If you like a visually stunning playing experience mixed with challenging holes, then Blackstone National Golf Club is for you.
This Sutton, Ma. Rees Jones-designed gem has been lauded far and wide for its challenging yet playable routing and the overall excellence of Jones’ work.
Tucked in the wooded countryside of the Blackstone Valley area of southwestern Massachusetts, not far from Worcester and Boston, Blackstone National GC is an aesthetically pleasing track that winds easily over a hilly landscape, through mature forests, and past old stonewalls that give the course a sense of permanence and place.
While there are some forced carries at Blackstone National, Jones incorporated large fairways into the layout, which allows mid- and even high-handicappers to enjoy the experience. The ample fairways allow a player to stay in the hole even after a less than perfect tee shot. There is ample bunkering guarding medium sized greens, making it important to choose the proper club to find the target.
The club has in recent years opened up the course a bit to make it less penal off the tee and on approaches to the medium-sized greens.
Some of the best holes at Blackstone National, which can stretch to almost 7,000 yards from the tips and plays to a par of 72, are the par-threes. One of the most stunning is the 173-yard 11th, which demands a tee shot over a small pond.
But the par-fours are also very good, as evidenced by the mammoth 486-yard 15th, which bends to the left after a large ridge that cuts across the fairway. If you hit your tee shot to the right side of the fairway, the ball will tumble down the hill and shorten the hole by 50 to 100 yards. The drop from tee to green is almost 80 feet, creating a magnificent view from the tee box.