Blackstone National is one of the nicest tracks in my immediate area. The attendant in the Pro shop, was very helpful in finding the most economic value for our foursome. Blackstone offers a Blackstone card for $199. Which entitles you to 14 buy 1 get 1 rounds for the year plus many other perks. Two of us in our foursome possessed the card, so the green fees were cut in half. Was a super savings, and value. Playing from the blue tees, with a rating of 73.5 and a challenging 134 slope. the course is demanding. Fairways are paramount. Some holes require a grip and rip driver, others leave that choice entirely up to you. I choice the driver on most occasions, won a few and lost a few. Fairways are a must. The New England wooded landscape sneaks up on you in a hurry. Fairways are gently sloped left to right, right to left, some uphill others down. The second shot seems to me to be the most important. The greens are large, but majority of the greens are like 3 or 4 greens in one. Depending on pin placement, the greens in regulation stat is somewhat tainted. You may hit the green, but leave yourself with a 40 foot double breaker, starting uphill then bend left or right, and slide downhill in a hurry. The greens were as good as can be expected for early April after a New England winter. They were cut, rolled and the lines held true. They were somewhat speedy, but I suspect by July they will be lightning. Greens, Fairways and the course in general was in top shape. The ride from greens to tee boxes, take you through of the areas most scenic natural displays. Wildlife in the woods and wetlands abound. Once the wildflowers, fauna and leaves have all popped, I'm sure the scenery only improves. That being said, I am also sure the fairways tighten up even ,ore once the oaks and maples have all leafed out. If the reader is in the Sutton Massachusetts area, just south of Worcester, I highly recommend a round at Blackstone. I am certain you won't be disappointed.
Date Played: April 18, 2017 | Cost: $70.00