Robert T. Lynch Municipal - Brookline Golf Course

3.8112666667 3.8 stars from 5 (69)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6208 yards
  • Slope: 124
  • Rating: 70.0
  • Layout

  • 1281 W Roxbury Pkwy, Brookline, Massachusetts 02467, Middlesex County
  • (617) 730-2078
  • (617) 739-7575
  • www.brooklinegolf.com

Year built: 1933
Architect(s): Wayne Stiles (1933), John Van Kleek (1933)
Type: Municipal
Greens: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6208 yards 70.0 124
White 70 5859 yards 68.1 116
Red 70 5552 yards 72.2 119

Brookline Golf Course at Robert T. Lynch Municipal sits on a parcel of land that was originally designated by the town as a bird sanctuary. Many varieties of birds still call the course home. The course is part of the Putterham property, which also includes Brookline Golf Club. It may be difficult to get into the renowned Brookline Country Club, the owner of Putterham Meadows, but Brookline Golf Club and the Robert T. Lynch Course provide great public options. The Robert T. Lynch Course is smaller than the other public golf course at Putterham, but it is no less challenging. The fairways are seemingly open and flat, but don't be fooled because placement within them is key if you don't want any blocked angles. The tricky greens are often elevated, and some are multi-tiered. The golf course may be short, but it's a formidable test.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 69 Reviews
5 stars:
2
4 stars:
25
3 stars:
18
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
13

recommend this course

43 out of 67 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals beginners 9-hole rounds   Great for patio dining  

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"Great Value"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Although the conditions are never perfect, this is my favorite municipal course in the area simply due to the fact that it tends to be a cheaper option and the other's aren't that much of an improvement. As a side note, they have some of the best food I have ever had at a public golf course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"Good - except..."


Mike9494495's avatar
Skill:  Beginner

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Some guy, not sure if it was an employee or what, drove a bucket of balls from the 18th green towards the tee box (opposite direction). Not only was this stupid and dangerous, it was extremely annoying to search for my ball off the tee box, since there were about 50 balls spread throughout the fairway. The old guy was driving around in a cart picking up his range balls like it was no big deal. Very inconsiderate and annoying. Find this guy and ban him.

Other than that it was a great day/round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 11/08/2016

That guy would more than likely be the pro. They give lessons in that area (or at least they did before the driving range opened).


"Brookline...."


unionrey's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was not a gret shape. The green were very slow. The fairway was extremely wet and bare at some places. Very difficult to get a good lie on the fairways. The young starter was nice.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Better Than Sitting Inside"


u117284876's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Is this course The Country Club? No. Is it better than chipping around in your living room? Yup.<br/> I live in Brighton in an apartment so the options for golf, besides putting on the carpet, are very limited.

This is a good little course I can go to play 9 after work on weekdays or when the wife wants to go out and play with me. The price is $6 more than 2 buckets at the range and I can get much better practice in. Yeah the conditions are not amazing. Some holes are better than others. But hey, at least I'm playing golf! I'd consider this a "practice course" so when you go spend $80 somewhere else, you're not duffing it the whole day because you haven't played in a month.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Putterham/Brookline"


edlaham's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The course is never in good condition, but it's 10X better than it was a few years ago. I am hoping it will continue to improve but I've heard the town cut funding so I'm not sure. The layout is interesting with some challenging holes, but still fairly short and pretty simple.

The pace of play can get REAL slow in the summer, but is better than nearby munis like George Wright or Franklin Park. The scenery is very nice (It is adjacent to The Country Club) and you can see some pretty cool wildlife considering it's still in the city.

The best part of the course however is the food. Make sure you order lunch on the turn, they had the best chicken cesear wrap I've ever had. The coffee wasn't great but I can't recommend the food enough.

Ultimately, I'd say wait for a deal, but still worth it if you're in the city and not trying to drive for an hour.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"they neglect anything and everything but the greens here"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were alright, fairways were something out of a nightmare omg were they soooo bad


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Horrible conditions. Not worth your money"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Terrible conditions.<br/> Dirt everywhere.<br/> No yardage markers.<br/> No maps for newcomers.<br/> Starter was unfriendly


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Good course for the price"


u457060740's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course for the price especially if you live in the Boston area.


Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"What happened to the fairways?"


Claude3582303's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have traveled around with my golf clubs, and I have to admit Florida and Caribbean golf course fairways in the middle if the dry season were in better conditions than these ones. I have lost more balls in the middle of the fairways than after wayward shots in the bushes.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Terrible conditions"


u000006753494's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways are mostly dirt and 1st cut is like the rough in many holes. Earlier in the year the course was in much better conditions.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Not bad for beginners"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is pretty good for beginners who haven't played at too many other course. The fairways were patchy to say the least. The parts that were maintained were done so very well. Blind holes aren't always the greatest when it's your first time on the course, but nothing bad about that. Overall, a decent course. I'd play again if I find another deal online.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Terrible conditions"


markgholland's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Terrible conditions overall. I also thought it was incredibly disrespectful to players to have someone giving a lesson on the 18th fairway firing balls towards the 18th tee box.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Stay away if you like playing golf."


kappaman1990's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was in horrible shape. Not worth the $


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Poor Quality, Not much Charecter"


Longnwild's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

Odd course layout very odd green locations with terrible conditions in fairways in green with dead grass


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"This course is a pretty good course kind of tough"


Anthony4248211's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course fairways need a little bit of work but other than that everything is pretty good


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Putterham"


kona1000's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

I've played this course in the past and knew about how wet it can be. So that was no surprise. What was new where the terrible conditions. Most of the green where like playing bumper pool. I would say it was a value because I got my 18 on golfnow for 29$ the guys I was playing with paid 62$. Good for me - they complained the whole day about it.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Don't waste your time"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We are from Pennsylvania and were up in Massachusetts to visit our friend and decided to play a round at Brookline. Right off the bat the fairway on the first hole were destroyed and filled with dead grass and enormous patches of dirt. We also paid a fee of $39.00 to play but fees are usually $50.00. The course rate should be a dollar a hole to even come remotely close to having decent value. Like I said don't waste your time on this poor unkempt course


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Sandy Greens"


Josh9118884's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2014
Previously played Played as a single Walked Played 9 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Putterham has been one of my favorite muni courses for quite sometime. If you can deal with a slower pace of play, and sometimes waterlogged conditions, then this can be a fun course. I recommend getting out at 6:30 AM to avoid long rounds. I recently played 9 holes and I have to say the conditions were miserable. Every hole was covered in sand. On top of that they were charging people full price to play. Golf courses need to adjust their rates per the conditions of their course, no one should be paying full price when the greens aren't playable.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



"Golf only if you can get a deal..."


paseox's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Course conditions are pretty bad. There were some holes that were decent but the first hole pretty much sums it up - patches of just dirt, nasty green, and look like everything is growing wild all around it. Showed up for a 6:10 am round....arrived maybe 5:45 - no one was around - clubhouse closed...no showed up until maybe 6:20-6:30. Not very friendly - busy chatting with a local buddy or someone. Overall - not a good place to golf - only thing I can say is that paid $25 bucks with cart so that's about all that made it bearable. I think I may have overpaid. hahah


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Putterham delight!"


pklphd's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had an early T-time (7:10 AM), which gave me an excellent value. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. I played the back 9 and each hole was more spectacular. I was very impressed with how well the fairways and greens were maintained. I will play here again, soon! I am eager to see the front 9.


Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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