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Hidden Gem of the Day: Fresh Pond Golf Course in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member runningdog, who takes us to Fresh Pond Golf Course in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The nine-hole track is a Donald Ross design, and runningdog states in his description that, should you visit the course, then you need to walk it.

“It’s where I played my first golf when I picked it up years ago, and every time I’m back I go and play.  It can be a long round, but it’s a great walk (don’t ever ride this course). 9 Hole track that can be played twice.”

According to Fresh Pond Golf Course’s website, 18 holes will set you back $36 during the week and $41 on weekends.

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Check out the full forum thread here, and submit your Hidden Gem.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. Glftips

    Jan 20, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I belonged to this club ( inner club) for five years. It is a gem in an urban area. Loved it!

  2. Peter

    Jan 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Love this place, from the salty workers to the brutal 4th hole with limbs hanging over most of the fairway on you second shot to the par 3 8th.

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Hidden Gem of the Day: Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, California

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member ChanceMan, who takes us to Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, California. Yocha Dehe measures over 7,300 yards and according to ChanceMan it’s a “beautiful and interesting course”, while fellow GolfWRX member theboypinoy backs up that claim saying

“Probably my favorite course in the Sacramento area. Love playing there.”

According to Yocha Dehe Golf Club’s website, the rates for 18 holes on both weekday’s and weekends start at $39, but can rise significantly so make sure to keep an eye on Yocha Dehe’s online booking section should you want to play here.

@yochadehe

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Hidden Gem of the Day: La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, California

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member EllaRose909, who takes us to La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, California. Developed in 1986 by Kenneth Hume Hunter, Jr, the track sits 30 miles north of Santa Barbara, and in Ella’s description of the course, she highlights the challenge that La Purisima will serve up should you tee it up here.

“The course is next to the ocean near Santa Maria CA. You play the front nine out East with the wind to your back. The back nine is played west back to the clubhouse in the teeth of the ocean breeze/wind. When you get done playing 18, you feel like you have played 36 holes. It is a great track, a former US Open qualifying course. I once played with a 60-year-old hacker; he quit after 14 holes!”

According to La Purisima Golf Course’s website, walking 18 holes during the week will cost from $34 to $59, while to play on the weekend the rates range from $42 to $73.

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Daytona Beach: Golf’s fastest destination

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Speed is the topic of conversation in Daytona Beach from late January through February as the sports world turns its attention to the Great American Race, aka the Daytona 500. Golfers, of course, are always in search of their own version of speed: courses with great pace of play.

With that in mind, Daytona Beach might be the game’s fastest destination.

As surely as Daytona Beach is a mecca for auto racing enthusiasts, the area is equally appealing for golfers in search of a sub-4.5-hour round. How can we be so sure? Because Daytona Beach is home to courses that were designed to provide a complete golf experience at a pace that would make a NASCAR driver jealous. And even though they get you around fast, these tracks offer all the beauty and challenge you’d expect from Florida golf.

So, if playing in four hours or less sounds like a winning proposition, here are three Daytona Beach golf courses where the caution flag is never waved.

Hidden Lakes Golf Club

Hidden Lakes GC

As a  par-69, Hidden Lakes is an ideal course to play on the first day of a trip, as it provides everyone a chance to score. The layout is 5,454 yards from the tips and doesn’t have a par-4 that plays 400 yards, so players should almost always have a comfortable club in hand. A round at Hidden Lakes gives skilled players and beginners to make some birdies and have some fun. Try to arrive early and take advantage of the area’s best practice facilities.

Crane Lakes Golf Club

Crane Lakes CC

Crane Lakes, a par-66 that plays 5,186 yards from the tips, has eight par-3s and a pair of par-5s, but it isn’t a short course. A 435-yard par 4 and a 495-yard par-5 ensure the need for a good day with the driver, and the par 3s range in length from 156 to 200 yards (back tees). Always among the area’s best conditioned courses, Crane Lakes will test every part of a player’s game and do so in a timely manner.

Riviera Country Club

Riviera Country Club

Despite its intimidating name, Riviera Country Club is a public course that welcomes everyone.  It is the longest layout on the list at 6,250 yards from the tips, but it’s an old-school course designed with pace of play in mind (local legend has it that the course design was influenced by Robert Trent Jones Sr. when the Rockefellers owned most of the land in the area, including the land where Riviera now sits).

There is ample room to hit the ball front to back, but the fairways, greens and tee boxes are in close proximity so keep your head on a swivel and don’t forget to yell “Fore!” if you hit a shot offline. The course is maintained in a way that guarantees golfers won’t spend all day looking for balls, i.e., low-rough and puttable green speeds. The holes are straight forward but the greens are sneaky. The course is nicknamed “the friendliest club in the world”, and you’ll see why as the staff and patrons greet first-timers like old-timers. Be sure to check out the “Wall of Fame”, where you’ll see golf legends like Jim Dent, Bob Goalby and Slugger White memorialized as past event winners at RCC events.

Daytona Beach is home to nearly 30 courses including the Jones and Hills courses at LPGA headquarters, and all of them emphasize pace of play, but for overall enjoyment Crane Lakes, Hidden Lakes and Riviera are definitely on the front row of golf in Daytona Beach.

For more information, go to DaytonaBeach.com/things-to-do/golf

 

 

 

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