NORTH ATTLEBORO â The mission of Chemawa Golf Course is simple.
âIf people think itâs fair, theyâll come back,â Chemawa owner Glen Burke was saying over the weekend. âA lot of older guys have said âI went somewhere and the rough was so high and thick that I was tired by the end of the round.â [At Chemawa] youâre not going to be tired, youâre going to enjoy yourself.
âMy thought is that when they come into the parking lot, they forget about their worries and enjoy themselves,â Burke added. âI think thatâs true as based on the number of car doors and trunks that open.â
The design of the golf course is such that the first and second holes along with Nos. 7-18 are bunched together. Upon completing the second hole youâll be required to cross Cushman Road, where holes 3-6 are located. Your eyes arenât playing tricks as Chemawa puts the short in short golf courses, measuring 5,285 yards from the back tees. The middle tees bring it down to 4,914 yards and plays at 4,368 from the womenâs tees.
Chemawa is either a par 68 or 69, a decision stemming from the finishing 18th hole, which can play as either a par 4 or 5. The course is perfect for startup golfers while presenting enough challenges through 18 interchangeable holes that you can drive away feeling like youâve gotten your moneyâs worth.
The front nine features one par 5 â the seventh hole, a 445-yard tester from the back tees that is the No. 5 handicap hole on the course â and one par 3, No. 9. The No. 1 handicap hole is the sixth hole, a 312-yard (from the back) challenge in that thereâs not much fairway to work with off the tee. Located to the right are woods, deemed out-of-bounds, while the left features a sloping hill that can have a direct impact on your second shot.
âThey rate the sixth hole as the toughest, but I think the seventh is much more difficult,â said Burke.
The back nine plays two or three strokes fewer than the front side, where par is 36. The final nine holes offer a little bit of everything, from four par 3s to several holes that are short enough that long hitters can take full advantage of while those lacking power off the tee still have a shot to record par.
âTheyâre the same but theyâre different,â explained Burke about the difference between the front and back nine. âThe nice thing about both sides is that you can play all your clubs. Itâs the full gamut. Itâs not one style.â
You would have to search high and low to find bare spots as Chemawa is fabulously maintained during the summer months. With the holes so tightly configured, youâll hear a lot of golfers scream âFore!â if their tee shot goes awry and lands on another holeâs fairway. Those accurate with their irons should have no trouble when taking aim at the greens, which can sometimes play slow.
The popularity of Chemawa is evident in the 30-plus leagues Burke and his staff caters to. A tip to those not in a league: plan accordingly by either calling ahead (508-399-7330) or clicking on the âschedule a tee timeâ section on the courseâs homepage, chemawagolf.com.
âPeople can come anytime on Monday and Wednesday before 3 p.m.,â said Burke. âIt doesnât matter.â
A special was recently introduced in which âfour play, but three payâ on weekends after 12 p.m.
âWeâre still a golf course that treats Friday like a weekday and not a weekend,â said Burke. âA lot of courses charge weekend rates, but we still think of Friday as a work day.â
Burke is proud of Chemawaâs October promotion, an idea geared toward drawing in business during the fall months. At Chemawa, $35 gets you 18 holes, a cart and lunch.
âOriginally we were one of the few courses to do different promotions like that,â Burke noted. âA lot of people have looked at us in seeing how we operate, which means youâre doing something right.â