Highfields Golf and CC (Public)
Played on July 31, 2022
The layout at Highfields is distracting due to the houses that line the property and take away from a lot of the golfing experience. Golf courses that weave through sub-divisions can feel soulless. At times, Highfields felt that way.
We teed off next to a backyard gathering with music blasting on the fifth hole and tried to make par next to a bouncy castle on the 8th green.
A lot of the front nine played through areas with a lot of houses. The back nine was a bit less developed and the golf course shined through. Arriving at the 12th green was a breath of fresh air. (Esp. after a sign on the tee box told players to not cut the corner due to children playing in yards).
We had a wonderful view of the mountains from the 13th tee. The hole tumbled downward and the short par-4 14th climbed back up the same hill. 13-17 is the best stretch of holes in my opinion.
16 was a very good hole. Water on the left forces players to pick the proper club and line off the tee. The second shot with the red barn in the backdrop is one of the better ones on the course.
The 17th is a charming, short par 3 with deep bunkers protecting the green.
The course isn’t tight, but it does require some thought off the tee. There are wide landing zones, but brave players can push the ball down the fairway if they dare.
The course is also not short on blind tee shots.
I wasn’t super impressed with the conditions of the course. The greens were soft, bumpy, and slow. The bunkers had very little sand in them. Some of the tee boxes were chewed up.
For my money, I’d take the 78 bucks I spent and play somewhere else in central Mass.