By Susan Boyd
Although Hingham is surrounded by an amazing number of golf courses both public and private [See our Golf 101], where do you go to just get in some practice before hitting the links? Where do you go with your youngster for a father/son outing? Or golf-themed birthday party? Here are the answers to these mind-boggling questions:
Fore Seasons – A year-round golf training facility and driving range with 76 driving bays [heated and covered as well as grass] enable you to stay connected with golf during the coldest New England weather. During the golf season there are two large practice greens and a short game area open for use as well as 2 par 3 holes. Instruction is available for both men and women of all abilities and they offer great afterschool programs and summer camp for kids. The instructors that we have had over the years have made the kids clinics fun and engaging.
Located at 306 Whiting Street in Hingham | 781.741.8305
South Shore Country Club – Find a full description in the Golf 101 but this public club open to all Hingham residents has a golf range that’s hassle free. Not the most glorious of ranges but its sufficient to give you a good opportunity to practice irons [no woods allowed], putting and chipping.
274 South Street, Hingham | www.southshorecc.com | 781-749-1747
Union Street Driving Range – A quiet, bucolic range open to all Hingham residents. About 230 yards long, just bring a bucket of balls and a hopper to pick them up. On a warm summer day you’ll find “the regulars”, the gentlemen that have been coming to the range for years enjoying this well groomed, gem of a range.
Union Street, Hingham [next to Union Field and the High School]
Ok, now on to some fun for the not so serious golfer.
Starland – This isn’t local, it’s a bit of a drive to Hanover, but for some miniature golf on a sunny afternoon it’s do-able. Two mini-golf courses, one 9-holes and one 18-holes. Not all that challenging, fairly straightforward [ie, no giant windmills or ominous waterfalls]. Starland also has some batting cages, go-carts, rock climbing wall and an arcade so be prepared to spend some cash, nothing is cheap here. Height restrictions apply to both the go-carts and rock wall.
645 Washington Street, Hanover | www.starland.us | 781-826-3083
Par-Tee – Indoor miniature golf, this place is mostly used as a great birthday party venue but on the occasional rainy day, snowy day or blistering hot summer day, we have slipped in to find it empty aside from the wonderful owner who welcomes you to use “the course” until the next party arrives. Nothing fancy but it’s a treat for any youngster to bounce around from hole to hole trying to master the links.
Route 3A in the CVS plaza, Cohasset | www.par-tee-golf.com | 781-383-6900
Nantasket Miniature Golf – So unglamorous that in fact you can’t really believe you paid money for this but…..to a child, nothing is better than a round of mini-golf, a ride on the carousel, a round of whack-a-mole, and an ice cream cone while the ocean laps against the Nantasket Beach wall. Open only during the summer. Every year we hold our breath as we park the car hoping it hasn’t closed it’s doors for good.