In addition to the Boston Marathon, April marks the official start of the Boston golfing season, as the city’s two municipal golf courses – George Wright in Hyde Park and William J. Devine in Dorchester – open for business. And while golf does have a well-earned reputation as a sport for the well-heeled – the equipment, the greens fees and the clothing put the sport out of the reach of many, not to mention the hours it usually takes to play 18 holes – public courses can give your wallet a bit of a break.
Greens with History
The George Wright course is an urban gem, with 18 holes designed by the renowned Donald Ross. The course first opened in 1938, with the city taking over operations in 2004. The course features plenty of hills, narrow fairways and large trees, giving it a reputation as a challenging place to play. At just under 6,500 yards from the blue tees, the Par-70 course is on the shorter side. Like many municipal courses, George Wright suffered years of neglect but has lately rebounded due to attention from the city. The course has recently made an appearance on many “best places to play” lists compiled by the golf industry press and associations.
Over in Dorchester – in Franklin Park to be specific – you’ll find the William J. Devine Memorial course. First opened for duffers in 1896, the William J. Devine is the country’s second oldest public golf course. At just over 6,000 yards from the blue tees, the course is not designed for long-ball hitters; the 11th hole – at 533 yards – is the longest on the course.
Both courses have clubhouse restaurants onsite, offer clinics and provide lockers available for season rentals.
Frequent golfers who happen to be Boston residents can buy a permit for $1,300; seniors are $1,000 and juniors are $200. (Non-resident prices are $1,900; $1,400 and $400 respectively). In addition to the all-you-can play benefits, permit holders have more tee times available. For single round golfers, greens fees for 18 holes are $39 for residents Monday-Thursday; and $45 Friday, weekends and holidays. Non-residents pay $45 Monday-Thursday and $52 Friday, weekends and holidays. Fees for seniors, juniors and 9-holes are also available. Carts are $20.
So for less than $75 during peak times all season long, you can enjoy a round of golf at a historic golf course. That’s a pretty good deal.
Tees times for both courses can be reserved online in advance. Just visit here for more information on the courses.