Tedesco Country Club was established in 1903, with members playing on a 6-hole course along the shoreline of St Phillip’s Beach in Swampscott. In the 1920s, the club relocated to its current location with Eugene “Skip” Wogan, the long-time superintendent at Essex County Club, designing a new 18-hole layout.
It comprises two contrasting nines: the relatively straightforward outward half (playing to a par of 34) is routed across what was once fairly flat farmland, with the more difficult inward half (playing to a par of 36) carved through hilly, densely forested terrain.
Holes of note include back-to-back par threes at the 7th and 8th, the 370-yard 12th (said to have been designed by Donald Ross) with a shallow shelf green, and the long par four 16th, where a hogback fairway leads downhill to a green that severely slopes from back to front.
Ron Forse spearheaded a $1.6 million renovation programme in 2018, which included a complete greens surrounds and bunker overhaul, returning traps and putting complexes to their original design intent.
Ron Forse, ably assisted by member Tom Peckham and superintendent Peter Hasak has made some lovely renovations to the course. The most obvious improvement is in bunkering. Most have been rebuilt and the fescue at the top makes them quite attractive. One of Peckham’s contributions to the bunkering is nomenclature. He’s dubbed a pot bunker Ron added to the landing zone of the short par four 6th “Forse’s Orifice”. More substantive improvements suggested by Peckham and Hasak are expansions of the greens on the 5th and 10th holes, creating new challenging hole locations on the right side of each. And new bunkers around the 2nd green were the result of an old postard Hasak discovered at a flea market.
New bunkers have also added more strategic elements to the course, as has the substantial tree removal that was part of Forse’s work. Though with more opportunities to play a variety of approach shots (nearly half require an aerial approach) and a bit more contoured greens, Tedesco could be a 6 ball course. But these are small issues. The course is great fun….and much more so than before this renovation.