Course Name: Butter Brook Golf Club
Designer: Mark Mungeam/Tim Gerrish (2004 – Front 9, 2006 – Back 9)
Location: Westford, Massachusetts
History: Built on an old farm, Butter Brook opened with 9 holes in April, 2004. In 2006, the practice facilities and the back 9 were added. Currently semi-private, this Mark Mungeam design is about 30 minutes northwest of Boston. While it hasn’t cracked any top Massachusetts public lists yet, New England Golf Guide gives it 5 stars and describes it as a “hidden gem.”
Conditions: 8/10, I heard great things about the conditioning here, and the course met my expectations. The fairways were well manicured, and most divots were repaired even though the course gets a ton of play. Although there isn’t much rough, it is thick and healthy. The greens were acceptable, but a bit slower and bumpier than I had hoped.
Value: 4/10, The absolute cheapest you can play Butter Brook in the summer is $52 to walk on a weekday. Given how difficult walking is (did it, do not recommend), a round will cost $72 on weekdays and $92 on weekend mornings. I will also mention that walking is not allowed at certain times so be sure to check before you play.
Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 6702 72.6 133
Blue 72 6174 70.4 128
White 72 5617 68.6 120
Red 72 4849 69.4 120
Best Score: 87 (Black Tees), 6/8/2017 with George W. and 2 others we met at the course
Front 9 Best: 42 (Black Tees), 6/8/2017 with George W. and 2 others we met at the course
Back 9 Best: 45 (Black Tees), 6/8/2017 with George W. and 2 others we met at the course
Best Par 3: “Ledge”, 5th Hole, 136 yards, 18th handicap.
Best Par 4: “Kick”, 6th Hole, 436 yards, 4th handicap.
Best Par 5: “Party Bowl”, 7th Hole, 554 yards, 10th handicap.
General Comments: The driving range is mats only but is over 350 yards long allowing you to hit driver. There are two practice greens – one near the 1st hole and one near the 10th. Many reviews I read online complained about pace of play, but I didn’t find it particularly poor the day I played. It’s inevitable this course will be slower than most, however, as it is challenging and the holes are far apart. I will note that Butter Brook is semi-private and a bit unwelcoming compared to most public courses.
Verdict: Butter Brook is a fascinating and challenging design. While I disliked the feeling of “target golf” on certain holes, many of the holes on this course were teeming with character. I highly recommend Butter Brook to anyone in the Boston area looking for an underrated course.