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#1 sdedalus23

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 03:00 PM

As the title suggests, anyone have a good short game practice facility within 20-30 minutes of the 495/pike area? Not only to practice putting, but also up to maybe 50-100 yard shots? Bunkers would be a plus, but not a necessity. Willing to look at either public or private areas depending on cost and distance from the area.


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 04:05 PM

exit 12 off 495 in easton
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Posted 08 April 2018 - 05:01 PM

 tmfool, on 08 April 2018 - 04:05 PM, said:

exit 12 off 495 in easton
A bit far away, but what is the name of the place?

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 05:15 PM

South borough golf center.

Can't remember what cyprian Keyes has for practice area, but nice little par 3 course that you can practice on if quiet.

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 06:24 PM

 jut111, on 08 April 2018 - 05:15 PM, said:

South borough golf center.

Can't remember what cyprian Keyes has for practice area, but nice little par 3 course that you can practice on if quiet.

Played the regular course at Cyprian many times, but never the par 3. is it expensive? I know south borough has a member's only area. Is it any good?


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Posted 08 April 2018 - 07:12 PM

Sorry, not sure on either question.  I moved to the north shore about 8 years ago and haven't been back to either place.  Back then the par 3 course was maybe 10-12 bucks.  Used to really enjoy going around a few times after work.

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 07:50 PM

Depends on traffic, and may be a bit of a stretch for you, but Harmon Golf and Fitness in Rockland, MA. Two practice putting greens, bunkers, a 90 yard pitching range, a nine hole short course with the average hole around 73 yards.
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Posted 08 April 2018 - 10:36 PM

 sdedalus23, on 08 April 2018 - 06:24 PM, said:


Played the regular course at Cyprian many times, but never the par 3. is it expensive? I know south borough has a member's only area. Is it any good?


Cyprian Par 3 is nice, they keep the conditions up just like the main course, $15/round.

The Southboro range short game area is not that great, IMO. Has potential but isn't laid out very well. I think the guys that own that place did it themselves. The putting green is large, slow and has a huge slope that wastes most of the green. There's a tiny chipping green and a practice bunker that has you hitting towards a ravine, so not too conducive to making aggressive swings. And I think the only way to use it is to buy the season membership for $90, no option for a one time use.

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 02:29 PM

The driving range n Natck has recently been rebuilt and is now called the KOHR golf center. They have putting greens and chipping areas plus an upgraded driving range. I am not sure about a sand trap. I love close by but haven't been up there yet. It is about 20-25 minutes from the intersection of 495 and the pike.

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:15 AM

 Chef23, on 09 April 2018 - 02:29 PM, said:

The driving range n Natck has recently been rebuilt and is now called the KOHR golf center. They have putting greens and chipping areas plus an upgraded driving range. I am not sure about a sand trap. I love close by but haven't been up there yet. It is about 20-25 minutes from the intersection of 495 and the pike.

I need to check that place out, haven't been there in many years. I never liked their range since you were hitting into such a huge valley which made it tough to get much of a feel for the true distances.


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:32 AM

 jdl, on 10 April 2018 - 09:15 AM, said:

 Chef23, on 09 April 2018 - 02:29 PM, said:

The driving range n Natck has recently been rebuilt and is now called the KOHR golf center. They have putting greens and chipping areas plus an upgraded driving range. I am not sure about a sand trap. I love close by but haven't been up there yet. It is about 20-25 minutes from the intersection of 495 and the pike.

I need to check that place out, haven't been there in many years. I never liked their range since you were hitting into such a huge valley which made it tough to get much of a feel for the true distances.

Please give a report back if you go.

I find it hard to see how that range could be decent - IIRC, itís short, youíre hitting downhill, the surface is super rocky (which chews up the balls and makes understanding distances impossible).

But maybe they fixed it up...

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:43 AM

 raynorfan1, on 10 April 2018 - 09:32 AM, said:

 jdl, on 10 April 2018 - 09:15 AM, said:

 Chef23, on 09 April 2018 - 02:29 PM, said:

The driving range n Natck has recently been rebuilt and is now called the KOHR golf center. They have putting greens and chipping areas plus an upgraded driving range. I am not sure about a sand trap. I love close by but haven't been up there yet. It is about 20-25 minutes from the intersection of 495 and the pike.

I need to check that place out, haven't been there in many years. I never liked their range since you were hitting into such a huge valley which made it tough to get much of a feel for the true distances.

Please give a report back if you go.

I find it hard to see how that range could be decent - IIRC, it's short, you're hitting downhill, the surface is super rocky (which chews up the balls and makes understanding distances impossible).

But maybe they fixed it up...

The web site shows $12 for 60 balls, so that's not too appealing right from the start. $20 for a bucket plus access to the chipping area sounds a little better. Or the discount card which gets the price down to $10/bucket. Unfortunately, looks like the only access to grass tees is via monthly/annual membership. If the chipping area is good, I might visit once a month or so, but will probably stick with Southboro for range work.

Edited by jdl, 10 April 2018 - 09:54 AM.


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:47 AM

Used to live in Westford off of 495.  Kimball's has a great range, 9 hole par 3 course and when you're done, you can treat yourself to some great ice cream, if you were a good boy.

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 10:52 AM

 Sean2, on 08 April 2018 - 07:50 PM, said:

Depends on traffic, and may be a bit of a stretch for you, but Harmon Golf and Fitness in Rockland, MA. Two practice putting greens, bunkers, a 90 yard pitching range, a nine hole short course with the average hole around 73 yards.

Harmon sounds great and I investigated when I lived in boston, but it is a bit too far from where I currently live.

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 10:57 AM

 jdl, on 10 April 2018 - 09:43 AM, said:

 raynorfan1, on 10 April 2018 - 09:32 AM, said:

 jdl, on 10 April 2018 - 09:15 AM, said:

 Chef23, on 09 April 2018 - 02:29 PM, said:

The driving range n Natck has recently been rebuilt and is now called the KOHR golf center. They have putting greens and chipping areas plus an upgraded driving range. I am not sure about a sand trap. I love close by but haven't been up there yet. It is about 20-25 minutes from the intersection of 495 and the pike.

I need to check that place out, haven't been there in many years. I never liked their range since you were hitting into such a huge valley which made it tough to get much of a feel for the true distances.

Please give a report back if you go.

I find it hard to see how that range could be decent - IIRC, it's short, you're hitting downhill, the surface is super rocky (which chews up the balls and makes understanding distances impossible).

But maybe they fixed it up...

The web site shows $12 for 60 balls, so that's not too appealing right from the start. $20 for a bucket plus access to the chipping area sounds a little better. Or the discount card which gets the price down to $10/bucket. Unfortunately, looks like the only access to grass tees is via monthly/annual membership. If the chipping area is good, I might visit once a month or so, but will probably stick with Southboro for range work.

I like southborough for full swing work. Balls aren't great, but it is accessible and cheap. I have also been to highfields: they have a very small chipping area and funky putting green. I do like the putting green at cyprian when it is not too busy. Think I am going to have to try the par 3. The place closest to me in Juniper, and their putting green is maintained in such a way that it is not even worth practicing there. Long and slow.

Do any of the private clubs have great practice areas along with being good courses? Might be the way to go. . . I know that Tatnuck (par 3) has a really nice short game practice area and small putting green, but it is a bit too far to make the regular trip (especially through worcester). The private course closest to me is probably Hopkinton, and I haven't heard great things about the course itself.


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 03:07 AM

Getting closer to the 30 minute mark, but some options include blackstone,  blissful meadows and sometime this year Green Hill in Worcester is opening it's range.

Blackstone:  200.00 gets you the Blackstone card. Unlimited range (grass tees only) plus a few playing perks at restricted times.  It can get busy up there and the the range closes at 7 but it has a large putting green open until dark and I heard they could be putting in a bunker. The grass obviously gets pretty beat up but they do a great job rotating. The balls are nice.

Blissful is another option and that one is $250 unlimited. They have grass and mats and open year round weather depending. They also have a bunker. The ball selection is aged but still decent.

The staff at both places are great.

Green Hill in Worcester has a range opening this year (not sure when) and they have two putting greens.  Not sure of their fees as of yet.  Again some high quality people running it.

I mention wachusett cc as well but it outside the 30 minute mark for sure. They have a good size green, a separate large chipping green with bunkers I beleive and a range.

Good luck.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 05:02 PM

 DavePelz4, on 10 April 2018 - 09:47 AM, said:

Used to live in Westford off of 495.  Kimball's has a great range, 9 hole par 3 course and when you're done, you can treat yourself to some great ice cream, if you were a good boy.

Haha the best ice cream in the area IMO!

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 01:54 PM

View PostDavePelz4, on 10 April 2018 - 09:47 AM, said:

Used to live in Westford off of 495.  Kimball's has a great range, 9 hole par 3 course and when you're done, you can treat yourself to some great ice cream, if you were a good boy.

It is a rather nice pitch and putt at Kimball's. And if you're a really good boy you can fire down some sodas at British Beer Company down the road.

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