With Father’s Day approaching, the 2022 US Open sweeping across Massachusetts, and summer in full swing, golfers are looking for places to play on the North Shore.
Although best known for its private courses like Essex Country Club, Myopia Hunt Club and Salem Country Club, the North Shore is also home to several excellent public and semi-private golf courses.
Here are five of our favorites:
Beverly Golf and Tennis Club
Beverly Golf & Tennis has both an excellent 18-hole golf course and 10 outdoor clay tennis courts. The club was built in 1910 by United Shoe Machinery Corporation which used the property for athletic activities before it was sold to the City of Beverly in 1978. The focal point of the property, the clubhouse, houses the 19th Hole Pub, the Great Room for functions and Fireside Rooms for smaller events. The club’s exceptional facilities, as well as its connection to Beverly’s history, make this course a must-see in the North Shore area.
134 McKay Street, Beverly, 978-922-9072, beverlygolfandtennis.com
Black Swan Country Club
The Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown is an 18-hole course designed by renowned New England golf course architect, Philip Wogan. Originally built in 1990, the course has undergone extensive upgrades since its reinstatement in 2010. These upgrades include new tees and modified green complexes, among other renovations. The club has since been named Best in the North Shore for public golf from 2013 to 2017. The Clubhouse is home to the Flatbread Pizza Company where golfers can head to enjoy pizzas and drinks after their round.
258 Andover St., Georgetown, 978-769-1981, blackswancountryclub.com
Far Corner Golf
This course offers 27 holes spread over three different nine-hole courses over 250 acres in the West Boxford countryside. Far Corner combines exceptional conditions with a challenging yet fun layout to make it ideal for all levels of play. The course was purchased and expanded by North Shore golfing legend Bill Flynn in 1977. The course has won the BONS award for public courses in 2018, 2020 and 2021. The Far Corner Grille has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating as well as a wide selection of great food and drink.
5 Barker Road, Boxford, 978-352-8300, farcornergolf.com
Merrimack Valley Golf Club
This Methuen club was built by the legendary golf course architect Donald Ross – only the second course he created in New England. The course was rebuilt in 2008 by Golf Digest award winner George F. Sargent, Jr. to address drainage issues and repair deteriorated course features. The clubhouse overlooks the rolling hills of southern New Hampshire and offers views of 14 of the 18 holes. The club is also home to the Sandtrap Bar and Grille which serves top notch American cuisine.
210 Howe Street, Methuen, 978-683-7771, merrimackvalleygolfclub.com
Ould Newbury Golf Club
This challenging semi-private nine-hole golf course is nestled beside the River Parker in Newbury. Built in 1916 by Jim Lowe, the course features crowned, elevated greens and narrow fairways that test skill at all levels of play. The club recently won the BONS award for public courses in 2018, 2019 and 2021. After your round, stop by the Pub at Ould Newbury which offers pub-style food and great views of the surrounding area.
319 Newburyport Turnpike. (Highway 1), Newbury, 978-465-9888, ouldnewbury.com
If those choices aren’t enough, here are some additional courses to consider this summer:
Amesbury Golf and Country Club3 Country Club Road, Amesbury, 978-388-5153, amesburycountryclub.com
Bradford Country Club201 Chadwick Road, Haverhill, 978-372-8587, bradfordcc.com
Crystal Lake Golf Club940 North Broadway, Haverhill, 978-377-0655, crystallake-golf.com
Hickory Hill Golf Course200 North Lowell Street, Methuen, 978-809-0822, golfhickoryhill.com
Rockport Golf Club36 Country Club Road, Rockport, 978-546-3340, rockportgolf.com
Rowley’s Country Club235 Dodge Road, Rowley, 978-948-2731, www.rowleycountryclub.com
Sagamore Spring Golf Club1287 Main Street, Lynnfield, 781-334-3151, sagamoregolf.com
Wenham Country Club94 Main Street, Wenham, 978-468-4714, wenham.golf
Are you new to golf or just want to practice? Newbury Golf Center and Ice Cream in Newbury and Murphy’s Garrison Par 3 Center in Haverhill are great places to start. Looking to buy clubs or equipment? The PGA Supermarket to Peabody, Golfer’s Warehouse in Danvers, and Whirlaway Golf Center in Methuen have a wide selection of golf clubs and equipment.