Taconic - Massachusetts - USA

Taconic Golf Club,
19 Meacham Street,
Massachusetts (MA) 01267,

  • +1 413 458 3997

  • Golf Club Website

  • 150 miles W of Boston

  • Unaccompanied guests may play daily by prior arrangement

  • Greg Canales

  • Wayne E. Stiles, John van Kleek, Gil Hanse

  • Rick Pohle

Laid out on the Williams College campus in the Berkshire Mountains, Taconic Golf Club is one of the best collegiate courses in the country. A rudimentary 9-hole course was laid out in 1896 which was extended to 18 holes in 1928 with a par of 73, but the layout was revised in the mid-1950s and it now plays to a par of 71.

Designed by the Boston company of Stiles and van Kleek – who built around 60 courses between 1924 and 1932, mainly in New England – the 18 holes here at Taconic are set in one of the most beautiful locations in the state of Massachusetts.

The front nine – short and very pretty – is where a score can be made, despite the relatively tight fairways and greens elevated above fairway level, the outward half ends spectacularly with a downhill par three that plays to a green set in a hollow below the clubhouse.

The back nine comprises many of the holes completed by Stiles and van Kleek with fairways laid out over higher ground and magnificent mountain backdrops for many of the tee shots A rock engraved behind the 14th tee pays tribute to a Jack Nicklaus hole in one during the 1956 US Junior Amateur Championship played here.

Gil Hanse recommended a restoration project to the club in 2006 which involved the relocation of cart paths, upgrading of drainage, expansion of green sites, widening of fairways, installation of fairway bunkers and removal of a substantial number of trees throughout the property – all designed to return the course to the way it was intended by its creators.

The USGA was happy to award the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship to Taconic in 1996, the club's centenary year. Perhaps when remedial work is complete, the club might yet be honoured with another national event worthy of such a grand old course.
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Description: Laid out on the Williams College campus in the Berkshire Mountains, Taconic Golf Club is one of the best collegiate courses in the country. Rating: 5.6666666666667 out of 6 Reviews: 3

Any student lucky enough to go to Williams College in Massachusetts may well have the best college golf course in America at Taconic Golf Club. Wayne Stiles routed a fabulous looking course with epic green-sites, which was only further improved by a recent Gil Hanse restoration.

Taconic Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

Two of the greatest architects brought this piece of land to world-class levels. Constant change in direction across huge slopes and challenging bunker complexes make this course visually appealing with outstanding design features.

You need to be really accurate to play well on this tough layout as judging distance becomes exceptionally tricky as the target landing areas rise and fall before you.

Taconic is a great educational case study on the genius of routing on a rolling topology. Its isolated location makes it far from everywhere, but the 18 holes are worth every mile of the journey.

5 / 6
September 12, 2017

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If America's college golf courses were ranked like its college football teams, then Williams College's Taconic Golf Club would be playing for the national championship. Their opponent would probably be The Course at Yale. Both are truly great golf courses.Taconic, like many layouts in the Northeast, was built on farmland. It was started quite humbly by three men in 1896 who sought permission to place some tomato cans on a college athletic field so they could play golf. It wasn't until 1927 that a Williams alumnus secured additional land and hired an architect to build an 18-hole course.Wayne Stiles of the golf course design firm Stiles & Van Kleek was the man commissioned to design and construct the new course. Stiles and Van Kleek may not have the cachet of Yale course architects C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor, but what Stiles created in Williamstown may have been his masterpiece.Many of Taconic's greens are elevated and although the course is generally not tight from the tees, the real challenge is found in hitting to the greens. With significant slope from back to front, you're usually better off playing short of the hole.In 1956, a teenager named Jack Nicklaus made a hole-in-one at Taconic in the U.S. Junior Amateur. In 2008, Gi Hanse was hired to do a multimillion dollar renovation of the course. This is a classic you may not have heard of but will make sure others do after you play it.
6 / 6
January 05, 2016

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While there are only a handful of tee times available each day to non-members, that makes Taconic technically a public course and in my view, the best public course in New England and among the best of any kind in Massachusetts.The routing sends the golfer in all directions and all but two tees are a short walk from the preceding green. Wayne Stiles has provided great variety off the tees and equally strategic choices approaching each green. Above the hole is an evil place to be on many greens, most notably 3, 4, 6, 10, 12, and 17. The course is usually in excellent conditions (as inferred from the sign by the Shop "No preferred lies. We play golf here."The views of the Berkshires are splendid. With the exception of exception of a handful of seaside course, the visual appeal is the best in the state.
6 / 6
April 09, 2015

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