Getting To Know: Granite Links Golf Club
An Insightful Interview With Stephen Clancy, PGA Head Professional
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Stephen Clancy who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
As the name indicates, this is a links style course, situated atop what were once actively mined quarries. Remnants of the quarries will be revealed on the course in the form of granite outcroppings and some rather impressive water hazards - some of which run 40 to 400 feet deep!
Links style courses originated in Scotland, where the game of golf was invented. They were typically built close to the ocean and are known to be sparse of tree and rich in wind. They also characteristically have challenging bunkers and fescue grasses that can swallow a man whole! At Granite Links, you'll find all of these features, but with our own modern day lush interpretation.
Granite Links Golf Club is one of the premier golf courses in Greater Boston. Golf Digest named it a "Top Ten Best New Upscale Golf Course in the US" upon its opening in 2003. Not long after that, the club was named with such national notables as Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgrass, Bethpage and Kiawah Island to the 2010 Golf Digest list of the "100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America!"
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
The golf course has a great variety of holes. The course is always in great condition. Players will be sure to enjoy their experience at Granite Links.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Golf Digest - Greatest 100 in America - 2009/2010
NGCOA - New England Course of the Year - 2010
GOLF Magazine - Top Ten in Massachusetts
Golf Digest - Top Fifty Best 19th Holes in America
Golf Digest - Top Ten Best New Upscale Golf Courses in the Country - 2004
GolfWeek's Best Courses You Can Play - Top 10 in Massachusetts
Golfing Magazine - Great Place for a Round After a Round
New England Golf Monthly - Tops of the Region Boston Magazine - Best of Boston
GolfWeek - Top Ten in State
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Milton #5 - Par 4
Tees: Black 387, Blue 364, White 341 and Red 324
Wonderful par 4 that plays toward the Boston skyline. The city is a great backdrop for the hole.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It? Milton #3 - Par 4
Tees: Black 457, Blue 411, White 380 and Red 365
Great par 4 that starts with an uphill tee shot. The hole is a great challenge for all playing levels. Players are faced with a long approach shot over a pond that sits on the right side of the hole. The hole offers a bail out to the left.
Players should utilize the left side of the hole, especially if their is any wind.
Back Tee Stats
Granite Links Golf Club
100 Quarry Hills Drive
Quincy, MA, 02169
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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