Granite Links Golf Club

Nestled fewer than 10 miles from Boston, Granite Links opened to huge fanfare a few years ago.  Like many clubs that opened during the turbulent economic times, the club (originally intended to be private) struggled to attract members.  Unlike many others, Granite Links has found an alternative semi-private model which seems to have worked - due in part because of their beautiful vistas of Boston.

The club - beautiful clubhouse, with a pretty nice bar/restaurant (Tavern at Quarry Hills) and a deck overlooking the 9th hole of Granite 9 - had a nice meal here before a round once.

The course is 3 separate 9 hole courses:

Quincy - my favorite 9 at Granite Links - much more traditional, still a lot of elevation changes, but fewer blind shots.  Unfortunately, this 9 is often reserved for members-only on weekends.

Milton - this 9 typically stretches parallel to the Granite, but is heads & tails better IMO.  First 5+ holes are very challenging, but ends with a few gimme holes (<350yd Par 4s).  Still, a stiff challenge.

Granite - my least favorite of the 9s - extreme target golf with many blind shots, long carries and a few holes where boulders await your tee shot in the fairway.  Really, the only hole I like is the Par 3 #8.

The awards

The best deal by far is the twilight rate ($65 after 4PM, including cart).  You can finish 18, if you don't get stuck behind some turtles.  Last time I played there, was shooting a great round (39 from the tips on Milton course) with a buddy of mine, but stuck behind this ridiculous three-some who never let us pass. 

Practice facilities are pretty decent - if not mostly due to proximity to the city.  You hit off mats and there's generally a tough wind in your face, but there are a lot of targets in the field.  I've never had to wait for a mat in all my times going there.  Also, they have a pretty decent chipping & putting green next to the bar / snack area (which also means you can have a beer while you practice - doesn't get much better than that!).  Plus, did I mention the view?  Oh wait, that's just my reflection from Granite Links, as we waited for the 12th time on the 12th hole.