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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 70
Length 6702 yards
Slope 124
Rating 72.2
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Oak Ridge Golf Club - MA
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Course Details

Year Built 1974
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 3/15 Closed: 11/15

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in New England (2016 #9)

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4.2
144 Reviews (144)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 25
Patio Dining 12
Watching the Game 9
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 24
Bunkers 21
Forced Carries 20
This course/club is great for:
Locals 28
Seniors 24
Advanced Golfers 20
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 21
In the 'Burbs 17
Worth the Drive 13

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The course is in nice shape...good value for the money.

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Primal (and Prime) Golf

Having heard good things about Oak Ridge from a very accomplished golfer, my son and I wanted to give it a spin. And neither of us came away disappointed—quite the contrary.

Oak Ridge is a classic, smartly laid-out parkland course, the product of George and Tom Fazio (more about them later), which opened in 1974. I found none of the holes to be weak at Oak Ridge, and every one of them is grounded in the fundamentals of great architecture. The course design, then, features essentials over ornamentation; its holes run over the landscape naturally; its green sites appear to have been ‘found’ as part of the terrain; its putting surfaces certainly undulate a bit, but they are neither fussy nor intricate. Be aware, though, that rolling the ball well is no simple task on these greens.

Still, course challenges stem primarily from the fairways, which are typically ample enough but far from vast, and their surroundings. Your tee shots, that is, may wander a bit from them; yet, after an errant drive on any of the more heavily tree-lined holes, you may well find yourself chipping or knocking down a shot back to the fairway. Ground contour here is undulating, but the movement tends to be more subtle than dramatic on most holes. Large trees are also placed strategically to tighten up many of the fairways.

The architects prove themselves to be masters of variation at Oak Ridge, particularly with the mix of hazards and their placement. The first five holes are a case in point: on hole one, we find a yawning bunker to the right of the green; on the second, it is two, almost equally large traps found greenside; holes three and four, on the other hand, are devoid of bunkers, but a pond is introduced on the former and the green is a sizeable plateau on the latter; hole five uses two strategically placed bunkers, both on the right, to toughen up the ‘weaker’ side of both the fairway and the green, a green that is broader and thus more accessible on its right side. These two bunkers at five also have the effect of forcing the better player to hit a draw for the optimal route to the hole, which opens up from the fairway’s left side. As you may expect, these variations continue over the course’s duration, and they should keep even the best golfers on their toes.

What you need most to score at Oak Ridge is not a particularly strong performance on a certain stretch of holes—all of them are demanding in some respect—but consistent approach shots throughout your round. Aside from the aforementioned bunkers, this design includes forced carries over three ponds (at 7, 8, and 15), a trio of long par three’s (4, 11, and 16), all of them difficult, and a quintet of par-4’s all in the vicinity of, or longer than, 400 yards. Not daunting enough? Let’s add in the three par-5’s. Only one of them, the 16th, is reachable at 493 yards from the blues, but the other two verge on the monstrous: six, at 570 yards, and twelve, weighing in at a ‘mere’ 559. After it may stingily accept your downhill tee shot, by the way, the twelfth fairway wriggles straight up a long hill and around a bend to a green perched at the finish of a massive upsweep. It’s not for the timid, and, no matter what club you’re hitting into this green, it must be struck—once again—with precision.

The two best holes on this course, in my judgment, come back-to-back at 9 and 10. Both long par-4’s, they will challenge most golfers to hit a solid mid-iron—if not more—to their well-protected greens. On nine, I drew a six iron over the right-hand trees (which are just low enough to cause some angst) and the ball found the green—I felt tickled. The tenth may be a 431 yard bruiser, but the elegant scenery that forms the backdrop to the green is stunning. The toughest hole at Oak Ridge is hard to pick, but my vote is for the 17th, a 200-yard par-three with a plateau green guarded by sizeable, flanking bunkers.
The quality and playability of this course is so strong that one must ask what, if anything, it lacks. The answer, and it’s not quibbling, is to say that its conditioning falls somewhat short of the standards set by top public golf courses of this class. Tee boxes and rough around the greens were above average; fairways were very good; the rough good but not quite manicured. The greens, having been aerated not long ago, were impossible to truly judge, but I’m told that their conditioning is high-quality (no rough patches were visible at all, anyway). But this should deter no one from playing the course.

More about the Fazios: I feel fairly certain that uncle George mostly took the reins in this design, given that nephew Tom—who now seems destined for entrance into the World Golf Hall of Fame—was only 29 at the time. Besides, the layout looks much more like George Fazio’s work from what I’ve seen elsewhere (I’ve played two of George’s courses prior to this: Ridgefield GC in Connecticut and the highly-revered, and private, Legacy Golf and Tennis Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida). I would not argue that it strongly reflects either of these courses, though there are some clear similarities. Yet I do suspect, having looked closely at excellent photographs of the 2013 U. S. Open site Merion (its East Course), that this layout actually is echoed a bit by Oak Ridge. This is not to say that an affordable public course can possibly ‘compete’ with a $400 per round (if it were public) iconic masterpiece, but the greens here, along with a few other features, are uncannily similar to Merion’s in at least a few cases. How can this be? Merion, along with Pine Valley, is reputed to have been one of George Fazio’s chief influences as a designer.

Today I enjoyed meeting and chatting with—for some time following our round—the engaging and genial Anthony Strycharz, Club Manager and part of the family that owns Oak Ridge. Anthony goes greatly beyond the typical public course norm to make his guests feel fully welcome here.

Sometimes the acid test of whether a golf course is worth playing is the considered opinion of a sixteen-year old. My son, a league ‘all-star’ on his high school team (he can also hit 300-yard-drives), thought this to be a very good layout that challenged him. And he wants to come back. Yes, Golf Digest has rated Oak Ridge highly in past guides, but my son’s endorsement has that immediacy and first-handedness which, for me, precludes all substitutes.

Make the trip to Agawam and play it. If you’ve got any time left over, you might just try—as well—Six Flags.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

agawam

Course was in good condition but a few tees. Moved along very nicely.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very slow and no monitoring for pace of play. We quit at the 11th hole

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

day of golf

The course was in pretty good shape. The greens were in good condition. A few tees needed work and ball marks on the greens needed repair. Overall a nice place to play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great greens

Played this curse for many years. The greens are bar far the best I have ever seen them

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

This course blew me away. Great layout and in awesome shape. Greens true roll and fairways in grest shape. Staff is friendly and helpful, mower kid even showed me where my ball was. They could use a ranger here, foursome was holding things up a bit. Will definitely be back here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

good value, friendly people

i should play here more often than I do. the people are nice, the layout is fair (they could use a set of tees in between white and blue, closer to 6000 (you have to choose between 5765 and 6400. Otherwise, the place is friendly and the greens were good.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good layout, sketchy conditions.

This was my first time playing the course. I like the layout quite a bit. It has an interesting feel, almost Carolinian. The holes are layed out in a manner that is anything but repetitive. However, the course had some issues with grass in the fairways, particularly on the back nine. Lastly, the service from the pro and staff was excellent.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It takes too long to play this course

I have played this course many times. Unless you’re playing a weekend shotgun start, prepare to be here for over five hours. There’s no one on the course to move play along, foursomes won’t let you play through, and your waiting on every shot. I want to like this course, but it’s too hard.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Overall good

Fun course, more focuses on irons and accuracy than long drives.

Course was in OK condition, but considering there have been heavy rain storms the mud was reasonable.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

I will be back.

1st time to play Oak Ridge. Friendly staff, good layout, beers are cold.
Its early May and rain has got coarse a bit soggy in some areas but not as bad as other coarses I have played. Looking forward to my summer rounds.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Good times again at Oak Ridge

this was a return visit to Oak Ridge for the Tuesday Worcester traveling golfers once again Anthony and his staff could not have been more accommodating. with 24 golfers we were all able to finish Within 10 minutes of each other the course after I receiving much rain on the weekend was in spectacular shape a nice shout-out to Susan who went beyond the call by helping us plan the trip even better. We can't wait to return to Oak Ridge thanks again Rick of Tuesday Worcester golfers group.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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