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My Town: Jane Blalock

Boston's history and charm make a stay in the region more than the ordinary golf vacation

My Town: Jane Blalock

Make sure to explore Harvard Square in Cambridge.

JANE BLALOCK

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Golf résumé: Turned pro in 1969 and won 27 times in 18 LPGA seasons. For 10 straight years (1971-80) she finished among the top 10 in LPGA earnings.
Four score:Won four tournaments in a season four times (1972, '74, '78, '79).
Granite gal: Before turning pro, Blalock won three New Hampshire Women's Amateurs (1965, '66, '68) and the 1968 New England Women's Amateur.

BLALOCK'S FAVORITES

Dining:
I love eating at the bar at Legal Seafoods, in either Park Square or Kendall Square in Cambridge. They serve fresh seafood, pour Guinness on tap and have an excellent, reasonably-priced wine list...Another favorite is bouchee, a French bistro on Newbury Street in the Back Bay. The flatbread is to die for, and they serve great escargot...If you're looking for authentic Italian, it's hard to find a place that's not great in the North End.

Pubs:
If I'm going to a Red Sox game, I always stop at Cornwall's, a British pub in Kenmore Square. You can play darts, and they have great beers on tap...For a good scene near the TD Garden, check out The Harp...For a great cup of coffee, try Peet's Coffee & Tea in Harvard Square.

July 12, 2010

After a 27-win LPGA career, Jane Blalock moved from Florida to Boston in 1986 to work in finance. "I wanted a complete change from my life in golf, and I got it," she says.

A New Hampshire native, Blalock fell in love with the city and has called it home ever since. In 1991 she launched the Jane Blalock Co., a golf marketing and consulting firm now known as JBC Golf Inc. Blalock oversees ventures such as the LPGA Golf Clinics for Women and the Legends Tour, the LPGA's official senior tour.

From her condominium in neighboring Cambridge, Blalock enjoys an enviable view of Boston from across the Charles River and has plenty of local knowledge of the area.

COURSES
If you're looking to play close to Boston, there's Granite Links GC, which is just south of the city and offers great skyline views. It's an excellent daily-fee course with 27 holes, very challenging and always in great condition.

Pinehills GC is in Plymouth, about 50 minutes south of Boston but worth the trip. There are two courses, one designed by Jack Nicklaus and the other by Rees Jones. They're open to the public but play more like high-end private courses, given the quality of the design and conditions. You can play 36 in one day or make it a multi-day destination.

To me the greatest course in the area is Boston GC, a relatively new Gil Hanse layout in Hingham. It's private, so you have to know someone to get on. It's absolutely gorgeous, a walking course with a links feel.

The New Hampshire seacoast is an hour north, but it's worth traveling there to play Portsmouth CC, which is where I grew up. A semiprivate Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, it's right on Great Bay, where you always get a little wind.

LODGING
If money is no object, I'd recommend the Four Seasons. It's a fabulous hotel overlooking the Public Garden and is home to the Bristol Lounge, a great place for lunch, dinner or cocktails...The Charles Street Inn is a smaller, less-expensive option in Beacon Hill that's close to everything.

DON'T MISS
Taking one of the Boston Duck Tours is a great way to see the city's neighborhoods and learn their history. The tours are given in World War II amphibious-landing vehicles and conclude with a cruise on the Charles. & You can't come to Boston without visiting Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and in my opinion the greatest ballpark in the world...And be sure to stroll the Public Garden, which is amazing in the spring, and explore Harvard Square in Cambridge.

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