Massachusetts

Immortalised by the Bee Gees song, Massachusetts, the Bay State, or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be precise, is the most populous state of New England with Boston, the state capital, at its heart. Golf was adopted early on in historical proceedings, thanks in no small part to the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth on the Mayflower.

The Country Club at Brookline was formed in 1860 and was America’s inaugural Country Club, but members had to wait until 1893 before a rudimentary 6-hole golf course was ready for play. However, Myopia Hunt Club was the golf course that really got things going in Massachusetts, playing host to four early US Open Championships, most recently in 1908.

Since those early beginnings, Bay Staters have taken the Royal & Ancient game to heart and there are now more than 400 golf courses in Massachusetts, seven of which feature regularly in our US Top 100 rankings. Boston and the surrounding area is where you’ll find many classics from the Golden Age, but do not dismiss the new as there are numerous top-drawer modern golf courses in the state, with Old Sandwich as the perennial headliner.

Our Massachusetts Best In State Rankings were last updated in July 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Massachusetts

The Country Club, Brookline (Clyde & Squirrel)

1st Massachusetts - Best in Area

The name may sound a little arrogant and for golfers in the know, there’s no need to explain that The Country Club at Brookline was the first of its type in the USA.

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Description: The name may sound a little arrogant and for golfers in the know, there’s no need to explain that The Country Club at Brookline was the first of its type in the USA. Rating: 4.8 out of 6

Old Sandwich

2nd Massachusetts - Best in Area

"The green complexes are very interesting and include great contouring, and the bunker shaping by Jeff Bradley is excellent. I call him Mr. Sand Man" says Masa Nishijima.

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Description: "The green complexes are very interesting and include great contouring, and the bunker shaping by Jeff Bradley is excellent. I call him Mr. Sand Man" says Masa Nishijima. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Myopia Hunt

3rd Massachusetts - Best in Area

Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton Massachusetts started out in life way back in 1882. So many of the original "horsey" members were bespectacled that they decided to call the club Myopia.

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Description: Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton Massachusetts started out in life way back in 1882. So many of the original "horsey" members were bespectacled that they decided to call the club Myopia. Rating: 5.3333333333333 out of 6

Essex County Club

4th Massachusetts - Best in Area

The par five 3rd hole at Essex County Club is a monster and it is nearly as long as the sum of the first two par fours that precede it. But there’s much more to this hole than length alone.

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Description: The par five 3rd hole at Essex County Club is a monster and it is nearly as long as the sum of the first two par fours that precede it. But there’s much more to this hole than length alone. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Eastward Ho!

5th Massachusetts - Best in Area

Herbert Fowler, the esteemed English golf course architect – best known for his work at Walton Heath and The Berkshire – was the man responsible for creating this classic Eastward Ho! layout...

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Description: Herbert Fowler, the esteemed English golf course architect – best known for his work at Walton Heath and The Berkshire – was the man responsible for creating this classic Eastward Ho! layout... Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Boston

6th Massachusetts - Best in Area

The Boston Golf Club – located in Hingham, Massachusetts – is a private members golf club and has been routed across more than 300 acres of prime golfing terrain

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Description: The Boston Golf Club – located in Hingham, Massachusetts – is a private members golf club and has been routed across more than 300 acres of prime golfing terrain Rating: 5.4 out of 6

Kittansett

7th Massachusetts - Best in Area

The Kittansett Club is situated at the end of Butler Point which extends into Buzzards Bay. Its location offers spectacular views and challenging shot making in the ever-changing wind.

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Description: The Kittansett Club is situated at the end of Butler Point which extends into Buzzards Bay. Its location offers spectacular views and challenging shot making in the ever-changing wind. Rating: 5.3333333333333 out of 6

Salem

8th Massachusetts - Best in Area

The greens but more specifically the green sites are considered perfection, each of Salem Country Club’s holes are thoughtfully designed and cleverly routed...

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Description: The greens but more specifically the green sites are considered perfection, each of Salem Country Club’s holes are thoughtfully designed and cleverly routed... Rating: 4 out of 6

Winchester

9th Massachusetts - Best in Area

Built on the side of a hill next to the west shore of Upper Mystic Lake, the fairways at Winchester Country Club are laid out side by side due to the lie of the land...

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Description: Built on the side of a hill next to the west shore of Upper Mystic Lake, the fairways at Winchester Country Club are laid out side by side due to the lie of the land... Rating: 5 out of 6

Sankaty Head

10th Massachusetts - Best in Area

One of the few examples of links-style golf outside of Britain & Ireland, Sankaty Head Golf Club has honourable traditions much more akin to the greatest golf clubs on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Description: One of the few examples of links-style golf outside of Britain & Ireland, Sankaty Head Golf Club has honourable traditions much more akin to the greatest golf clubs on the other side of the Atlantic. Rating: 6 out of 6