By Jennifer Heiser, Irina Grechko and Kaitlyn Voyce| April 13, 2011 |
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.
Turner Hill 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.
The International Celebrities spotted: Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Brady, Todd English, Bob Kraft, Ray Allen Accoladee: Longest 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
The Bay Club at Mattapoisett Celebrities spotted: Danny Ainge, course designer Brad Faxon, current US amateur champion and member Peter Uihlein Accoladee: Hidden gem Most challenging tee: Hole 17 is a 487-yard par 4 slight dog-leg left from the championship tee with a well-bunkered approach. Best view:Hole 10 overlooks the lake and has a view of holes 7, 8 and 9. Top amenity: The five-star practice facility has a 40-station grass practice tee, a large separate practice coaching tee and a one-acre short-game area.