Waverly Oaks Golf Club, located 45 minutes from Boston and an hour from Providence, R.I., offers one of the best daily fee experiences in the area.
The greens fees are reasonable, the playing conditions always good and the course challenging. The 27-hole facility has a Championship layout and a nine-hole “Challenger” track that is ideal for beginners or less experienced players.
Waverly Oaks’s Championship Course offers a challenging yet approachable routing that will test but won’t beat you up.
The best hole on 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 234-yard third and the 251-yard 17th, with the latter being perhaps the most difficult short hole in the region. It demands a superbly struck tee shot over a waste area and a yawning bunker that sits some 15 feet below the putting surface. An up and down from below the green is a difficult task.
The penultimate hole is the culmination of a three-hole stretch that will severely test even the best players. The challenge begins with the demanding 474-yard par-four 15th and moves to monstrous, 636-yard par-five 16th before concluding at the 17th. Get your game through this trio of holes even par and you can brag about it in the comfortable clubhouse after your round.
Waverly Oaks’ 18-hole course plays around 7,100 yards from the tips but there are four other sets of tees to meet the playing ability of all visitors.
The club’s Challenger Course plays only 2,264 yards from the back and is a par-33. Conditions on the Challenger track are just as good as on the Championship Course.
The club has a beautiful 22,000-square-foot, shingle-style clubhouse overlooking the golf course, where many special weddings and other events have been and continue to be held.