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Value
3.8
Layout
5.0
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.6
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7006 yards
Slope 135
Rating 72.7

Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, Massachusetts sprawls across wooded hills, weaving through numerous streams and ponds. It is the first course in New England to be certified as an Audubon International Cooperative Signature. Golfers can enjoy spectacular views from every hole. Named after the Red Tail Hawks that soar above the golf course, the landscape offers classic New England golf with maple trees, birches, oaks, and pines. There are also tall grasses and sand along the fairways and greens, providing a few elements of coastal courses. The Red Tail layout offers a great amount of variety thanks to the diverse landscape. There is an interesting mix of risk-reward opportunities and link-style touches throughout the course. It is no surprise that this scenic and challenging course is one of the most popular public golf courses in Massachusetts.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7006 yards 72.7 135
Silver 72 6694 yards 71.0 133
Gold 72 6292 yards 68.5 126
Green (W) 72 5654 yards 70.0 128
Green 72 5654 yards 66.2 115
Blue 72 5049 yards 69.2 123
Scorecard for Red Tail Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.7/135 410 570 185 527 178 365 481 323 461 3500 561 169 362 367 440 216 413 406 572 3506 7006
Silver M: 71.0/133 375 568 170 525 161 365 427 323 418 3332 520 169 360 364 399 181 411 390 572 3366 6698
Gold M: 68.5/126 354 516 170 512 161 331 400 306 374 3124 507 154 352 342 380 181 368 385 499 3168 6292
Green M: 66.2/115 W: 70.9/128 317 461 151 426 142 295 381 274 372 2819 453 137 314 306 356 157 329 344 439 2835 5654
Blue W: 69.2/123 280 409 125 401 121 264 337 251 332 2520 402 121 278 271 316 133 292 305 411 2529 5049
Handicap 7 3 17 9 15 13 1 11 5 2 18 12 10 6 16 8 14 4
Par 4 5 3 5 3 4 4 4 4 36 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2002
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Architect Brian Silva (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted All major credit cards accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirts, no denim

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4.3
120 Reviews (120)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Patio Dining 10
19th Hole Scenic Views 9
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 14
Bunkers 12
Elevation Changes 11
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 11
Advanced Golfers 9
A Weekend Splurge 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 12
In the 'Burbs 6

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Conditions poor again!

I play here a few times a year and love the layout. However, every now and then, they stop taking care of this course. I paid $109 to play a 5+ hour round. Terrible value. Fairways were in great shape, but greens and tee boxes were beat up. Sand traps were the worst - we referred to them as gravel traps. A ranger came by several times to comment on the slow pace and how he was moving the groups along but it never improved. To pile on, they had 1 kid working the bar/restaurant. Yes, 1 person on Mem Day. They aren't even trying anymore. They need someone new to manage this place. It's too good to have poor management.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Great Track

It's always fun playing here. Despite the rain, the course was in tremendous shape and the greens were still very fast. I look forward to playing here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course, great condition

Very fun yet challenging course. So many bunkers! Sand all of the fairways and protecting most of the greens so our group spent a lot of time getting out of them. Overall, the course is beautiful and has sprawling fairways and greens that are all in perfect shape. No bad holes or areas that we found. Varying degrees of elevation and some awesome views. Would go back and well worth the money especially during the week.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Play here if you get a chance!

Played here with the Safari Club. What a treat! A challenging course in superb condition and with great views. The staff is welcoming and very friendly. Would love the opportunity to play this course again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Safari Club Red Tail review

What a great track, but bring your "A" game or play the green tees
A test for all levels of golfers, My only regret is i never got to play the tips when i was a real golfer
Great greens - they were just the right speed

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Enjoyable Course

Played here with the Safari Club on 10/16. Cool and breezy day, which made club selection a little difficult on some holes. Very interesting and challenging course that was in very good condition. Staff was very accommodating to all our needs. Enjoyable day!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Safari Club Outing

Very nice track. Greens were nice, just the right speed for me. Hope we play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Fantastic

Wow. This course is absolutely gorgeous. Huge elevation changes make for gorgeous views and a difficult time gauging distances. It is extremely well kept. Those greens were brutal though. They are all fast and have multiple tiers. The pin placements were cruel today with many on the edge of a tier making any misses fall to the next. Was hoping to play it with some bright foliage but everything was still green. If you have the chance to play this course, jump at it. I will definitely play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Fantastic Experience

One of my favorite courses I've played this summer. It was an incredible experience. The large bunkers create a difficult course, but I liked that unique aspect of it. Overall, the conditions were great. I played in the afternoon so it was significantly cheaper. The food was also very good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Perfect conditions

What a great course! Fun layout, perfect greens, fairways, tee boxes....the grill has great food too. I would say this is a must play for anyone who lives in New England.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Poor weather
Used cart

Distinctive, lovey course

Red Tail still stands as a unique course in Massachusetts. It has many distinctive and dramatic holes. Lots of elevation changes, dramatic use of waste areas, greens perched on sides of hills--in one case an old quarry. Fairways are often wider and more generous then we typically see in New England, but there are bunkers aplenty, deep swale, steep drop-offs next to greens, and lots of large, sloping greens. There have been times when the course maintenance has seemed to slip, but today it was lovely and in good shape. And even with strong, gusting winds today, we had a great day on the course today.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Weather Day...Great Course!

Played this course on the 17th with the Safari Club. Many of our members had to travel quite a distance to get to the course, but it's well worth it. It's one of the highlights of our schedule each year. This year was no exception as the course was in excellent condition throughout. Challenging test of golf with no two holes alike and many elevation changes to make for a very interesting round. You won't get bored with course! The staff was very accomodating, friendly and organized from the time we arrived and throughout the day. Looking forward to playing it again next year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Safari Club Outing

This is one of the best if not the best course that the Safari Club has played this year. Every fairway and green was superb. I would love to play there again .

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

Best Course played

I had the pleasure of playing this course with my friends in The Safari Club . What a beautiful course it is, especially in the fall, with the foliage. The course was in immaculate shape with contoured greens in good shape.Kudos to the maintenance crews for keeping up with the leaves and acorns, although the noise of the blowers and vacuums were annoying at times, it's that time of year folks!
Make sure your bunker game is in good shape as many strategic bunkers will test your mettle. Par 4's are moderate length and par fives offer birdies or better if you want to run the gauntlet and challenge the course. 18th hole is an exceptional closing par 5 , Hit a good tee shot to left side of the fairway and give it a go from a downhill lie just over 200 yds over a pond with trouble long and right and bunkers left. How lucky do you feel?

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great Course

Great Course. I enjoyed the layout, which suited my eye very well. Course was in excellent condition, greens rolled very true. Amenities are a bit lacking. Driving range is short, couldn't hit anything over 200 yards. Food in the clubhouse was mediocre.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Boston Advisor
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played

Great layout but a little inconsistent

Certainly a top 10 public course in the state of Massachusetts based on layout alone. But today the course was a little inconsistent. The greens were slow, fast, slow, fast and the bunkers went from soft sand to hard pan from hole to hole. The staff was pleasant, especially the person in the tent at the turn. I will certainly play this course again but for today's trip to Red Tail the course was not up to its usual standards.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Take customers for granted

This is a beautiful, interesting and fun course. I have played a number of times and love it. Unfortunately, I don't go often and will not be hurrying back because, once again, I am left with the feeling that the folks there don't particularly care if you do come back. This last weekend play was ridiculously slow. I called the pro shop from the course to let them know and they sent out a very nice young guy to take the heat. His explanation was that they had 287 golfers for the day. In other words, we overbooked, sorry. That was the course's choice, and it's not the first time. Golf isn't fun when you have to sit around for 10 minutes to tee off at every hole. While I'm writing this review, I figure I'll also mention this. I played a couple of years back and paid for my group, over $400. The nice young woman at the counter messed up and my card never got charged. Called a week later to rectify the mistake. The response? Thanks. Now, I didn't call to get a freebie, etc, but because it was the right thing to do, but what kind of people don't thank you for something like that with a free drink or something?

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Top Public course Beautiful layout

I'm a member of the Safari golf club from Western Ma. This was my second time playing this great course.
Kathy in the pro shop was a delight to deal with very pleasent and up beat! Mark and Myles the cart team were very friendly and couldn't do enough to make our day great ,very friendly and professional.It gets better the starter Don was also very friendly and gave us a lot of very helpful information about the course. Now for the best part of the day ,the golf course !!! beautiful
Not a blade of grass out of place the fairways were in perfect shape and the greens were pure and fast.
I see why Red Tail is in the top 50 public courses in US. Play it one time and you will have to return many times .

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

What a fantastic venue!!!!

We played with the Safari Club. Truly a premier group of golfers ( both women and men ) that travels throughout Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut. The Safari club plays courses which are highly rated. And this was exceptional!
Fantastic sceneries. Outstanding greens and bunkers. A very friendly and helpful staff. In addition, the club pro was extremely knowledgeable and gave a great summation of the history of the course and pointed out many unique features. OUTSTANDING!!!!!!

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