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Bay State Picks: Easy public 18-hole golf courses to walk in Massachusetts

"Walking or riding?" It's the age-old question in nearly every pro shop in America. I love walking a golf course and will do so even when I an eye roll from the starter or the "If you change your mind at the turn, you can grab a cart."

For me, walking a course allows me to take more pictures. Hopping in a cart and heading to a golf ball limits those moments to look around and snap a few photos en route to my ball. I also like the exercise. There's also a nice social aspect to walking. In a cart, you spend a ton of time with one person, but walking allows people to wind and weave through the round and chat as they walk to their ball.

There have been times when I've been forced to ride a cart, and that's fine.

I also don't begrudge anyone who does like to ride.

Some courses are hard walks for a variety of reasons. Concord CC has tons of tough climbs, especially on the front nine. Other courses, like Pine Hills, are hard walks because the trips between greens and tees are incredibly long (I don't think I've ever walked Pine Hills).

This list isn't about hard walks for the hardos like me who enjoy hoofing it no matter what.

These are 18-hole courses that are the easiest walks:

Acushnet River Valley - Acushnet, Mass. - Full Review Coming

Bass River - Yarmouth, Mass. - Full Review

Brookmeadow CC - Canton, Mass. - Full Review

Green Harbor CC - Marshfield, Mass. - Full Review

Lakeville CC - Lakeville, Mass. - Full Review

Merrimack Valley - Methuen, Mass. - Full Review

Mt. Hood - Melrose, Mass. - Full Review

Norwood CC - Norwood, Mass. - Full Review

Ridder Farm GC - East Bridgewater, Mass. - Full Review

Sandy Burr CC - Wayland, Mass. - Full Review

Swansea CC - Swansea, Mass. - Full Review coming

Wayland CC - Wayland, Mass. - Full Review

Wachusett CC - West Boylston, Mass. - Full Review

West Bridgewater CC - West Bridgewater, Mass. - Full Review

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