Putterham Golf Course Review:
I have wanted to start reviewing many of the courses I play for awhile. It will help organize my thoughts with constructive criticism and allow me to express to the club in question some helpful comments on where they can improve.
First up on the course review series is Brookline Golf Club (not to be confused with THE Country Club) in Brookline, MA. This course used to be known as Putterham Meadows. This is a local municipal course and is most likely so popular for its location and not the actual course. There are only a handful of courses in Boston and the neighboring towns so there is a captive audience when it comes to golfers. I myself play here because of the convenience and not because of the course itself.
Putterham Golf Course Review: First lets look at the facilities:
There is plenty of parking when you pull up. The have a bag drop area in front of the clubhouse which is convenient. The clubhouse is a typical old style New England golf facility. It is a big brick and stone building with a modest entrance and a stone deck overlooking the 18th green. The Vine Ripe Grill is the merchant providing food and it is reasonably good. They also provide an on-course drink cart and grilled food station at the turn (very nice recent addition).
The pro-shop is around back in the basement. They have almost no merchandise. There is so little to choose from it is not worth looking at. Now comes the most important stat: price for a round. This is what I think is the 2nd biggest negative at this course (I will elaborate later). For a weekend rate (2015) they are getting $63 to ride. This falls into the high end of average in my opinion. This includes the gas powered cart, but more on this later. The staff is friendly and attentive. They seem on top of everything at the start. Strangely, I almost never see a ranger out on the course.
Next lets look with the course statistics:
The course itself is rated average in slope and course rating. Overall a pretty short course at 6302 from the blue tees.
Next lets look at the course itself:
This is a frustrating place to play for one obvious reason, conditions. The course layout is itself very nice. I like the design of the course. There are a few of cupcake holes (2,3,12) and a few that are ridiculously difficult (6, 14). It is a nice blend of easy, mediocre and difficult holes. The conditions on this course are horrible, however. There are spots where it is pretty good, but there are more spots that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief. I played here in April 2015 for my first round of the year. They charged me the full $63 greens fees and did not have the courtesy to put one bunker rake on the course, not one!! If you landed in a trap, you had to remove the ball, smooth out the almost wave-like surface and place it down. I had played later in the day and so it was absurd in the traps. This course is notorious for bad conditions. I am not sure if it is a lack of caring or if there are legitimate reasons for the bad maintenance. There are not a lot of fairway bunkers at this course but the ones there almost never have sand in them. There was a time a few years ago where a green side bunker on hole #17 had grass growing in it. This lasted the entire season. They eventually fixed it but what took so long? hole #14, the absolute most difficult on the course, had mud for a fairway for several months. The greens have some good ones and some bad ones. The bad ones, are really bad with dirt patches and a hint of what was once grass. The good ones aren’t great just adequate
As I mentioned previously, there is a limited number of courses close by and this is usually the reason I end up here. I guess I am feeding the monster when I plunk down my $63 hard-earned dollars. I always say after playing here that I am not coming back but it is so close to my house and i do not want to drive all over the place. Additionally, I can almost always get a tee time if I plan a day or two in advance. Good courses book fast as a rule.
Pros and Cons: Putterham Golf Course Review
Pros: convenient location, nice layout, good food facilities, usually get tee times
Cons: horrible conditions, expensive for what you get, conditions can affect play adversely, feeling you just got ripped off.
This course gets a P-and-P Rank of 2 stars out of 5 due to value and course conditions. I would be interested to see what others think who’ve played this place.