Best Golf Courses in Massachusetts: Best Golf Courses in Massachusetts

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. That 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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Cape Cod National in Massachusetts (Courtesy of Cape Cod National)

1. Cape Cod National
Brewer (m)

2. Crumpin Fox
Bernardton (m)

4. Farm neck
Oak Bluffs (m)

5. The Ranch
Southwick (m)

6. Municipality of George Wright
Boston (c)

8. Pinehills (Nicklaus)
Plymouth (m)

9. Club at New Seabury (Ocean)
Mashpee (m)

10. Pinehills (Jones)
Plymouth (m)

The Kittansett Club in Massachusetts (Copyright USGA/Fred Vuich)

1. The Country Club (Composite)
Stream line (24c)

2. Myopia Hunting Club
Hamilton (32c)

3. Old Sandwich
Plymouth (24m)

4. Eastbound Ho!
Chatham (43c)

5.Essex
Manchester by the Sea (T44c)

6.Boston GC
Hingham (T28m)

7. Kittanset Club
Marion (T49c)

T8. Sankaty Head
Siasconet (T82c)

T8. Whitinsville GC
Whitinsville (T82c)

10. CC of Salem
Peabody (T88c)

11. Winchester CC
Winchester (T117c)

12. Taconic
Williamstown (T126c)

13. Nantucket GC
Siasconet (T145m)

14. CC of Worcester
Worcester (T136c)

15. Club Hyannisport
Hyannis Harbor (T139c)

The hundreds of members of Golfweek’s Best Review Panel continuously evaluate courses and rate them against 10 criteria on a 1-10 point basis. They also provide a unique overall rating for each course. These overall scores are averaged to produce these rankings.

Michael C. Ford