I had the opportunity to play New England Country Club in Bellingham, MA, last week and wanted to share my thoughts. Tucked on the border of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, New England Country Club is a public golf course designed by Hale Irwin.My Experience at New England CC
First, I have to give credit to the people at New England CC. These were some of the friendliest people I have come across at a golf course. Whether they were answering the phone, serving food/drinks in the clubhouse, the starters or the members we finished our round with, all were very friendly. It made the experience that much more enjoyable.
At only 6,400+ yards from the tips, it's not the longest golf course you will play. The layout requires solid club selection and accuracy instead of power. Elevation changes and a few blind shots may cause difficulty if you're playing here for the first time but overall, the course is very fair.
The conditions were good for early May in New England. The fairways were in great shape and the rough was short. When the rough is longer, I could see how this would be a more challenging golf course. The greens has just been aerated so I can't comment on how they roll but they were large and fairly easy to hit on approach shots.
Top 3 Golf Holes at New England CC
- 9th Hole (401 yd, Par 4)- A great hole to finish up the front 9. An accurate tee shot with a long iron leaves you with a wedge into a well guarded green. A creek in front and back make this one of the more challenging approach shots you'll face all round.
- 16th Hole (161 yd, Par 3)- This kicks off the challenging end to your round. An elevated tee box and forced carry requires a smart club selection. If you're short, it could be in the hazard or a bunker. Long and you may find yourself battling a rock wall on your next shot. It's a big green so hitting it doesn't mean an automatic two putt.
- 18th Hole (428 yd, Par 4)- This is my favorite golf hole. If you keep your tee shot in the fairway it will run down the hill and leave you with a short iron or wedge into the green. Your approach is all carry as water guards the front. Too long and you'll be chipping towards the water with the green sloping away. It's all about accuracy on this fun finishing hole.
I would play this course again and recommend it if you're in the area. It's a fair course that requires players to selected the right club and be accurate. The short design rewards players who can find the fairway with short irons into the greens and the people are very friendly.
The Course: New England Country Club
Greens Fees: $49-$69
Beverage Service: Clubhouse & on Course
Food: Yes, Egans Pub in Clubhouse
Driving Range: Yes