Tucked away in the town of North Attleboro, is an oasis of tranquility far from the maddening shoppers that prowl the stores on nearby Route 1. Chemawa was originally a nine hole course but in recent years the Bourque family decided to expand to a full 18 holes. Chemawa is not a long course measuring only 5,285 yards from the blue tees. My average drive is about 210- 220 yards but on many holes I was able to get home with a short iron. But the slick greens are small and well guarded by bunkers and water hazards. The opening hole is a wide open 349 yard par 4 to a small green providing you with a chance to open up your round with a par. The course is very well maintained so if you keep the ball in the fairway it will sit up nicely so you can apply maximum spin on your approach shots.

On the second hole the fairway is fairly tight but it is only 299 yards to the green so grab the big dog and let it fly. One of the most interesting holes on the front nine is the 312 yard par 4 sixth hole. It plays only 312 yards from the blue tee but the fairway is very narrow and it is out of bounds on the left. You can hit a middle iron and then hit a little-bump-and-run up the middle for a birdie attempt if you wish. But I took the driver and hit a hook that bounced off of the hill and came to rest 20 yards short of the green. Not the way I planned it but it sure was a lot of fun. The 9th , 13th and 16th are three of the prettiest par 3’s you will ever see. Water comes into play on all three but you still have a reasonable chance at bagging some birdies.

When you are finished playing, grab a seat on the balcony that looks over the 10th tee and enjoy one of the best burgers in the area. Rates are very reasonable and the Bourque family knows how to make you feel welcome. For tee time and rates contact their web site at www.chemawagolf.com