Cyprian Keyes Golf Club

Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, carved out of the scenic New England countryside near woods, wetland and granite formations, offers an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole par-3 course.

BOYLSTON, Mass – Cyprian Keyes Golf Club must be doing something right because golfers are playing the course more regularly these days.

“When we first opened, years ago,” director of golf Scott Hickey said, “guys would play one week and then the next week they’d go somewhere else. Now we have frequency. People are coming back as returning customers.”

One reason golfers have been coming back more often this year is the excellent condition of the greens. They’re firm and quick.

The opening hole at Cyprian Keyes GC is 354-yard dogleg right par handicap No. 9.

General manager David Frem said the course was in great shape for much of last year, but after such a rainy summer last year the 10th green was almost lost and a few others became problematic.

Removing trees to allow more sun and airflow to reach the greens helped them bounce back this year. Hickey said the greens are in the best shape they’ve ever been in the 25-year history of the course. Second-year superintendent Dan Brandt deserves a lot of the credit for the improvement in the greens and the overall condition of the course.

“The course is in really great shape,” Frem said. “We’re really happy with it.”

Hole No. 15 offers a slightly downhill 370-yard par 4 rated handicap No. 4

During the drought this summer, Cyprian Keyes was able to buy water from the town of Boylston to keep the course mostly green.

To keep the greens in tip-top condition, Cyprian will deep tine the greens in November in addition to aerating them.

Cyprian Keyes offers a challenging layout designed by Mark Mungeam with a number of doglegs and forced carries over wetlands that can’t be filled in. With four sets of tees, Cyprian Keyes plays from 4,850 yard to 6,543 yards. It’s target golf at its best.


Cyprian Keyes also has one of the few remaining par-3 courses. It’s a separate nine-hole par-3 course of 1,230 yards.

Frem said 2020 was the busiest year for Cyprian’s 18-hole championship course in several years even though Gov. Charlie Baker closed golf courses for several weeks in the spring due to the pandemic. Cyprian’s nine-hole, par-3 course enjoyed its best year ever in 2020.

“The pandemic gave us a great boom,” Frem said,

The past two years have also been busy for Cyprian, although not quite as much so for the par-3 course. Nevertheless, Frem has found a greater mix of people playing the par-3 course.


“Old, young, beginners, experienced,” he said.

Frem owns Cyprian Keyes with his parents, Bob and Liz.

Frem’s grandfather, Harvey Frem, was a founding member of Mount Pleasant CC when it moved from Leicester to Boylston in 1956. Bob Frem was a longtime member, greens chairman and multi-year club champion at Mount Pleasant, which has been renamed The Haven CC and was sold this week to Invited, a Dallas-based company which owns 200 golf courses.


Bob Frem purchased the Barlin Acres property from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester to build the golf course. He named it Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in honor of Cyprian Keyes, one of the first settlers in the town and an ardent patriot who lived on the property in the 1700s.

Twenty-five years after opening, Cyprian Keyes is still a course golfers have fun playing.

Bill Doyle brings 45 years of professional sports writing experience to New England dot Golf. His resume includes 40 years as a sports writer for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette where he wrote a Sunday golf column and covered professional and amateur golf. He also wrote about all four of the major professional sports teams in the Boston area, mostly about the Boston Celtics, as well as college and local sports. Working for the newspaper in the city where Worcester Country Club hosted the inaugural Ryder Cup in 1927, Doyle covered the improbable comeback of the U.S. team at the 1999 Ryder Cup at The Country Club in Brookline. He also covered the 1988 U.S. Open at TCC, the 2001 and 2017 U.S. Senior Open championships at Salem Country Club, the U.S. Women’s Open championships at The Orchards in South Hadley in 2004 and at Newport Country Club in 2006, the PGA Tour stops at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton for nearly 20 years and at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, for several years; and every PGA Tour event at TPC Boston in Norton from the inaugural event in 2003. He will provide regular contributions ranging from interviews, travel, lifestyle, real estate, commentary and special assignments. Bill can be reached at

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