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“It does take balls to play here”

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Widow's Walk Golf Course
Ranked #5 of 13 things to do in Scituate
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Scituate, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“It does take balls to play here”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

But don't let that stop you.

After hearing about how nasty this course is I hesitated trying it until last week. What a great spot! Sure, if you miss the fairway in many places there's a good chance you'll lose your ball. But if you have a large collection of used/found balls and want to just enjoy a round of golf, Widow's Walk has some wonderful views, creative layouts, and some of the most professional-like greens I've played in a non-elite course.

The staff was helpful and friendly and we were un-rushed for our round. It was mid-week and mid-day and not very busy, which helped I'm sure. But the layout makes each hole kind of private so anyone waiting on the tee box doesn't appear to be breathing down your neck.

Some of the challenges are actually a little scary but fun. Like the 8th hole, where it looks like you have to carry your drive over the Atlantic. But the distance is deceptive and the elevated tee will have you feeling like Rory when your ball lands safely on the other side. Sometimes...

Play this course and judge it for yourself. If you're a golfer with a low handicap who likes a challenge, you'll find it here. If you're a golfer who'll never shoot under par but enjoys making at least one great shot on each hole (and won't mind losing a ball or two) you'll enjoy it as well.

It's a long and hilly course, though, and if you're not used to walking you might want to consider using a cart. Good luck!

Visited August 2014
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English first
Bartlett, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
368 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Yes, Do Bring a lot of Balls”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Widow's walk has matured since it first opened, but it still is "target golf". For the good golfer, i.e., someone who shoots in the 80's or below, it's a challenging and entertaining course. For the duffer, it can be a painful experience. Fairways can be narrow, tight on either side of the fairway, and not at all forgiving. There are a number of long carries over "natural areas", which are inaccessable for ball retrieval. The rough is really rough, which is the reason one needs to bring a lot of balls.The far forward tees have a definite advantage over the back tees, so if your wife is a good golfer, and you're not, don't make any bets. The course does have beautiful elevated views of the salt marsh, the ocean, and the river. Photographers would love it. The staff is great. Lastly, they need to get a golf dog to continually patrol the course and chase away the geese.

Visited July 2014
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Scituate, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“bring lots of balls”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Widow's Walk is a tough course, narrow, short in lots of places. A shot maker would like the challenge of Widow's, people who like golf balls don't. Course is usually in decent condition, and its public, which is hard to do. Its hard to get to, so maybe thats why its in good shape. Lots of marsh, ponds and impenetrable woods loaded with poison ivy. Built on the sands dunes that filled the back bay of Boston, has some nice scenic views.

Visited May 2014
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
249 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Stray & You Need a Native American Guide to find your Ball”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Upfront the course is to penal for the average golfer. Stray & you stay in the bushes, grass or whatever the stuff is. Sides of fairways show lack of attention, so balls can end up anywhere. As accomplished golfers, admittedly playing on a windy cool day not conducive to good scores, we found the traps, tees and as stated, off the side of fairways to be in fair to poor condition. Fairways & greens were fine. Having played the course about 7 years ago, the condition is not as good as it was then.
If your tee ball leaves something to be desired or is not yet consistently established, then bypass this course till it is. A few goofy holes, obviously planned because of limited land use. Staff was, desk & starter, gracious and extremely pleasant. They must not play the course.
All that said, for the value, an internet special, it was worth the experience.

Visited May 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Level 6 Contributor
369 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Great fun on a challenging course”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Got to play here on Monday, and the course was actually quite crowded. We drove a cart, which was a good call, given the hills on some holes.

Accuracy is at a premium, and I think it's therefore a challenging course. I always heard it was a shot-makers course, and that is an accurate statement. Most holes have multiple challenges, bunkers, water, rough, tight fairways, elevated T boxes.

But the course is a ton of fun to play and I can't wait to try again on a future trip to Scituate.

Love the back nine.

Visited April 2014
Thank Donald M
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