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3.5
84
5 Stars
32
4 Stars
37
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
4
Staff Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.7
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.2
Layout
3.9
57.3%
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68 out of 84 reviews
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3
Staff Friendliness
3.9
Pace
2.9
Amenities
2.9
Conditions
2.4
Value
2.1
Layout
3.6
22.2%
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2 out of 9 reviews
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1
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3
Staff Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.0
Amenities
2.9
Conditions
2.5
Value
2.3
Layout
3.6
30.0%
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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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Reviews

3.5
84

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 1
19th Hole Specials 1
Amazing Food 1
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 1
Narrow Fairways 1
Plays Long 1
This course/club is great for:
9-Hole Rounds 1
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 1
A Weekend Splurge 1
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 1
Worth the Drive 1
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Recommended
Handicap
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Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
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.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Fair
Off-course amenities Poor
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good
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.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Fair
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout 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.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout 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.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout 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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Fair
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Average
Played On
2.0
First Time Playing
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Poor
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Good
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.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Poor
Off-course amenities Poor
Course Conditions Fair
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Average
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
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
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!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout 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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good

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