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PLAYING

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THE TOP 20+

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Community Relations Director

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Editor

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Associate Editor

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04 Must-haves

08 Top 20+ of 2020

10 Picture perfect

11 Middleton update

12 The golf boom

14 Kelley Greens

15 Rowley's new team

16 Shooting his age

17 Sagamore shift

EDITOR'S LETTER

INSIDE

18 Pro Tip

20 Course record

21 Golf calendar

22 Shades of Green

24 Course directory

26 Notebook

28 Northern Getaway

32 Flynn still Golden

BILL BROTHERTON

Great Golf Boom of 2021?

What a year! 2020 started out so well … and then in mid-March the coronavirus pandemic arrived

like a belligerent, foul-mouthed houseguest who refused to leave.

Health experts were emphatic: “Wear a mask, wash your hands till they’re raw and stay at least six feet

apart. And if you have a Hazmat suit hanging around, wear that too.”

The state shut down businesses and schools and restaurants and sports arenas and entertainment

venues. And golf courses and driving ranges! Most of us ditched the office to work remotely from home.

A trip to the supermarket instilled fear in all of us.

Finally, on May 7, during Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, golf courses were allowed to reopen

under strict guidelines.

Slowly, gradually, rules were relaxed. Restaurants offered outdoor dining. COVID-19, that houseguest,

may still be around, but there’s hope thanks to companies like Moderna and Pfizer offering the promise

of a return to a semi-normal life.

But what an ordeal. We’ve spent many, many hours on our computers, praying it would lead us to the

promised land. We’ve set the alarm for 5 a.m., rushed to our laptops and turned our attention to specific

websites that we prayed would link us to some joy.

But navigating the websites was annoyingly frustrating. They behaved badly. We not-so-patiently hit

the refresh button hoping we could finally schedule a time. No such luck, time and again. “There are no

openings” the websites taunted. Until, finally, suddenly success! We were able to BOOK A TEE TIME!

Hallelujah.

Wait! You thought I was talking about the difficulty of booking an appointment to get the

COVID-19 vaccine?

Uh-uh. Did you try to land a tee time at a public golf course last summer? You don’t know what stress

is until your buddies tasked you with reserving a mid-morning tee time on a Saturday.

Something unexpected happened last year when courses were finally allowed to reopen. Everybody

wanted to play golf. As Mike Alongi, the sports editor of the Daily Item in Lynn, reports in this issue,

the United States saw the biggest increase in rounds of golf played in nearly 25 years. All told some 502

million rounds of golf were played in the U.S. And local clubs anticipate The Great Golf Boom of 2020 to

continue in 2021, judging from early season play.

Anne Marie Tobin, North Shore Golf ’s associate editor, spent time at area golf retailers getting the

scoop on products and equipment that are hot sellers and must-haves. She also writes about changes and

shifts at Sagamore Spring GC, one of the North Shore’s busiest public courses, and brings us up to date

on what’s up with the project at the site of the much missed Middleton GC, which closed in 2019.

Also in this issue, you will meet Jim McHale, an 84-year-old who routinely breaks his age at Thomson

Country Club. Kelley Greens in Nahant has a new management team: Give a warm welcome to Brett,

Rhiannon and their adorable English Bulldog puppy Archie. And Toby Ahern, a respected longtime

North Shore pro, is bringing his expertise and a new grounds superintendent to Rowley Country Club.

Let’s not forget Jake Rand, who broke a course record at Winthrop Golf Club that was set 62 years

ago.

Hope to see you on the course this season … if we can land a tee time, that is.

Bill Brotherton is editor of North Shore Golf magazine. He grew up in Beverly, caddied and worked in the pro

shop at Essex County Club, is a Ouimet Scholar who graduated from Suffolk University, has written about golf

for the Beverly Times and Daily Item of Lynn. He’s retired from the Boston Herald, where he wrote about music

and edited the Features section. Tell him what you think at bbrotherton@essexmediagroup.com.

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BY ANNE MARIE TOBIN

As golfers head into a second season of

COVID-19, all signs indicate this may be

another record-breaking season for the

golf industry. Sales at many golf retailers

are flourishing as players are flocking to

stores to stock up for the new season.

At the PGA Tour Superstore in

Peabody, General Manager Greg Cosgrove

said many items are flying off the shelves.

"It's been crazy, we are out of so many

items so early in the season," he said.

One of the highest demands has been

for travel covers.

"From what we see, people are traveling

or planning to travel again," Cosgrove

said. "We've also sold out of women's

packaged beginner sets, so the new-golfer

trend that started last year seems to be

continuing. We are seeing them and elite,

skilled groups continuing to purchase, so

from everything we see as a retailer, it is

shaping up to be another record year."

1. FootJoy PRO | SL shoe – $199

FootJoy is still the biggest seller at the

Superstore. Its latest style - the PRO |

SL comes in several models, all of which

boast 30 percent more traction points

in the outer sole. The design features

FootJoy's reimagined PowerHarness that

wraps the foot in comfort, to better release

more power into the swing. Available with

or without laces.

2. PGA Tour Glove – $9.99

The store's own PGA brand is sold in a

2-pack.

3. Vokey Design SM 8 wedge – $179

The Vokey Design SM 8 features a

pushed-forward center of gravity to

produce more consistent ball-striking and

improved accuracy and ball flight.

4. Mizuno Blue Ion putter – $299

Mizuno M Craft Type 2 Blue Ion putter

has a deep-milled face for a softer feel and

roll. It comes with a custom-fit weight kit

that includes a pair of three-, eight- and

13-gram weights to customize feel and

performance.

5. TaylorMade Hi-Toe RAW

wedge – $179

The Hi-Toe RAW with its innovative ZTP

RAW Groove Design delivers more spin,

especially in wet conditions. The clubface

has narrower and deeper grooves.

6. Titleist T series irons – $1,325-

$1,599

The Titleist T100, T200, T300 and T400

series offer options for players ranging

from beginner to scratch.


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7. PING G425 hybrid – $269

Designed for all golfers, the new PING

G425 has been a customer favorite when

it comes to hybrids. Its new face design

(Facewrap), promises to deliver more

distance and higher launch. The club also

sports a new three-circle system on its

crown, which PING says serves as a visual

cue to improve alignment. The club is

available in lofts from 17 to 34 degrees.

8. Titleist TSi2 driver – $549-$749

The new Titleist TSi2 driver pushes the

aerospace boundaries with a sleek design

touted as the longest and straightest

Titleist driver. The secret begins with the

clubface, which is made with ATI 425

aerospace titanium, which is stronger and

more durable compared to traditional

titanium alloys.

9. Callaway Soft X ball – $48/dozen

The Callaway Chrome Soft X is a top

seller.

10. Ecco BIOM Hybrid shoe– $199

For women, the BIOM Hybrid is casual

in style and billed as the industry's first

hybrid performance shoes in that the

spikeless soles allow the shoe to be worn

stylishly on and off the golf course.

11.Titleist and TaylorMade balls –

$48/dozen

Titleist Pro-V1 and Pro-V1x are top sellers.

The TaylorMade pix ball has been big,

so big they’ve sold out. "They have the

special alignments on it and come in

orange gray, the Rickie Fowler colors."

said Cosgrove.


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8 >>> SPRING 2021

Top 20+ of 2020

The pandemic summer of 2020

was filled with challenges and bad

news. But golfers at North Shore

clubs, both public and private,

overcame numerous obstacles to

perform at their best. With an assist

from local PGA professionals and

general managers, we were able to

compile this list of North Shore Golf

magazine’s Top 20+ of 2020.

Without further ado, we announce

the top male golfer and top female

golfer at these North Shore courses,

as recommended by their pro and/or

club manager.

Golf Course Men's Player Women's Player

Bass Rocks Golf Club Jeff Gouzie Jenny Ceppi

Beverly Golf & Tennis Larry Jacobs Lauren O'Brien

Bradford Country Club Nick Maccario Krystal Knight

Cape Ann Golf Club Kevin Bilow Bailey Kaplan

Essex County Club Chris Comenos Lauren Herter

Far Corner Golf Club Ki Cwon N/A

Ferncroft Country Club Nick Leary Lisa Anderson

Gannon Golf Club Ben Friedman Ann Dawson

Hillview Golf Course Mike Heck Jinny Slagle

Indian Ridge Country Club Colin Brennan Isabel Brozena

Kelley Greens Brendan Locke N/A

Kernwood Country Club Christian Emmerich Karen Solomon

Meadow Brook Golf Club Charlie Johnson Kate Coppins

Myopia Hunt Club Sam Cregg Katie Barrand

Sagamore Spring Golf Club Phil Miceli Donna Deliso

Salem Country Club Kevin Daly Diane Carter

Tedesco Country Club Brad Tufts Kym Pappathanasi

Thomson Country Club Chris McNeil Janice Lamb

Wenham Country Club Pat Scanlon Martha Field

Winthrop Golf Club Jake Rand Kathy Baron

Jenny Ceppi won her 13th Bass

Rocks club championship since 2003.

First-time men’s champ Jeff Gouzie

considers his most memorable round to

be the final round of the 2019 Bass Rocks

club championship, when he shot 67 to

give eventual champion Mark Turner

a run for his money, eventually finishing

second. His dad, Tom, won the club

championship five times.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

At Hillview, Jinny Slagle won her

10th championship and Mike Heck won

his first.


● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Beverly G&TC’s Larry Jacobs

(4.1 handicap index) and Lauren

O’Brien (8.6 handicap index) are

often in the winner’s circle. O’Brien

is a three-time club champion and

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Kevin Murphy, head PGA

professional at Bradford CC, praised the

accomplishments of Nick Maccario

and Krystal Knight.

Maccario was Mass Golf’s Player of

the Year in 2020. The former St. John’s

Prep standout last year won the Mass

Mid-Amateur Championship, the Mass

Four-Ball Championship and qualified

for the U.S. Amateur. Maccario also shot

a 56 (15 under par) at Bradford playing in

a casual round with buddies last August.

Amazingly, Maccario didn't win

Bradford’s club championship last year.

Shawn Roderick shot 3-under in the

medal play 36-hole event and beat him

by two strokes.

Knight, while at Merrimack,

dominated New England college golf for

four years and was named Division 2

All-America. “She plays the back tees and

beats all the guys,” said Murphy.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

At Ferncroft CC, Lisa Anderson won

her 10th consecutive club championship

and 15th in all. Nick Leary was strong

in match play, posting scores of 66,

72, 72, and a final 69 (he played out

the rounds and recorded some birdies

after the matches were decided). Leary

finished the season with a handicap

index of 0.3 but was lower during 2020.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Ben Friedman (1.5 handicap)

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championships, and women's champ

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CLOCKWISE FROM

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Golf had a boom year in 2020

...and it will likely continue post-pandemic

Back in late March of 2020,

when businesses and

organizations throughout

Massachusetts were shutting down

due to the coronavirus pandemic,

things weren’t looking very promising

for golf courses. Massive drops in the

number of rounds played throughout

March and April due to closures

occurred until courses were given the

OK to reopen — with strict restrictions

BY MIKE ALONGI

— in early May.

And that’s when something amazing

happened. The country saw the

biggest increase in rounds of golf

played in nearly 25 years. According

to the National Golf Foundation,

rounds were up 6.2 percent in May,

13.9 percent in June, 19.7 percent in

July, 20.6 percent in August, 25.5

percent in September, 32.3 percent

in October, an incredible 57.5 percent

in November and 37.3 percent

in December. The national 2020

increase was nearly 14 percent over

2019 rounds, an increase of roughly

75 million rounds — and that’s after

losing an estimated 20 million rounds

in March and April. All told some 502

million rounds of golf were played in

the United States in 2020.

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14 >>> SPRING 2021

Changes are cooking at Kelley Greens

BY BILL BROTHERTON

Brett Waterman and Rhiannon Evans, the new managers of Kelley Greens in Nahant, sit

with their English Bulldog puppy, Archie, in a portion of the newly-renovated restuarant

at the course.

PHOTO: SPENSER HASAK

Kelley Greens, the 9-hole

waterfront golf course in

Nahant, has a rich and

storied history.

A new chapter in the club’s history

began March 5, when Nahant’s Golf

Course Committee and the Board of

Selectmen selected Brett Waterman and

Rhiannon Evans of R & B Management

as the course and restaurant’s new

lessees. They have a 5-year lease.

Townies are happy Waterman

and Evans, partners in life and

business, have reverted back to the

Kelley Greens name. The previous

management team switched to the

Nahant Golf Club name in 2017, but

for many it will always be Kelley

Greens. A few members still refer to

the place as Sea Gaels or Tony C’s,

named after the local Red Sox slugger

whose family bought the course and

ran the restaurant in the early 1970s.

“Everyone knows it as Kelley

Greens and locals call it by that name,

so it made sense to return to that,”

said Waterman.

The club was founded in 1894, but

it has shut down off-and-on through

the decades. The Kelley Greens we’ve

come to know and love reopened for

good in 1966 when Selectman Charles

A. Kelley took charge and guided the

course’s rebirth as Drumquill Golf

Course. After his death in 1988, the

course was renamed in his honor.

Waterman, a graduate of the

University of Rhode Island turfgrass

management program, plans to add

new maintenance equipment to his

arsenal. Waterman has been course

superintendent at Nahant’s 3,910-yard

links for the past two years, moving

here from Tamarack Country Club in

Greenwich, Conn. A new fleet of golf

carts will soon arrive, and irrigation

improvements will take place this

season. The search for a PGA golf pro

has begun.

Chef/co-owner Evans, a native of

Nottingham, England, was executive

chef for the past nine years at the

prestigious Quaker Ridge Golf Club in

New York’s Westchester County (the

golf course is annually ranked as one

of the USA’s top 100).

The couple, together for 10 years,

has spent the past two years in a

long-distance relationship. They met

at Tamarack CC, where Evans worked

in the kitchen as sous-chef. Are they

happy to be working together at

Kelley Greens? Their beaming smiles

indicate the answer is yes.

The day we visited, we were greeted

by Waterman and Evans’ friendly,

kissy 5-month-old English Bulldog

Archie, who will be a regular at the

site. During a tour of the dining

room improvements, Archie had an

“accident” on the rug. “It’s a good

thing we’re replacing all the carpets,”

said the couple.

In fact, a lot of renovations are

taking place in the restaurant. The

couple plans to redo the interior and

enhance the outdoor dining space,

where cooling ocean breezes are

prevalent. They hope to have the bar/

restaurant up and running by the end

of April. Evans said the atmosphere

will be casual and feature “simple

good food.”

“There aren’t many dining options

in Nahant, just the Tides and a pizza

place,” said Waterman. “The owner

of the Tides, Mike O’Callaghan,

has gone out of his way to help

us. His support has been greatly

appreciated.”

For more information, go to the

Kelley Greens Golf Course Facebook

page.


Rowley CC

welcomes

Ahern,

Godek

BY BILL BROTHERTON

Toby Ahern, a seasoned PGA golf

professional with more than 35 years

of experience, has joined Rowley

Country Club as Managing Partner.

Ahern was a key member of the staff

at Ferncroft Country Club for more

than 25 years, serving as Director of

Golf, General Manager and Director of

Business Development.

“I’m very excited to join the

Rowley CC team and look forward

to working with (Director of Golf/

General Manager) Darin Chin-Aleong,

who has been doing everything and

has done an

exceptional job

since joining

Rowley in 2015.

I hope to support

him and help

make his job a bit

easier.”

Bill Godek

will be Rowley’s

new course

superintendent.

Godek has worked

for more than 10

years at Ferncroft

under the tutelage

of Michael

Cassidy, head

superintendent.

The Swampscott

native started his

career at Tedesco

Country Club. Zack Lamkin will assist

Godek.

Ahern, who grew up in Lynnfield

and graduated from St. John's Prep in

TOBY AHERN

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16 >>> SPRING 2021

Thomson’s McHale

a marvel at age 84

BY STEVE KRAUSE

Jim McHale may be 84, but don't

tell him he's reached "dufferhood."

He may challenge you to

a round … and he might just beat you.

McHale, of Wakefield, has not lost

that competitive edge. And while he's

not setting any records at Thomson

Country Club, where he’s a member

and plays regularly, he shot or broke

his age 44 times last year. And from the

regular tees, too.

"Well," mused McHale, "the older

you get, the easier it is to do that."

But to talk to McHale, it's easy to see

why he's still tearing it up at Thomson.

He's been active all his life.

"I've stayed flexible for my age,"

McHale said. "That's important. I've

kept myself in fairly good health too."

And … he tries to walk the course as

often as he can.

"If it's too wet, they don't let you

drive," he said. "So, I walk."

Other life activities have

also kept McHale

in good

enough shape

to play golf as often as

he does. He

skied for

years,

which,

he says,

keeps his

legs in good

shape.

"I only

stopped a

few years

ago," he said.

"It kept me in

shape. I also do a

lot of stretches with

the rubber band.

That keeps my golf

muscles toned up."

He learned all

about the legs as an

assistant pro at Unicorn Golf Course in

Stoneham, working for the late "Wild"

Bill Ezinicki, a former pro hockey

player who won three Stanley Cups

while with the Toronto Maple Leafs in

the 1940s.

"He was also a great golfer," McHale

said, "and I learned the legs are an

important part of the swing — just as

important as the arms and stuff."

McHale grew up in Somerville, and

began caddying at age 14 at Unicorn.

“They used to let the caddies play on

Monday mornings. I probably had seven

clubs, and none of them matched.

"After a while, they made me caddie

master at Unicorn, and that's really how

I started playing golf regularly," McHale

said. "I just kind of got the bug."

He also played in the youth

tournaments run by Msgr. John Carroll

at Ponkapoag in Canton.

"We'd get there at six in the morning

and get out of there at five at night,"

he said. "Ever since then, I've always

tried to keep my hand in the game. It's

something to do, especially as you get

older. You can't play football, or some of

the other sports. But you can play

golf, almost right up to the end."

When he first began

playing golf seriously,

McHale simply wanted to

go out and match par every

round. And he wanted to

beat whoever he was with.

"Just the competition," he

said. "It was a challenge. And

it's still a challenge. I'm not

going to (shoot par) anymore,

but at my age, 75 or 76 is still

pretty decent."

These days, McHale carries

a 6 handicap (5.4 U.S. Golf

Association). Back in the day, he

said it was about a 2. And he's

shot as low as a 65, which he

did at Unicorn when it was an

18-hole course.

And he's still out there

going for the golf gold.

"I still compete in the club

tournaments, and I'm still playing against

younger guys and trying to beat them,"

said McHale, who won his one and only

club title in his 35 years as a Thomson

member in 1985. The following year, he

and club pro Chuck Frithson won the New

England Pro-Am.

McHale says he finds Thomson a

challenging course, especially since

condominiums were built there,

"because it makes the course narrower.

"I still enjoy being out there with the

guys, out in the sun and stuff. Some

guys go out for fun and have eight

beers. If I'm going to have a beer, I'll

wait and finish my round."

And what happens during those

rounds when things don't go right?

When balls are sliced or hooked? Or if

there's the dreaded three-putt (which,

he says, drives him crazy)?

"I'll go to the range and figure out

what happened," he said. "Just last

week I was down at Richardson’s

hitting balls, though it was too cold for

an ice cream. You try to figure it out

and get it straightened out."

But, he knows one thing: "I know I'm

not going to shoot rounds like I used to.

I'm not hitting as long. Some of these

kids I'm playing against are hitting it

60 yards longer. I still want to shoot the

best I can though."

Lest you think that McHale's life is

lived in the middle of the fairway, think

again. His wife of 60 years is ill, and at

the moment is in Lawrence Memorial

Hospital in Medford. To complicate

things, she contracted COVID in

January. Golf is about the only thing in

his life that provides him with an escape

of caring for her, or — as it stands now —

visiting her in the hospital.

So while McHale takes his golf

seriously when he's out there, he does

have a perspective that keeps him from

taking every bad shot home with him

the way some golfers do.

"There are more important things

going on," he said.

JIM MCHALE

PHOTO: SPENSER HASAK


New team in charge at Sagamore

BY ANNE MARIE TOBIN

Big changes are in place at Sagamore

Spring GC in Lynnfield, with a new head

pro and clubhouse manager on board.

PGA golf professional Tim Doucette,

formerly the assistant pro, has

succeeded Steve Vaughn as head

professional and general manager, while

Austin Charette is the new clubhouse

manager. The two are former Salem

State University soccer buddies.

Both expect that last year's COVIDfueled

boom in the industry will carry

over into 2021.

"I am so excited to have both Tim and

Austin on board this year," said owner

Richard Luff. “Tim has been with us for

several years and Austin has a wealth

of knowledge about the restaurant and

food and beverage industry and has a

lot of great ideas he is bringing to our

team."

Doucette said he expects the course to

have another busy year.

"We did 67,000 starts (18- and

9-hole rounds) last year and that's

not including the six weeks we were

closed," said Doucette. "Last year we

saw a lot of new faces and we are hoping

we will return most of them. There is

simply more demand from new players,

and we saw a huge increase in rental

equipment, so we are projecting the

same or better numbers for this year."

Charette previously worked in the

financial services industry as a debt

settlement advisor.

"I do have experience in the

hospitality industry, so I think it should

be a smooth transition," the Beverly

resident said. "We still don't know what

the final guidance from the state will

be, so we are basically opening (the

restaurant) on an in-and-out basis,

meaning takeout with no lingering

inside the building. Ideally, we hope

to have people inside at some point,

but for now, our plan is to just keep it

simple and safe.”

Luff said the grounds crew, led by

Head Superintendent Gerry Dunklee

and Assistant Superintendent Phil

Micelli, was busy throughout the

winter working on a significant course

improvement project. Extensive tree

removal has been done on the 2nd hole,

the 3rd tee, the 5th tee and fairway, and

the 6th and 14th holes.

"These improvements are significant

and will certainly be apparent to our

players," said Doucette. "It's always

good when the public knows that we are

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Become a great ball striker

This photo shows a ball strike on the toe, center and heel of the club. A simple reason you might be striking the ball on the toe is because you are standing too

far from the ball at address. A heel strike might indicate you are standing too close to the ball.

PRO TIPS

STEPHEN VENTRE

A great ball striker excels at the full swing. But becoming a great ball striker takes practice, patience and awareness!.

We will show this using three color trajectories. Our example is a right-handed golfer with a neutral club path. The yellow line

indicates a drive that starts left and bends right because of a heel strike. The red line indicates a drive that starts right and bends

left, because of a toe strike. The blue line indicates a straight drive due to a center strike.


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20 >>> SUMMER 2020

Rand sets course record at Winthrop GC

Sixty-two years ago, Ronnie Hayes

shot a record-setting 63 at Winthrop

Golf Club. Many thought that record

would never be broken.

But on September 3, Jake Rand, a

28-year-old Winthrop member, shot

an 8-under-par 62 for 18 holes on

Winthrop’s challenging 9-hole 6141-

yard course. He had 11 birdies and

three bogeys.

Ed Montone, the club’s PGA golf

pro, said Rand’s accomplishment was

special for another reason: “Jake and I

have been through it all as teammates

... We basically grew up playing the

game together here at Winthrop when

we were 14 year olds.”

Rand and his playing partners

Frank Ciampa, Brian Sullivan and

Mike Vatalaro started on hole No. 2,

due to an onsite clinic, said Montone.

Rand birdied 5, 7, 8 and 9 and

bogeyed 4. On the second nine, he

bogeyed 13 and 17 and birdied 10, 11,

12, 14, 15, 16 and 18 and came within

two feet of a hole-in-one on the 155-

yard 6th/15th.

“I was 7-under at one point, so I was

aware that the record was within reach

– the word was out,” said Rand, a

former Northeastern Conference Most

Valuable Player for golf. “I knew I

had to go birdie-birdie on my last two

holes (#9/18 and #1/10) to break it.”

Rand hit a clutch 8-footer on

the final hole to break the record.

Montone said Rand is a power hitter

who averages 300-315 yards off the

tee. He plays Mizuno irons and a

TaylorMade driver.

Rand graduated from Winthrop

High in 2011. At Endicott College

in Beverly, Rand helped the golf

team qualify for the NCAA Division

3 Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.

He earned a degree in Business

Management and works at the

Massachusetts Port Authority.

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Jake Rand, second from left, poses with playing partners

Frankie Ciampa, Brian Sullivan and Mike Vatalaro after

he set a course record at Winthrop GC. His scorecard is at

the left.

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Mass Golf Calendar

MEN’S FOUR-BALL

Where: The Golf Club at Turner Hill

and Ipswich Country Club

When: May 11-12

MEN’S SENIOR AMATEUR

Where: Salem Country Club

When: September 27-28

WOMEN’S ALLEN BOWL

FOUR-BALL

Where: The Meadow at Peabody

When: July 19

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Where: Renaissance Golf Club

When: July 26-27

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MEN’S MASS OPEN

Where: Oak Hill Country Club

When: June 14-16

Qualifier at Kernwood Country Club,

May 17

MEN’S MASS AMATEUR

Where: Brae Burn Country Club

When: July 12

Qualifier at Tedesco Country Club,

June 7

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Where: Indian Pond Country Club

When: August 2-5

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When: August 17-18

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When: October 4-5

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22 >>> SPRING 2021

> > >

By

SHADES OF GREEN

BOB GREEN

Golf's governing

bodies should

distance

themselves from

inane changes

The two most powerful governing

bodies of golf — the United States

Golf Association and the Royal

and Ancient — declared: “Any

further significant increases in

hitting distances at the highest level

are undesirable. Whether these

increases in distance emanate from

advancing equipment technology,

greater athleticism of players,

improved player coaching, golf

course conditioning or a combination

of these or other factors, they

will have an impact of seriously

reducing the challenges of the game.

The consequential lengthening or

toughening of courses would be

costly or impossible.”

That was 19 years ago.

In 2020, the same organizations

wrote in their Distance Insight

Report: “The USGA believes

increasing distance is undesirable

and detrimental to golf’s long-term

future for two main reasons:

“First: the inherent strategic

challenge presented by many courses

can be compromised especially when

those courses have not or cannot

become long enough to keep up with

the increases in hitting distance of

golfers who play from their longest

tees.”

“Second: the overall trend of golf

courses becoming longer has its own

adverse consequences that ultimately

affect golfers of all levels.”

Wow!

Like it or not, the USGA and R&A,

after hitting the pause button due

to the worldwide pandemic, are

resuming their quest to limit the

distance a golf ball can be hit. They

have entered “the solution phase.”

Yes, many players on the major

pro tours are hitting tee shots that

average more than 300 yards. But

these players represent a minute

percentage of those who play golf.

To roll back the distance a golf ball

can go because of a few elite players

is inherently wrong in my opinion.

Many of the world’s best players and

the general golf population at large

agree with me.

Rory McIlroy was asked what

he thought of the Distance Insight

Report and he didn’t hold back:

“So, I think the authorities, USGA

and R&A, are looking at the game

through such a tiny lense, that

what they’re trying to do is change

something that pertains to .1 percent

of the golfing community. … 99.9

percent of the people who play

this game play for enjoyment, for

entertainment. They don’t need to

be told what ball or clubs to use. We

have to make the game as easy and

approachable as possible for the

majority of golfers.”

McIlroy said the report was “a

huge waste of time and money.” He

did say he wouldn’t object to some

form of bifurcation (equipment that

restricts the distance the ball can go

for tour professionals).

I’m not in favor of bifurcation.

I don’t think many tour players

are either. And I’m guessing that

equipment manufacturers would

be vehemently against it. The cost

to develop, test and produce such

equipment would be astronomical.

They’d be producing it for tour

pros who don’t even pay for their

equipment. Would you and your

pals spend hard-earned money on

equipment that would limit how far

you hit the ball?

As for the argument that the

increase in distance is making our

classic golf courses obsolete, I don’t

buy it. For a few tour pros maybe,

but not the 99.9 percent who play the

game for enjoyment.

The idea that courses have to be

7,000+ yards to challenge golfers is

not valid either. Courses built 100

years ago are still challenging for all

levels of players, including today’s

tour pros.

Most of those courses no longer

host tour events, due to myriad

reasons, but not because they’ve

become obsolete to the elite players.

The PGA Tour conducts several

events a year on their own TPC

courses, which have all been built

since the ‘80s. It’s a lot more

profitable for major professional

sports teams to play in parks they

own. Playing at their own venues

also allows the Tour to control all the

variables of hosting major events.

These courses present a different set

of challenges than the classic courses,

primarily distance. They’re called

Bombers Paradises for a reason.

Peter Kostis, former CBS oncourse

commentator and analyst,

has an interesting theory about

the supposed need to lengthen

golf courses. Kostis says in the

1960s magazines began ranking

courses based on difficulty. Those

building the courses naturally

wanted their layouts to achieve high

rankings, hopefully resulting in the

opportunity to host major events

and promote what they’re selling

(memberships, real estate, etc.).

Kostis also thinks the reason golf

courses got longer in the ’80s and

’90s is the rise in “player architects.”

Kostis points out that during the

golden age — the 1920s-’30s —

course architects designed courses to

challenge amateurs like themselves

and club members. When “big name''

players and former pros began

designing courses, they preferred to


design courses that challenge the

world’s best players.

Kostis says as courses got

longer the “elite players started to

emphasize length more than shot

shaping and accuracy. Players

then started to develop swings and

manufacturers made equipment that

launched the ball higher and made

it spin less to maximize distance to

attack long, straight holes.”

He points out that Bryson

DeChambeau increased his average

drive by 27 yards in two years

and there “has not been a gamechanging

technology advancement

in the past two years that can

account for his 27-yard increase off

the tee”.

Kostis’ conclusion? “Why on

earth would we want to make the

game tougher just for the sake of

maintaining the challenge for pros

on 50-75 courses around the world!”

The USGA/R&A are not going to

back off their misguided efforts to

roll back the distance a golf ball can

go. It will hurt the game, just when

golf has experienced the largest

growth in history. Many have taken

up the game or returned to it after

years of inactivity. I, and every

PGA club pro I’ve talked with, have

never seen so many juniors playing

regularly.

The last thing the USGA/R&A

should be devoting energy and funds

to is creating regulations that would

take away one of the fun parts of

the game, smashing a long tee shot.

Instead, they should put their efforts

and resources into growing the

game and making it more enjoyable

for the 99.9 percent who play the

game recreationally.

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24 >>> SPRING 2021

NORTH SHORE GOLF / / / COURSE DIRECTORY

PRIVATE CLUBS

Andover Country Club

60 Canterbury St., Andover, MA 01810

andovercountryclub.com; 978-475-1263

Club Pro Kevin Christofaro

Slope 131; Rating 73.1

Bass Rocks Golf Club

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 8

34 Beach Road, Gloucester, MA 01930

bassrocksgolfclub.org; 978-283-1866

Club Pro Peter Hood

Slope 124; Rating 69.3

Bear Hill Golf Club

2 North St., Stoneham, MA 02180

bearhillgolfclub.com; 781-245-4295

Club Pro Jeff Wirbal

9 holes; Slope 131; Rating 70.2

Bellevue Golf Club

320 Porter St., Melrose, MA 02176

bellevuegolfclub.com; 781-665-7900

Club Pro Jeffrey Monteleone

9 holes: Slope 127; Rating 69.0

Essex County Club

153 School St.,

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944

essexcc.org; 978-526-7691

Club Pro Jack Davis

Slope 135; Rating 73.0

Ferncroft Country Club

10 Village Road, Middleton, MA 01949

ferncroftcc.com; 978-739-4032

Club Pro Philip Leiss

27 holes; Slope 136; Rating 72.6

Haverhill Country Club

58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill, MA 01831

haverhillcc.com; 978-373-1146

Club Pro Mark Mangion

Slope 129; Rating 70.6

Indian Ridge Country Club

Lovejoy Road, Andover, MA 01810

indianridgecountryclub.us; 978-475-9484

Club Pro Mike Miller

Slope 135; Rating 70.9

Ipswich Country Club

148 Country Club Way, Ipswich, MA 01938

ipswichclub.com; 978-356-3999

Club Pro Daniel R. Dwyer

Slope 139; Rating 73.9

Kernwood Country Club

1 Kernwood St., Salem, MA 01970

kernwood.org; 978-745-1210

Club Pro Frank Dully

Slope 130; Rating 71.7

Long Meadow Golf Club

165 Havilah St., Lowell, MA 01852

longmeadowgolfclub.com; 978-441-1542

Club Pro Shawn Scott

9 holes; Slope 127; Rating 69.3

Meadow Brook Golf Club

292 Grove St., Reading, MA 01867

meadowbrookgolfclub.org; 781-942-1334

Club Pro Steve Sheridan

9 holes; Slope 132; Rating 72.5

Mount Pleasant Golf Club

141 Staples St., Lowell, MA 01851

mpgc.com; 978-452-8228

Club Pro Joel Jenkins

9 holes; Slope 126; Rating 70.1

Myopia Hunt Club

435 Bay Road, South Hamilton, MA 01982

myopiahuntclub.org; 978-468-4433

Club Pro Mike Bemis

Slope 134; Rating 70.1

Nabnasset Lake CC

47 Oak Hill Rd., Westford, MA 01886

nabnassetlakecc.com; 978-692-2560

Club Pro Dan Gillis

9 holes; Slope 117; Rating 66.5

North Andover Country Club

500 Great Pond Rd.,

North Andover, MA 01845

northandovercc.com; 978-687-7414

Club Pro Matt Lombard

9 holes; Slope 127; Rating 65.7

Renaissance Golf Club

377 Kenoza St., Haverhill, MA 01830

renaissancema.com; 978-241-6712

Club Pro Rhett Bishop

Slope 136; Rating 73.9

Salem Country Club

133 Forest St., Peabody, MA 01960

salemcountryclub.org; 978-538-5400

Club Pro Kevin Wood

Slope 131; Rating 71.8

Tedesco Country Club

154 Tedesco St., Marblehead, MA 01945

tedescocc.org; 781-631-2800

Club Pro Jake Leech

Slope 129; Rating 72.1

Thomson Country Club

2 Mid Iron Drive, North Reading, MA 01864

thomsoncc.com; 978-664-2016

Club Pro Christopher Young

Slope 132; Rating 72.8

The Golf Club at Turner Hill

3 Manor House Lane, Ipswich, MA 01938

turnerhill.com; 978-356-7070

Club Pros: Nate Hopley and Mike Brown

Slope 133; Rating 72.3

Vesper Country Club

185 Pawtucket Blvd.,

Tyngsborough, MA 01879

vespercc.com; 978-458-8731

Club Pro Stephen Doyle

Slope 132; Rating 71.6

Winchester Country Club

468 Mystic St., Winchester, MA 01890

winchestercc.org; 781-729-1181

Club Pro Jim Salinetti

Slope 137; Rating 73.5

Winthrop Golf Club

453 Main St., Winthrop, MA 02152

winthropgolfclub.com; 617-539-0482

Club Pro Ed Montone

9 holes; Slope 118; Rating 69

PUBLIC GOLF COURSES

Amesbury Golf and Country Club

46 Monroe St., Amesbury, MA;

amesburycountryclub.com; 978-388-5153

9 holes. Club Pro Butch Mellon;

Tee times: 5 days in advance; Fee for 9

holes: $20/$21 weekday/ weekend;

Fee for 18 holes: $30/$32 weekday/

weekend; Cart rental: $15 per person for

18 holes. $7.50 per person for 9 holes

Yards 6,095; Slope 122; Rating 70.5

Beverly Golf & Tennis Club

SEE OUR AD ON INSIDE BACK COVER

134 McKay St., Beverly, MA;

beverlygolfandtennis.net;

978-922-9072 ext. 111; 18 holes.

Club Pro David Dionne; Tee times: 6 days

in advance (members), 5 days in advance

(non-members);

Fee for 18 holes: $40/$45 weekday/

weekend; Cart rental: $18 per person for 18

holes; Yards 6,276; Slope 126; Rating 70.8

Black Swan Country Club

258 Andover St., Georgetown, MA;

blackswancountryclub.com; 978-352-7926

18 holes. Director of Golf/Club Pro: James

Falco.

Tee times: 6 days in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $26/$45 weekday, $31/$49

weekends; Cart rental: $20 for 18 holes;

Yards 6,803; Slope 130; Rating: 72.9

Bradford Country Club

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 17

201 Chadwick Road, Bradford, MA;

bradfordcc.com; 978-372-8587

18 holes. Club Pro: Kevin Murphy;

Tee times: 5 days in advance (online tee

times also available); Fee for 9/18 holes:

$20/$35 weekdays, $23/$45 weekends;

Cart rental: $20 per person for 18 holes;

Yards: 6,157; Slope 131; Rating 71.1

Cape Ann Golf Club

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 17

99 John Wise Ave., Essex, MA;

capeanngolf.com; 978-768-7544

9 holes. Club manager: Jim Stavros;

Tee times: 5 days in advance; Fee for 9/18

holes: $27/$40 everyday; Cart rentals: $11

per rider for 9 holes;

Yards 6072; Slope 119; Rating 69.2

Cedar Glen Golf Course

60 Water St., Saugus, MA;

cedarglengolf.com; 781-233-3609

9 holes. Club manager: Burton Page;

Tee times: no; Fee for 9/18 holes: $21 ($18

seniors/juniors)/$35 weekdays,

$23/$38 weekend; Cart rental: $18 for 9

holes; Yards 5605; Slope 107; Rating 67

Chelmsford Country Club

66 Park Road, Chelmsford, MA;

sterlinggolf.com/chelmsford; 978-256-1818

9 holes. Club Pro: Jim Callahan; Tee times:

4 days in advance; Fee for 9/18 holes:

$21/$28 weekday, $23/$30 weekend;

Cart rental: $18 for 18 holes; Yards: 4,854;

Slope 108, Rating 64.2

Country Club of Billerica

51 Baldwin Road, Billerica, MA;

countryclubofbillerica.com;

978-667-9121 ext. 22;

18 holes. Club Pro: Ed O’Connell; Tee

times: 5 days in advance; Fee 9/18 holes:

$23/$35 weekday, $26/$40 weekend;

Cart rental: $17 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 5,798; Slope 123; Rating 67.9

Country Club of New Hampshire

187 Kearsarge Valley Road,

North Sutton, N.H.;

ccnh@golfmanagementco.com;

603-927-4246;

18 holes. Fee for 9/18 holes: $22/$37

weekday, $27/$46 weekend;

Cart rental: $17 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 6117; Slope 123, Rating 69.8

Crystal Lake Golf Club

940 North Broadway, Haverhill, MA;

golfcrystallake.com; 978-374-9621;

18 holes. Club Pro: Rob Hardy; Tee times:

10 days in advance for members, 7 days

in advance for public; Fees: 18 holes $28

weekdays, $37 weekends;

Cart rental: $20 for 18 holes; Yards 6,525;

Slope 129; Rating 71.9

Far Corner Golf Course

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 21

5 Barker Road, Boxford, MA;

farcornergolf.com; 978-352-8300

27 holes. Club Pro: John O’Connor;

Tee times: 5 days in advance; Fee for

9/18 holes: $23/$41 weekday, $27/$47

weekend; Cart rental: $8 per person for 9

holes; Yards: 6,711; Slope: 130;

Rating: 72.9; Third 9 Holes: Yards 3,220;

Slope 131; Rating 72.5

Four Oaks CC

1 Clubhouse Lane, Dracut, MA 01826

fouroakscountryclub.com; 978-455-0054

Club Pro Anthony Martinho;

Tee times: 6 days in advance; Fee 9/18

holes: $24/$42weekday, $27/$54 weekend;

Cart rental: $20 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 6,268; Slope 136; Rating 71.4

Gannon Municipal Golf Club

SEE OUR AD ON INSIDE BACK COVER

60 Great Woods Road, Lynn, MA;

gannongolfclub.com; 781-592-8238

18 holes. Club Pro: David Sibley;

Tee times: 2 days in advance after 6 p.m.;

Nonresident fee for 9/18 holes: $24/$43

weekday, $26/$51 weekend; Cart rental:

$20 per person for 18 holes; Yards 6,110;

Slope 123; Rating 70.2

Hickory Hill Golf Club

200 North Lowell St., Methuen, MA;

golfhickoryhill.com; 978-686-0822

18 holes. Director of Golf: Don Myles; Tee

times: every day; Fee: 18 holes: $44 Mon.-

Thurs., $46 Fri., $55 Sat.- Sun.;

Cart rental: $19 per person for 18 holes;

Yards 6,287; Slope: 124; Rating: 70.8


NORTH SHORE GOLF


26 >>> SPRING 2021

North Shore

Golf

NOTEBOOK

By

BILL BROTHERTON

and ANNE MARIE TOBIN

Haverhill Country Club has

entered a partnership with Up to Par

Management, which will provide fullservice

club management including

the golf operations, food and beverage

services, and sales and marketing

support. Jonathan Cox is the club’s new

executive chef. A graduate of the Culinary

Institute of America in New York, Cox

began his career in Boston, with an

apprenticeship at Lumiere Restaurant. He

perfected his skills at a variety of inns and

ski resorts across the country, including

the Inn at Thorn Hill in Jackson, N.H.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Ron Rice, respected general manager

at Ferncroft CC, is now handling the

same job at Meadow Brook GC in

Reading.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

At Beverly G&TC last year, firsttime

club champ Bob Schmeck shot

75-75-75-76 (301) for a four-stroke win

over Mick Suttle (76-75-79-75). Arthur

Athanas won his second straight Class

A title, while Jim Danforth was Class

B champ. Tom Sideri and John

Gallagher won the C and D crowns

respectively. On the women’s side, the

winners were Carmen Madore (Class

A), Allyson Danforth (B), Mary

Berman (C) and Jeanette Fitzgerald

(D).

Beverly G&TC head PGA professional

David Dionne reports that the club’s

most improved by index last season were

Jason Zubiel (went from a 7.4 to 4.2)

and Christine Broyer (went from a

23.1 to 19.9).

Salem Country Club and a 42-year

veteran of the golf business, has stepped

down to focus on family and playing

more competitive golf. Hanefeld has won

three New England PGA Championships

and competed on the Champions Tour,

finishing in the top 10 three times.

Hanefeld won the NEPGA Seniors title

last year and is a member of the NEPGA

and New Hampshire Golf Halls of Fame.

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Kernwood CC will host the NEPGA

Pro-Lady Invitational July 22.

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Milestones:

Bass Rocks GC was founded 150

years ago

Land to build New Meadows GC in

Topsfield was purchased 75 years ago

Kernwood CC hosted the NEPGA

Championship 50 years ago. Charlie

Volpone won.

100 years ago, Myopia hosted the

NEPGA Championship. Gil Nichols won.

Rowley CC was founded 50 years ago

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Alex Landry, a standout on the St.

John’s Prep golf team, won the club

championship at Indian Ridge last

summer.

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Meadow Brook GC head PGA

professional Steve Sheridan was

named the Massachusetts Chapter

Professional of the Year by the NEPGA

and also nominated for the NEPGA

Professional of the Year. But all he wanted

to talk about was his members who

accomplished great things on the Reading

golf course in 2020, such as men’s Club

Champ Damon Lusk, President’s Cup

champion Bill Connolly, Member-

Member winners Ryan Dwyer and

Randy Johnson, Fall Four-Ball champs

Gil Barr and Jerry Comeau, women’s

Senior Club Champ Marcia Brown,

9-hole Club Champ Joan McDougall,

Vice President’s Cup winner Tina

Burke, Boys Club Champion Anthony

Picano, Girls Club Champ Grace Cote,

13 & Under champ Nate Vitarisi,

Parent/Child co-champs Kevin and

Jack Murray and John and Zachery

Maher.

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Meadow Brook’s new clubhouse

is about halfway done, and is expected

to open July 1. It will also host the PGA

Playing Ability Test and the NEPGA Mass

Chapter Pro-Am in October.

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At Ferncroft CC, most improved

golfers, based on handicap index, were

Mike Holbrook (8.0 to 3.7), Denise

Canale (28.1 to 19.6); and Junior player

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Kirk Hanefeld, director of golf at

Bob Johnson, top left, of Reading watches his tee shot on the 9th hole at Cape Ann Golf Club. Mike

Jerram, above, of Kittery, Maine, reads his putt on the 4th hole at Cape Ann Golf Club.

PHOTOS: SPENSER HASAK


NORTH SHORE GOLF


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PAR 5 3 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 5

YARDS 465 156 405 375 326 350 549 178 418 390 535 380 375 163 306 361 183 507

The North Shore Golf magazine team recommends these courses in northern New England.

Location: Casco, Maine

Point Sebago

Overview: Hailed as one of the finest golf courses in Maine, Point Sebago's 18-hole Championship

course offers a fantastic day of golf. Situated on 500 acres of spectacular white birch forest, the par 72 course

caters to all levels of play. Ranging from a challenging 7,002 yards from the back tee to a forgiving 3,200

yards from the forward tee, Point Sebago delivers the best golfing experience possible.

Amenities: Golf-learning center, 775-acre resort, 1-mile of sandy beach, 18-hole golf course, general store,

boat and slip rentals, lounge, restaurant, 5-star activities program, daily entertainment, outdoor sports center.

Accommodations: Point Sebago offers a variety of accommodations to meet every taste and budget.

All the comforts of home, space for everyone, all in a beautiful Maine setting - from backwoods to beachfront,

overlooking the lake, lodging on the 9th hole, or nestled among towering pines.Guests can choose from vacation

homes or resort cottages, many of which are located on or near the golf course.

Contact info: 800-655-1232; https://www.pointsebago.com


Location: Wilmington, Vermont

Haystack

Overview: Haystack Golf Club offers a classic, manicured layout with challenging greens and

breathtaking scenery. Designed by acclaimed architect Desmond Muirhead in 1972, players of all abilities are

welcome – pick one of the four sets of tees to match your game. Haystack Golf Club meanders over a gently

rolling landscape without the blind shots and side-hill lies one expects from a mountain course.

Amenities: There is a full service golf club offering a fully-stocked golf shop, a practice range, two putting

greens, and golf instruction by PGA professionals. The Stack Restaurant, an Italian steakhouse, offers indoor or

outdoor dining for golfers and non-golfers alike. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite after a great round of golf.

Accommodations: The Lodge at Mt. Snow; the Inn at Quail Run; Vermont House; Doveberry Inn.

Contact info: 802-464-8301; www.haystackgolfvt.com

WHITE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

PAR 4 3 4 4 5 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 4

YARDS 339 130 320 291 519 410 169 337 314 369 351 155 223 121 443 320 246 355


WHITE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

PAR 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 4

YARDS 370 366 395 503 160 311 174 335 483 127 316 391 489 160 259 435 488 348

Location: Thornton, New Hampshire

Owl's Nest

Overview: The course at Owl’s Nest sits among the magnificent White Mountains, giving golfers the

ultimate in scenic vistas throughout the season. From the serious to the casual golfer, elevation changes and

pristine conditions show off Owl’s Nest’s charm and challenge. Nicklaus Design,the global golf course design

firm founded by Jack Nicklaus, oversaw course improvements.

Called “the best value in the Northeast, if not the entire country” with “great staff, great course, and

outstanding vistas,” the real challenge for golfers at Owl’s Nest is staying focused on your game while

surrounded by spectacular mountain views. For visitors and members alike, golf at Owl’s Nest introduces a

unique golf experience just less than two hours from Boston combined with the inspired living that can only

be found in the White Mountains.

Amenities: Indoor golf simulator, bar and restaurants, kayaking/tubing/fishing on the Pemi river, pool,

outdoor Jacuzzi, platform tennis, fitness center.

Accommodations: Onsite rentals, ranging from 1-bedroom cottages (with a king bed, an efficient

kitchen and an open living area with a fireplace and television, and a pullout sofa) to rentals that can sleep up to

10 (with an open concept kitchen, living, and dining area creating a laid back, comfortable hangout spot after a

day on the course or exploring the local attractions).

Contact info: 603-726-3076; owlsnestresort.com


Location: Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Shattuck

Overview: Carved from the granite foothills of Mt. Monadnock, The Shattuck Course is one of the most

visually stunning golf courses you’ll ever play. Course architect Brian Silva calls The Shattuck “The most spectacular

setting I’ve ever come across.”Golfers at The Shattuck enjoy unparalleled scenery and pristine conditions. It has

been called New Hampshire golf’s hidden gem. The Shattuck Golf Course lives in harmony with its surroundings,

spanning acres of natural wetlands that serve not only as hazards to the golfer, but home to a wide variety of

wildlife including mink, fox, deer, moose, beaver, otter and the great blue heron. The golf holes themselves stand in

striking contrast to the woods and wetlands, with lush bent grass on every tee, fairway, and green.

Amenities: Facilities include a clubhouse, restaurant and bar, pro shop and practice range. Mt. Monadnock

State Park, a favorite with hikers, is less than two miles from the golf course. Nearby Peterborough offers shopping,

art galleries and a rich history. Contoocook Lake, a popular beach, is a short drive away.

Accommodations: The Inn at East Hill, at the base of Mount Monadnock, is a tranquil inn and farm that offers

boating, fishing, hiking, water skiing, swimming, and horseback riding. Monadnock Inn and Woodbound Inn are nearby.

Contact info: 603-532-4300; www.shatuckgolf.com

WHITE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

PAR 4 3 4 4 5 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 4

YARDS 409 200 405 370 612 564 200 407 386 426 432 199 315 160 544 391 339 405


32 >>> SPRING 2021

STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE

By GARY LARRABEE

Bill Flynn's

legacy lives on

As a golf historian, I have never been

shy about sharing with readers my

favorite people, places and events that

have made North Shore golf so special

during the 50-plus years I have had the

privilege to write about them.

It should thus come as no surprise to

anyone who has followed my ramblings

over the years that I hold the late, great

Bill Flynn in the highest esteem. In fact,

I consider Bill, who lived in Danvers his

entire life, the most impactful person in

the history of this grand golfing region.

That dates back to the beginnings of the

game on the North Shore in 1893, when

Essex County Club in Manchester-bythe-Sea

was the first course built and

the first club founded.

No person, man or woman, has had

greater influence on golf hereabouts

than William Joseph Flynn. As a result,

I ranked Bill No. 1 when I listed the

Golden 100 in my 2001 volume, “The

Green and Gold Coast: The History of

Golf on Boston’s North Shore.”

Now, nearly 10 years since his death,

at 74, on July 8, 2011, it is time to reflect

on Bill’s incomparable career in golf.

No person associated with golf on

the North Shore has touched more

lives in a positive way than Bill Flynn.

Selfishly, I’ll start with me. Bill, as

assistant golf pro and caddie master

at Salem Country Club in 1961, gave

me my very first loop – and my

introduction to the game – at Salem,

with a nine-hole carry one gorgeous

July Sunday afternoon for Dave Hicks.

At Bill’s invitation, he taught me how

to caddie AA-style at Thomson Country

Club in North Reading, where he

served as the club’s first head pro and

later as general manager, starting in

1963. He also got me the most exciting

loop of my life when, through his chum

Paul Harney, head pro at Pleasant

Valley, I was tossed into the caddie

pool for the PGA Tour’s 1968 Kemper

Open at the Sutton club. My man, Art

Wall, finished second to Arnold Palmer

that week in September.

I’ve been writing about golf ever

since, much of it about Bill Flynn.

His gifts/legacies to the game? Let

me count the ways; ways which should

never be forgotten by members of our

North Shore golf family

• Careers for three of his four

children, after his purchase of

Lakeview in Wenham and Far

Corner in West Boxford and his

building of Windham Country Club

in New Hampshire. Son Bob has

been for many years, and continues

to be, GM at Far Corner. Daughter

Joanne has forever been head pro/

GM at Windham. And son Mike,

who passed away in March, was the

pro at Lakeview for two decades.

• His support of junior golf was

unparalleled in a variety of ways,

most notably in providing free

clubs and golf clinics to juniors at

his courses on Mondays, a practice

that continues today. He also was

a big booster of inner city junior

golf programs when teaming up

with Mass Golf and The First Tee

initiative.

• The starts – and jobs over the years —

he gave to countless men and women

who wished to either work in the

game short-term, for life, or become

club professionals. That large group

includes Don Lyons, former New

England PGA president, NEPGA Hall

of Famer, his former long-time head

pro at George Wright and current

long-time director of golf at Reedy

Meadow and King Rail in Lynnfield.

• His extraordinary work, in

conjunction with Mass Golf, to

revive the City of Boston courses

George Wright and Franklin Park

and Mount Hood in Melrose.

• His dedication to his career

organization, the New England PGA,

in his role as secretary-treasurer

on two different occasions and

president from 1973-76, as well

his work as vice-president at the

national PGA level.

• His role as a highly rated instructor

to hundreds of students through the

years.

• His life-long inspirational role as a

champion golfer (winner of the 1959

Vermont Open at Lake Morey, 1963

Massachusetts Open at Kernwood

and 1968 NEPGA Section at Pine

Brook), despite being born with a

partially paralyzed right arm that

forced him to play from the left side.

An inductee into 1999 NEPGA Hall

of Fame and the only recipient of

two NEPGA Professional of the Year

awards. He also supported amateur

competition by founding the North

Shore Amateur in 1978.

‘Nuff said. “Golf has been great to me

and my family,” Flynn told me for my

2001 book. “I owe the game everything.”

Well, countless golfers, including me,

will always owe Bill Flynn a great deal,

too. He was a golden link to the game

in so many different ways to so many

people. He shall never be forgotten.


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