Massachusetts Golf Association. This association represents 400 clubs in the state and has information on courses that are open to the public. 300 Arnold Palmer Blvd., Norton, Massachusetts, 02766. 774/430–9100;


Boston is home to some of the best public courses in the country.

George Wright Golf Course. This hilly course is more challenging than the other Donald Ross–designed course at Franklin Park. It opens for the season starting in April each year. Tee times are necessary on weekends. 420 West St., Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, 02136. 617/364–2300; Weekends $50 ($45 for residents); weekdays $45 ($39 for residents).

William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park. Donald Ross crafted this course in early 1896. It's open year-round, weather permitting. If you want to play 9 holes instead of 18, you can do so only after 1 pm on weekends. Charges for a golf cart tend to run about $11 to $20 extra per person. The course is part of delightful Franklin Park, which also has picnic facilities and jogging courses. Festivals and other outdoor activities take place all year. 1 Circuit Dr., Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, 02121. 617/265–4084; Weekdays $40; weekends $45.