Bungay Brook Golf Club: Popular Nine-Holer

Bungay Brook Golf Club is a links-style course and designed to be fun for golfers of all ages and features water hazards coming into play on two holes.

BELLINGHAM, Mass – The Gareau family has owned acres of pristine land in the quiet town of Bellingham for over 70 years so in 2002 they decided to create a nine-hole golf course – Bungay Brook Golf Club – that has become a local favorite.

General Manager Mark Gareau, can always be found in their fully-stocked pro shop to welcome golfers to their gem of a course.

“A lot of people have perceptions about nine-hole golf courses,” said Mark in a recent interview, “But our course is 3,136 yards from the back tees so it poses a challenge for golfers. Bungay Brook also features a 300-yard all grass driving range, which includes a large practice putting green.”

If you want to make it less demanding, the front tees play at 2300 yards with two par 5s, two par 3s and five par 4s with par of 36. If you want to practice before the round, the driving range and putting green are conveniently located next to the first tee.

The first hole at Bungay Brook is a short 309 yard par 4 with a generous fairway. Hit a good shot and you have a short iron into a large green. The greens at Bungay roll fast and true so lag it up close and tap it in for a par.

All of the holes have wide fairways and very few trees so you do not need to pull out the driver on every hole. But if you want to feel good about your game, the fourth hole is a 475-yard par 5 reachable in two. So, grab your driver and give it a rip. It has a large double green but watch out for the mammoth bunker that guards the left side.

Hole No. 9 is a shortish par 4. The tee box on this hole is the best vantage point to view the magnificent pond in front of the clubhouse. Staying to the right is the best way to avoid having to take a drop at the pond. The large green on this hole offers a real challenge. Courtesy: Bungay Brook Facebook

One of my favorite holes is the 362 yard Par 4 ninth. You hit your tee shot off an elevated tee. The fairway fades to the right and a pond protects the green. It is a great finishing hole and offers a great viewing area from the clubhouse to watch groups finish their rounds.

The course from tee-to-green is always well maintained so if you have time, play another nine!

Bungay offers reduced rates for both seniors and juniors which makes it a perfect outing for Grandpa and Grandma to join the grandkids for a little quality time on the fairways.

I have played Bungay Brook dozens of times over the years, and I can attest to the pristine condition of the course.

For deals and specials, visit their website at BungayBrook.com or like them on Facebook.

Jim got his start in golf writing with a gig at a Connecticut-based golf magazine, where he interviewed Ernie Els, among others. Since then, he’s covered tournaments for the LPGA, PGA Tour, Champions Tour and many amateur events. His work has been published in a number of magazines including GolfBoston Travel & Leisure, Southern New England Golf, New England Golf Monthly and Rhode Island Monthly. Jim ‘s favorite golf courses are Kebo Valley in Bar Harbor, Maine, Pebble Beach and Furry Creek in Vancouver B.C. and almost any Donald Ross course. Jim can be reached by email at golfer1051@yahoo.com.

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