Autumn is a great time to play Waverly Oaks Golf Club in Plymouth, Ma. before the facility is closed to make room for a sprawling movie studio.
The club is offering a rate between Oct. 13 and Nov. 29 of $60 after 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and $70 after 2 p.m. Friday, Sunday and holidays.
Plymouth Rock Studios is purchasing the magnificent 242-acre property in Plymouth, which includes 5,000 feet of frontage on Route 3 South, for $16.5 million. The deal is expected to close on or about Nov. 6.
Plymouth Rock Studios plans to invest $400 million to build a film and television digital studio that will include 14 sound stages, and a 10-acre back lot, plus production offices, facilities, theater and amenity village. According to project director, Brad Soule, about 1,500 high-income jobs are likely and he predicts the ripple effect of the project when completed will be a major economic impact on the entire Boston South Shore economy.
Plymouth Rock Studios, owned and operated by David Kirkpatrick and Earl Lestz, former Paramount Pictures executives, and Bill Wynne, a West Coast real estate developer/investor, will be the largest film and television studio complex in the northeastern United States. Four 24,000-square-foot soundstage studios will be situated on what are now the back-to-back par-five fourth and fifth holes.
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.
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.
Call 508-224-6700 or visit www.waverlyoaksgolfclub.com.