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Must Play: Glen Ellen Country Club
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 05/2/2016

Must Play: Glen Ellen Country Club
Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis, Ma. can be stretched to 6,634 yards and plays to a par of 72.

The well-manicured track has two par-threes--numbers two and eight--that play over water. The second hole can stretch to 218 yards from the back tees, while the eighth hole is a full carry over liquid to a large green.

The par-four, 322-yard fourth is a great short four-par. It’s a downhill dogleg right where really brave big hitters can fly their golf ball over the right side and reach or get near the putting surface in one. If you run your drive tough the fairway you might have a problem, as you may be blocked out by trees. Approach shots to the putting surface tend to end up toward the right side trap due to undulation of the green.

The 526 par-five sixth hole is superb. It’s the longest par-five on the course and a three shots to reach the green for most players, although the green can be accessed in two after a sturdy drive and placement in the middle of a tight fairway. But it’s risky because a creek crosses in front of the green about 30 yards out from the putting surface.

The eighth hole is a delightful, short par-three that plays only 144 yards from the tips. But it’s a signature hole on the course. Hitting the green is tougher than it would appear on the scorecard, as the bowl-shaped putting surface surrounded by water on all sides. If the pin is up front or on the right a shot just a bit off target may find the water.

Number 17 is a classic, difficult 411-yard dogleg left par four. The hole demands a hefty and accurate tee shot to avoid water left and right. followed by a well struck mid- or long-iron to the green.

The layout ends in unusual fashion, with a par-three that plays 155 yards from the back. The green slopes form back to front and if you miss long you will have a tough up and down.

Glen Ellen Country Club
Millis, Ma.