Ellinwood Country Club

4.0343000000 4.0 stars from 5 (76)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6195 yards
  • Slope: 123
  • Rating: 69.5
  • Layout

  • 1928 Pleasant St, Athol, Massachusetts 01331, Worcester County
  • (978) 249-7460
  • (978) 249-0012
  • www.ellinwoodgolf.com
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Year built: 1929
Architect(s): Donald Ross (1929), Geoffrey Cornish (1965), Bill Robinson (1965)
Type: Semi-Private
Greens: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Open: 4/15 Closed: 11/01

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6195 yards 69.5 123
White 71 5891 yards 68.8 119
Gold 71 5409 yards 71.9 123
Red (W) 72 5031 yards 69.1 118

Ellinwood Country Club in Athol boasts a unique 18-hole layout with nine holes designed by Donald Ross and another nine designed by Geoffrey Cornish. Having two different designers gives the golf course plenty of variety, especially since the holes are intermingles. Cornish's greens are bigger and flatter while the Ross holes feature some of his characteristic greens and bunkers. Water hazards come into play as well and you'll face a few tricky doglegs and blind shots. There are some challenging holes but overall it's not an overly difficult golf course. The average player can still approach it with confidence. With a secluded location in rural western Massachusetts, Ellinwood Country Club offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The 11th hole, with a winding brook that runs alongside the fairway before cutting in front of the green, is particularly scenic.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 76 Reviews
5 stars:
23
4 stars:
39
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

72 out of 76 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens bunkers   Great for drinks patio dining  

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"A true hidden gem"


GRAHAM9911's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
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The day was a perfect golf kinda day.

Me and a friend tee’d off at 11:00 and made it around in four hours. The pace of play was whatever we wanted it to be.

The course was in excellent condition other than a few over seeded greens.

There needs to be better signage at this course for direction to the next tee and the cart paths need some major work to remove the humps that will throw you out of the cart. It’s a tougher course than I remembered , with Gorgeous tight fairways and quick undulating greens.

The price was worth the hour drive to find this hidden gem.

Overall it was a great day.

I’ll be back !

JG


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good hidden course."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2018
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Reviewed on

This course has an interesting layout and it is in good shape at this time of year. It provides some interesting shots, some blind, some tight. The cart paths are very rough, need serious attention, you would be better to walk it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



dmcoff's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem!"


sgoodale's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
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Enjoy this course. Challenging course & greens that you need to pay attention to.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course , good value"


frantzmichel2003's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
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The course offers some challenge to all level of players.

The cart paths could use some tlc


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"always a challenge"


rapclinton's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
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Reviewed on

despite tough spring course was in relatively good shape, particularly the greens. make no mistake, if you miss fairways there is alot of danger on this course, but you will use every club in your bag. Several greens have severe slopes which will challenge your putting ability.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



wofum's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u5868993's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course



biglou309's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
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This course, as usual , has the best greens you will play. Fairways and rough have bare spot's here and there, but for the money always a great place to play!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Average course, but worth the money!"


Brian6448448's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
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I played 18 here for $13 via GolfNow and had a great time. The fairways/rough were a little bumpy and had thin/bald/crabby patches in places but were overall better than I would have expected for the price. The greens were in amazing condition. No bare spots, thick, well-cut and fast. There are 6 par 3's, so the course doesn't get too monotonous with par 4's. A lot of the par 5's are very short but still play like par 5's since they're narrow, windy, and difficult to drive in some situations if you drive it 230+

The handicap 1 and 2 earn their ratings and are way more difficult than the other holes. Other than that, the course is very score-able if you don't get greedy and respect the narrowness.

This obviously isn't a top-tier course, but also is obviously worth the price for your average hidden gem for this area. Would recommend to friends!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Interesting layout"


u741839743's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
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First time playing this course. Small putting green located conveniently near the first tee which I wish more courses would do.

Layout is interesting as you play 13 holes before the "turn". Good players should be able to score well here once you played it a couple times.

Course conditions were good, greens were good with moderate speed but approach shots require keeping the ball below the hole to leave a chance to make putts.

You will use almost every club in your bag here!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Quirky"


fronz's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
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Neat course. Quirky fairways but a lot of fun. Nice people who run the club house. Tough course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great local course"


ericboston58's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
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Don't mind the hour drive, great layout from a golfers perspective. Green, fringe and tee boxes always in good shape. Fairways can be weather dependent, this year no complaints. Cart paths broken up so expect a bumpy ride. Great staff, pace of play and old school character. Great finishing 4 holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



latafun2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable"


greghancock21's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
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Reviewed on

This wasn't a boring course. Kept you thinking ! The angled greens were a challenging experience. And the hilly fairways were interesting. Par 3's weren't short. A good test of your game.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


wofum's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2017
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Course in good shape greens good. Fun time playing


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u2426208's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2017
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Reviewed on

Ellinwood staff are friendly and get you onto the course quickly. Conditions are always great. The first par 5 and a few par 4's are very challenging with interesting layout. Small greens, so get your approach shots and putter tuned. Cart paths are awful, but why speed around? Relax and enjoy, or walk. This is a favorite of mine. Worth the drive!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice layout"


u000007441838's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played this course with the Safari club recently. Great layout and challenging greens. Fairways could you some more, but I hear they're working hard to restore them. Very friendly staff Good value


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Annual Safari Trip"


Golfmanputt1946's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

a great course for the money...6 par 3's but the length of the 4's made up for it


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Another Safari Gem"


thorntond's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

They call it a hidden gem and it is. A little hard to get to but a beautiful place with lots of rocky hills surrounded by woods. The course was in good shape, greens were fast, fairways were ok because we've had a lot of rain.

Cart path was pretty bumpy, used the grass mostly.

Staff gave the Safari Club a warm welcome and were very accomadating. We're going back in the fall for the foliage and for a great getaway. I had food there before and it was very good, didn't have time to eat this time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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