There are plenty of great golf courses in Massachusetts, but its private side of play far outweighs its public-access offerings. Each of the top 15 private courses in the state is ranked in the top 200 on one of Golfweek’s elite lists of the best modern or classic courses.
This private ranking in Massachusetts is topped by the composite course of the Country Club, which was the site of the 2022 US Open. The layout also ranks 24th among all classic courses built before 1960 in the United States.
Even the highest ranked public access course in the state is, for the most part, a private club. Cape Cod National in Brewster is essentially a private club that allows limited access to guests of the nearby Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. This access is enough to land Cape Cod National on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list for public access layouts.
Golfweek’s Best offers numerous lists of course rankings, with this list of the best public-access courses in each state among the most popular. All of the courses on this list allow public access in one way or another, whether it’s standard daily green fees, through a resort, or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there’s the will – and deep enough pockets – there’s a starting time.
Golfweek’s top rankings of the best private courses in each state are also popular, and this list for Massachusetts is among the top in the United States. This list is also included below.
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(m): Modern course, built in 1960 or later
(c): classic course, built before 1960
Note: If there is a number in parentheses with the m or c, it indicates where this course ranks among Golfweek’s top 200 modern or classic courses.
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1. Cape Cod National
2. Crumpin Fox
4. Farm neck
Oak Bluffs (m)
5. The Ranch
6. Municipality of George Wright
8. Pinehills (Nicklaus)
9. Club at New Seabury (Ocean)
10. Pinehills (Jones)
1. The Country Club (Composite)
Stream line (24c)
2. Myopia Hunting Club
3. Old sandwich
4. Eastward Ho!
Manchester by the Sea (T44c)
7. Kittanset Club
T8. Sankaty Head
T8. Whitinsville GC
10. CC of Salem
11. Winchester CC
13. Nantucket GC
14. CC of Worcester
15. Club Hyannisport
Hyannis Harbor (T139c)
The hundreds of members of Golfweek’s Best Review Panel continually evaluate courses and rate them against 10 criteria on a point basis from 1 to 10. They also deposit a unique overall rating on each course. These overall scores are averaged to produce these rankings.