Riverside at Juniper Hill Golf Course

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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6245
Slope 126
Rating 70.5
Type Public
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6245 yards 70.5 126
Yellow 71 5378 yards 66.0 117
Red 71 5272 yards 70.5 118
Scorecard for Riverside
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: 68.9/121 370 336 495 387 193 330 156 405 350 3022 469 391 367 381 371 157 391 220 476 3223 6245
Yellow M: 66.0/109 315 281 447 365 159 310 140 360 295 2672 395 283 307 281 350 140 360 140 450 2706 5378
Red W: 69.4/121 311 276 442 360 139 301 135 357 293 2614 391 278 301 277 343 135 353 135 445 2658 5272
Handicap 4 6 2 8 12 16 18 10 14 3 5 7 13 15 17 9 1 11
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 35 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 36 71
Handicap (W) 4 14 6 2 18 10 16 8 12 3 5 11 13 7 17 1 15 9

Course Details

Year Built 1931
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 3/15 Closed: 12/14
Architect Holmer Darling (1931) Geoffrey Cornish (1953)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Nice, well-maintained course

I'd actually rate this as 3.5 stars, because there are a few very memorable holes. The Riverside course offers interesting holes, a few of which are quite difficult but fair. Lots of elevation changes, some small greens, and enough water to make life very interesting. Numbers 11 and 17 are particularly memorable and challenging. While there are plenty of trees on the course, most of the fairways are reasonably wide open. The greens are in good shape and don't have a lot of undulation or difficult breaks. Course conditions can vary--I've seen fairways burned out in one year when a drought was on, but this time around, everything was in very good shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Massachusetts Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

A Dependable, User Friendly Public Course

I think Juniper Hill is very comfortable with its accurate reputation as that dependable public course in Metro West. It does not pretend to be a modern, high end track and the public is good with that. I play it every June with my friends. It is usually in good condition and unless it has been flooded by heavy rains, it plays fast and true. It is a homemade design by it legendary late owner Homer Darling. He used the natural lay of the land to craft some interesting New England style holes, There are numerous hills and waterways that meander through. There is ample room to steer clear of these hazards, so the public is not tortured during a round. The first is an interesting uphill dogleg right that necessitates getting far enough left to have a clear second shot to the green. The 17th is a 200 yard par 3 over water, that has a large tree protecting the left side of the green. It is all carry and 4 is not a bad score. When in doubt at JH, hit to the fat part of the fairway with less club. After a few rounds you will know where to bomb away for a birdie chance. The clubhouse does a fine job with food and beverage. The staff is friendly and makes everyone feel welcomed. JH is an easy to reach course from Rt. 20, 495 or the Mass Pike. It has been the go to course and staple of thousands of area public golfers for years and I do not see that changing. It gets the basic principle of make golf fun and the golfers will come back for more.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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