The Plymouth area of Massachusetts has given golf-loving Americans much to give thanks for, although Plymouth Country Club is a Golden Age gem, both Old Sandwich Golf Club and Indian Pond Country Club are 21st century entries into the region’s scene.
Although built as part of a residential development, all the homes at the site ring the outside of the property and do not incur on the route from Damian Pascuzzo and Andy Staples. In fact, with the exception of just a few holes, the course takes a rather Pine Valley-approach to its routing, with individual holes living within their own tree-lined corridors. Adding to the sensation is the number of large bunkers that enforce both accuracy and strategy around Pascuzzo and Staples’s design.
Three holes come into contact with the title pond...No. 10 is a reachable par five where the pond plays the last deterrent to an ambitious approach, No. 12 is a reachable par four with a similar theme, and No. 13 is a par three that will require a carry across the water.
For those coming down from Boston, Indian Pond might also be the easiest course to access. The Kingston Station is the last on the southbound train...but unfortunately there’s no way to dart through the woods without intruding on private property. Take a cab...it will be worth it.
Indian Pond is a relatively new course. The opening hole is welcoming. A slightly uphill dogleg right. Favor the left off the tee, but not too far lest you will end up in the fairway bunker. The first par 5 is a dogleg left uphill. Fairway bunkers on both sides in the landing area. The 3rd is a good birdie hole. Another uphill slight dogleg right with a fairway bunker on the outside elbow. Best to take an extra club on the approach be wary of the front right greenside bunker. The 4th is a slight dogleg left with bunkers on the inside elbow. Finally, a downhill approach to a green that runs away, so it is difficult to hold. The first par 3 is long, but downhill with a carry over water. The short dogleg right 6th is reachable for those of you who can towering power fades. For the rest of us, layup to set up a flip wedge. The 7th is mid-length uphill par three. It does have a two tiered green and front right is green light. The upper tier, especially left behind the bunker, is much more problematic. The 8th is the number one handicap hole a long dogleg left par 5. You come out of a chute on the tee with two fairway bunkers, another couple of fairway bunkers and two greenside bunkers. The 9th is a tough dogleg left. Bunkers on the outside elbow and water hazard left. Favor the right off the tee.
The 10th is a long par 5 with a very wide fairway. Multiple fairway bunkers, the green is elevated and well protected by bunkers and a water hazard right. The 11th is the number two handicap hole a long uphill par 4. Fairway bunker right and OB left. Take an extra club to carry the large front bunker. The 12th is the signature hole, a picturesque downhill par 4 with a water hazard all the way down the left. A good birdie oppty, decent drive should leave you with a flip wedge to the green. The 13th is the shortest par 3 with a green that is surrounded by four bunkers. The 14th is another good birdie oppty dogleg right. The green is drivable if you can hit a high fade. There are 7 fairway bunkers and the two-tiered green is protected by 3 bunkers. The 15th is a dogleg left with bunkers on the inside and outside. Take an extra club on the approach. The 16th is yet another dogleg left. Ideal tee shot will be just short of the fairway bunkers on the outside elbow. The 17th is a forgettable par 3. The finishing hole is a reachable downhill par 5. Off the tee hug the left side. While there are 3 bunkers this is one of the largest greens on the course.
If you paid I would play it again.