Overall good course, be careful of balls flying everywhere in a few spots, maintained fairly well for a course that is run by Norfolk County especially when compared to adjacent park area that is also 'maintained" by Norfolk County, better views of Boston and area than Granite Links, course has a few very short fun holes but also some holes that are tougher than they look and will challenge you, good course to do after 4p/5p but for some reason no golf carts available in late afternoon/evening and as previous reviews said ranger starts taking the flags out early.
I like the course its close and always In decent condition but the people in the pro shop are pricks very rude . 65 dollars to play in MARCH rip off
Good, tough course. If you're living in or very near Boston and want a course nearby, this is one of the better ones. While I don't completely agree with those who gave it such low reviews, I can see what they're talking about when they mention the chaos. Tee boxes very close to one another and holes are short and narrow (2nd hole is 115 yard par 3). Tee boxes on several holes criss-cross, so balls may be going everywhere at peak times. Nice greens and very challenging, though.
This is a pretty good municipal. As of August, 2011 the course is in excellent shape and the greens are really nice. Also got a nice weekday special online, which gave me a $28 greens fee. On the basis of all the above items, this is easily a 3 star course, maybe a 3.5 star course.
My criticisms would be in the layout, the front 9 especially is not terribly exciting and it has a lot of blind shots. It also does seem to be a bit dangerous as not much separates you from the other fairways, balls tend to fly all over the place, the holes are pretty close together. A course map would be nice, it isn't easy to find the next tee box in a lot of spots if you don't know where you are going. Also, there is no drinkable water on the course and the day I played I didn't see one person in a cart selling any either.
The back 9 is a little longer and has some more interesting holes. The 15th especially, a long par 5 with a lot of water, is one that you need to have some local knowledge on. I wasn't sure how to play the hole and failed miserably.
I'll play Presidents again, it's convenient to Boston and in good shape at the right price, all things considered it's worth going back.
Don't listen to the previous negative posters here. I've played Prez (colloquial) around 50-75 times. Here's the rundown: Did the Fazio's do everything that they could do to maximize the available space here? Obviously yes. Is this a fairly cheap course incredibly close to Boston with reasonable access on most days? Yes. Are the conditions well kept and consistently maintained? Yes. Are there quirks abound like the Old Man River ranger pulling the pins as soon as the sun starts setting every day?Frustratingly yes. Are the holes somewhat contrived? Well yeah what do you expect in a 5745 yard long joint?!?! Prez is a course that is really nothing special, but will offer tests that encompass every challenging aspect at every course that you will ever play: wind, downhill/uphill shots, blind shots, short shots, risk/reward, full bag play, cerebral play, and whatever else. Sure it's not for everyone, but tricked up or unfair it is not. Just a good little track with some fun holes to pass the day away. I'll keep playing...