|Friends Marc Hawlena and Marilyn Whelan at number seven tee box, with number six green in the background.|
|Ed Henning approaching number seven green. Regulars play this right to left.|
Here are my choices, with notes about each. They are listed in order of proximity to the Hawthorne Hotel.
Olde Salem Greens -- 9-holes, public, preferential rates for Salem residents.
Tee-times can be reserved on the day before by calling 978-744-2124. You may call for a tee-time six days in advance or fewer, but the early bird gets the best ones. Pass-holders get to call seven days in advance. This information was what I was told on May 13, 2012. However, their website says otherwise, but I think the website is carrying old news. http://www.salem.com/pages/salemma_recreation/golfcourse
Kernwood Country Club -- 18-holes, very private, but your club may have a reciprocal. Check with your home club. http://www.kernwoodcc.org/club/scripts/home/home.asp
In Beverly --
Beverly Country Club -- 18-holes, you can call five days in advance or fewer. Again, the earlier the better is the case for preferred times. Not too far from the Hawthorne Hotel; it is only about a 10 to 15 minute drive there. Call 978-922-9072 http://www.beverlygolfandtennis.com/
In Wenham -- (Both courses are a 20-minute drive from the Hawthorne Hotel, unless you're going at 5:50 am -- I can make it then in about 12 minutes.)
Lakeview Golf Course -- 9-holes, easy executive track. Fairly easy to get out on this course. Call 978 468-9584 to check availability and make reservations for a tee time if you want one. http://www.lakeviewgc.com/index.html
Wenham Country Club -- 18-holes, semi-private course with only one par 5 and a number of par threes and fours. This is a tougher course than it appears on the scorecard. You need to be accurate or you can be in big trouble. Good availability on weekdays and after Noon on weekends. 978-468-4714 You can make tee-times for the weekend on the Thursday before. Check with them about credit/debit cards. They may only accept cash so best to ask. http://www.wenhamcountryclub.com/index.html
In Peabody --
The Meadows -- 18-holes, public course, but in excellent condition and very challenging. Preference given to residents of Peabody, but if you are able to golf in the middle of the day, you will probably be able to get out. Call 978-532-9390. Reservations taken 3-days out and not sooner. http://www.peabodymeadowgolf.com/ This course is about a 12-15-minute drive from the Hawthorne Hotel.
In Middleton -- (about 25 minutes from the Hawthorne Hotel)
Middleton Golf Course -- 18-hole, all par three holes. Very well maintained and challenging. If you need to work on your short game, you will look long and hard to find a course of this caliber and availability. You can book tee-times by phone or on their website. Call ahead though to make sure they are not having some kind of event there, although most of their events are open to the public, but you need to reserve for them. Phone 978-774-4075 http://www.middletongolf.com/
In Essex -- (about 25 minutes from the Hawthorne Hotel)
Cape Ann Golf Course.
While only 9-holes, this is one of the most beautifully scenic golf courses around. One hole is nearly an island green rising up out of the salt marsh. Views out over the salt marshes along the fourth, sixth and seventh holes at Cape Ann combine with a challenging track to make a lovely round of golf. Nice clubhouse for a beer or a bite to eat after your round. Tee times may be reserved up to 7 days in advance through the Pro Shop by calling 978.768.7544 http://www.capeanngolf.com/
(If you have a non-golfer traveling with you, the town of Essex Ma. is quite compact and has a lot of antique stores to discover. Also it is home to a number of really good seafood restaurants including Woodman's and Farnham's)
In Lynnfield -- (about 25 minutes from the Hawthorne Hotel)
Sagamore Springs Golf Course -- 18-hole regulation public course. You may call 4 days out for a tee time. Call 781-592-8238 for reservations. http://www.sagamoregolf.com/spring_intro/
If you have any other questions regarding golf, or the Hawthorne Hotel, post a comment to this BLOG, and I will instantly be sent an e-mail. I'll get back to you if you include your information. Or you can call the hotel at 978-744-4080.
Hit them long and straight!