, Mt. Monadnock and, on a crystal-clear day, Mt. Watatic.
Top amenity: Perks include concierge services for national sporting events (Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, Super Bowl, Masters, etc.); access to private clubs/courses around the world; and agronomic advice for landscaping members’ homes
photograph courtesy of turner hill