Wentworth Hills Golf Club in Plainville, Ma. has a new luster to it this year.
Super course conditions, a solid routing and an energetic staff that has been assembled to
provide top tier service--both on the course and in the newly renovated
restaurant-- make this daily fee layout that uniquely straddles the Massachusetts and Rhode Island state lines the place to be this
The varied natural topography of Wentworth Hills ensures a beautiful round of golf with rolling, tree-lined fairways, large, receptive greens, ponds and lakes protecting holes, and 60 strategically-placed bunkers. All help to create the eminently playable and visually appealing course that challenges golfers and rewards the eye.
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 size--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 are presented with alternate routes. There is water on the twin par-threes, eight and 17, as a lake is shared by the two holes.
There are crucial decisions to be made on most of the holes. You will come to a number of tees where you will want to hit driver. But you have to think, “Is this the right call?”
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.
Multiple tees accommodate all levels of skill and markers are placed at various distances and angles to create different shot choices.
A spacious clubhouse is home to a fully-stocked pro shop and the newly-renovated Grille Room at Wentworth Hills, is a must for a perfect post-round meal or cocktail. Wentworth Hills also features meeting and banquet space for golf outings, weddings and other social engagements.
The new ownership group, in conjunction with Billy Casper Golf , the premier full-service golf course owner and operator contracted to manage Wentworth Hills, has committed to a capital enhancement project for a number of aspects in/around the course. New for 2010 are: a logo; a freshening on the clubhouse; enhanced food and beverage; a new menu, and a revamped dining room; new maintenance equipment and improvement in course maintenance.
“The club’s goal is to be a preferred regional destination for golfers,” says Steve Landi, General Manager of Wentworth Hills. “Our personable customer service will entice golfers to come have a great time on the course and stick around to enjoy food and cold beverages in the clubhouse.”
The nines have also been flipped, and the course features velvet bent-grass greens that provided a phenomenal putting surface. In addition, there is a new Advantage Card program, which, for $24.95, gets the holder a complimentary round of golf, 15 percent savings on greens and cart fees each day, and a 10 percent savings on select golf shop items. There are also four different membership categories.
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.