Red Tail Golf Club in Massachusetts makes GolfNow.com's inaugural Top 100 ranking
I’m not surprised that Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, Massachusetts made GolfNow.com’s first-ever Top 100 list.
I had never heard of Red Tail until my recent trip to Boston a couple weeks ago. The last time I played golf in Beantown was in 2001 when the course had just opened. Sadly, I never got the memo about the place.
Red Tail has since matured into Boston’s top public golf attraction. It was obvious why during my twilight round. The flashy bunkering by Brian Silva and a spectacular rolling piece of wooded land 45 miles northwest of downtown create some visually explosive golf. Golfweek rated Red Tail no. 1 among the top golf courses in Massachusetts for 2013. Red Tail, which hosted the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, checks in at no. 24 on GolfNow.com’s list.
The GolfNow.com ratings (click to see them here) aren’t meant to be a true top 100 list of the best courses in the country or the best courses in each state. It’s a guide to the best courses you should play based on GolfNow.com user ratings. Golf ratings done by Golfweek or Golf Digest are done by critics, pointing out every flaw of a particular design. They rarely take into account things dear to consumers, factors such as price, customer service, quality of the food, comfort of the clubhouse and course conditions. In other words, the whole package or experience.
Every golf rater gets treated like a bigwig, but if the customer service wasn’t up to par for the Average Joe, GolfNow.com users aren’t shy about pointing it out.
Everything I witnessed at Red Tail showcased a first-class operation. The club sandwich I ordered before my round tasted good, and most important was prepared quickly, so I didn’t miss my tee time. The patio overlooking the challenging and scenic 18th hole (see photo above) looked like a fine spot to hang out after golf. The course routing speaks for itself.
Maybe the next time you’re looking to play somewhere out of town, you’ll first consult the GolfNow.com Top 100. I don’t think it will steer you wrong. A cool course like Red Tail is waiting.
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