Immortalised by the Bee Gees song, Massachusetts, the Bay State, or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be precise, is the most populous state of New England with Boston, the state capital, at its heart. Golf was adopted early on in historical proceedings, thanks in no small part to the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth on the Mayflower.
The Country Club at Brookline was formed in 1860 and was America’s inaugural Country Club, but members had to wait until 1893 before a rudimentary 6-hole golf course was ready for play. However, Myopia Hunt Club was the golf course that really got things going in Massachusetts, playing host to four early US Open Championships, most recently in 1908.
Since those early beginnings, Bay Staters have taken the Royal & Ancient game to heart and there are now more than 400 golf courses in Massachusetts, seven of which feature regularly in our US Top 100 rankings. Boston and the surrounding area is where you’ll find many classics from the Golden Age, but do not dismiss the new as there are numerous top-drawer modern golf courses in the state, with Old Sandwich as the perennial headliner.
Our Massachusetts Best In State Rankings were last updated in July 2016. Click the link to read the story.