Red Tail Golf Club

4.7755529412 4.8 stars from 5 (117)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7006 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 15 Bulge Rd, Devens, Massachusetts 01434, Worcester County
  • (978) 772-3273
  • (978) 772-2534
  • www.redtailgolf.net
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Year built: 2002
Architect(s): Brian Silva (2002)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirts, no denim
Credit cards accepted: All major credit cards accepted

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 117 Reviews
5 stars:
59
4 stars:
29
3 stars:
18
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

101 out of 116 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for a bucket list/top 100 pick advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers elevation changes   Great for 19th hole scenic views drinks patio dining  

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"Play here if you get a chance!"


BarbaraW53's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Safari Club Red Tail review"


u00000843029's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable Course"


Steve182T's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Safari Club Outing"


elykC's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fantastic"


dlava15's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fantastic Experience"


KevinCoombs's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



golferguy2471's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Perfect conditions"


None's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Distinctive, lovey course"


u000007984788's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Weather Day...Great Course!"


Steve182T's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Safari Club Outing"


elykC's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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 .


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best Course played"


rwgosssr's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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?


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


kpkelley83's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great layout but a little inconsistent"


BostonGolfTraveler's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Take customers for granted"


jcrowleyfrpbcom's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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?


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Top Public course Beautiful layout"


doc7's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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 .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"What a fantastic venue!!!!"


StvMerf's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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!<br/> 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!!!!!!


I recommend this course


"Would be hard to beat this course!"


William1776111's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Our Safari Club golf group scored a major deal when we got to play this outstanding course. With many doglegs, significant elevation changes from tee to green, and perfect conditions, this course rates as a bucket list course as it is that good. Each hole seems isolated from others with the scenery exceptional. While the layout is fair and without gimmicks, the course plays quite difficult.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Loved Playing there"


FredL43's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

We played with a large group from the Safari Club the course was great and full of history.The staff was very helpful and friendly.Looking forward to playing this course again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


Haskelin's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

We played this course as part of our Safari Club outing on a very cool, sunny day. We were delayed due to frost but the wait was well worth it once we got going. The course was in good shape, and was challenging for the first time playing it. I'll be looking forward to playing this course again next year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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