Shaker Hills Golf Club

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3.3
84
5 Stars
32
4 Stars
37
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.0
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.4
Amenities
3.5
52.8%
Recommend this course
68 out of 80 reviews
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1.7
7
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0
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
2.0
Value
1.4
Layout
3.1
Pace
2.3
Amenities
2.4
StaffFriendliness
3.6
0%
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2.3
9
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1
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
2.4
Value
2.1
Layout
3.6
Pace
2.9
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
3.9
22.2%
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6910
Slope 136
Rating 73.9
Type Public
Rated the no. 1 public golf course in Massachusetts by Golf Digest, Shaker Hills Golf Club features a classic New England layout. New ownership renovated the championship course in 2012, stretching it to more than 6,900 yards. In addition to a driving range, the course features a 10,000-square-foot, three-tier putting green. A renovated clubhouse followed in 2013. When not playing golf, visit the top deck of the clubhouse for views of Shaker Hills' first, ninth, 10th and 18th holes.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6910 yards 73.9 136
Back 72 6431 yards 71.2 128
Middle 72 6002 yards 69.0 125
Forward 72 5079 yards 69.6 126
Scorecard for Shaker Hills
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship M: 73.9/136 386 535 210 466 606 185 373 416 372 3549 412 410 395 164 315 563 230 352 562 3403 6952
Back M: 71.2/128 342 506 186 449 558 172 333 390 347 3283 396 387 380 149 300 538 224 315 537 3226 6509
Middle M: 69.0/125 W: 74.4/135 318 475 170 425 515 149 312 353 311 3028 363 352 351 138 280 518 184 285 521 2992 6020
Forward M: 65.0/123 W: 69.6/126 242 436 120 343 487 125 285 305 274 2617 295 335 312 70 254 456 148 262 351 2483 5100
Handicap 13 7 15 5 1 17 9 3 11 10 6 8 18 12 2 14 16 4
Par 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 36 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1991
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/30
Architect Brian Silva (1991) Mark Mungeam (1991) Ross Forbes

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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3.3
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Shaker Hills has some issues

5 of us played in 2 groups - 3 player & 2 players. We are all at least 15 hcp. The course has an understandable rule about no groups of more than 4 players which is a pace of play rule... understandable.

However, after about 3 holes we were backed up behind a group of 3. after 7 hole they had let us both pass (No Ranger on the course) by 9 holes both groups were 2 holes ahead and a half a hole behind the group in front. We joined into a group of 5, kept up with the group of 3 ahead and 4 holes ahead of the 3 some behind. A staff member said that even though we were keeping up with the group ahead and way ahead of the group behind we were not allowed to join up because of the rule. stupid! Can't have fun even though we were not close to holding anyone up, fix out ball marks, replace / fill divots, etc. This is why the game is shrinking. Oh, I'm not done... There was no water on the course or water bottles for the players (95 and no water)... However, at the half-way house a player can buy a hot-dog and water for ~$12 depending how you tip. Probably will not go back when for $6 more we can play Red Tail which is a better layout and in better condition.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not The Best Public Course in MA

For a course that says they are, "The Best Public Course in Massachusetts by GolfAdvisor" they couldn't be farther from the truth.

I played Shaker Hills two years ago and the course was in fair condition but I knew most of the area was in a serious drought so I didn't think much of it. I recently played here and could not believe how horrific the conditions are. I am no agronomist but I'd say they have severe disease that is affecting most of the tee boxes and greens, don't be fooled by the green sand they put down to cover it up. Bunkers are borderline unplayable with rocks and rough has been turned into hardpan. Barrels are overflowing with trash and the golf course is littered with it as well.

I don't enjoy bashing golf courses but this place is not worth the $62 I paid for (after 3 pm) and it is certainly not worth the 45 minute + drive.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Don't waster your money!!!!

This course was in awful shape and was not worth $50..never mind the $95 they charged. Hard pan everywhere, bunkers had weeds growing in them with no edges so they just blended in with the rough. Fairways were burnt. I have played this course in the past and it has been in good shape.....not today.

Save your money and play elsewhere.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Dump

$95 to play, Absolute dog track with crummy bunkers and fairways. Entire course looks like ground under repair. Not worth the gas money to get there even if it were free. Clubhouse and people are nice, course sucks.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Not worth the money

Beautiful summer weekend day and there were a ton of tee times available. Also received email with membership rates discounted 30%. Two red flags but though would give a shot. It is a great layout with the exception of the 18th which I would rate as the worst finishing hole I have ever played. not just condition ( photo of 18th fairway attached) but the hole design is awful. As other reviewers noted conditions are average to poor in many locations. Lots of hard pan, rocks and roots when just off the fairway or green. Cutting of fringe around green is inconsistent. They like to use green spray paint to hide the dirt and hard pan. I am sure they will say it is a fertilizer or something but it is clearly used to mask poor conditions. I play MANY $100 courses in NE and have never seen this anywhere. Sadly I believe conditions could be much better with the proper staff or perhaps existing staff having better budget. I have seen courses with conditions like this vastly improve with changing of personnel. Traps very inconsistent from rock hard to average to many weeds growing in them and several broken rakes. Greens inconsistent and tee boxes beat up on several holes. Overpriced and average golf experience.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
2.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
2.0
First Time Playing

Shaker Hills not worth the $ & 5 hour round

Definitely not in the best shape and not worth the money. None of the traps were raked and weeds growing in most traps. It is a great layout but not maintained for a $95 fee. Will never go back unless conditions improve.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Boston Advisor
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played

Great layout but a few small issues

We always enjoy playing this course, like to get there at least once a year. As per usual the staff was great and we love the layout. A couple of issues this time though were that the tee boxes were in rough shape and some of them were as hard as rocks, not good on Par 3’s. Also the greens were very inconsistent, some went from slow to slower. I don’t know if they need to punch them or not but it would help. It was still a great day on the course as the layout of Shaker Hills never disappoints

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Another Excellent Round

I took up an email offer that they sent for a round for $60 w/cart. WELL worth it. The course is always a challenge. Being a Thursday, it was relatively open on the course and I was able to buzz right through in three hours. I'm looking forward to my next round there already!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Shaker Hills!

Played Shaker today. Greens had been punched so were a little bumpy and sandy. You can tell the greens are just average when filled in. Other areas were in good shape with some bare spots. Conditions at Shaker are moderate to good most times.

The course layout is great. No real blind tee shots. Great variety of holes and elevations changes. Red Tail is right down the street and really shines compared to Shaker but Shaker is still a solid choice. Playing these two back to back for 36 is a fun day.

The staff here are top notch. Nice, friendly and attentive. The clubhouse is clean with great food and beverage options.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Boston Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Shaker hills hype

So after reading and hearing about Shaker Hills we thought we would take the drive and check it out. Did not disappoint!! The facility is first class all the way. We got there early to eat lunch and practice. Was warmly greeted in bar area and we sat upstairs overlooking the 18th green. Veronica was our server and she did a great friendly job. Food was delicious. Driving range is mats and short but for a short loosening up iits ok. There's also pitching area, chipping and putting available. All good but the real star here is the golf course!! Fairways and tee boxes are in outstanding shape. Greens were great except for the inconsiderate golfers who don't fix pitch marks. Tree lined course, plays up high then back down on back nine. Definitely recommend to anyone who plays. Different boxes makes it playable for everyone. A really cool feature is a big screen tv in clubhouse which is filming golfers coming down the 18th fairway. After putting out head in to see urself on tv. Nice treat!! Definitely a 5 star facility

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Outstanding golf club

Shaker Hills is one of the nicest golf courses I have ever played. What a great experience. Highly recommended

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great day had by all

Great corse! Played with a member( Will). Enjoy the round. Greens and fraiways were in great shape. We travel a good bit... Don't always find a good corse to play. But Shaker Hills was a joy. A bit of a bottle neck at 10 and 11. But pace was very good. Would recommend to any one. Some very enjoyable closing holes

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Fun course with a variety of difficulty

I've played here a few times before, and all of them have been great days of golf. The food is good, staff is very nice, and you are playing on a premium surface (obviously the maintenance crews work very hard here). I had played a couple times before the recent renovations, and it is safe to say that the course has been vastly improved. Many of the things that didn't make much sense have been corrected, such as the 18th hole. The tee boxes have also been redesigned from little circles for each tee to long boxes which house multiple tees. This may seem little, but it's the things like that which make the new course appear more modern. Aside from the golf, the clubhouse is now vastly refined inside and out, with the new pro shop, locker rooms, top deck, and more. They have made the restaurant a perfect destination for cooling down after a round in the sun, either inside in the new restaurant or outside on the top deck where the view of the magnificent course surrounds you. All in all, I enjoyed my time playing at Shaker Hills and I plan to visit again soon for another fantastic day of golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice layout

I played only 9 holes as it was very windy and cold. If you stayed on the fairways you could find your ball easily but landing in the rough with lot of leaves made it difficult to find your ball. It was hilly but the holes were interesting. The greens were in great shape.

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

November Golf Day

The condtion of the greens the second week of November is excellent. They were smooth, fast and fair. I could never imagine a course this late in the year with greens in great condition. The course is a real challenge. Most of the fairways are wide to compensate for the difficulty. I played International Oaks and like Shaker better. Something about it has me hooked. The Summer crowds are long gone and we zipped through our round. Had it not been looking for lost balls in the leaves we could have played 18 holes in just over 3 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course, could have done better with leaf removal. Time spent looking for balls in fairway because of leaves.

Great course, challenging, good views. Pace of play could have been better.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course - in great shape

Played in November - fairways and greens in great shape. Problem is the leaves - we often had trouble finding the ball in the fairway due to leaf piles. Once the leaves are down it maybe better. Some great hole layouts - a lot of elevation changes and water - very interesting layout. Best to "Tee it forward" on this course. Pro shop staff are super friendly. Nice driving range as well.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

love fall golf

Signed up to play with 3 other players I didn't know. Proshop sent them out early .Pro shop told me keys were in carts , went all the way to get a cart , but no keys in carts .Flagged down a grounds worker and he fixed me up with a key. I played by myself for 2 holes. When I caught up to them, they did not want me to join them , and would not let me play through. Very slow players, very bad golfers ,glad I didn't play with them . If I did I might still be there . No rangers around all day. I skipped 2 holes and went on my way , meet up with a 2 some and had a great day. It all worked out great. Great price, great course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
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