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Must Play: Heather Hill County Club
John Torsiello
By John Torsiello
Published on 05/2/2016

Must Play: Heather Hill County Club
Whether you are looking to play a quick nine after or before work, a full 18 with your buddies, or, yep, 27 holes to make it a really full day on the fairways, Heather Hill Country Club in Plainville, Ma. is for you.

The club offers one regulation 18-hole course and one nine-hole course. The North Course (nine holes) has a few hills that can cause uneven lies. The fairways are narrow, and the greens are small. The South Course (18 holes) has many more hills than the North Course, but doesn’t have a lot of sand bunkers. The fairways are wide open, but most are tree lined, so you just can’t spray it around and get away with it. The greens are large, and water hazards come into play on three holes.

The 18-hole course plays around 6,000 yards from the tips and has a mix of short- and medium-length par-fours, tricky par-threes, and two par-fives that can reached in two shots by big hitters. One of those par-fives is the 478-yard third that is very straightforward with few hazards complicating matters, although there are two bunkers near the putting surface. The seventh and eighth are solid back-to-back par-threes, playing almost 200 yards and 180 respectively. The eighth demands an accurate and well hit tee shot, as water fronts the green.

The back side has three short par-fours that allow you a real chance at birdie, the 334-yard 13th, the 317-yard 14th, and the final hole, a 317-yarder. Number 12 is a good par-five that plays 516 yards from the tips, with the hole doglegging to the right, which may demand a precise layup shot to set up a wedge approach.

The nine-hole course measures 3,368 yards from the tips and isn’t a pushover. It begins with a 157-yard par-three, and the toughest stretch of holes comes at three through five. The third, a par-four, plays 400 yards, while the fourth is a challenging 500-yard par-five. The sixth is the toughest hole on the course, a par-four that measures 440 yards from the back markers, making birdie here extremely difficult and par a pleasure.

The club has a pro shop, and a restaurant and bar for after-round enjoyment.

Heather Hill Country Club
Plainville, Ma.