Must Plays: Blackstone National
Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton, Ma. has been praised 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 over a hilly landscape, through mature forests, and past old stonewalls.
One of the most stunning holes 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 only 485 yards from the tips, but the par-five is loaded with all kinds of trouble. The tee shot must find a landing area protected by wetlands and woods. Big hitters can reach the putting surface in two shots after a strong drive, but the approach is uphill and there are a number of deep bunkers guarding the putting surface. There’s a little extra pressure as you finish your round on the 18th.
Blackstone National Golf Club