Blackstone National Golf Club is considered one of the finest golf courses in Massachusetts. The Sutton gem has been lauded far and wide for its challenging yet playable routing and the overall excellence of architect Rees Jones’ work.
Tucked in the wooded countryside of the Blackstone Valley area of southwestern Massachusetts, not far from Worcester and Boston and only 25 minutes from Providence, R.I. , Blackstone National GC is an aesthetically pleasing track that winds easily over a hilly landscape, through mature forests, and past old stonewalls that give the course a sense of permanence and place.
There are only a few forced carries at Blackstone National, and Jones incorporated large fairways into the layout, which allows mid- and even high-handicappers to enjoy the experience. The ample fairways allow a player to stay in the hole even after a less than perfect tee shot. There is bunkering guarding rather large greens, making it important to choose the proper club to find the target.
The club has opened up the course a bit to make it less penal off the tee and on approaches to the medium-sized greens. Some of the best holes at Blackstone National, which can stretch to almost 7,000 yards from the tips and plays to a par of 72, are the par-threes. One of the most stunning is the 173-yard 11th, which demands a tee shot over a small pond.
But the par-fours are also very good, as evidenced by the mammoth 486-yard 15th, which bends to the left after a large ridge that cuts across the fairway. If you hit your tee shot to the right side of the fairway, the ball will tumble down the hill and shorten the hole by 50 to 100 yards. The drop from tee to green is almost 80 feet, creating a magnificent view from the tee box.
The 18th at Blackstone National is a superb finishing hole. It’s only 485 yards from the tips, but the par-five is loaded with all kinds of trouble if you wander. The tee shot must be true to find a landing area protected by wetlands and woods. There’s a little extra pressure as you finish your round on the 18th. A crowd usually gathers on the veranda hovering above the green to watch the groups come up to the clubhouse.
Blackstone National Golf Club