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A Golf Lover's Paradise: Featuring Newton Commonwealth Golf Course, Managed by Sterling Golf

By Kristen Bosse

Sterling Golf Management, led by President Kevin Osgood, currently manages six different courses throughout New England: Norwood Country Club, Maynard Golf Course, Chelmsford Country Club, Rockland Golf Course or The Shattuck Golf Club, and of course the Newton Commonwealth. After passing by the course multiple times and seeing how popular it has become, I was curious as to how the course has changed in recent years and what golfers really want in their go-to country club. The President and Manager of Sterling Golf were nice enough to share their thoughts with me.

Newton Commonwealth Golf Course

Newton Commonwealth Golf Course is a beautiful, exceptionally groomed, public course located just minutes from downtown Boston. It was originally created as a nine-hole course in 1897, and was redesigned by renowned architect (and Newton resident) Donald Ross in 1920 as a full eighteen-hole course. In the late 70's the then called Chestnut Hill Country Club, due to financial instability, was purchased by the city of Newton with the intentions of keeping the land free from development and offering public access to its residents. Although it's on the shorter side of a regulation course, it remains frequented by golf lovers and professionals alike. The course itself is known for staying exceptionally groomed and offering a challenging round of golf, featuring quick greens and relatively narrow fairways.

The course is currently managed by Sterling Golf Management, Inc., who continue to make sure the course stays pristine with regular upgrades. Their most recent upgrades include several rebuilt and landscaped tees, water and sand bunker additions (and renovations), and even a new section of the clubhouse with changing rooms and showers. French doors on this addition overlook a new stone-tiled patio with outdoor seating for our patrons who wish to relax and watch the players on the course. The best part is that the course is a public golf course, and is open to the public seven days a week!

What to Look For In a Good Course

What is the best golf course you've ever played? What is your favorite course? Why? What is it about the course you chose that you like or dislike? Very often, golfers get a feeling about a golf course, and they can't really say why. If you take a moment to ponder these questions, there are very definitive features about every golf course that separates it from others. Conditioning, routing, design, variety; all of these things come into play when attempting to build that perfect course.

Albie Bargoot, Manager at Newton Commonwealth, elaborated on this point a bit with this opinion on what makes a good golf course.
"In my opinion- playability, hole design, and great greens are the benchmark of a classic golf course. However, when discussing what the professional golfer looks for in a golf course, the most common answer is: layout, condition, and overall experience. When these elements come together at any course, you are sure to enjoy your round and want to return."

Why the Newton Commonwealth Course Remains a Success

Residents of Newton and Greater Boston have enjoyed playing at the Newton Commonwealth course for years. So what exactly makes this course a success? "Although on the shorter side of a regulation golf course you will need all your clubs in order to score well at Newton", Bargoot claims. "The course itself is maintained very well and is one of the most inexpensive golf courses in the area. Whatever you would shoot at a course that is 6200 to 6500 yards is what your score will end up being at Newton. Don't judge it by the yardage."

The condition of the course is perhaps what they are best known for, due in large part to the Sterling Golf Management team. The lush green look of the course is not only appealing to the eye, but gives way to a better play for the golfer. Although the management team does not have the ability to makes the course longer, they are doing everything they can to make it more enjoyable. Hole design is constantly taken into account, with brooks, sand bunkers, and landscape improvements added quite frequently.

Bargoot: "Over the past 5 years we have completely overhauled the irrigation system, completed drainage work on 7 of our wettest holes, re did the 2nd, 7th, 9th, 16th, and 18th tee boxes, redesigned the 18th fairway and changed all the bunker complexes on the 18th hole."

Apart from the course itself, the Newton Commonwealth Club also has various programs they offer their members who are interested. For example, their SNAG Golf Learning System gets kids playing golf as early as five years old. If you're a bit older but still a beginner, feel free to come by the course for a lesson with one of their experienced teachers. A few years ago, they also started having glow ball tourneys at night. Who wouldn't love that?

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