The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts has had a long-standing reputation for attracting visitors, who long for the variety of outdoor offerings. Whether it is enjoying an evening concert at Tanglewood, picking apples at Hilltop Orchards, or white-water-rafting with Zoar Outdoor, the region truly offers something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors, including a wealth of options for the visiting golfer. So, on your next visit be sure to save time to enjoy a few of the beautiful and historically significant golf experiences.
Tee off at Wahconah Country Club in Dalton and play the golf course where Bobby Jones played his final round. While visiting family in August of 1948, shortly after finishing what is now the 9th hole, Jones penned a note stating, “this was my final effort, sorry it was not a better one.” That note hangs in the USGA Golf House in Far Hills, New Jersey. Wahconah’s historical significance is well matched by the golf course’s beauty. As you approach the first tee you will get your first taste of the beautiful vistas that enchant your round of golf. The course conditions are always superb, offering five sets of tees to help ensure all skill levels have an enjoyable round. If you are looking to turn back the clock and enjoy a great golfing experience, visit Wahconah Country Club.
Play the Taconic Golf Club, adjacent to Williams College in Williamstown. It was voted the best public golf course to play in Massachusetts by Golf Magazine, ranked 39th in the country for golf courses you can play, and 2nd in the country for College/University golf courses by Golf Digest. The redesign by Gil Hans has opened sight lines through the entire property. When reaching the property’s highest point you can see north through the brick buildings of Williamstown and the entire upper valley. Another course not to miss in Williamstown is Waubeeka Golf Links. Here golfers enjoy pristine golf course conditions as well as breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts.
Another great option is the Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield. The course at this club is the only originally designed A.W. Tillinghast golf course in Massachusetts. While you are enjoying the beautifully groomed 18-hole course be sure to take the time to revel in the spectacular panoramic views that are all around you.
If you are here with the kids and just looking for a fun activity, check out Baker’s Golf Center where you can drive balls on their range or enjoy an 18-hole miniature golf course. Although not as challenging as our other courses, this is a fantastic way to spend some quality family time!
There are many other great golfing options to explore while visiting the Berkshires. Whether it is Bas Ridge Golf Course in Hinsdale, the Blandford Club in Blandford, Donnybrook Country Club in Lanesborough, Egremont Country Club in Great Barrington, Greenock Country Club in Lee, Pontoosuc Lake Country Club in Pittsfield, Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox or Skyline Country Club in Lanesborough, you will enjoy your time outdoors and take in the scenic views of the Berkshires.
(Peter Egazarian, PGA, contributed to the original version of this article in 2015.)