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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6735 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.1

Course Details

Year Built 2010
Fairways Bent
Greens Bent
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Mastercard, Visa, and American Express
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirts or golf industry apparel must be worn at all times. T-shirts, tank tops and denim are not permitted.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.9
10 Reviews (10)
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Reviews 34
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

This is a Shining track

The Safari Golf Club played 100 plus players enjoyed a great day of golf at the Rock .The conditions are great and the layout is perfect for all levels of player.The staff treated us as you would expect at an upscale opperation.
Good value for the best conditions!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent Layout

Great course! Played with the Safari Club on 10/4. Course was in excellent condition throughout. Several elevation changes made for an interesting layout. Very challenging, but fair. This was our first visit to Shining Rock, and hopefully, we'll be playing it again next year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 76
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Safari Club Favorite

An awesome track for sure! Great condition, fast greens and a relaxing 19th. Hole. what's not to like. A super friendly Staff. Don't hesitate book a Tee time and GO PLAY!!!
ps. If you like to walk forget about it!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 137
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Boston Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Rocks!!

Really worth the drive!! Course in great shape and an even better layout. Starts at #1 with a great downhill par 4 that doglegs left. # 4 ,#5 and #14 all great holes. Overalls a super day Highly recommended

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 47
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Underrated Course

I played here after randomly finding it on Google Maps. I was very impressed. It was raining the day before I played so it was cart path only, but the conditions were still great. Unless you are opposed to very woodsy courses, I would definitely suggest Shining Rock. The greens were not too fast or slow.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 34
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

wm road trip

Shining Rock "Rocks"
From Scott in the pro shop to the servers in the resturant and the Lou Papadellis the GM they couldn't be more friendly and welcoming.
The course has a great layout and the conditions even though it was wet played very good . The have several tees that will give the low handicap to the higher handicap everything they want as far as chalange goes.
If you play the Gold tees you will be tested on several of the tee shots but the other tees will give you a fair chalange.
Worth the one hour drive fron western Mass. for a great golf experence at a fair price."great road trip outing"

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Tough but fun course

The staff are always friendly, and the course always in great condition. There are some spots that do collect water after it rains, but nothing too bad. This course can be challenging especially if you are not straight off the tee. Most holes if you don't hit it straight, you will have to take a drop. Course layout is awesome. The 4th hole you have to tee it up and hit over a canyon(for lack of a better term) it looks a lot further than it is to carry(probably only 150, but it can get in your head) the 5th hole is a massive par 3(from the blues) 245yds from the blues. The front 9 can be a scorecard killer, but the back 9 is a little easier. Weekends can be a little pricy over $80 in the summer, but very reasonable during the week, especially if you tee off before 9, just over $50. This is one of my favorite courses, and no matter how many times I play it, it kicks my but 90% of the time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Best Customer Service Experience; Nice layout

Mr. Papadellis –

Earlier today (Sunday, 4/17), my son and I came to Shining Rock under the assumption we had booked a tee time for 11:15am. Turns out that while changing the tee time earlier in the week, I mistakenly booked it for two days earlier. I’m embarrassed to say that I was initially adamant that the course had made the mistake and not me. Lou Papadellis and Matt Hersey were more than patient waiting for me to recognize my error, and when it was clear I had screwed up, you kindly offered to try and squeeze us in later that afternoon, which – despite being the best day of the spring and knowing the course was fully booked – Lou and his co-workers amazingly, somehow did. The starter, whose name I did not catch, graciously gave up his cart to let us wedge in between two groups to play the back nine. We had a very nice round, but to completely cap off this already excellent experience – they let us play for free. I tried to pay for the 9 holes, but Matt would hear nothing of it. “That’s on Lou,” he said.

I’ve played golf all over the country, and as far away as Japan, and had some very nice customer service experiences – unfortunately very few in New England; the courses around here typically don’t feel they need to offer that kind of service, since there are so many golfers for so few decent tracks. This wasn’t my first time coming to Shining Rock – I’ve played a few times and really enjoy the layout – but it was absolutely my best time, probably the best experience I’ve had at a Massachusetts course in years. Because of Lou and his team, I plan to travel back often this season, and will be happy to share my experience with all of my colleagues, and on Golf Advisor. I’m sure my experience alone will persuade a few more to try out the course. Many thanks to the Shining Rock team for initially putting up with a grouchy, absent-minded golfer and turning my round into one I will fondly remember for a very long time.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 170
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 25 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Odd layout, good condition, need more rangers

We had heard a lot of good things about Shining Rock and conditionwise it didn't let us down. Layoutwise, it was an odd course with more than one par 4 measuring less than 320 yards, even from the blues. The course starts off with a tough downhill dogleg left par 4 where every shot has to be pinpoint.. People in my foursome hit great tee shots and walked away with bogey. Hole #4 is a bazaar all carry par 4 that leaves you with less than 75 yards to the green if you can carry 207-258 to a postage stamps fairway. There are other crazy holes that include a 200+ yard par 3 with a rockledge running around the right side of the green. Shining Rock is tough so make sure you choose the right tees and pray that you don't end up behind two groups of 3 and 4 that know eachother who thought it would be fun to play as a sevensome from time to time, really screwed all of us behind them.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 89
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Massachusetts Advisor
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Tough as a Rock on Hackers

There are a number of tough things about Shining Rock. It can be tough to find, wedged into its obscure corner of the town of Northbridge. It is a course that is tough on those who cannot hit the ball straight. And it is tough for even skilled golfers to grasp on the first time around with numerous doglegs and uncertain carries. Shining Rock is a very good layout that takes great advantage of all of its natural beauty and terrain. It is always in great condition and the staff is very friendly. Your first goal is to play from the correct set of tees. The whites may seem short at 5800 yards, but it may suit players of 12 handicaps and up. Those with handicaps under 12 may prefer the blues and the golds are for very competent golfers only. The 4th is the hole everyone leaves talking about. It is a short uphill dogleg right, that has a 100 foot wall of rock staring you down. You could conceivably tee off with any club in your bag, as long as you curve it softly to the right, and then you will have a wedge in. You could attempt to drive the green, but if you hit it you probably won't hold it, and you will fall off another cliff over the green. The 6th is another short, uphill dogleg right. This tee shot is more innocuous, but the green will befuddle you. This severely pitched, 2 tiered green, is very treacherous. If the pin is in the front, you cannot be above it or you will putt it back into the fairway. If the pin is in the back, and you are below the hole, you may end up rolling back to your feet if you do not get all of the way up the hill. The 13th is a confusing driving hole, where most golfers are either in the rocks and rough on the right or trees on the left. The center of the fairway is hard to find. The 17th is a drivable par 4, that requires straight above all else. These challenging holes may confound you, but you will have to plenty to talk about in the modern 19th hole. There are plenty of ways to play all of the holes at SR, you just have to do some trial and error. I think this course is truly meant to have GPS in the carts. It will help to speed up play and keep players from hitting into each other. If you want to challenge your game on a course that is well conditioned and destined to keep getting better, a trek to Shining Rock will be well worth toughing out.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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