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146 Shaker Rd
Harvard, MA  01451-1230
United States
P: (978) 772-3330
www.shakerhills.com
Shaker Hills Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

71 par | 6,850 yards | 137 slope

74.0 rating | Bent grass


Shaker Hills Golf Course


The 18-hole "Shaker Hills" course at the Shaker Hills Golf Club, Inc. facility in Harvard, Massachusetts features 6,850 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 74.0 and it has a slope rating of 137 on Bent grass. Designed by Brian M. Silva, ASGCA, the Shaker Hills golf course opened in 2012. JoAnn Upham manages the course as the General Manager.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Seeing all these bad reviews comes as a surpise to me. Yes rangers will be on the course especially on #5 long par 5 where they signal for the all clear and help locate stray shots. Never had an issue with the rangers. One time they asked use to let a two-some play through. I told him no way as they have hit into us twice already without apologizing. He agreed.

The course did need water so I hope the review prior is accurate and the rain has helped things. The fairways were rock hard. This summer is all about access to water and is really beyond their control. The pnd on #3 was gone when we played in July.

As for the $4 hot dogs... those are Pearl Dogs and although spicey are great.
I am not a regular at Shaker but I have played there a lot and I can honestly say that no one has ever been rude to us.

Reviewed August 15, 2009

Reviewed August 17, 2008

Reviewed August 05, 2008

The course is in great shape, with all the rain lately, everything is green. The pace of play was terriffic for a busy Saturday, other places I have played think 5 hours is good, we finished around 4:30, it makes a big difference to us. The staff was very helpful to us from the bag attendants, starter and marshalls who helped us find errant tee balls on the long Par 5's, and to the golf shop staff who made us feel welcome. The experience was great, and for $85 which includes carts and range, the price was right, just up the street at Red Tail you will pay $105. The course is challenging, but fair. I will be back soon and would recommend this course to anyone who wants a challenging course that is in great condition. Not sure what the previous reviews were talking about, probably just did not play well, and this course layout will take its toll on you if your not playing well. Also, the grill room has a nice big HD TV, very nice.

Reviewed July 02, 2008

It's hard to be nice when rating this course due to the price. When you come down to it there is little value to playing here. The scenery has been well noted by other reviewers, but really is nothing special. The course was either poorly designed, poorly constructed, or both. I say this because they feel the need to water it well past 10am, and yet the fairways are still rock hard (or actually ROCK) and some of greens are dried out. The bunkers are very poorly maintained and have gravel in them. Becareful you don't lose any fillings riding on the cart paths. The Ranger felt it necessary to continually harass the foursome in front of us for "slow play", and then stay in the fairway and monitor our foursome. Though we never caught up with them until were were back at the clubhouse, and we never saw the people behind us. Your typical over priced Boston area golf course that treat you like it is a privilege they allowed you out onto their course. So what do you have? Rude employees, OK to poor course conditions, a particularly long and inconvenient drive from Boston, and since you'll probably only play there once a dificult course. All for $85.

Reviewed June 28, 2008

This course is WAAAAAAAAAY overpriced. $85 dollars is too much to charge for this course. You would think that if you pay $85, you could hit off real grass on the practice range. Nope. They make you hit off crappy old range mats with balls that are cracked. The fairways are not maintained well and have tons of divots. There are tons of rocks in the bunkers. I will give them some credit. The tee boxes are nice as are the greens. Even the food is a rip off. They want $4.75 for a hotdog. It's like grade E meat. To sum this up, I wish I'd never spent $85 there and I do not recommend this course to anyone. Sorry for being so harsh but it's their own fault.

Reviewed December 03, 2007

Hands down one of the best public course in MA for the money.

Reviewed August 06, 2007

Beautiful setting -- A public course, with the 'private country club' appearances -- Attractive club house, top-level practice range & putting green, efficient [& friendly] staff in the pro-shop & on-course. Plenty of on course 'FREE water-stops'available! However, for the complete experience -- Should take the additional steps of putting tees, towels & water bottles in the carts ...!

From the 'blues', it plays more difficult than the course rating & slope indicate. Yardage-markings appear off; would benefit from addition of fairway-center markings on the blind-holes.

As it was hosting a NAPG-tournament the next 3-days, the overall conditions of the course & greens were disappointing! In short, it needs WATER! -- Rough is long, dried-out & matted-down in many spots; Fairways are dry, hard, & thin; Greens are uneven, with numerous unrepaired ball-marks! Fairway & green-side bunkers are thin on sand & full of loose stones; Cart-paths are narrow, rough-to-ride & show erosion effects in many areas.

Visually, an attractive [but not intimidating] layout ... With tree-lined fairways, elevation changes & back-drop green locations. A truly beautiful setting in the 'Fall' season!

Value-wise ... A 'best-buy' in central-Massachusetts ... At $85 on a weekend/AM [including cart, range balls] & the private-club atmosphere!

A 'far superior buy' compared to 2-other nearby, top-rated public courses:
... Cyprian Keyes (Boylston) @ $81 [including cart, but NO range balls, NO 'free' water-stops (pay by the bottle), & suffers from over-play].
... Red Tail (Devens) @ $105 [including cart].

Overall ... Would be my #1 -- If the course conditions were to be much improved!

Reviewed July 24, 2007

If you want to know about this golf course then you must read this review. I am an avid golfer and probably get out to play about 5 times a week. I work in the grounds crew for this golf course. Shaker Hills golf course is undoubtedly one of the nicest public courses in Massachusetts. I will rate the golf course on its scenery, maintenance, difficulty, staff, and overall value. Starting with the scenery, this golf course is one of the most scenic golf courses around. It has the look and feel of a private country club. It would be a rarity to not see a great blue heron, a red tailed hawk, or a fox during your round. The maintenance of the golf course is excellent. The greens are mowed every day, and overall consistent maintenance leads to a well-kept golf course. If you can’t deal with seeing sprinklers being on once and a while or putt around someone moving the practice green, you don’t appreciate the effort that goes into keeping a golf course in good condition. The difficulty of the course is obvious. The only way to break a 75 is to play here several times, and if it seems too easy from the whites, try the blues, or maybe the championship tees. Its scenery only exceeds the difficulty of this course. Next comes the staff. Shaker has had a bad reputation for its staff. The starters and the workers in the pro shop are said to be hard to deal with. The truth is that there are different people who work each day. There might be two days of the week you would have someone hard to deal with in the pro shop or as a starter. The other members (majority) of the staff are very kind, friendly, and helpful. The way to avoid this is to make a t-time, show up on time, put your bag on your cart, take some clubs if you want to hit the range or do some putting, show up to the starter’s booth 5 minutes before your t-time and tee off on your time. I haven’t had a problem with this and neither should anyone. There are two things you are never late for, death, and your t-time. If you can do that, then you wont find anything negative about this golf course. You will get your moneys worth.

Reviewed July 10, 2007

Shaker Hills is a nice track. It offers a challenge for the average golfer. I suggest that you bring a dozen if you aren’t a straight down the pipe hitter. The course was in fine shape. However, they seemed to want to water while we were playing. I figure at 8 in the morning they would not have the water turned on. I was wrong! This course is very scenic. Most of the holes offer a nice view of the country side. The blind shots are plentiful on this course. It always seemed we were driving up to take a look at were we were going. This is a big negative if you have never played the course. My friend and I were traveling with our wives staying in Boston. Please don’t make the same mistake as us thinking this course is in Boston. It is located in Harvard Township and not Harvard the campus. It took an hour to drive to from downtown Boston. The staff was not friendly. The starter yelled at a golfer for trying drive his cart down the path to the driving range. When I saw what had happened I pulled my cart forward just a bit toward the range. When I walked with my bag up to hit a few I looked back and the starter moved my cart. I just thought that was rude! He was as friendly when we started. It just left a bad taste. When we completed our round we had enough time before meeting up with our wives to play another nine. When my buddy went in to ask the clubhouse about playing another 9 they told us nobody ever plays nine holes at their course. It was $40 to replay 18 or $40 to play nine since nobody every only played 9. Seeing that it was ridiculous to pay $40 to play 9 we left. The golf shop guy looked at us like we were dumb for even asking. So, if you want a challenging course that is not in the Boston area, an hour away, this is the place. If you enjoy a friendly staff, this is not the course for you. I have to say I would not return due to the rudeness. I figure if you are going to pay $75 for golf you should get the royal treatment. They don’t have to kiss your butt but they should act like they appreciate your business.

Reviewed June 28, 2007

Best Course in Central Mass

Great layout, great challenge, great greens, great course.

Reviewed May 05, 2007

dont waste your time

these place sucks, the pro shop people are rude and i ran into the supr. of the course and he was drunk i think. He had a major problem with letting people play when they was working (which is much needed).. I would not let my worst enemy play at this place. And the price is out of control for a public course.. Save your money and go down the street to RED TAIL.

Reviewed October 01, 2006

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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 david O. 13 49 36 11/02/16
2 Jeff S. 14 81 67 07/01/13
3 Bill F. 15 85 69 06/02/18
4 Roger S. 12 81 69 06/16/07
5 Wyndsor D. 29 98 69 05/18/08
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
3 Bill F. 15 88 72 09/08/18
3 Bill F. 15 88 72 07/28/18
3 Bill F. 15 85 69 06/02/18
3 Bill F. 16 87 69 05/03/18
3 Bill F. 18 90 71 04/13/18

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About Shaker Hills Golf Club, Inc.

Shaker Hills Golf Club, Inc.

Golf Only facility

20 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

JoAnn Upham, General Manager
Andy Jordan, Golf Professional
Dan Brandt, Superintendent
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