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Must Play: Blackstone National Golf Club
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 05/2/2016

Must Play: Blackstone National Golf Club
Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton. Ma, a  Rees Jones design, is tucked into the wooded countryside of the Blackstone Valley area of southeastern part of the Bay State.

One of the nice aspects about the course is that while it is indeed challenging, Jones incorporated only a few forced carries into his routing, which, of course, makes it playable for mid- and even high-handicappers. Ample fairways allow a player to stay in the hole even after a less than perfect tee shot. There is bunkering guarding the rather large greens, making it important to choose the proper club to find the target.

Blackstone National, which can stretch to almost 7,000 yards from the tips and plays to a par of 72, has some super short holes. One of the most stunning par-threes is the 173-yard 11th, which demands a tee shot over a small pond.

The par-five 18th at Blackstone National is a favorite for anyone who has played it. It measures just 485 yards from the tips, but the hole 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. 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. The smart play is to lay up in front of the green and knock the ball onto the putting surface with a wedge.