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NEW ENGLAND GOLF MONTHLY

SHAKER HILLS GOLF COURSE By Jim Hammond

It’s every golfer’s fantasy. You are walking down the 18th fairway of a championship golf course and the members of the club are watching you live on the big screen TV in the main lounge. Now live the dream at Shaker Hills Country Club in Harvard, Mass. Shaker Hills is a championship course designed by legendary architect Brian Silva. It is one of the most dramatic and picturesque courses in New England, with elevated tees and rolling fairways lined by towering pine and oak trees. The large greens provide an ample target,

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but there is a lot of break on these greens so check that days pin locations carefully if you hope to score well. Four sets of tees makes the course playable for all golfers no matter what your handicap may be. The first hole is a perfect way to start the round. At only 318 yards from the white tees, it is slight dog leg left with plenty of room on the right for your tee shot. Flip a wedge to the green and you can start the round with a par. The grass is green and plush from tee to fairways and greens, a testament to the exemplary work of the superintendent. My favorite was the 18th playing 521yards from the middle tees. From the elevated 18th tee, you need a solid drive to clear the chasm and land in the fairway. The hole twists down to a green that is only steps from the clubhouse. This is the TV fantasy hole. On the clubhouse roof a camera monitors the 18th fairway, and provides a live feed to a big screen TV over the bar. Anybody that is enjoying a meal or an adult beverage at the bar can watch your exploits on the final fairway. You can also enjoy

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