No longer is it necessary for those of us who live North and West of Boston to travel south of town to find a Championship caliber golf course. Only five years old, Butter Brook Golf Club in Westford is one of the area’s finest fairest tests of golf in New England, with exceptional conditions and multiple tee boxes to suit all abilities. The club also boasts one of the most professional, helpful and courteous staffs you’ll find making it a completely positive golfing experience. Set on 210 acres of woodland you will not be hitting into anyone’s backyard or into groups coming down the next fairway.
When you arrive at the club be sure to leave enough time to stretch things out at the bent grass fairway driving range complete with target greens and bunker and acclimate yourself to the speed of the greens by hitting the practice green, which was very representative condition wise to those you’ll find on the course. You’ll be glad you loosened up when you hit the first tee which will test your long game it will allow long hitters to go for the green in two and make it a relatively comfortable three shot hole for the rest of us. With a large green and bunkers on the front left and right the front is open for long approach shots and should yield a good scoring opportunity. The second hole requires a change of gears and demands a little more strategy, the hold plays 316 yards from the back tee, long hitters can try and clear the ravine on the left side of the fairway and go for the green while shorter players can lay up short and right of the ravine leaving them a short iron to the green yielding another good scoring opportunity. The last three holes on the front consist of a par three sandwiched by two par fives, the seventh hole will provide you with an opportunity to reach the green in two after a good tee shot and eighteen at over 600 yards is a three shot hole for just about everyone.
Starting on the twelfth hole the back nine takes on a different personality than its front side counterpart, the premium is placed more on approach shots as miscues are gobbled up by sand, woods or water. The holes are defined by large waste areas and few trees making holes more challenging if there is wind from any direction. The thirteenth hold provides another good scoring opportunity; a good tee shoot to the right center of the fairway will leave a short approach to the green and a birdie chance. Do not let the yardage on the final two holes fool you into thinking they are easy birdie opportunities, they both require accurately placed tee shots and precision approaches to maximize a good scoring opportunity. The seventeenth will test your nerves and the carry will determine how long or short your second shot is into the green, bite off more of the hazard and leave yourself a short approach, or play safe leaving a long approach into a guarded elevated green. The eighteenth hole is short on yardage, but long on challenge. The shorter your approach into this small green the better, the green is fronted by wetland and a bunker on the right as well as trouble in the form of Butter Brook long of the green.
Next time you’re looking for a new place to play with superb conditions a great staff and all around great golf experience try Butter Brook, located in beautiful rural Westford. Butter Brook can also accommodate your next outing, tournament or wedding, visit http://www.butterbrookgc.com/home for details.
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