Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 18
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 18
Designed by John Van Kleek and Wayne Stiles in 1931, the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course at Putterham is an accessible option to historic golf in Brookline. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 1
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 1
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham starts out with a dogleg left par 5. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 2
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 2
The second at the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham is short but plays uphill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 3
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 3
The par-3 third at the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham plays downhill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 5
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 5
The par-3 fifth shows a good example of the restore bunkering at the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham in Brookline. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 6
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 6
The 521-yard par-5 sixth at Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham is a good birdie opportunity. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course - No. 7
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course - No. 7
The seventh at the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course isn't long -- at 347 yards -- but it does play uphill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course - No. 8
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course - No. 8
Bunkers often come into play, like on the par-4 eighth, at Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 9
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 9
The front nine at Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham finishes with a 395-yard par 4. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 11
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 11
Bunkers surround the elevated green on the par-4 ninth at Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 12
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 12
The par-3 12th at the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham is short and sweet. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 13
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 13
The uphill par-4 13th, at 400 yards, is one of the tougher holes at the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 14
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 14
The hardest hole on the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham is the dogleg right par-4 14th. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 15
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 15
Two hazards protect the approach on the par-5 15th on the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 16
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 16
The short par-4 16th at the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham presents a good birdie opportunity on the back nine. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 18
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - No. 18
The par-4 finishing hole on the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham is the no. 3 handicap hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - sculpture
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Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham - sculpture
A sculpture commemorating Francis Quimet's upset victory in the 1913 U.S. Open next door at The Country Club at Brookline graces the entrance of the Robert T. Lynch Golf Course at Putterham. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

Robert T. Lynch municipal course at Brookline Golf Club: Not the same old look

BROOKLINE, Mass. -- There are two golf courses on the property of Putterham in Brookline, both of them historic. Only one of them, though, is open to the public, the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Course at Putterham .

The muni, which dates back to 1931, actually borders The Country Club at Brookline, the famous site where a former caddie, Francis Ouimet, won the 1913 U.S. Open. Then in 1999, The Country Club played host to the historic U.S. comeback in the Ryder Cup, and the Robert T. Lynch Course actually served to support the event.

Today, anyone can play the Robert T. Lynch Course, which has undergone a few changes since it opened more than 80 years ago. And while Ouimet's monumental win came a few hundred yards away, a bronze sculpture of Ouimet and young caddie Eddie Lowery, presented in 1999, graces the entrance of Robert T. Lynch.

Designed by John Van Kleek and Wayne Stiles, the course plays around 6,400 yards from the tips, but with elevated greens, doglegs and a variety of holes, it challenges players of every level. The clubhouse, which is almost as old as the course, sits behind the 18th green. And while the course has had its ups and downs, recent years have seen a lot of improvements, including ongoing bunker and drainage improvements.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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Like The Country Club at Brookline, there's plenty of history at the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course at Putterham. But as a pure golf experience, Robert T. Lynch holds its own. The holes have all kinds of interesting angles and greens complexes, plus there's been an effort of late to restore the course, undoubtedly better than it's ever been.
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