On The Tee: Country Club of New Bedford
The Country Club of New Bedford is one of the premier 18-hole golf courses in the New England area. The Donald Ross-designed golf course is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and features just over 6,400 yards of golf for a par-70.
Larry Demers is the head PGA Professional at the Country Club of New Bedford. We caught up with him to talk about the course.
"The golf course is a really great Donald Ross design. Typical of a Donald Ross design, we have very undulating greens. The course doesn't play that long really, but it plays difficult because of the undulations in the greens and they're very difficult to putt on," Demers said.
“Par is 70. We have one par 5, which is unusual. And we have three par 3s. It's a very difficult par 70. It seems like Donald Ross designs were built in sort of a limited amount of acreage, so that's the reason for one par 5 and three par 3s," Demers said.
Bunkers do come to play on the golf course and water hazards are limited to just one hole.
"Most of our bunkers surround the green, typical again of Donald Ross. There's very few greens that you can run the ball up on. The bunkers are not too severe as far as the shape of them, but they are well placed as to for your shot is into the green. As far as water, we only have water. There is a pond on the 17th green, which comes into play because it is a really long hole. It plays from the back tee about 220 yards," Demers said.
There are several holes at the Country Club of New Bedford I would consider the signature hole, but the one that stands out the most is hole No. 12.
Here’s Larry’s description of the signature hole at The Country Club of New Bedford: "The 12th hole is a downhill par 4. It plays about 380. The emphasis is the tee shot and then from there it's a downhill shot into the green. Once you get to the green, you've solved half the battle because the green is very undulating. I like it from the signature stand point because when you're standing on the tee you're looking down on the hole and par is a great score there."