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The best golf courses in Massachusetts
The two states that Donald Ross colored the most deeply with his architecture, and particularly with top-ranked courses, are North Carolina and Massachusetts. In the latter he is the architect for over one-third of the list, including three in the top 10: Essex County Club and Salem, both north of Boston, and Worcester.
The majority of ranked courses overall are located in the eastern half of the state around Boston, on the cape, and on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner are the architects of record for three ranked courses, Boston Golf Club, TPC Boston and Vineyard Golf Club (they're the consulting architects at six others), Brian Silva has designed two (GreatHorse and Cape Cod National) and Rees Jones also has two (Sacconnesset and Nantucket).
Below you'll find our 2023-'24 ranking of the Best Golf Courses in Massachusetts.
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(Parentheses indicate the course's previous ranking.)
South Hamilton, MA
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