One of my partners, Bob McDermott, loves to lug a bag of sticks around and chase a little white ball. It’s called “golf”.
Although he’s a member at Bass Rocks in Gloucester, he’ll play just about any where. Later this month, he, his son Jeff are heading to Old Head in Ireland to play. (He’s a member there, too. Even I like looking at this site! It’s gorgeous!)
I don’t have the golf bug. So I asked Bob to weigh in on some of the North Shore’s public courses. We’ll get him to do the same for the private clubs, too.
This from Bob:
As the summer crowds thin, I think this is the best season to play and enjoy all the fall colors .
New to the area? or the game? A great resource to start would be Golfing New England. It’s a town-by-town list of all the public courses in our area.
My favorites follow:
• Cape Ann Golf Club: This has the most scenic views of Ipswich Bay and the Essex tidal marsh. Play at high tide and you will be hitting over salt water on one of the best par 3’s on the North Shore. Don’t forget to stop at Down River Ice Cream for a home made scoop or some amazing fried clams at The Village.
• Rockport Golf Club: A 9 hole gem with views toward the ocean including the Twin Lights.
• Far Corner Golf Club: This course offer 27 holes of challenge and can be stretched to over 6700 yards from the tips. The foliage here is spectacular.
• Beverly Golf and Tennis Club: 18 Holes of thoughtfully designed golf provides a great time for all ability levels.
• New Meadows Golf Club: A great 9 hole course that had extensive irrigation and watering system work done and is always in great shape.
• Nahant Golf Club Under new management with a great restaurant. This little gem also offers the challenge and fun of playing near the ocean winds.
Fall ball is my favorite time of the year to get out and walk the links. If you have a favorite course, comment below or email me mcdermott.bob
Sigh. So many courses. So little time.
From Kenny: In case you’re not a golfer and have never seen it, one of the funniest golf videos I’ve ever watched is Robin Williams describing the game.