I come here pretty frequently (over the summers about once every 3-4 days). This is a good municipal golf course - but it is definitely still a municipal golf course.
It's decently well kept, the greens will have ball marks and will tend to be on the slower side (watering of the greens is pretty frequent here), but your putts will roll true. I believe the greens are bent grass so you'll have to play for a little more break than if you're used to Bermuda.
The course itself has a decent layout. For the front nine, there are some holes that aren't very imaginative (1, 6, 8) but there are also some gems. Hole 2 is a cool risk/reward hole where you can either lay up or try to drive the green on a narrowing fairway. Hole 4 has a blind tee shot over a mound of grass. Big hitters can cut over the trees on the dogleg right hole 7, but it's always risky because there is a pond poking out. On the back nine, you have hole 12 which is probably the hardest on the entire course -- you won't get a good lie off your tee shot and you'll have to judge the wind going into an elevated green. Hole 17 gives you a beautiful shot over a pond onto a massive green -- but you need to be careful to land your ball below the hole or else you'll have a really fast putt coming down.
On the whole, Franklin Park is a great value. You're not paying for a country club, and you get what you pay for. You have to be careful about coming out on Fridays and weekends, though, as play will usually take a mind-numbing 5-6 hours.
Franklin Park is great but if Dave P thinks its the hardest municipal course in boston he must not have played George wright yet. The Wright is not only a superior layout but far more challenging as well. If you spray drives at Franklin you can still salvage a round, not at GW. Both are gems and way underpriced.
This course is okay, if you can play with distractions... First, I was startled by the sound of some elephants due to the proximity of this course to the Franklin Park Zoo.. whatever. Then I realized they were mating--Still not that distracting.. Then, on the sixth hole I started to hear some very loud reggaeton music in the distance. Continuing, I realized there was a quincenera or something going on by the 7th green-- and i mean the music was BLARING.. literally 50 feet from a golf course. So the last 3 holes were pretty much unplayable. And of course the smug kids working at the pro shop wouldnt give us a refund because we didnt call them during our round to complain, and that by playing through we forfeited our right to a rain-check. The only condolence they offered was saying that the area is a public park so we can just put up with it. I genuinely did not know that a course could exist under such "ratchet" conditions.
for a public course this place is decent. the fairways and greens were in good shape and the pace of play was actually very good. i went on the 4th of july and it seemed packed but we only waited on the first couple of holes then it opened up. for $40 as a normal green fee and a public course that attracts hack golfers this place was certainly worth it. this was my first time out though, so i could have just been lucky.
Honestly, I was very impressed with this course. I have played 60+ rounds in the Boston area and finally played the William Devine course this week on an early morning weekday. I was very impressed with the conditions of the greens and the varied layout. The 'heather' or whatever tall grass off to the sides of the rough meant it was easy to lose balls in plain sight, and a few holes require local knowledge (90 degree turns that you don't know of) but for the weekday rate of $35 this was a great value. I will be going back.