Originally intended as a private development for a group of investors in the early 1930s, the land on which the George Wright Golf Course is sited ended up with the City of Boston when the Great Depression hit and the investors disappeared.
Thanks to the intervention of the US government’s Works Progress Administration, the city decided to develop a municipal facility when around a million dollars was made available to dynamite rock, lay drainage pipes, install irrigation lines and, most importantly, keep around a thousand men actively employed during construction.
Fast forward to the start of the new millennium, when the City of Boston decided to run the daily operations of a sadly dilapidated course that was suffering from twenty years of neglect due to its upkeep having been leased to a succession of outside management companies.
Greens were made the number one priority, applying sand and covering them up during the harsh winter months. The irrigation system was then overhauled, a program of tree removal was carried out and new bunkers were added, all of which dramatically turned the course’s fortunes around, to the extent that George Wright hosted the 110th Massachusetts Amateur in July 2018, won by Patrick Frodigh. In the event's long history this was the first time the tournament had been staged over a municipal course.
A fun course with some classic features on an extreme site lead to a higher number of blind and uphill shots than most courses offer. I played it somewhere in the middle of its decade long renaissance, but despite some conditioning challenges, I found it to be an enjoyable collection of golf holes. With a handful of long difficult Par 4's and a difficult set of Par 3's, the course plays tougher than would be expected from the yardage, providing a good challenge. Quality for price, this is definitely a must play for Boston public golf.