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2167 Washington St
Canton, MA  02021-1105
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Ponkapoag 1 Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

72 par | 6,545 yards | 126 slope

72.0 rating | Blue grass

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Ponkapoag 1 Golf Course

The 18-hole "Ponkapoag 1" course at the Ponkapoag Golf Course facility in Canton, Massachusetts features 6,545 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.0 and it has a slope rating of 126 on Blue grass. Designed by Donald J. Ross, ASGCA, the Ponkapoag 1 golf course opened in 1938. James Burke manages the course as the General Manager.


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Reviewed October 23, 2020

The Ponkapoag 1 Golf Course is in need of some TLC. The course was designed by renowned golf architect Donald Ross and has a great layout. Unfortunately, the upkeep is so bad that the great design and its surrounding are overshadowed.

Ponkapoag – or Ponky as the locals call it – is one of two 18-hole courses at the 36-hole facility. Surprisingly, it’s the better maintained of the two so stick with the original course if you want a better golfing atmosphere.

One positive of the course is the natural surroundings. It is located close to I-93, but the mature trees block out any noise. If you are a nature lover, you will enjoy the ambience here. The course backs up to a wooded area and an adjacent wetlands area. You'll see plenty of wildlife roaming the course and wildflowers grow along the rough.

While the scenery is nice, it is overgrown. The trees around the greens and fairway need to be trimmed and the brush cleared. Weeds and crabgrass are everywhere on the tee boxes and greens. Grass is growing in the sand traps. Some of the tee boxes are so hard that it is difficult to push in a tee.

The par-72 course offers three tees with the back tees playing 6,545 yards long. It is a shame that the conditions of the course are so bad because the layout of the course is great. There is a really good variety from hole to hole and you'll find doglegs, rolling fairways and cleverly placed bunkers.

Ponkapoag offers four par-5 holes with two measuring just over 500 yards (both are on the front nine). The course is very dry in general and if you hit a ball into the fairway it will roll farther than on most courses.

Another plus of Ponkapoag is the price. Find the right time and deal and you can play 18 holes with a cart for under $25. The course also offers a putting green, driving range and snack bar.

Ponkapoag has the potential to be a great golf course. Until it gets some much-needed maintenance, we would not recommend playing this course.

Beverages Available Food Available Friendly Staff Good For Beginners Putting Green Scenic
Reviewed December 21, 2010

Under the direction of the new Groundskeeper, the conditions have improved dramatically. Traps have been done over, brush is being cleared, opening fairways, and plans to improve teebox areas are in the works. $17.00 daily fee for a senior is outstanding.

Reviewed April 22, 2010

Reviewed December 11, 2007

This once beautiful course was THE place for municipal golfers in greater Boston. The current condition of the course is a sin! The first course has three holes that are no longer playable and they have closed that nine! Now they are so wet that they cannot be fixed due to conservation regulations. The state could not have done a better job mis-managing this. I wish the Boston Globe or Herald would do an expose on how 2 incredible, historic, Donald Ross courses that once hosted the US Amatuer Championship have become unplayable at times. Budget money does not go back to the course and the first course will be incomplete forever! How could this happen? I used to love "Ponkie". It was a terrific layout that anyone could afford and enjoy. I miss it!

Reviewed November 12, 2007

The condition of both courses is an absolute disgrace! For the state to allow not just one but TWO Donald Ross designs fall into such disrepair is a travesty. No sand in most bunkers, no rough to speak of, etc. The state should lease it out to a concern who might return it to it's original glory. Ross's daughter wrote lovingly of his redesigning one hole just to save one great, old tree. The state should do the same!

Reviewed August 08, 2007

Reviewed June 26, 2007


The course is very affordable. The fairways could use a little work but the greens are in fair condition. Fairways are open and provide ample room to let it rip.

Reviewed March 29, 2007

Great course design, but terrible upkeep.

This was the course I learned to play the game on. Junior memberships go for about $100 dollars. I feel that this is the kind of place that if you can play there, you can play anywhere. The poor upkeep make the place even tougher to play. The layout is a classic Donald Ross design, which makes it a very enjoyable round. I only wish that a private party would buy it and fix it up.

Reviewed October 28, 2006


very affordable.Terrible conditions in some places,but over all its agood course,they dont work on it like they should,and should lower the prices for jrs. And to make it worse seniors cant have hteir own rates,and they dont evn open the whole course.I like it but i wish they would make it nicer its so cheap.But it is so nice in some spots.but i have to be honest its one of the worse courses you will ever see when it comes to maintenance and i just wish with all the money they have they ouwld fix it.Also the cours suscksok yeha it sucks


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1 Peter S. 27 48 21 06/24/12
2 Alex L. 28 55 27 09/28/08
3 Joshua B. 15 46 31 06/04/11
4 Tyler C. 18 49 31 06/27/08
5 John S. N/A 44 44 04/20/08
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About Ponkapoag 1

Ponkapoag Golf Course

Golf Only facility

12 tees driving range

36 regulation holes

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Course Staff

James Burke, General Manager
Mark Brady, Superintendent

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