William J. Devine Franklin Park Golf Course

3.4000000000 3.4 stars from 5 (15)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6013 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 69.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 2.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 15 Reviews
5 stars:
1
4 stars:
10
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

11 out of 14 reviews


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Reviews


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"Stupidist Course in the World"


dannyobrien15's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2015
First time playing Walked Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"expensive. public. not worth money"


gwingrov's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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

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


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Bad area 8th hole beware"


Kmac373's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course is in great condition and the greens are perfect"


hbanzie's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Really good shape for a city course"


Richie4326581's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/26/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course has great scenery and is a nice layout"


u000007716924's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


"Speed of play"


Hodges4301125's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Tough greens"


Benedict9997017's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/21/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


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


rg9612's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"can't beat the price"


burgalah's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2013

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course is in good shape, especially the greens"


rjdaugherty's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/9/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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:)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Arrived early"


uZEFP9561ZE's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/22/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Wide open course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/15/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course, great value for 18."


u000006584715's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2012
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great experience, always worth it."


mjmags66's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/19/2012
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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