This is definitely the front runner of the Sterling courses that I have played since moving here. The course is very short but provides some challenges at times. There is a lot of undulation on many of the holes, almost to much at times. There are a couple holes that you can pipe a drive down the middle of the fairway and end up in the left or right rough due to elevation change.
The course is always in great shape, very green grass, fairways, greens, and seems to be well kept. No practice facilities to warm up so come ready to play! The course has plenty of character and is priced fairly. The cart fees are too much though and should be included in the price ($50+ weekend 18 with cart per person).
The staff is great for the most part; the service staff (food and bev) can have some better days but overall good people. The fact that the beers are served in cups from the clubhouse is interesting but from what I understand, that is a Newton issue rather than a course rule. They have a handful of cigar offerings on site and are reasonably priced as well.
Overall, Newton Commonwealth is a decent par-70 course just outside of Boston that presents challenges to both a new golfer and an experienced player. You can play the course for a very reasonable price (even on weekends), and the fairways and greens are kept in good condition. It is definitely a course where the approach shots and the short game are important.
My chief complaint about the course is that there is no putting green and no driving range to warm up (and no area to even take some practice swings). In addition, there are several par 3s that are very short.
Certainly not the best course in the area, but definitely worth a look if you're trying to save some money.
Always been a fan of this urban course. The grounds crew do a decent job and the Pro shop staff are great! The course itself is very challenging and the prices reflect that. It is very hilly and you may want to get a cart to save your legs for the back 9 holes especially!
This is a great inexpensive public course outside of Boston. For such a low cost course it is very well kept. The grass is always very green, they always have people working on the greens, and there aren't any bare patches or lots of divots in the fairway.
The course itself is not particularly long (par 70) but it does well with a lot of elevation changes in tight quarters. Some of the holes are overlooking the top of newton hitting greens way down some tall hills. The greens a little on the fast side and fairways are tight so it will really help your game.
Also, every time i have gone the staff has always been friendly and are always willing to answer questions.
I've always had an awesome experience at Newton Commonwealth. One of the toughest things about golf is the intimidation factor. You can feel belittled if you aren't an expert, not here.
Albie and Mike have always made me and any guests I bring very comfortable regardless of our skill level. They take the pressure and intimidation factor away completely.
Not to mention it's proximity to the city. Course is always in great shape, and everyone from the clubhouse guy to the groundskeepers are super friendly.