LAKEVILLE, Mass – Nestled among tall, gently swaying pines in the picturesque town of Lakeville, The Back Nine Club features a popular Championship Course – is an 18-hole, 3,000-yard par 3 layout.
Built in 1970, expect to find three sets of tees featuring beautifully manicured greens and many well-placed bunkers. Water comes into play on 11 holes and the layout from the back tees will test the skills of even the best of players. Shooting even par on this layout is no sure bet, even for the scratch golfer.
Unveiled in 2016 the pro shop is under the guidance of head professional Bob Giusti, a well-known New England PGA figure. The shop features a full range of equipment — balls, bags, clubs, shoes, and clothing apparel — as well as a Titleist Fitting system for players who want to build that new set of any brand name clubs customized designed for your swing.
If you’re a junior golfer, or perhaps a senior that likes to play courses that are not too long Back Nine Club is made for you. For example, the 3rd hole plays only 136 yards from the front tees. But if you are looking for more of a challenge it plays 234-yards from the gold tees. The 11th hole is only 79 yards from the front tees, but stretches out to a formidable 206 yards from the golds.
“We want to make our course fun for everyone,” said pro Bob Giusti. “Par 4’s don’t have to be 450 yards. The condition of the course and variety of tee boxes is one reason players keep coming back.”
The course is mostly level, but carts are available. If you need to warm up prior to the round a 290-yard practice range is available. You hit irons on one end, and the big sticks on the other end. Practice area memberships are available for $350.00 a year.
Outside dining is under a large canopy next to the first tee. Most golfers play a round under 3 hours, and if you wish to grab a quick nine at the end of the day, a Nine & Dine special includes 9 holes, dinner and a bottle of wine for $70.00.
In 2008, Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, Massachusetts hosted the Champions Golf Tour. I had the pleasure of doing a post-round interview with Gary Player. Player won 9 majors on the PGA Tour and 9 on the Champions Tour. I asked Player what kind of tips his pro-am partners were looking for to improve their games. “They all wanted to drive the ball 300 yards. But if you want to lower your score, work on your short game.”
If you want to take Gary Player’s advice The Back Nine Club is the place for you!