Kettle Brook Golf Club

3.1666666667 3.2 stars from 5 (8)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6912 yards
  • Slope: 125
  • Rating: 73.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6912 yards 73.1 125
Silver 72 6549 yards 71.9 123
Green 72 6203 yards 70.3 121
White 72 5540 yards 71.3 121
White (W) 72 5105 yards 70.2 118

Located just outside of Worcester, Kettle Brook Golf Club is surrounded by the reservoir from which it got its name. It is one of the area's most popular public courses. The golf course sprawls across gently rolling terrain laced with mature trees and marshland. The greens are large, making accurate pin placement essential, and there are also subtle breaks that can be difficult to read. Water hazards and strategically placed bunkers also come into play but the more challenging elements are balanced by the player-friendly fairways are wide and forgiving. There are five sets of tees on the golf course, allowing golfers to play to their own abilities. Much of Kettle Brook Golf Club's challenges will depend on which tee box you choose but most golfers will find that they have to employ the use of every club in their bag.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 8 Reviews
5 stars:
3
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

7 out of 8 reviews


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"great course and value"


golferguy2471's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course is always great friendly staff. Challenging but fair and a good value as well. I play all over and Kettle Brook is by far the best public course in the area. Don't know what the last reviewers problem was but obviously he knows nothing. Courses have to do maintenance like aeration to maintain their conditions thru the year and people who actually know a thing or two about the game realize and accept this.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"horrible shape"


rsyrjala123's avatar
Age:  65+

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

paid $50 for this course. terrible shape, greens bumpy, aerated all around greens, was told prior to play course is in great shape. total lie. will never play here again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Fun course..."


u252236575's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Some holes it makes a big difference whether you are playing from the Green or Silver tees (White or Blue), so decide early and be fair to yourself. I love this course layout, most holes are forgiving, fairways are pretty well kept. There is some maintenance that seems to be constant on #2, but don't miss left on your approach there and you'll be fine.

Overall, it's a fun course, well balanced New England style play. The 19th hole is nothing special, great hot dog stand a few minutes away to hit afterwards. Fair price, no driving range though and some hazards aren't marked well (red/white stakes).


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Challenging But Not Overly Demanding"


NoonanSmails's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2014
Previously played Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I discovered Kettle Brook a few years ago when my daughters were going to school in Worcester. It is a long trek for me now, but I really enjoy this course. It is a great layout with a perfect mixture of hills, hazard and obstacles, combined with excellent conditioning. The multiple sets of tees give you options and increase the demands on your game as you move back. The 9th is a great par 4 that is first uphill and then downhill. On the left is a dramatic rock outcropping and on the right are trees and OB. The 13th is that "trick or treat" par 4. You could pull out the driver and attempt to drive it, but you will likely end up in brutal bunker on the right. A long iron out to the left leaves you with a wedge to the tricky green. The front 9 (or 12) are carved out an old hilly and rocky woodlot. The back looks like it was once farmland and is more innocuous. It is a fun course and can be walked despite the legendary hills. The last big hill on the 17th does drain the last energy from your legs. This course does get chronic wet spots after a decent rainfall. I was a little put off that they did not tell me on the phone the greens had recently been aerated and sanded. Putting was subpar and will be back to normal in a few more days. I know most people have no idea where Paxton is. I will tell you it is worth the trip to this small town north of Worcester to enjoy a first class golf experience, even if you do not have kids attending college in Worcester.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A comfortable round"


BisonM's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/26/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is great. It has a nice layout, the conditions are usually very good, the staff is friendly, the pace is pretty good, and it is not too tight or too tough. And it is walkable! Too many courses around here are no more than paths cut through the woods and up rocky hills. This course has a few blind shots, a few quirky holes, but it is a fair test of golf and not just target shooting. It is becoming my "go to" course for a fun round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Like the course but the pace is terrible"


u000005342532's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/17/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We waited at least 5-10 min on each tee box after the 4th hole. The course is good but no rangers and for a Friday afternoon at 3 did not expect it to be that tight. At several holes on the back nine there were three groups on the tee box, waiting. Other than the pace the course is in nice shape, will have to try another time.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best value you can find!"


danman86325's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/15/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played this course multiple times during the week .. easily the best $42 you can spend on a green fee. Every time, the course has been in great shape ... smooth fairways, soft but quick greens .. your putts hold their true line! It's a bit of a challenge for the first time player, but one you've made a couple laps around the track the course is very score-able.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Too early in the season to give a fair evaluation"


norwich65's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/17/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is very wet, no carts on about 5 holes. Greens are in good shape, should be better once things dry out, IF they cut a bit shorter and roll. Nice layout, worth trying. We have played here in past years and will again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/27/2016

Try to play once a week usually Sat. Or Sun. afternoon throughout the season. Played a couple weeks ago when we had that 70* day.The course is usually the same every time except when there is a lot of rain then it gets pretty soggy. Biggest thing is the time frame it can be super slow on weekends and we have had rounds of 5 to 5-1/2 hrs on many occasions. A lot has to do with the people who play from the back tees and do not belong there. They need to bring back the rangers to keep play moving. Have sworn off the course on many occasion but keep coming back still the best value around for a great course.



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