To answer the age old golf question of the best 19th hole locations I decided to go to the people. I asked the golfers who live and play golf in the northeast. They were all asked two questions. What characteristics make a great 19th hole? What is your favorite 19th hole and why? For me the 2C’s are fundamental – Camaraderie & Cocktails. I have found over the years that camaraderie can occur before, during and after the cocktails and you may not even have known the person prior to going into the clubhouse. You just bonded, if even just for an hour, after a round of golf. Perhaps you were visiting a course or it is your home course. The beauty of the 19th hole is connecting with people and sharing stories with the common glue being our love of golf.
Tim B, MA
“The Bar and Restaurant at Granite Links at Quarry Hills in Quincy, MA is one of the most spectacular spots in New England to enjoy lunch, dinner or just a few cocktails. The view of Boston Harbor and the city skyline may be the best in region. The staff is what makes the place even better as they make you feel at home and know how to make a great drink” Named #7 in “The 19 Best 19th Holes in Golf in the U.S” By SI Golf. Granite Links Golf Club sits just outside of Boston in Quincy MA. The facility is 27 holes of great golf with views of Dear Island, Boston Harbor and the skyline of Beantown home of the World Champion Boston Red Sox.
Peter R, Rhode Island
“On The Rocks at the Fox Hopyard in East Haddam, CT may be one of the most relaxing 19th holes anywhere in New England. The majestic clubhouse with a large wrap around covered porch overlooking the courses finishing holes and allows you to reflect on your finish while watching others battle par 5- 550 yard 18th hole guarded by water to the right.” A great bar, excellent staff and great appetizers to boot.” Fox Hopyard Golf Club completes the Triple Crown for Bill Sandri, the proprietor of Crumpin- Fox Club in Bernardston, Massachusetts and Fox Hollow Golf Club in the Tampa, Florida area, both award winning golf courses. Built by the Roger Rulewich Group, which includes former design and construction staff of Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Paul G, PA
“The bar has to have some character and the bartender or wait staff has to have personality. I like it when the facility has something special but really the attitude of the staff makes it. Drinks are drinks and you can buy booze anywhere. My favorite is the Tap room at Skytop because it has an old world feel to it, very cozy with character and great staff.” Skytop in the Poconos is on 5,500 acres of natural wonder. This setting is right out of a storybook and steeped in old-world charm that extends beyond the Lodge to the Tap room. The views from the Lakeview Restaurant are stunning as well you have a view from the Fairview Bar which overlooks the first hole of Skytop’s 6,656 yards golf course..
David K, NY
“I don’t play much golf but I really liked the bar at Dellwood when I went.” Paramount Country Club (formerly Dellwood Country Club) Nestled in the heart of Rockland County, Paramount Country Club is a private club that boasts a world famous A. W. Tillinghast designed 18-hole Par 70 championship golf course.
Mike C, FL
“It is all about the atmosphere in a great grill room. I like a place where I can chill out, have a drink and be with friends – a place like Cheers where everybody knows your name.” Hampshire Country Club is a private club in Mamaroneck, NY with a great golf course. Water comes into play on seven holes, most notably on their signature finishing hole, a 367-yard, par 4, whose green is protected on the right by a two-tiered pond and waterfall. (www.hampshireclub.com)
Diane C, NY
“I like going to a bar after playing golf where everyone is celebrating after the round and just throw back a few cocktails with friends and family. My favorite grill room and course is where I grew up the Binghamton Country Club.” The golf course at The Binghamton Country Club is truly a hidden gem. Designed and built by the famed A.W. Tillinghast beginning in 1921, the course takes the player on a tour of the beautiful hillside north of the Susquehanna River in Endwell, NY. Tillinghast also designed other well-known courses such as Winged Foot, Baltustrol, San Francisco Golf Club, and Bethpage Black. (www.binghamtoncountryclub.com)
Leo G, MA
“I like a 19th hole that is like a sports bar with TV’s so I can catch up on all the Boston sports after a round it also has to have a great burger and good beer. My favorite for this is the Marlborough Country Club.” Marlborough Country Club is a private golf course that accommodates public play on Mondays and Tuesdays. The back nine was designed and built by Wayne E. Styles in 1922. In 1970, the course was expanded with another nine holes, now the front nine, by Geoffrey Cornish. The course is a par 71 men 72 women. (www.marlboroughcc.com)