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Must Play: Wentworth Hills Country Club
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 05/2/2016

Must Play: Wentworth Hills Country Club
The varied natural topography of Wentworth Hills Country Club in Plainville, Ma. presents a beautiful round of golf, with rolling, tree-lined fairways, large, receptive greens, ponds and lakes protecting holes, and 60 strategically-placed bunkers.

Superbly conditioned and designed by Howard Maurer, the 18-hole, par-71, 6,202-yard layout offers multiple tees to accommodate golfers of all skill levels. Classic risk/reward decisions dare low-handicappers to “go for it,” and all holes allow alternate routes for less experienced golfers.

The course, while playing just over 6,200 yards from the tips, has a slope of 128 and a rating equal to its par of 71. That tells you something about the demands the track places on proper club selection and accurate shot making.

The greens are on the large side--between 5,000 and 6,000 square feet--and are designed with speeds, contours and angles to meet incoming shots. There are some 60 bunkers scattered about the course, placed in strategic locations. Good golfers can fly some of the fairway bunkers, while the less accomplished players have enough room in the fairways to avoid trouble. There is water on the twin par-threes, eight and 17, as a lake is shared by the two holes.

All three of the track’s par-fives are reachable in two for the big hitters, and there are back to back par-fours--the 268-yard 12th and 288-yard 13th--that dare you to take driver out of the bag and try to get on the putting surface in one shot. Perhaps the toughest hole on the course is its 10th, a 428-yard par-four that plays downhill.

The course features velvet bent-grass greens that provided a phenomenal putting surface.

Wentworth Hills is located between Boston and Providence and only minutes from Route 495, which makes it an ideal destination for golfers from the Metro Boston area to Federal Hill in Providence.
Wentworth Hills Country Club
Plainville, Ma.