The Brookside Golf Club, a public course with a private club feel that is located off MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne—just a stone’s throw away from the Bourne Bridge—is the first course to be featured in the Enterprise’s Hole of the Week series.
Designed by Michael Hurdzan in 1986 and later refined by John Sanford in 1996, the course offers sprawling views of Buzzards Bay along with varying tee lengths to accommodate players of all ages and skill levels.
This first course highlighted in a weekly series this summer is anchored by its 379-yard, par-4 first hole. From the elevated tee box guests can sneak a peek of Buzzards Bay atop the treeline. The club’s PGA professional, Chris Gagnon, calls the first hole the signature of the course with a wide-open, downward sloping fairway. But stay to the left because there is a tight treeline along the right side. The proper tee shot will carry and get a friendly roll toward the 150-yard marker.
The approach shot can be tricky, as Gagnon pointed out, where the narrow green is protected by the cart path that crosses over from right to left and a water hazard appropriately placed along the front-right side. Along the left side of the green are a series of small trees protecting the dance floor. And, depending on the day, the pin can sit atop the downward sloping green or at the front just behind the water hazard.
Careful pulling your chip shot too far right, as a series of condos guard the right side of the green just past the water hazard.
The course overall comes in at 6,300 yards from the blue tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 71.1 and has a slope rating of 126 on Bent grass.
The Brookside Club is open Monday through Sunday and is recommended that tee times are booked in advance. Rates can vary, but weekday rounds cost $65 and weekend rounds are $79. The address is 11 Brigadoone Road.
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