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4.8
Value
4.7
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
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4.7
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7243 yards
Slope 135
Rating 75.2
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Pinehills Golf Club-Nicklaus Course
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Course Details

Year Built 2002
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Architect Jack Nicklaus, Jr. (2002) David Heatwole (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Pinehills Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required. Shirts must have collars and shorts must be Bermuda length. Tank tops, t-shirts and denim are not permitted.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Golfers' Choice (2019 #6) (2018 #12)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Courses for Layout in the U.S. (2019 #17) (2017 #3)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Off-course amenities in the U.S. (2019 #5) (2018 #9) (2017 #11)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Massachusetts (2018 #1)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in New England (2017 #2)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Friendliest Courses in the U.S. (2017 #7)

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4.9
94 Reviews (94)
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Reviews 55
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Massachusetts Advisor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

5 STARS...but know that is conditionally given...

The 'condiiton' is a function of the extended drought we have had...and the nasty impact on the course...when dead center drives hit the fairway, roll, 30-50 yards that tells one just how hard the ground is...and most of these ended up on the edge of the fairways...as far as any good/normal pitch/chip shots holding the greens...not happening...putting off the green, from the fringe, worked best...

Putting, as mentioned on Sundays US OPEN commentary, saw reflections on the green, meaning super fast...a mere whisper, and you were 6 feet past the hole...entire state needs rain...

Finally, I joined a resident threesome, that took off before my tee shot landed...and one of them was just learning the game...and struggled mightily...this is NOT a course for the beginner...

No risk reward on any shot the entire round...the pin placements, were #4, but defended with slopes, so one would need a POP up to try to hold the green...

Wind was definetly impacting

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 10
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Time

Didn’t see another foursome once during our 4-hour round. Course in great condition, but challenging. Staff very friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent golf experience

I’ve played both courses in the past but tonight was fabulous. The staff was great. The conditions were the best I’ve seen in the last 5 years. Covid has kept the golf outings to a minimum and no wear and tear. I played with a father (a member) and his son who was visiting. They were excellent company and the weather couldn’t have been better. I also was trying a new driver and hit every fairway. The only way it could have been better was to ace one of the par three’s. This round was memorable!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nickulas

Got to play here for the 2nd time in a week play jones 1st time nickulas this time course is really nice conditions perfect. Nick course is definitely more forgiving compare to jones greens were just punch early in week but not bad a little slow cause of that. Which was ok by me definitely would try to come back this season.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Two excellent courses.

Two excellent courses and very nice practice areas.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great experience

Everything was wonderful I highly recommended this course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best Public in Massachusetts

I've played a lot of the "top" public courses in Massachusetts. This might be my favorite one. It's a close race between Granite Links and Pinehills. The course itself isn't that challenging, but it's still fun and requires a lot of different shots. The pace of play is pretty quick, the conditions were best in the state.

I'd put it up there with most private courses I've played in the state, and it's way ahead of most public courses. Good practice area as well. Definitely check this place out.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 11
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
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 3
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Top to Bottom Review: A Must Play on Boston's South Shore

Pinehills has been on my list of courses to play in the Boston area for a couple of years now. We chose to play the Nicklaus course for our first visit. At $135, it's close to the top of my budget for a casual weekend round. However, Pinehills does not disappoint.

As you approach the clubhouse, you are greeted by bag boys who take your clubs and place them on a cart. The inside of the clubhouse is clean and quiet. Once you have paid, you go out the back exit towards the large practice range. Plenty of space out there. The bag boys have already parked your cart next to the range (it can be slightly difficult to spot your cart in the sea of easily 30 parked there). We decided to skip the range and headed to Nicklaus 1 and the practice green beside the tee box.

The course starter is at the first hole to greet you. He explains pin locations for the day and any applicable cart rules. Since this was our first time, he walked through some local knowledge that would help our round and walked us through the cart's touchscreen GPS system. I did discover that yardages on the GPS tended to be slightly overstated (no more than about 9-10 yards and you quickly adjust). The starter also provides an ice cold bottle of water for each player and scorecards/pencils.

Course conditions were immaculate given COVID circumstances. Even without rakes on the course, the bunkers were well maintained. The tee boxes (we played Blue - about 6,640 yards) were perfectly flat and also in good shape. The course itself is relatively flat and most holes were fairly straight. There are maybe 2 or 3 holes that have tee shots blind to the green. The bunkering is what makes the course a little more challenging. Fairway bunkers designed to punish aggressive lines are on nearly every hole. If not in a bunker, missing a fairway in the rough is still very safe. The rough was fairly trimmed. Tree-lined fairways also provide forgiveness as most balls into the trees bounce out or straight down. The greens were incredibly fast. We discovered quickly that you merely need to pick a line and just get the ball rolling. The green speed took care of the rest.

The cart girl passed us 3-4 times throughout the round, which is ample time to refuel. The grill at the 10th tee is not open due to COVID and the cart's food options were limited to snacks/candy and a few deli wraps. Unfortunately, I could not gobble any glizzys during my round.

After the 18th green, the cart path returns you to the clubhouse and practice area. Once again, the cart boys emerge to ask you how your round went and clean off your clubs before placing them on the bag stand in front of the clubhouse.

This place advertises "Be a Member for a Day" and lives up to the reputation. I will return to play the Jones course this month.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best Public Course Ever

I was blown away by the status of this course. Gorgeous layout with challenging but entertaining holes. Amenities were top of the line, and the staff was great. Highly recommend to any mid-handicapper or better interested in a good round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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