Golf is that sport/game/hobby that people either can’t play enough, or hate with intense passion. It feels like there is no in between. And honestly, that bums me out a little bit. I love playing golf. Not because I’m any good really, but because it’s a way to be outside with friends. It can be anything to anyone. Golf can be competitive against friends or a previous personal score, or just a reason to walk around and drink beer. Sometimes living in the city can make it a challenging hobby. In this blog I’m listing a few of my favorite spots. So if you are visiting Boston this fall and you want to catch a round, check these spots out.
My home course if I have to choose one. A nice, very walk able 9-hole course that wraps around the Fresh Pond Reservation in Cambridge. This is a great spot that is convenient to people living in the city. I often end up playing this after work in the summer while the days are long enough. You might get to see Daisy and Lola the goose chasing hounds that live at the course.
For a quick beer before or after your round check out the VFW across the street and for a bite head to Jose’s in North Cambridge for some Mole drenched enchiladas.
Mount Hood Golf Course
Mount Hood in Melrose is a great 18 hole municipal course sitting atop the Mount Hood memorial park. It’s a hilly course for sure, especially the back nine, so if you walk be ready for a workout. The 8th hole allows you to climb up the monument atop the hill and see a panoramic view on Boston from north of the city. Well worth the climb. For après golf, head down into Melrose and check out the raw bar at Turners Seafood Grill.
Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy is a pretty unique place. The semi-private club is open to all and offers 27 links style holes with incredible views of the Boston skyline. In fact, The Crossing 9’s Patio Bar is an awesome spot to just grab a drink and take in the scenery. Granite’s driving range is right next door so if a full round isn’t in the cards just hitting a bucket of balls with a cocktail is a nice option as well.
Good luck and hit em straight!