Shaker Hills Country Club
|Championship M: 73.9/136||389||535||210||466||606||185||373||416||372||3552||394||410||395||164||315||550||230||352||548||3358||6910|
|Back M: 71.2/128||342||506||186||449||558||172||325||393||347||3278||380||382||375||149||300||520||216||297||522||3141||6419|
|Middle M: 69.0/125 W: 74.4/135||322||475||170||425||540||149||280||352||311||3024||361||362||353||138||289||465||184||290||504||2946||5970|
|Forward M: 65.0/123 W: 69.6/126||244||436||120||343||482||125||265||307||274||2596||295||305||320||72||250||456||148||262||355||2463||5059|
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18th fairway Photo submitted by ericboston58 on 06/30/2018
4th Hole-Par 4 Photo submitted by 3HourGolf on 10/28/2017
18th Green and Clubhouse Photo submitted by 3HourGolf on 10/28/2017
12 Hole-Par 4 Photo submitted by 3HourGolf on 10/28/2017
13th Hole-Par 3 Photo submitted by 3HourGolf on 10/28/2017
5 Star golf course
From the pro shop to the course best staff and crew working on any course I have ever played. This is one of the best golf courses in Massachusetts private of public . Well worth the price of $75 with a cart.
Not Worth the Money
Played another 5+ hour round here. Not sure why we keep going back, but this might be it for us. For the amount the course charges, you simply cannot have 5 hour rounds be a consistent phenomenon. There were no rangers at all on the course to enforce play, and even though several groups including ourselves called into the clubhouse to ask for a ranger to be sent out, none did. It's possible one group was causing the massive backup, and it might have been as easy as having this one group skip a hole. Instead you left multiple 4somes on the course as it got pitch black.
The course itself is fun and challenging. But it doesn't help that there are multiple holes that were cart path only. This is one of the only courses that has this many cart path only holes for reasons that don't make sense.
The course needs to bring it's pricing down by $20-30 to better justify the experience.
Great Layout, Sub-Par Condition
Rough check-in as our twosome got bumped back 10 minutes behind our booked tee time. They put a foursome in front of us. Bad policy, and the guy in the pro shop was rude and wouldn't make eye contact or explain why we were bumped back. "Go hit balls at the range" he said. Bad start.
Luckily, the started was a kind soul with the gift of common sense. He got us out earlier, in front of the foursome and we're so grateful he turned our day around. We flew through 15 holes in 2.5 hours behind only another quick-moving twosome.
More importantly, the layout was great. Some challenging shots emphasized by elevation changes, uneven lies, and some tight doglegs with smaller fairways. Definitely makes you think twice about grabbing the driver. Shout-out to #7 the drivable par 4 that can make/break a good round. Greens were good, but covered with ball marks and spike marks... I couldnt fix them all. I guess that comes with playing at 5 pm. Fairways were mostly good, some bald spots or areas short on grass. I think the tee boxes could use some love and care.
Overall, good experience and will be back again!
Bring plenty of water
It was 90 degrees out with full sun. There was no water on the course, there was no beverage cart on the course and the snack shack was closed. No one advised us of this before teeing off. I won't be back as the staff offered no apology, only a lame excuse that it was due to the board of health.
Top Notch Track
Shaker Hills is one of my favorite courses anywhere. I love everything about it. The layout is fantastic and includes lots of elevation changes, dramatic boulders, and stunning views. The condition are terrific. The practice facilities are very good, except the astroturf mats on the range, and unlimited use of the practice facilities is included in your greens fee. The staff could not be friendlier or more helpful -- they seem to understand what many golf shop attendants do not today -- the fee-paying golfer is the customer and deserves to be treated as such. I hesitated before writing this review because I do not want to drive more traffic to this gem of a course. But they deserve the praise -- keep doing what you are doing! I will be back, again and again.
We are a group from New Hampshire that has played Red Tail each of the past 4 years. We decided to try Shaker Hills this year after visiting the Boston Golf Expo earlier this year and getting a 2 for 1 coupon.
Prior to playing, we had seen reviews that made us question our decision but with such a good coupon, we figured it was worth playing.
All I can say is the older reviews should be pulled as the course has made a great comeback. The fairways were perfectly manicured and the greens pristine. They were rolling pure and true.
Some of the tee boxes still need work but it's very visible the work is being done to restore them. Crews are everywhere.
This is a great course. Challenging but fair. Great conditions that will get even better as the summer progresses.
And the 19th hole ....one of the best settings I've ever seen on a public course.
To all at Shaker Hills, thanks for a great experience.
I play this course a couple times a year and am a big fan. I usually don’t play when it’s $100 a round, but it’s still worth it. Today the course was soaked - can’t hold that against them, but was still in really good shape.
My one big complaint was that my group had a 10:30 tee time and they had squeezed a twosome in at 10:25. Not only were they not that good and we were always waiting, but I don’t know why the course would send the group out.
Good track and nice staff
The course is in great shape (especially for early in the spring). They are creating new tee boxes and keep putting money into the course. They have some good membership alternatives as well. The greens were moderate speed, the rough was fair. The back nine tee boxes need some tlc, but otherwise a great day. I will definitely be playing again.
Shaker Hills has some issues
5 of us played in 2 groups - 3 player & 2 players. We are all at least 15 hcp. The course has an understandable rule about no groups of more than 4 players which is a pace of play rule... understandable.
However, after about 3 holes we were backed up behind a group of 3. after 7 hole they had let us both pass (No Ranger on the course) by 9 holes both groups were 2 holes ahead and a half a hole behind the group in front. We joined into a group of 5, kept up with the group of 3 ahead and 4 holes ahead of the 3 some behind. A staff member said that even though we were keeping up with the group ahead and way ahead of the group behind we were not allowed to join up because of the rule. stupid! Can't have fun even though we were not close to holding anyone up, fix out ball marks, replace / fill divots, etc. This is why the game is shrinking. Oh, I'm not done... There was no water on the course or water bottles for the players (95 and no water)... However, at the half-way house a player can buy a hot-dog and water for ~$12 depending how you tip. Probably will not go back when for $6 more we can play Red Tail which is a better layout and in better condition.
Not The Best Public Course in MA
For a course that says they are, "The Best Public Course in Massachusetts by GolfAdvisor" they couldn't be farther from the truth.
I played Shaker Hills two years ago and the course was in fair condition but I knew most of the area was in a serious drought so I didn't think much of it. I recently played here and could not believe how horrific the conditions are. I am no agronomist but I'd say they have severe disease that is affecting most of the tee boxes and greens, don't be fooled by the green sand they put down to cover it up. Bunkers are borderline unplayable with rocks and rough has been turned into hardpan. Barrels are overflowing with trash and the golf course is littered with it as well.
I don't enjoy bashing golf courses but this place is not worth the $62 I paid for (after 3 pm) and it is certainly not worth the 45 minute + drive.
Don't waster your money!!!!
This course was in awful shape and was not worth $50..never mind the $95 they charged. Hard pan everywhere, bunkers had weeds growing in them with no edges so they just blended in with the rough. Fairways were burnt. I have played this course in the past and it has been in good shape.....not today.
Save your money and play elsewhere.
$95 to play, Absolute dog track with crummy bunkers and fairways. Entire course looks like ground under repair. Not worth the gas money to get there even if it were free. Clubhouse and people are nice, course sucks.
Not worth the money
Beautiful summer weekend day and there were a ton of tee times available. Also received email with membership rates discounted 30%. Two red flags but though would give a shot. It is a great layout with the exception of the 18th which I would rate as the worst finishing hole I have ever played. not just condition ( photo of 18th fairway attached) but the hole design is awful. As other reviewers noted conditions are average to poor in many locations. Lots of hard pan, rocks and roots when just off the fairway or green. Cutting of fringe around green is inconsistent. They like to use green spray paint to hide the dirt and hard pan. I am sure they will say it is a fertilizer or something but it is clearly used to mask poor conditions. I play MANY $100 courses in NE and have never seen this anywhere. Sadly I believe conditions could be much better with the proper staff or perhaps existing staff having better budget. I have seen courses with conditions like this vastly improve with changing of personnel. Traps very inconsistent from rock hard to average to many weeds growing in them and several broken rakes. Greens inconsistent and tee boxes beat up on several holes. Overpriced and average golf experience.
Shaker Hills not worth the $ & 5 hour round
Definitely not in the best shape and not worth the money. None of the traps were raked and weeds growing in most traps. It is a great layout but not maintained for a $95 fee. Will never go back unless conditions improve.
Great layout but a few small issues
We always enjoy playing this course, like to get there at least once a year. As per usual the staff was great and we love the layout. A couple of issues this time though were that the tee boxes were in rough shape and some of them were as hard as rocks, not good on Par 3’s. Also the greens were very inconsistent, some went from slow to slower. I don’t know if they need to punch them or not but it would help. It was still a great day on the course as the layout of Shaker Hills never disappoints
Another Excellent Round
I took up an email offer that they sent for a round for $60 w/cart. WELL worth it. The course is always a challenge. Being a Thursday, it was relatively open on the course and I was able to buzz right through in three hours. I'm looking forward to my next round there already!
Played Shaker today. Greens had been punched so were a little bumpy and sandy. You can tell the greens are just average when filled in. Other areas were in good shape with some bare spots. Conditions at Shaker are moderate to good most times.
The course layout is great. No real blind tee shots. Great variety of holes and elevations changes. Red Tail is right down the street and really shines compared to Shaker but Shaker is still a solid choice. Playing these two back to back for 36 is a fun day.
The staff here are top notch. Nice, friendly and attentive. The clubhouse is clean with great food and beverage options.
Shaker hills hype
So after reading and hearing about Shaker Hills we thought we would take the drive and check it out. Did not disappoint!! The facility is first class all the way. We got there early to eat lunch and practice. Was warmly greeted in bar area and we sat upstairs overlooking the 18th green. Veronica was our server and she did a great friendly job. Food was delicious. Driving range is mats and short but for a short loosening up iits ok. There's also pitching area, chipping and putting available. All good but the real star here is the golf course!! Fairways and tee boxes are in outstanding shape. Greens were great except for the inconsiderate golfers who don't fix pitch marks. Tree lined course, plays up high then back down on back nine. Definitely recommend to anyone who plays. Different boxes makes it playable for everyone. A really cool feature is a big screen tv in clubhouse which is filming golfers coming down the 18th fairway. After putting out head in to see urself on tv. Nice treat!! Definitely a 5 star facility