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Butter Brook Golf Club

157 Carlisle Road, Westford, Massachusetts, 01886
Type: Semi-Private, open to the public
No. Holes: 9
978-692-6860
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About Butter Brook Golf Club

Butter Brook Golf Club, is a Semi-Private, 18 hole golf course located in Westford, Massachusetts.

Butter Brook opened the first nine holes for play on April 9, 2004. The front nine has the unique characteristics of three par 3 holes, three par 4 holes and 3 par 5 holes. The course features large bent grass tees and fairways and A4 & L93 grass greens for a superior putting surface. Construction of the back nine and practice facility was completed in October, 2006 and opened to the public on May 26, 2007.

There are four sets of tee markers per hole and great variation in green design. The greens have gentle rolls and changes in slope, to place a premium on putting. The bunkers, randomly spread through out the course define shot angles and entice aggressive play.

HOLE #1: SQUEEZE, 517 yards, The generous landing area and the open approach to the green offer a prelude to the upcoming course characteristics. Keep your tee shot to the right side of the fairway, tempting the bunker, if you want to go for the green in two. The firm approach and elevated right side provides all players the opportunity to roll their shots onto the putting surface.

HOLE #2: DARE, 316 yards, This short par-4 plays against the prevailing summer breeze and offers optional routes of play. Long hitters may choose to aim at the right fairway bunker and draw the ball into the reachable green. Those laying up must avoid the short right fairway bunker and deep ravine to the left. HOLE #3: SHELF, 136 yards, The first of three par-3’s on the front nine, this hole is daunting and will test ones nerves. Miss the tee shot left and watch your ball careen off the steep slope and disappear into the bunker. If you find the green with your tee shot, you will be rewarded with a relatively easy putt and possible birdie.

HOLE #4: FAITH, 403 yards, Use the right fairway bunker as the aiming point for tee shots to this partially blind fairway. The bunker can be easily carried and the right to left fairway slope will turn balls left. The green is undulating with a terrace separating the back section from the front. This green will not yield to long putts easily.

HOLE #5: LEDGE, 136 yards, Though the shortest hole at Butter Brook, the deep front left bunker and small undulating putting surface will challenge your club selection. A front, right pin placement may yield a birdie.

HOLE #6: KICK, 436 yards, Standing on the tee, players may feel indecisive as to how to play the longest of three par 4’s on the front nine. The best tee shot is a slight fade over the left fairway bunkers that use the back slope to kick shots forward. Other players may try to blast it down the right side, flirting with the pond. The green is guarded by a front right bunker and chipping areas to left and rear.

HOLE #7: PARTY BOWL, 554 yards, Pull your driver from your bas as a long tee shot is key to reaching the green in two. Players are faced with deciding the best approach to the low lying green with front bunker and adjacent wetlands. The safe shot is to the raised right fairway area. Smart players will aim right and utilize the approach to kick shots onto the “punch bowl” shaped putting surface.

HOLE #8: NORTHERN PALM, 171 yards, The longest par-3 on the front plays into the prevailing wind. Stay clear of the left greenside bunkers. A testing ridge juts into the green fro m the right edge, separating the rear position from the remaining green. Subtle green slopes and shade from the surrounding pines make putting a challenge.

HOLE #9: ETERNITY, 618 yards, Get ready to hit three solid shots to reach this green in regulation. No fairway bunkers and a kick slope in the landing area entices players to grip it and rip it. The preferred angle to the green is from the left side near the approach bunker, as a large ominous bunker closely guards the entire right side. The green is open to approaches from the front, but watch for the left side grass hollows that may capture one’s ball.

HOLE #10: CORRAL, 383 yards, The back nine opens with sensory overload. A pair of deep cross bunkers jut in from the left and tempt players to carry them. The safe play is played down the right side, flirting with the wood line. Shots short of the cross bunkers will leave a blind approach to the bunkerless putting surface which falls off sharply to the left and rear.

HOLE #11: SWALE, 249yards, Yes, the yardage marker is correct; 249 yards and par of 3. The approach is defined by a deep chipping area to the right front that ends as a “thumbprint” splitting the front half of the putting surface. Large trees frame both sides of this difficult hole.

HOLE #12: FREEDOM, 521 yards, After crossing a scenic bridge players reach the setting for #12, the first hole in the wide open former cattle yard. At the tee, the large waste bunker provides a striking contrast to the manicured green turf. Faiarway bunkers left and out of bounds right narrow the drive zone, putting accuracy at a premium. The boomerang shaped green is raised above rear grass hollows and waste bunkers to create a difficult target.

HOLE #13: BARN, 321 yards, This short par-4 reminiscent of the 17th at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland has several options off the tee. One can play a blind tee shot over the barn to achieve the best approach angle to this segmented green or play left and risk hitting into the mammouth fairway bunker. The small putting surface is closely guarded to the front and left by deep sand bunkers.

HOLE #14: OASIS, 199 yards, Pass through the tunnel to reach the last par-3 , an oasis of verdant green between the large waste bunker and fescue covered mounds. This long green appears deceptively shallow from the low lying tees. A single sand bunker is nestled into the putting surface’s front right side, which will favor those playing a fade.

HOLE #15: OLD TOM, 447 yards, From the tee on #15, one is presented a pretty view of the sinuous fairway, glimmering pond, mass of sand bunkers and far distant green. The long par-4 provides optional routes of play. The smart player will favor the left side of the hole tempting the fairway bunkers. This lengthens the route, but takes the pond out of play. The shorter, aggressive route requires a well placed drive just short of the pond, and a long approach over water and bunkers.

HOLE #16: HIGHLANDS, 524 yards, The multiple tees set atop of the Highlands provide a great view of the last few holes. Risk the pond by playing to the fairway’s right side and you’ll be rewarded with visibility of the putting surface. The left fairway bunker extends into the landing area at 275 yards from the rear tee. Balls played short of this hazard will be faced with a blind approach and a gaping left front bunker. A waste bunker separates this hole from #12 and trouble lurks behind the green.

HOLE #17: BUTTER BROOK, 416 yards, The penultimate hole is a test of ones nerves. Tee shots must be played across an expanse of wetland and Butter Brook to a diagonal oriented fairway fronted by a fieldstone wall. Risk a long carry and be rewarded with a shorter approach to the well bunkered and elevated putting surface, which is shaped to funnel shots near the edge back toward the center.

HOLE #18: ANCIENT OAK, 355 yards, A few strides down the slope left of the 17th green is the home hole tee. It’s decision time again! Offset bunkers to the right and left of the landing area require careful tee shot placement. Playing short of the two sand pits will force a long approach over a wetland and right front bunker. Play long to a dramatically rolling and narrowing fairway to leave a short iron approach. The ancient oak framed putting surface is sited next to the old mill pond and Butter Brook Falls as depicted on the Club logo. The small undulating green is receptive to an accurate short iron shot.

This course has been ranked 7 times
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Milford, MA

$46 (cart not included), played on Tuesday, April 2014 at 10am

There was evidence of the hard winter's toll on the greens, although the ball ran true on putts. #17 was a temporary green. The #11 hole was replaced by a temporary hole. Despite these early season challenges it was an enjoyable experience. I cannot wait to come back here in a month or two when the warmer weather has performed its magic. The staff and other players were most friendly.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 021722
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Carlisle, MA

$76 (cart included), played on Thursday, June 2012 at 10am

this could be great, it has a great layout and a friendly staff. However it is filled with players that dont fix their divots and ball marks making the course get in very rough conditions. For the price you pay you should expect greens and fairways to be in very good shape. that is not the case though. if u do get out early in the season you will find the course in better condition than the middle of the summer so if you do decide to play this course play in april/may.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 018057
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Boston, MA

$76 (cart included), played on Tuesday, August 2011 at 10am

ASSAULTED AT BUTTER BROOK!

I golfed here about a little over a month ago with my husband, father and brother. On the 18th hole, my brother hit his tee shot on to the neighboring fairway. He drove his cart to his ball not realizing until after he hit his second shot that he was past the "no carts" signs on that fairway. He immediately returned to the cart path. It was an honest mistake and no harm done.

At this time a member who had been watching us from the clubhouse patio walked down to us and proceeded to SCREAM within inches of my brother's face. A couple of the choice phrases he used: "You should have seen the f**king signs!", "I'm a member here and I'm going to report you to the course manager and if I ever see your f**cking face here again I'm going to punch your f**cking face in!".

We putted out and immediately reported the incident to Peter Maki, the course pro, and pointed out the offending member. Peter showed genuine concern, gave us his information and told us to contact him any time and so he could "make things right." Well, we have tried to contact Peter four or five times since then and we have yet to receive a response. Actions speak louder than words and his lack of action to our repeated inquiries speaks to the character of Butter Brook, which runs counter to the spirit of the game of golf (self-discipline, honesty, and integrity). "I refuse to spend another dime at this place or recommend the course to anyone. If you choose to patronize them, be on the lookout for a tall guy with black hair and an unusually black (likely dyed) moustache with anger management issues. He seems to think it is appropriate to approach and make threats to a group of golfers (one that included a senior citizen and a woman).

The management seems to think an appropriate course of action to a serious offense on their grounds is to just ignore it and hope it goes away.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Worse than average course for the area
 
None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 016054
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Lunenburg, MA

$56 (cart included), played on Wednesday, July 2011 at 8am

This is on my foursome's annual rotation of must courses to play. The day we played this year was a perfect ten, weather-wise, which made the course beautiful to look at. It is a very aesthetically pleasing place. Beautiful landscaping, great conditions. The course itself is challenging, but very fair. Nice layout. The front and the back nines amount to basically two different courses, which is a plus. Only one complaint; After the 150 yard posts, yardage is almost impossible to find without a two-minute search, a lot of unecessary walking around. Take care of that and you've got one of the best public golf ezperiences around. I would recommend it to anyone.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 015190
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Plymouth, MA

$61 (cart included), played on Monday, October 2010 at 2pm

The entire staff is always pleasant and happy we chose their course. Mrs. Kennedy always makes sure she says hello to us and is most gracious. As two retired people, we would like to see them participate in one of the special discount programs. eg. players pass, Golf Digest Tee Times as this would enable us to play more golf. Thank you for making our experience at Butter Brook most enjoyable. I also bring clients to play and all of them have loved the course.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 012536
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Charlestown, MA

$76 (cart included), played on Tuesday, July 2009 at 10am

Very disappointed in this course. Definately not up to the 4-star rating in NE Golf Guide. Tee boxes on all 18 holes had unrepaired divots. Each green had 200 - 300 unrepaired ball marks. On the plus side fairways were in very good shape. Group in front of us had 2 open holes in front of them and ranger wouldn't move them because "they are members". 5+ hour round is unacceptable, especially on a weekday. Much better conditions/experience at Red Tail or Shaker Hills in area.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 007617
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Somerville, MA

$36 (cart included), played on Wednesday, October 2008 at 10am

Course has 18 holes. Front is tighter than the back. Holes are all very different and challenging. Really a must course to play. Located 4 miles from the Concord rotary on route 2.....

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 005978
3.1/5
Based on 7 reviews
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