The owners of Boston Golf Club rejected the property that is now Black Rock because of the extensive amount of ledge. Building Black Rock required extensive blasting but the exposed ledge adds to the beauty of the course and creates a couple nice dogleg opportunities (at the 7th and 16th). Ledge is also prominent at the 10th as the green is fitted into a semicircular cliff., though it would have been more dramatic had the green been located right next to the cliff as on the 2nd at Tedesco.
Black Rock’s first three holes are rather ordinary, but the fun begins at the 4th, an Alps/Punchbowl par 5. The 6th is another fine par 5 with a bunker in the middle of the fairway to negotiate on the second shot. Like the 7th, the 8th is a short doglegs where an aggressive tee shot will yield a shorter approach. Starting at the 9th Brian Silva channels Seth Raynor with a fine Redan par 3, and then continues with a thumbprint green on 10 and a Maiden green on 11. 18 features another dogleg where cutting the corner properly will provide the player with a shorter second shot.
I always enjoy Black Rock and it can be just as much fun in the winter when the holes are cut on the tee boxes.
Date: September 28, 2020