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The Golf Club at Turner Hill
By John Torsiello | Published  09/24/2010 | Massachusetts | Unrated
The Golf Club at Turner Hill
The Golf Club at Turner Hill in Ipswich, Ma. opened to plaudits in 2005 when it was hailed as one of the best new private courses in the country.
From the moment you drive onto the grounds of Turner Hill Golf Club and catch a glimpse of the stately Elizabethan mansion (it’s been used as the backdrop for several new movies) that sits grandly behind the 17th green, you know this is a special place. It is destined to take a place among the area’s venerable Boston area facilities such as The Country Club, Salem Country Club and Myopia Hunt Club, but with a decided New Age, family feel to it.
The club’s owners are busy renovating the mansion and plan to undertake similar restoration projects on several other historic buildings on the property, which will further enhance the aristocratic air that floats about the club.
Spanning 7,021 yards, Turner Hill Golf Club’s course was masterfully designed by Hurzdan/Fry. The challenging, yet fair track features lush, ample fairways, some water and strategic bunkering. The club also offers estate living, and the residences at Turner Hill are located on the former Rice Estate.
The fourth hole, a monstrous 241-yard par-three that plays uphill, is one of the most demanding short holes in the region. The 10th, a 164-yard par-three that plays downhill 35 feet from the tee box, is another great, albeit very different short hole. The tee shot must carry a pond and find a green protected by bunkers.
The dramatic par-four 12th plays 135 yards downhill from the tee box, and the 17th hole, another super par-four, has an approach shot that plays to a large green that sits below the mansion.

The Golf Club at Turner Hill
Ipswich, Ma.