There is a sense of urgency this fall to get out and play Waverly Oaks Golf Club in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Word has it that the property has been sold to make way for a large-scale movie studio that will likely result in the closing of this wonderful daily fee golf course.
It’s a shame, because Waverly Oaks has prided itself on offering a truly challenging, unique and memorable golfing experience. Course conditions are always great and the routing is one to savor over and over.
While demanding if played from the back tees, Waverly Oaks is approachable for even high-handicappers if played from the appropriate set of markers. The track will surely test you but won’t necessarily beat you up.
The course starts in classic fashion, with a short, 339-yard par-four that makes you feel nice and loose before heading to the 427-yard par-four second and 234-yard par-three third. The best hole the front side might be the 529-yard, par-five fourth, which has water guarding the green, making it risky to go for the putting surface in two.
Much of the beef on the layout comes from its very good par-threes, three of which play over 207 yards, including the above-mentioned third and the 251-yard 17th.
The penultimate hole is the finale of a demanding three-hole stretch that will test even the best players. The 474-yard par-four 15th is followed by the truly monstrous, 636-yard par-five 16th, which is a classic three-shot par-five.
The 17th has earned the reputation as being one of the best par-threes in New England. It plays 251 yards from the tips and demands a fairway wood across a waste area and a massive, deep bunker that guards the front side of an elevated green. There’s bailout to the left, but who is going to respect you among your foursome if you take the safe way out?
The 18th hole is a good finisher. It’s 376 yards from the back and can put a nice exclamation mark on a wonderful round.
The club also offers a neat Challenger Course, which is a great spot for beginners and high-handicappers to have some fun. The layout plays only 2,264 yards from the back and is a par-33. There are six par-fours, only one over 328 yards, and conditions on the Challenger track are just as good as on the Championship Course.
Waverly Oaks Golf Club