Where to Play Golf in Boston

Three must-play public greens and three private courses worth the splurge.


Photograph Courtesy of Pine Hills Golf Club


Pinehills Golf Club

Plymouth’s Pinehills (pictured) boasts two new 18-hole championship courses laid out by Rees Jones and Nicklaus Design. The practice facilities rival any private course.

Starting at $100 for 18 holes, 54 Clubhouse Dr., Plymouth, 508-209-3000, pinehillsgolf.com.

Shaker Hills

Known for its classic New England layout—think tree-lined fairways and century-old stone walls—Shaker Hills was renovated in 2012 to include a par-3 practice facility dubbed the “19th hole.”

Starting at $54 for 18 holes, 146 Shaker Hill Rd., Harvard, 978-772-3330, shakerhills.com.

Wachusett Country Club

Three generations of the same family have been stewards of these Donald Ross–designed links. If you don’t mind walking—carts are extra—it’s the best deal around.

Starting at $30 for 18 holes, 187 Prospect St., West Boylston, 508-835-2264, wachusettcc.com.


Boston Golf Club

Gil Hanse designed the fairways at this nine-year-old course to follow the natural terrain, with minimal tree and earth removal.

19 Old County Rd., Hingham, 781-741-5127, bostongolfclub.org.

The Country Club

Old-school rules reign at America’s oldest country club, where you must go through an extensive nomination process to be considered for membership.

191 Clyde St., Chestnut Hill, 617-566-0240.

Old Sandwich Golf Club

Modern amenities—there are steam baths in the men’s lounge, for starters—and finely manicured greens are the draw at this top-ranked course.

41 DoubleBrook, Plymouth, 508-209-2200, osgolfclub.com.