William J. Devine Franklin Park Golf Course
|White (W)||71||5688 yards||73.5||129|
|Gold (W)||71||4924 yards||68.5||114|
|Red (W)||71||4676 yards||67.0||112|
|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|
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.