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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 70
Length 6013 yards
Slope 126
Rating 69.5
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6013 yards 69.5 126
White 70 5688 yards 67.3 122
White (W) 71 5688 yards 73.5 129
Gold 70 4924 yards 64.0 114
Gold (W) 71 4924 yards 68.5 114
Red (W) 71 4676 yards 67.0 112
Scorecard for William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 69.5/126 386 329 421 189 355 380 389 178 349 2976 342 533 404 139 358 164 337 287 473 3037 6013
White M: 67.3/122 W: 73.5/129 373 306 410 181 333 355 373 160 334 2825 300 513 384 119 341 159 330 268 449 2863 5688
Gold M: 64.0/114 W: 68.5/114 312 293 334 166 273 334 300 118 322 2452 285 475 308 103 258 152 315 210 366 2472 4924
Red W: 67.0/112 309 235 329 162 265 326 292 116 280 2314 253 421 303 100 254 147 313 210 361 2362 4676
Handicap 7 13 3 15 9 5 1 17 11 8 4 2 18 10 16 12 14 6
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 34 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 5 36 70
Handicap (W) 11 13 3 15 5 7 1 17 9 10 6 2 18 12 14 4 16 8

Course Details

Year Built 1896
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1922)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.9
16 Reviews (16)
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Handicap 10-14
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4.0
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Great experience, lovely course

The last time I played Franklin Park, in the 1990's, the place was a mess. Fairways were scratchy, tee boxes were awful, greens were highly irregular, and sand traps were, well, not very sandy.

What a great renovation they have done with this place. We played today when it was close to 100 degrees in Boston. But it was windy enough so it didn't feel that bad--and while there were others on the course, clearly some were scared off.

The course is set in a very large park area. It is mostly an open area, with rough and areas of fescue. Many fairways appear open, but others wind through rough and meadows. Everything, including the greens, was in great shape--maybe a couple of tee boxes were a bit off but the greens and fairways were great. There are a lot of really interesting holes and none that I thought were really badly designed.

Players who hit the ball a long way may be a bit frustrated. No par 5s on the front nine and the blues and whites were together on many holes. But for us (two hackers in our mid-sixties), there were only a few holes on which par was clearly not gonna happen when we stepped to the tee. Not a lot of sand traps, but there are some small greens. And going into the rough or fescue can make life much more difficult.

The scenery was really lovely and seemingly wild, though the course sits next to a busy urban street. There is a new, large clubhouse with a real pro shop and a lunch area. I hope to play there again--because there were so few people on the course and because it was in such lovely shape, it was one of the best golf experiences I've had in awhile.

There are some negative comments below--I think they all go back to some years ago, before the City of Boston put some real money into renovating this course. This is a truly fun, interesting, attractive, and challenging place to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

Stupidist Course in the World

I played a high school match here and it was torture. I hit a perfect sot and it rolls off the green and my opponent snap hooks it and it hits and rolls to two feet. This course is bull. I hate it. I had to apologize to the school whos home course this is because it was so bad. (the course is in good shape for the most part but the way that it plays with kicks and stuff is horrendous). If you find yourself on this course try to hit bad shots because they will end up being better than your partners good shot. Also the fries that we had on the way home were great.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Played On
1.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

expensive. public. not worth money

public course. used to be farm fields? barely any trees... music from zoo/park is extremely distracting
would never go again for $40 (walking)
orange line Forest Hills - bus 16

played 18 with J.Werb. hit 100+. 2 pars. 1 birdie

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bad area 8th hole beware

Good course but got all my things stolen on the 8th hole while teeing off. It is a shame you can not play golf without worrying about your stuff. This is sad ,this was not the first time this person has done this.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course is in great condition and the greens are perfect

I've been coming to this course for 20 years and this is the best condition I've ever seen it in

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Boston Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Really good shape for a city course

Staff was very accommodating. Cart was clean gulf charged. Course was in great shape. Will return ASAP. Highly recommend.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course has great scenery and is a nice layout

Great layout. The first few holes are noisy, a road runs along the first two holes. It didn't bother me, I think it adds to the mystique of the old place.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Speed of play

This course is a well maintained good course that could be a great course but for the pace of play. I have played there on several occasions, not as much as in the past, and it is always the same. There are VERY SLOW golfers out there and the Rangers do noting to speed the play. Frustrating and throws your game off having to wait on every hole.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Tough greens

Short layout with some elevation change. Greens can be tough though, and were in very good condition. The rest of the course was in average condition. Pace was faster than expected, since I played on a Sunday afternoon and expected a 5+ hour round. Not very expensive, and the Golfnow rate of $30 with a cart was very low, so value was good.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

US Open rough but fair if saty on faitrway or first rough cut.

Only complaint is no markings on tees and no markings to navigate from hole to hole.
In particular hole 6 to hole 7.
Other than markings great day even though we go caught in torrential downpour.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0

can't beat the price

14 hours before i played i booked a tee time on golfnow for $16.67 (18,cart,+fee). probably my 4th or 5th time playing this course. I teed off 15 minutes early at 650 and there were few players on the course. The conditions were better than i remembered them being. Fairways were good and greens rolled quick and were in great shape. i was only in one bunker and the sand was nice and loose. Course is somewhat wide open but you have to work your way around some long fescue. The only thing i can say needs improvement is the rough around the greens in some spots. It was inconsistent and spotty with patches of dirt and grass mixed in making for some tough up and downs. i only noticed this on a few holes though. Id recommend playing this course. its a classic Donald Ross, 2nd oldest in the country.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Course is in good shape, especially the greens

Overall I was impressed with the condition. It's had issues drying out in the past but that was not the case Thursday. Franklin Park has one of the best holes in Boston, one of Ouimet's favorites #12, tough up hill dogleg left with a dime green. Get out and play it people, its a good one:)

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser

Arrived early

Due to the total indifference of the course superintendent with regard to the golfers waiting to play, we wound up leaving after waiting for roughly an hour and a half with others who had simply run out of patience. I understand that work has to be done to keep a course in order but it seems that a course should not open its doors and collect greens fees when there is a half day delay for play. Very disappointing.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Wide open course

Still expensive enough for early in the season and course conditions not great. Greens were very good though. Quick for the time of year.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Great course, great value for 18.

Great course, I especially liked the elevation changes within each hole play. The greens were in great shape. This is a municipal course so note that there IS NO BEER CART :(

I would recommend that the course management add more signage at the holes as well as along the cart paths. We got lost a few times between holes because there was no signage.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Great experience, always worth it.

It is more than a diamond in the rough. It is a classic. Must go, and even better if it is with someone that knows the course well. Fair # of blind shots and "safe" areas to know about. They do a great job with conditions and staff. At least worthy of a once a year visit. The more you play it, the more you will like it.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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