Maplegate Country Club, Bellingham, MA

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Maplegate Country Club
Maplegate Country Club

Built in lush woodlands dotted with maples, beech, oak and white birch trees, architect Philip Wogan designed a course that fits superbly into its environment and offers an always interesting, challenging round.

Maplegate Country Club, located in a scenic, quiet area near Bellingham and Franklin, Ma., west of Boston features a challenging 6,815-yard, well-conditioned layout that hosted a U.S. Open qualifier in 1998 and 2001. The course has a great mix of holes; from short par-fours that may be drivable by big hitters to difficult fours. Water comes into play on a number of holes and makes tee shots and approaches to the rather large and undulating greens occasionally dicey.

The par-five fourth hole is only 522 yards from the back tees. But the lay-up must be hit as close to a pond as possible if you entertain any thoughts of getting on in two shots. Number five, a 431-yard par-four, has water running across its fairway and a fairway bunker guarding the right side of the landing area.

The backside has several superb holes. Take number 11, a medium length par-four, for example. It has a pond protecting the left side of the green and three bunkers guarding the right.

The 12th, which plays 191 yards from the back markers, is a tough par-three that demands a steady shot over water that hugs the left side of the green.

The 16th is a well-designed par-five that plays 530 yards and features a rather narrow fairway, a stream cutting across about 90 yards out from the green, and a pond to the right side the putting surface. Even a lay-up shot here to leave a wedge into the green is a risky proposition.

Number 18 is a fine finishing hole. The 447-yard par-four doglegs severely to the right and demands a tee shot of over 200 yards to have an unfettered look at the green. A stream must be carried and a greenside pond avoided on the approach shot.

Listen; there really isn’t a weak hole at Maplegate Country Club, and there is enough variety to keep players interested the entire round and coming back for more once they finish. There are four sets of tees to allow players of all abilities to enjoy Maplegate.

Maplegate Country Club
Bellingham, MA
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