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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Par 35
Length 3070 yards
Slope 111
Rating 34.6

Course Details

Year Built 1965

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.0
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Reviews 104
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Balance and Aesthetics at a Very Good Venue

The golf at Grassmere Country Club is short but not easy, its nine-hole, par-35 track sloping at 121 from the blues. This layout’s challenges are very well balanced: there are some difficult greens while others are relatively tame; some long, uphill holes but several shorter, tighter ones and some tricky approach shots but a nearly equal number that are straightforward. One noticeable imbalance is four holes with right-bending doglegs, versus none the other way. If you can fade the ball like Jordan Spieth or Ricky Fowler, then, you’ll have a marked advantage on these nine.

The course, set in an area where farmland is prevalent and quite a distance from downtown Enfield, is gentle and rolling, aesthetic and peaceful. At this semi-private venue, it’s clear that the club’s owners and managers, the Kamerers, set high standards for conditioning. Although the fairways showed some small blotches here and there, for the most part they were excellent, as was the rest of the course. In light of what I’ve played recently, this standard rises far above the norm during this hot, dry summer. The ultra-smooth greens were especially pleasing to play, all rolling at a near-perfect pace.

Playing the first hole, this much becomes apparent: the tree-lined fairways, even though roomy enough, lead to trouble if you stray too much from them, while, around the sloping and well-protected greens, you’ll need a solid short game to earn a good score.

Holes two through four, moving back and forth in parallel, set the tone for an even greater challenge. Three and four both play over four hundred yards; the second hole plays like it, moving strongly uphill on the approach.

Holes five through eight present the genuine scoring opportunities at Grassmere, although none can be called ‘easy’ by any stretch. The best of them comes at the par-5 sixth, a sweeping dogleg-right around tall conifers that leads, after crossing a stream, to a slightly raised green well-protected by trees all around. At 446 yards, the green can be hit with two solid strikes, though the second must be a very accurate one.

The closing ninth is a handsome uphill par-3 of 165 with the clubhouse as backdrop. Its large, sloping green may give you fits, though—it’s sharply canted from a high left side, but other, more subtle undulations blend into this surface, making putts quite hard to read.

MOST INTERESTING HOLES: The seventh, par-4, 301 yards; and the eighth, par-4, 348 yards.
Seven doglegs a bit right, leading uphill to raised, sloping green fronted by a massive bunker. Eight, somewhat tougher, trundles down the slope beautifully on both drive and second shot, and is punctuated by a slightly perched green with a falloff behind it. Tree placement on eight, along with a big left-to-right slope, could mean headaches on the approach if your drive isn’t carefully placed. Eight may also win the beauty contest for prettiest hole here.

HARDEST HOLE: Par-4 fourth; 404 yards.
At index 1, the drive should be a fade around the huge trees rightward; hit it even a bit left and your ball likely will find Grassmere’s dense rough—to boot, you may have tree troubles. The approach is strongly uphill, and from the fairway you won’t see surface of the green, protected mostly on its right flank by a huge, lengthy bunker.

Response to Covid-19 conditions was first-rate here. Two really nice touches: hand sanitizer on the course itself (haven’t seen this yet!) and at outside of the clubhouse, plus scorecards placed—very cleverly—on a table outside and separated from each other (a small rock on each keeps it in place).

Grassmere rates a great value, given the high level of conditioning and its fine balance of holes, all of them well-designed. For those who love strategy, I’ll peg this on a notch below a small number of very top nine-holers in the state, but on balance it’s certainly a satisfying track—and a very good one. Above all, you’ll be challenged to play careful golf by which straightness and control, both on tee shots and approaches, are assets. I had lots of fun walking this nine twice today, despite the hot, humid weather. No doubt I’ll be returning before long.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Beautiful Greens

This nine hole course is a little jem enough challenge but more than playable for the novice golfer, with a friendly staff. The best part of the course I would say is the beautifully kept greens, a little firm but smooth and true. My favorite holes are 1, 6, 7 and 9. Holes 2-4 are three good 4 pars that will test you a little but give you more than enough landing area.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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