Must Plays: Blissful Meadows One Solid Golf Experience & Cranwell Resort Blends the Old with the Ne
One Solid Golf Experience
Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ma. is a sound and interesting Cornish & Silva design that is playable for all levels of golfers.
Blissful Meadows plays to around 6,700 yards from the back markers and has won rave reviews for its condition and was voted the 2004 Golf Course of the Year by the New England Golf Course Owners Association. Surrounded by woods and meadows, this is a unique and secluded golfing experience. The front nine is more open than the back, which features several dramatic elevation changes and two of the best par-threes you’ll find anywhere.
The opener, a 353-yard par-four is called “Prelude” and demands a precise downhill tee shot to find a fairway that bends slightly to the left. The approach is to an elevated green with bunkers guarding the right side.
The par-three 13th and 15th holes are visually stunning and demand accurate mid- to long-irons off the tee in order to clear waste areas below and in front of the greens. Rock outcroppings lend a natural feel to the design of the two holes.
Number 17, a 400-yard par-four, is a perfect set up to the finishing hole. The toughest shot is the approach, with a pond guarding the green to the left. When the pin is tucked close to the water it begs you to pull off a hero shot and risk making bogey or worse.
Blissful Meadow has a splendid finishing hole. The par-four measures 420 yards from the tips and calls for a solid approach shot over a pond that guards the front left side of the putting surface.
Blissful Meadows Golf Club
Cranwell Resort Blends the Old with the New
When you visit the Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club in Lenox, Ma., whether it’s for the Wayne Styles and John Van Kleek-designed tract built in 1926, the state-of-the-art spa, an Old World dining experience at the resort’s Wyndhurst House, hanging out in one of the resort’s tastefully decorated rooms or ambling about the scenic property, you are transported back to a simpler, more genteel lifestyle, where clocks lose significance and the only thing that matters is making your tee or dinner times.
The Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club has a strong sense of purpose coupled with a deep history. The hotel was built during the Gilded Age and welcomed wealthy industrialists and writers of the day. Frederick Law Olmstead, the man who created New York City’s Central Park, was commissioned to design the grounds at what was then a mansion called Wyndhurst owned by the furniture baron John Sloane.
Cranwell’s golf course is a picturesque, traditional New England resort course routed over the hills surrounding the resort and through mature woodlands of the area. The course features tree-lined fairways and naturally contoured greens that have been carefully preserved in the more than 80 years since the course was built.
In addition to the award-wining golf course, there’s an extensive golf practice facility on the premises manned by PGA pros that includes a real nice short game area and an indoor complex for inclement weather. The resort recently undertook considerable renovations to its course, which has improved fairway conditions and restored the classic bunkering of Stiles and Van Kleek.
Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club