It’s every golfer’s fantasy. You are walking down the 18th fairway of a championship golf course and the members of the club are watching you live on the big screen TV in the main lounge. Now live the dream at Shaker Hills Country Club in Harvard, Mass.
Shaker Hills is a championship course designed by legendary architect Brian Silva. It is one of the most dramatic and picturesque courses in New England, with elevated tees and rolling fairways lined by towering pine and oak trees.
The large greens provide an ample target, but there is a lot of break on these greens so check that days pin locations carefully if you hope to score well. Four sets of tees makes the course playable for all golfers no matter what your handicap may be.
The first hole is a perfect way to start the round. At only 318 yards from the white tees, it is slight dog leg left with plenty of room on the right for your tee shot. Flip a wedge to the green and you can start the round with a par. The grass is green and plush from tee to fairways and greens, a testament to the exemplary work of the superintendent.
My favorite was the 18th playing 521yards from the middle tees. From the elevated 18th tee, you need a solid drive to clear the chasm and land in the fairway. The hole twists down to a green that is only steps from the clubhouse. This is the TV fantasy hole. On the clubhouse roof a camera monitors the 18th fairway, and provides a live feed to a big screen TV over the bar. Anybody that is enjoying a meal or an adult beverage at the bar can watch your exploits on the final fairway. You can also enjoy the dramatic view of the course from the roof top dining area.
Shaker Hills was named the # 1 public golf course in Massachusetts by Golf Digest, a well deserved distinction. In 2012 golf enthusiast Fred Curtis, Jr. purchased the course and has made a number of improvements. Looking to tcurtishe future, Fred has hired Andy Jordan as his new head PGA pro at Shaker Hills. I spoke with Andy about future plans for the club
New England Golf Monthly: What are your plans for Shaker Hills?
Andy Jordan: We are a semi-private club. I want to welcome all golfers to our club and treat them like they would be treated at a private country club.
N.E.G.M.: For example?
A.J.: All of our staff will go the extra mile to provide service to all of our guests. From the guys at the bag drop area, to our starter who greets you at the first tee, we will make you feel special and be sure you enjoy your visit to our club.
N.E.G.M.: What else?
A.J.: I am a stickler for cleanliness.
Keep the carts and all areas of the course spotless. Pay attention
to the details.
N.E.G.M.: Any specials available?
A.J.: We have some 10 play and 25 play membership options that have proven popular and the details can be found on our web site.