Shining Rock Golf Club

91 Clubhouse Lane
Northbridge, MA 01534
(508) 234-0400
Pricing: $51 - $75
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Current Member Rating

Rating: 2.9

Pace of Play

2

Greens

3

Service

1

Value

3

Design/Layout

4

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Shining Rock is a relatively new course to the Boston area, it's west of Boston in Northridge, west of I-495, south of the Mass Pike.

It was designed by Patrick Sullivan, and from the back tees is 6,735 yards, 74.1/139 ratings, and can play as short at 5,000 from the front tees. The front 9 has more character to it on hilly terrain, while the backside is more wide open.‎ Routed through hilly and forested land, with some houses lining the course in the Blackstone Valley, with good elevation change and some very interesting holes.



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Posted by: JayM

May 29th, 2013

I always liked Shinning Rock - I think it is a good course with great greens. However, we show up for our tee time on memorial day with our spouses (who wanted to drive in a cart and spend the day with us) and the pro couldn't handle it. He said our only choice was to have them sit on the patio while we played and they couldn't come along for the round. This is rediculous - we were going to pay for the extra cart and all they were going to do is watch us play. He insisted that this could not happen and that we had a choice to leave or play without our spouses. Of course we left and quite frankly I won't ever be back there. In no way would this have slowed play at all. We went to Blissfull Meadows and there were no issues at all - they welcomed us and we had a great time. We also had dinner there and had a wonderful full day - they were a great host. Shinning Rock needs to losen up and get with it. The rock has alot to learn if they want to be a good club - this isn't Augusta National by any means!

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Posted by: JayM

Mar 8th, 2012

First and foremost, it is a terrific course and a very welcome and unique addition to the Central Mass. golf landscape. Second, it is hard. I had a bad bad day, so much of the fault lies with me, but this course chewed me up and spit me out (it actually drew my blood, but only because I am sometimes an idiot). The course is entirely along and around a hillside. As a result, there are major elevation changes throughout the course. I was not properly prepared for this and the course responded as one would expect. However, my playing partners proved more adept at navigating this terrain and they scored close to their usual ranges. So this is mostly a warning to bring some intelligence along with your swing. Due in part to the topography, the layout for this course takes some very odd and surprising turns. Very little of this is a negative; I just found it continually unsettling. Of course my game didn't help matters. In particular, the par 3 #5 into the old quarryis extremely cool. We played midweek so there were zero problems with pace of play. There are rumblings elsewhere that the weekends back up pretty badly. I can't comment on that one way or the other, but certainly I hope it gets sorted out. Its a beautiful course and a must play for anyone in the area. But beware its teeth!

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Posted by: Golf472

Jul 7th, 2011

It had some nice elements, but was a brutal walk with two switchbacks. pluses were a great two-shot Redan and a Punchbowl. Minuses were the routing (too many short par-4s, and long par 3-s - shortest was 190), and the penal nature of the property. It's a good price too..$30-70 depending on tee time and season, but it is cheap...especially for Boston area.

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Posted by: RobZienert

Jun 10th, 2011

It's not a leisurely walk in the park. In fact, carts are required until 4 p.m. because of the long walks between some greens and tees. Our foursome found it fun, but a challenge to play the 6,462-yard blue tees. Most of the fairways are generous, but if you somehow miss them you may not find your ball. That's probably the way it should be. Shining Rock's strength is its big, undulated quick greens that break toward the Blackstone Valley. It's one of the few courses with T-1 bentgrass with high heat and drought tolerance. We played the 6,462-yard tees because the 6,803-yard gold tees were too long for us and we thought the 5,888-yard white tees would be too short. Only four sets of tees are listed on the scorecard, but some holes have other tees and they're used as well. The signature fourth hole has eight sets of tees ranging from 114 to 343 yards. From the forward tees, it's a par 3. From the other tees, it's a par 4. Except from the forward tee, you must carry a gorge and a rock formation to reach the fairway. The day we played the blues, the carry was 195 yards. That seemed doable, but the rock formation proved to be too intimidating. No one in our foursome reached the fairway. Many golfers mistakenly believe Shining Rock is named after the rock formation on the fourth hole. The course actually got its name from the rock formation to the far right of the 16th green. That rock formation can be seen from the Upton State Forest below, but not from the golf course. We walked along a path in the woods to catch a glimpse of the top of it. Up next after the intimidating fourth hole is the long par-3 fifth. It played 227 yards from the blues for us. The hole is so long that a sign on the tee asks golfers who have walked up to the green to signal the next group to hit their tee shots. After such challenging back-to-back holes, the 300-yard, dogleg-right par-4 sixth provides a much better birdie opportunity. The 305-yard, par-4 seventh and the 518-yard, par-5 18th both require blind tee shots. On seven, you don't need driver and you should stay to the left to avoid a bunker, which can't be seen from the tee. On 18, you can't see the landing area, but it's generous. Fun and interesting course overall, trailer for the clubhouse at the moment, so plan on eating somewhere else after the round.

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Posted by: baseballguy350

Nov 19th, 2010

Also, I have the Callaway UPro (GPS system), and Shining Rock was on there. My playing partner has a SkyCaddie, and also found the course. Our yardages were both spot on, and matched that of sprinkler heads, which are marked.

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Posted by: baseballguy350

Nov 19th, 2010

Played SRGC many times this year. What do people expect from a club that opened in April 2010?! The course itself was in fantastic shape. Greens are immaculate. This is not a course for the faint of heart if you choose to play the wrong tee box. With regards to the staff, everyone from the kids outside, to the beergirl, to the pro staff inside was great. There is now water on the course (2 coolers on each side), after I complained about that the first time I played. Beer is cheap ($4), and next year, the staff was showing the plan for the clubhouse which will be opening. I played a 5 hour round on a Saturday, but the pace was not slow. This is just a challenging course that you need to play from the right tees. Looking forward to 2011, to see how much the course, and the amenities progress with another year of maturation.

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Posted by: golferguy72

Sep 25th, 2010

f you are a longer hitter do not go here. Its spot golf and you can do better at cyprian keyes if thats your thing.The course has little to no markers,and the kick in the pants is it wasnt on my GPS eithier.Its slow.Giimmickyholeslike a par 4 260 yd. Really its all about shot placement .So put away your driver unless you want to hunt for your ball in the many no see tee offs. To make up for the short holes they made the greens very rolly with multiple tiers which without proper yardage markers its hard to get the right club to get it on the green where you want it . It was in very nice shape to its credit,but being in the middle of nowhere and no real clubhouse dont expect to eat and talk about it over a beer after with in a 15 min drive

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Posted by: markbest

Sep 10th, 2010

Played Shining Rock yesterday. The course was in good condition and the greens were in good shape with a true roll and they held well, they had big undulations and were fast, almost unfairly fast with some of the pin locations and the amount of slope on the greens. I had trouble adjusting to the greens, I had a few putts above the hole about 12 feet that I barely nudged and thought they the were good putts until they rolled past the hole 20 feet. To me that is gimicky and probably explained why the round was slow as people were spending most of thier time on the greens. We played the black tees which are 1 in from the back but on almost every hole they were placed on top of the championship tees. This course has alot of blind tee shots and approach shots so it is tough the first time you play it. The staff in the pro shop was good. One hole to make note of is the 18th. The scorecard says it is a 390 but they have another set of tees some 80 yards back and down hill so you are hitting up over the original tee box into a blind fairway. I did not like this hole played this was, I hit a drive I though was good but was into the wind, I got to my ball and found it to be about 260 yards to the back pin location on a par 4, that is rediculous. Overall the course is nice but was set up too hard for weekend golfers yesterday, i will go back and expect to score better since I know what to expect.

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Posted by: mjakobsen001

Aug 29th, 2010

Golfers beware, I went to play this course on a nice Sunday afternoon and when I arrived I was told that tee times were backed up 40 minutes and that the pace of play was 5 hours. Given the time of day, I could not get 18 in at this course of play anywhere else effectively ruining a day of golf. If you are considering playing this course, think carefully given that the management clearly can't manage their tee times.

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Posted by: dougc

Jul 14th, 2010

Wonderful greens. pace of play was fine. A little narrow on the front 9. Only a few grip and rip holes. You need to play the course more than once to get a feel for it. I disliked it the first time but look forward to the challenge. It has helped my game overall by playing here. They do have a cart and beer but little else for amenities. Also, no water on the course (big no -no). But overall it is a great value , challenging and the greens are the envy of the blackstone valley.

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