Review for Beverly Country Club

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Beverly’s signature hole is # 14, a short, straight par 4. Unusual signature you say? The reasoning is that it’s the first hole Ron Prichard restored in his 2001 effort here. The membership was skeptical of the benefits of removing trees and restoring bunkers, so Prichard made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. He asked the membership what was their dullest hole, and when the 14th was the answer, he offered to take it on, promising that if the club didn’t like the result, he’d go away quietly. Prichard removed all but a couple trees, increased the size of the green that had shrunk due to mowing patterns and added a pair of fairway bunkers. The members liked the result so much that they hired Prichard to restore the rest of the course.

Although hundreds of trees have been removed, it seemed to me that more need to go. Terry Lavin, who serves as the club’s historian, agrees. His unique solution is the inverse of the memorial trees at many clubs: memorial stumps. I seconded his motion.

The routing is Ross’s work, though the first and ninth holes had to be shortened when a highway was built through the course. As he did at Seminole and at Palm Beach, Ross made fine use of a ridge that runs across the front nine. And though the site’s rectangular shape is four times longer than its width, Ross managed a fine routing, with five holes running east-west and only two running consecutively parallel The result is a fine layout, complete with lovely bunkering, both in the landing areas and around the greens. A number of greens boast diabolical Ross contours, but just as many are rather flat and thus less challenging. My favorite, the 60 yard long eighth, is not Ross’s, but Prichard liked it enough not to change it.

The course was very green when I played in October, 2016. My preference is firm and fast, and while the greens were fast enough (10.5 on my stimpmeter), the fairways were not firm at all: some were pockmarked with ball marks made where drives had landed.

Date: October 08, 2016


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