Whitinsville Golf Club, is a Private, 9 hole golf course located in Whitinsville, Massachusetts.
The Whitinsville Golf Club first opened for play in 1925. Construction of the course was undertaken in 1923 at the order of E. Kent Swift, the Chief Executive of Whtins Machine Works. At the time the largest manufacturer of textile machinery in the world. At approximatelty the same time another nine hole course was being constructed in nearby Southbridge. The architest for that project was contacted and at first expressed little interest. When Mr. Swift offered him the price of an eighteen hole course design, he quickly changed his mind and work was underway. The architect was none other than the legendary Donald Ross. Money talks!
The Whitinsville Golf Club has evolved over the years into what is today considered one of the top nine hole course's in the country. The course has changed little from it's orginal design. You will quickly notice that it retains many of the hallmarks traits of vintage Donald Ross design. From the smallish, mounded greens with treacherous sloping, obstructed run-up areas to the front of most greens, strategically placed fairway bunkering and challenging par 3's. The course has wide-open fairways and hilly terrain. Numerous sand bunkers have been incorporated into the course design, and water hazards come into play on many holes. The ninth hole, a 446-yard, par 4, features a tumbling plateau fairway
Whitinsville, is a Par-35 layout that plays to a maximum 9 hole distance of 3,124 yards for a par course rating of 70.8 and a slope rating of 127.
Whitinsville has garnered many honors throughout the years and continues to impress. It was recently chosen as the number two nine hole course in the country by Golf Digest.
The ninth hole has been recognized as one of the top 100 holes in the country by Golf Magazine. Ryder Cup captain, Ben Crenshaw referred to Whitinsville as a "hidden Ross gem", while selecting the closing hole as one of the best 18 designed by the renowned architect.
Guest (cart included), played on Thursday, June 2009 at 10am
This is a Donald Ross course that hasn't been changed since he set it upo in 1925!!!!!! I was luckey and fortunate to play it during a Senior Pro-Am. Two sets of tees to make an 18 hole course of 6427 yds. Very very fair, tough and demanding. Greens are large and undulating creating a variety of hole locations that will baffle the best! Nonetheless, you come away impressed and pleased and wonder "How did this Donald Ross gem" come to be here in a Mass mill town!
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