Robert T. Lynch municipal course at Brookline Golf Club: Not the same old look



BROOKLINE, Mass. -- There are two golf courses on the property of Putterham in Brookline, both of them historic. Only one of them, though, is open to the public, the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Course at Putterham.

The muni, which dates back to 1931, actually borders The Country Club at Brookline, the famous site where a former caddie, Francis Ouimet, won the 1913 U.S. Open. Then in 1999, The Country Club played host to the historic U.S. comeback in the Ryder Cup, and the Robert T. Lynch Course actually served to support the event.

Today, anyone can play the Robert T. Lynch Course, which has undergone a few changes since it opened more than 80 years ago. And while Ouimet's monumental win came a few hundred yards away, a bronze sculpture of Ouimet and young caddie Eddie Lowery, presented in 1999, graces the entrance of Robert T. Lynch.

Designed by John Van Kleek and Wayne Stiles, the course plays around 6,400 yards from the tips, but with elevated greens, doglegs and a variety of holes, it challenges players of every level. The clubhouse, which is almost as old as the course, sits behind the 18th green. And while the course has had its ups and downs, recent years have seen a lot of improvements, including ongoing bunker and drainage improvements.

Jul 26, 2013



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Mike Bailey

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trio to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.