Tedesco Country Club, is a Private, 18 hole golf course located in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
The beginning of what is now Tedesco Country Club golf course started at the very end of the 19th century with a private 6 hole course in the vicinity of the Swampscott waterfront. In 1901, 3 additional holes were built. In the fall of 1902 it was voted to lease the Childs farm and the Phillips land, the present site of the Tedesco Club and golf course. In 1903 Tedesco was incorporated under the laws of Massachusetts as the Tedesco Country Club-the name that it has borne for the last ninety-six years. The clubhouse opened in that same year, and for the first time a full nine hole golf course was put into play. Thus Tedesco as we know it today was formally launched. The course is named for the Tedesco, a ship that broke up along the rocks of nearby Swampscott in the early nineteenth century.
Today the course is a mature 18-hole championship par-70 layout that plays to almost 6500 yards from the tips. The course rating is 71.9 and the slope rating is 129. The designer of the 18 hole course layout was Donald J. Ross.
The majority of the front nine is routed over former pastureland, and most of the back nine is routed through a forest. The front nine is relatively flat and plays to a par of 34, while the back nine is hilly and plays to a par of 36. The back nine is more difficult than the front.
Design quirks include the two back-to-back par 3s on the front nine, and the fact that the only two par 5s come back-to-back at 9 and 10. The course is also well-known for its tough finish, as hole 15 is the narrowest on the course at 385, and 16, 17, and 18 are all par 4s that play to 440, 430, and 450 respectively.
Member (cart not included), played on Saturday, October 2008 at 6am
This is a great layout that has no boring holes and several quirky challenges as well as some over-powering length. The greens are very good putting surfaces, but they are not firm enough. For a course of this caliber, the fairways are terribly sparse, too moist and the ball never sits up. As a result, it is difficult to spin the ball or ever get a decent feel with the ball coming off the club face. The staff is pleasant and accomodating and the clubhouse is old but adequate. The cost of membership is not outlandish, but it does warrant better playing conditions.
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