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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 72
Length 6507 yards
Slope 133
Rating 72.7

The Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley is tucked away in the Pioneer Valley, an area of western Massachusetts known for its lush, rolling hills. It is a favorite amongst locals since it is one of the best values in the region. The course enjoys scenic views that stretch to Mt. Tom and the Holyoke Range. It is on the shorter side at just over 6,500 yards from the back tees, but the dramatic changes in elevation make it seem much longer. Most of the greens are raised with steeply sloped sides, making accuracy essential since missing them by even just a few feet will result in a serious penalty. The golf course has a heavily wooded front nine that seamlessly transitions into a more open back nine featuring links-style holes. The Ledges is a shotmaker's course that offers several interesting risk-reward opportunities.

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Course Details

Year Built 2001
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season April - November
Architect Howard Maurer

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted MasterCard Visa card(s) Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Massachusetts (2018 #11)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in New England (2017 #25)

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4.4
420 Reviews (420)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 34
Patio Dining 31
19th Hole Scenic Views 22
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 33
Thick Rough 25
Undulating Greens 23
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 38
Locals 33
Advanced Golfers 27
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 31
Convenient to the City 21
In the 'Burbs 20

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Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
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Ledges June 23, 22

Course had received a good amount of rain the day before so there were a few damp spots which also made the greens roll a bit slow. Overall good to excellent, great day weather wise, 81 from the blues, not bad.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 217
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging, Strategic, and Original

At first glance, Ledges Golf Club may seem like a “modern” golf track, and in a few ways it is. It’s a course whose style is hard to classify. But with only one water hazard, no forced carries, no greens set on peninsulas or islands, no monster bunkers that are horrendously elongated or elaborately shaped, few ultra-large greens and few narrow fairways, it seems that Course Architect Howard Maurer simply eschewed many modern design staples.

What kind of track is it? Ledges certainly isn’t reminiscent of modern icons such as Pete Dye’s Harbour Town or Jack Nicklaus’ Grand Cypress courses (to cite two standard-bearers whose creations exhibited the kind of 70’s modernism that has dominated for decades). Here, instead, the scattered bunkering–with an emphasis on fairway traps–looks more like what is found at a links course like Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s in England. Positioned hundreds of yards from the ocean, not next to it, Lytham is also similar because, atypically for a links course, it has a fair amount of trees. Unlike Lytham, though, Ledges rolls over some huge hills, not just dunes; it is far more rugged than the vast majority of British linksland courses. What it adds, though, especially on holes one and nine, along with most of the back nine, is a further links-like feel: many wide fairways, some seventy bunkers, and an underabundance of trees on many holes which creates an openness that gives your drives more airspace.

What I found at Ledges on my first play, as well, was an original, varied, great-looking hybrid-styled layout, sweeping over the upper, western side of the property with drama, its landscape looking like the kind that a Hudson River School artist might paint–especially from the clubhouse and certain other vantage points.

The course is short even from the blue tees (6,110), but Maurer made a potential weakness into a strength. Each of a short quartet of par-4’s (300 or fewer yards) is cleverly designed and encourages tactical play, allowing for birdie opportunities where players are willing to take the risks. On the front side, a pair of very short three-pars (96 and 123 yards) add to the list of holes where accuracy with short irons may lower your score. Holes two through eight are also immersed in woodlands, so spraying the ball around on the fairways or over the greens will spell trouble.

So the front side is no slouch, and you’ll have to play careful golf to score, especially on approach shots and around the greens. Then Ledges finds a higher gear on the more arduous back side: not only do three longer par-4s toughen things up, but the par-3’s average 196 yards, and a pair of challenging par-5’s will also keep you on your toes.

There are many top-notch holes on this outstanding layout, but I’ll describe some of the best, as played from the blue tees:

FOUR OUTSTANDING HOLES

Nine, Par-5, 528.

Playing uphill to a wide fairway off the tee, doglegging left, it will tempt big hitters to cut the corner, where three bunkers lie in wait for misses. After the bend, the hole progresses straightaway to the green, with the second shot guarded by another trio of bunkers some 60 yards from the green, designed to catch sliced or pushed shots. The #3 index, nine is open all the way down the right side, but it will punish severely most leftward misses.

Eighteen, Par-5, 500.
The finisher possesses similar rigor to the ninth. Playing uphill from tee to green and doglegging a bit right, the hole puts another premium on the second shot, where this time a hook or pull will be snared by a nest of leftward bunkers positioned to catch the overambitious. The well-defended green narrows down in the front; it’s a tight target for running the ball onto the surface.

Eleven, Par-4, 405.
Maybe the best four-par on the golf course. Uphill from the tee; doglegging-left; three big traps defending the inside of the dogleg. The second shot is even tougher to an elevated green angled to the fairway, and most of its front protected by a yawning bunker. A terrific challenge, and the #2 index.

Sixteen, Par-4, 273.
One of the drivable holes, and oh-so-tempting from the tee. Many will want to slash a driver at the green, a green defended like Fort Knox. Two bunkers lie 30 yards short of the putting surface to catch hooks; another pair flanks the front of the green. The actual line of approach for bouncing a ball on this green is angled and narrow, so to make this a one-shotter your drive must be near-perfect.

CONDITIONING:
Outstanding for a public course (and amazing for a muni), this is the best-conditioned track I’ve played since Wintonbury Hills early last fall. Only a few fairways on the front side had patches in places. The greens ran fast and, although sometimes hard to read, were ultra-smooth.

PACE of PLAY:
The one fly in the ointment, though a big one. Four and ½ hours, no course marshals. Perhaps it was the holiday?

OTHER STUFF:
The clubhouse is very neat, attractive, and spacious enough, with a good restaurant, from what I’ve heard. The friendly and professional staff didn’t disappoint. Three great playing partners kept things interesting (two of them just getting into the game but more than competent) making for a nice foursome.

SOME CONCLUSIONS:
The layout is so good here that I’d rate it six stars if that were possible. It’s strategic and challenging, and playing it as a whole is just sheer fun. The value, too, is very strong. A minor criticism: I was not crazy about the extremely narrow fairway at the fourth, as with even a well-played shot I missed it by a couple of yards. Unfortunately, slow play diminished the full experience today.

But a must-play golf course? That would only be understating it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 290
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice course, nice views.

The course is in good shape, greens are a little slow, fairways are good. There is a couple of wet spots, no matter the time of year. Some slow players for the front nine, but after playing through, smooth sailing. Overall good.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 33
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Still a little wet

The # 2 hole is still very wet, they need to address this as it was wet all the times I played before. However the rest of the course is in great shape. Look forward to playing again soon!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Great course only down side is it is a bit hilly but to each their own. Loved the course would definitely play here again course is in great shape. Keeps neat. Friendly staff hreat pace of play atleast in weekdays

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

This is a course I would highly recommend and would play again in the near future.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 290
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great views, fun course

The course is in good shape, some wet areas, greens are a little slow, tough to judge the speed. Overall good and plays long, fun to play as it will challenge you with a variety of different shots.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

5 stars!

What a great course! Great condition.and friendly staff.. Looking forward to playing again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

One of my favorite course

Great variety of picturesque fairway/hole layouts

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Hidden gem

Really liked it. For this area public courses it’s right up at the top. Not long but critical to get off the tee well if you do you can score. Risk and reward. Pub was good too.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great course needs a Marshall

The starter was mixing up tee times and no Marshall to check pace waited 15 minutes and every tee box before we could even tee up.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 290
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Wet course, path only most holes

The course layout is good but the course is very wet, most holes is path only. Given the time of year you can expect lots of leaves, slows you down looking for your ball even in the fairways.
Seems they are not too happy with people being on the course, they can't wait to get you off their course, even on a cold day with 3-4 groups max out there.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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