Course: St. Anne Country Club
Yardage: 6,360 yards
Weather: 90 and humid
Written By: Daniel Duncan
St. Anne Country Club is the course I golf at most often. It has affordable rates ($29 with cart after noon) on weekends, and the course is always in tremendous condition. The course is somewhat hidden on a back road, and has a large club house with a restaurant and a small pro shop. The Pro shop is somewhat lacking but it has all the necessities that you may need to pick up before you start your round. The course does not have a range, but it has a fairly large chipping area and putting green to warm up before your round.
The course opens with a fairly straight forward par 4 that is almost completely wide open. It’s possible to lose your ball if your drive goes well off to the right, but for the most part you’ll have no trouble finding your ball and having a good look at the green on your 2nd shot. The green slopes back to front and you’ll leave yourself with a very tough putt if you land at the back of the green. The 2nd hole is a dog leg right. Trees line the right side of the fairway until the dog leg opens up about 180-200 yards away from the tees. If you don’t carry the tree line, you’ll be forced to lay up on your 2nd shot. A good tee shot gives you anywhere from 100-150 yards in to a well bunkered, but fairly flat green. The 3rd is a short par 3 that I normally hit an 8 or 9 iron into depending on the wind. There are bunkers on the front left and right of the hole, but they shouldn’t come into play if you go right at the pin, regardless of where it’s placed. The 4th will leave you with quite a decision. With water from about 200-250 yards on the left side of the fairway. You can try to carry it with a driver or go to the right of it to a fairly small landing area in the rough. Laying up with give you about 150 yards into the green which slopes from back to front. The course finally lets you take your driver back on the 5th. A long par 5 that’ll be tough to reach in 2 for even the biggest hitters; birdieing this hole is no easy task. The 6th is a straightforward par 4 much like the 1st, with trouble on the left instead of right. The 7th hole is a par 4 with a stream that crosses the fairway before the hole doglegs left. You’ll find yourself laying up with a 3 wood or hybrid before the water and having about 160-170 yards to the green. This is followed by the short par 5 8th. A good drive will leave you a short iron into a flat green. Eagles are not out of the question on this hole. Even the average golfer may find himself upset with a par on this whole after a good tee shot. The front 9 wraps up with a 170 yard
par 3. There’s a large slope to the left of the green and if you miss left you can count on a favorable bounce towards the green.
The back 9 gives players a great chance to start scoring. The first 5 holes of the back 9 include 4 pars 4’s around 300 yards long and a par 3 that’s only 130 yards. Playing these 4 holes under par is a definite possibility. The back 9 gets much tougher from there. The 15th is a long par 3 over water with OB to the right. Escaping with a par is a very good score. The 16th is a par 5 that’s around 500 yards. The green slopes from left to right so depending on the pin position and your approach, it can be difficult to even 2 putt. The 17th is a slight dogleg right to an uphill green. The hole plays longer than it looks so a good drive is a must. The course wraps up with one of its most difficult holes. A long par 5. Hitting driver is all but impossible on this whole as there is a stream where the fairway begins to dogleg left. Laying up with a hybrid or 3 wood, and then hitting another hybrid or 3 wood will give you about 100 yards out to an uphill green. Missing the green short can cause your ball to roll all the way back down the hill.
To wrap things up, St. Anne Country Club is a hidden gem in Western Massachusetts. Its affordable rates and great condition make its value almost unparalleled in the area. Shooting low scores is a definite possibility here, and that should really help to boost the confidence in your game.