Best of Boston

2004 Best Golf Course, West

Stow Acres Country Club

Stow Acres is like the Tiger Woods of municipal courses. Not Tiger in 2004, but Tiger circa 1999, when he brought his A-game to every round. Originally opened in 1921 as a nine-holer, Stow now features two 18-hole courses, both designed by Geoffrey Cornish, including the North Course, acknowledged as one of the most challenging public courses in the nation. Off the greens, the club offers just about every golf option known, from lessons to a pro shop to corporate leagues to a lively 19th hole.

58 Randall Rd., Stow, 978-568-1100,