A quick guide to the region’s four golf courses

Dust off your golf clubsstock up on new golf balls and tees and get ready to hit the links!

The Woods of Westminster is already operational with carts available for all 18 holes. The Gardner Municipal driving range is open and ready for your tee shots and irons, and Westminster Country Club and Templewood Golf Course will open soon for the 2022 season.

Here is a handy guide to help you learn more about the golf courses in our area.

Gardner Municipal Golf Course

Location: 152 Eaton Street, Gardner

Established: 1936

Pro Shop Phone: 978-632-9703

Website: www.gardnergolfcourse.com

Course information: normal 71; Blue start yardage: 6,131; White: 5857, Gold: 4798; Red: 5,524

Daily rates: Weekdays: 9 holes $17, 18 holes $33; Weekend: 9 holes $22; 18 holes: $38 (prices are for walking; carts require an additional fee)

Memberships: Individual: $975; Family: $1,565; Individual senior $625; Senior family: $875; Weekday: Individual $675 Family $1,025.

Historical note: It’s the 10th tee now, but it was the third tee in 1936 when the course was only nine holes long. For decades golfers had a good target from this starting point on the par 4 – aim towards the old Heywood Wakefield Factory Chimney which rose in the distance a few miles beyond Crystal Lake. If your tee shot sailed towards the chimney, you would most likely have a good short iron shot to the green. For years after the Heywood factory closed, the chimney was still standing until it was demolished several years ago.

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Templewood Golf Course

Location: 160 Brooks Road, Templeton

Established: 1999

Pro Shop Phone: 978-939-5031

Website: www.templewoodgolfcourse.com

Course information: normal 70; Footage: Blue Departures: 6,067; White: 5691; Red: 5,101, Yellow: 4,877

Daily rates: Weekdays: 9 holes $15, 18 holes $20; Weekends: 9 holes $22, 18 holes $30. (Rates are for walking; carts require an additional fee).

Memberships: Gold (anytime play) Single: $1,000; Golden couple: $1,500. Silver (weekdays only) Single: $775. Silver Torque: $1,125. Individual senior silver: $725. Senior couple Money: $1,000.

Historical note: In the spring of 1997, landowner Bill Matusewicz, who had never golfed in his life, walked through his property in dense forest in Templeton with 83-year-old legendary golf architect Geoffrey Cornish. “I could barely keep up with him,” recalls Matusewicz, who was 60 at the time. “And when we were done he said to me, ‘It’s a nice piece of land for a golf course. We can do the architect work and if you build it, people will come.

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Westminster country club

Location: 51 Ellis Road, Westminster

Established: 1957

Pro Shop Phone: 978-874-5900

Website:www. westminstercountryclub.com

Course information: Par 71. Yards: Blue Tees: 6,512. White: 6,250; Gold: 5,292; Red: 5079.

Daily rates: Weekdays: $20 for 9 holes, $32 for 18 holes. Weekend: $26 for 9; $38 for 18. (Rates are for walking; carts require additional charge)

Memberships: Individual: $1,700. Torque: $2,600.

Historical note: In 1971, PGA star Lee Trevino stopped by Westminster CC to hit some practice shots after missing the cut during the tournament at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton. Trevino, who was staying at a nearby motel, called the pro shop. “At first we thought it was someone playing a joke on us,” said former WCC pro Tom Richardson. “I almost hung up on him.”

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Westminster Woods

Location: 90 Bean Porridge Hill Road, Westminster

Established: 1998

Pro Shop Phone: 978-874-0500

Website: www.woodsofwestminster.com

Course information: normal 72; Blue tee yardage: 6,060; White: 5505; Red: 4,765

Daily rates: Monday to Friday before noon: $49 including lunch; Weekend: $62 for 18 holes with cart.

Memberships: Single: $800; Torque: $1,000; Junior (under 16): $300

Historical note: In 1998, as Woods of Westminster neared its opening, sensational Tiger Woods, already the reigning Masters champion, was just 22 years old. At the time, owner Paul Bartkus joked, “We trademarked our course name four years ago, and then Tiger comes out and names himself after us.”

Michael C. Ford