We’ve profiled some of the top golf and tennis clubs on the North Shore. Here’s, where to get your swing on. By Nancy Edwards
The breathtaking views from some of the North Shore’s top golf and tennis clubs alone will make you want to join. Add to that wonderful facilities, dining venues and membership amenities, and you’ll soon see why these clubs are some of New England’s top picks. We’ve also included information on where to get the right apparel for your game and information on driving range and practice centers. So dust of your clubs and racquet and join the game.
Set along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean on beautiful Cape Ann, Bass Rocks Golf and Tennis Club offers amazing ocean views from every hole. This top-conditioned course provides an enjoyable, yet challenging experience for all levels of golfers. The low initiation fees and dues structure allows the serious or casual golfer a great value including maximum course accessibility, no tee times, seasonal food and beverage options and great customer service. One of the major assets of the club is its diversity of the membership which provides you with the camaraderie and social atmosphere you would want from a private golf club. If you’re interested in tournament competition or a social round of golf, Bass Rocks is the place to be. For more information go to www.bassrocksgolfclub.org or call (978) 283-1866.
“You don’t have to travel too far to enjoy paradise, it is right here on beautiful Cape Ann at Bass Rocks Golf and Tennis Club. Here you will find a great value and everything you need in a private club.” – Peter Hood, General Manager/Director of Golf
What once was just a fabulous golf course has evolved into a facility complete with all the club amenities and more. Renaissance’s award winning Brian Silva Signature golf course now has a stunning new 30,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring a restaurant, a bar and lounge, a private dining room for functions and business meetings and a grand ballroom accommodating 230 guests. In addition to the new clubhouse, this season Renaissance will be opening a Golf Academy and a new resort-style pool and tennis facility complete with a children’s playground and splash pads. For more information go to www.renaissancema.com or call (978) 556-0900.
“Renaissance is a unique club in that our Members have all the benefits they could want at their club, plus they have privileges at other great Southworth properties in Virginia, Scotland, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.” –Mike McGillicuddy, General Manager
Kernwood Country Club is a private member-owned club located on Boston’s North Shore in historic Salem. Their signature Donald Ross classically-designed 18-hole championship golf course is the centerpiece of the property. The course is surrounded by the scenic Danvers River, which ebbs and flows into the Atlantic Ocean, and makes playing both challenging and captivating. In addition to the golf course, there’s a state-of-the-art clubhouse with a variety of dining options; fully-stocked pro shop; swimming pool; tennis courts; and fitness facility. This family-oriented club boasts a great location and is inviting new members. Established in 1914, Kernwood remains one of the most beautiful and endeared clubs in the Northeast. For more information go to www.kernwoodcc.org or call (978)745-1210.
“Kernwood Country Club offers an inviting atmosphere for everyone. Membership is engaging and welcoming.” –Wendy LaBonte, Board Member
Finding the right golf and tennis apparel is key, and what makes Swing with Style unique is the fact that the store caters only to women golfers and tennis players. The owner, Martha Hutchins, is an avid golfer and when she is not out on the course, you can find her in the store working with customers to help them decide what look is best for them. The store focuses on carrying golf and tennis apparel lines that are fashion forward and stylish, yet functional. They also carry unique gifts, accessories and the latest in golf shoes. Since sizing can be very different from line to line, the store offers a large range from sizes 0 to 18. They also offer the latest in performance-enhancing fabrications. For more information visit www.swingwithstyle.com or call (978) 777-3134.
“Because we pride ourselves in selecting one-of-a-kind pieces, you don’t have to worry about someone else wearing the same outfits for your golf and tennis games.” –Martha Hutchins, Owner
The Boston Lobsters are the only professional tennis venue in the North Shore and the only pro co-ed team venue in New England. They are the New England franchise of World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro Tennis League. By working closely with the community, they created a family-fun intimate venue, hosting world-class tennis in a very entertaining format. It was founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, and it’s been an innovator in the sports world and also a platform of diversity. Since the League’s debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played World TeamTennis. For more information visit www.BostonLobsters.net or call (508) 435-2023.
“The Boston Lobsters are proud to be a part of the North Shore community and bring the diversified World TeamTennis (WTT) format and world class athletes to your backyard.” –Darlene Hayes, Director of Development
Sun ‘N Air Golf Center is one of the North Shore’s premier golf-driving ranges and learning centers. The practice areas and club-fitting capabilities make this center stand out. Golfers can practice their game and replicate any shot found on a regulation golf course. Their golf facility includes 30 artificial tees, each with laser measured markings to targets. The public is also welcome to try their three-hole loop, a practice golf course which can function as a warm-up to a regulation round of golf. In addition to the driving range and three-hole golf course, practice areas at Sun ‘N Air include a grass tee, pitching and chipping areas, and a multi-hole putting green. For more information call (978) 774-8180 or visit www.sunairgolf.com.
“Golfers can find everything they are looking for at Sun ‘N Air. An unmatched practice facility and impeccable service help give our customers a unique golfing experience.” –Thomas Jones, Marketing Director
Ferncroft Country Club is a full-service, family-oriented club that is known not only for its Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed championship golf course which hosted the LPGA Boston Five Classic for ten years, but also for the club’s great amenities. There are many social and children’s activities including tennis courts, a swimming pool, fitness center and of course the outstanding food served at the club. The one-of-a-kind academy membership demystifies golf for adult beginners, and the club has an excellent practice facility. Ferncroft also boasts the area’s only private short course – an opportunity to play all year weather permitting. Set on an idyllic 287 acres, the facility is ideal for weddings and special events, and they welcome both corporate members and families. For more information visit www.Ferncroftcc.com or call (978) 739-4040.
“The facilities are great, the staff outstanding and the location unparalleled, but what really attracts people to Ferncroft CC are the down-to-earth, sophisticated, vibrant members who welcome newcomers like old friends.” –Toby Ahern, General Manager
A world-class golf resort and wedding destination located in Ipswich, Turner Hill is seeped in history. The ambience is old-English style meets historic New England charm, and the century-old grounds boast a new, highly acclaimed Hurdzan/Fry golf course. Spanning 7,021 yards, this award-winning, par 72, 18-hole championship golf course showcases the area’s breathtaking, natural surroundings offering a balance of dramatic and challenging play. Featuring a practice facility, spectacular vista and elevation changes, wide fairways, generous green complexes and sparkling white bunkers throughout the century-old landscape, the facility is sure to impress with its playability and beauty. For more information go to www.turnerhill.com or call (978) 356-7070.
“Very rarely does one have the opportunity to join a club that is as rich in history as it is in offering unmatched life experiences. Turner Hill provides an array of opportunities for those looking to spend time with family, socialize with friends, celebrate special occasions, and meet fellow members.” –Bob Talbot, President
Andover Country Club is the wonderful facility for weddings, corporate meetings, golf outings and social gatherings. Membership at this unique private club offers challenging experiences on an 18-hole Donald Ross designed course. Mungeam Cornish Golf Design in conjunction with Wayne Lacroix, golf superintendent, began renovating and restoring bunkers in 2011. Additionally, the club offers a variety of amenities for families. The swimming pool is full-size, zero-depth “beach entrance” ideal for children. The pool also features a separate area for adult use. The children’s water park and play area features water pads with jets, a water mushroom, rain tunnel and lawn play. There are two tennis courts and a sport court for basketball. For more information go to www.andovercountryclub.com or call (978) 828-8825.
“Andover Country Club has been home to me for over 30 years. My commitment to the traditions of the game and the evolution of this club remain my highest priority. I look forward to making 2012 another memorable year for our membership.” –Michael Menery, Head PGA Golf Professional
Cedardale Health and Fitness provides one of the largest membership-based playing programs on the North Shore. If you are interested in playing in a singles/doubles league, round robin or on a team, Cedardale is the club for you. Cedardale’s experienced pro staff will improve your game through private lessons or in their large adult and junior instructional program. Cedardale, which is one of the largest multipurpose health facilities in New England, has 10 hard tennis courts, 4 clay courts, a full-scale fitness program, 3 basketball courts, racquetball and pickleball courts, an aquatic center and much more. Summer memberships are available. For more information go to www.cedardale.net or call (978) 373-1596.
“Whether you are advanced, intermediate or a beginner tennis player; whether you are the casual player or the tennis enthusiast, Cedardale has the program for you. We have the biggest and most-well rounded tennis program in the North Shore.” –Adam Molda, Director of Tennis
Manchester Athletic Club (MAC) has been serving the North Shore for almost 40 years. This 122,000 square-foot multi-sport and fitness club offers programs for the entire family. Boasting 11 year-round tennis courts and an additional 9 seasonal tennis courts scaled for the 10-and-under tennis program, MAC Tennis is a great place for recreational to competitive tennis players and has been named one of only 19 USTA Certified Regional Training Centers in the country. Members can also enjoy swimming, fitness, personal training, pilates, group fitness classes, Zumba, spa services, Gymazing Child Care, summer camps and more. With a highly-qualified staff and beautiful facility in scenic Manchester-by-the-Sea, MAC creates a special place to pursue your health, fitness and recreation goals. For information, visit www.ManchesterAthleticClub.com, or call (978) 526-8900.
“What has set our program apart in New England and even nationwide is the level of talent with our coaching staff which has, in many cases, been together over 10 years.” – Todd Carpenter, Director of Tennis
Located in the heart of the Merrimack Valley and dating back to 1925, Haverhill Country Club’s tree-lined fairways and sloping greens will challenge both the casual and competitive golfer. The course was designed by renowned architect, Wayne Stiles. A driving range and two practice greens allow players to sharpen their skills. Additionally, the club’s pool and recreational areas are perfect for families. The Olympic-size pool appeals to all ages, while the wading pool is perfect for children five and younger. There are a variety of activities to be enjoyed, including: tennis, wiffle ball, basketball, volleyball and more. The Tudor Clubhouse perched atop Bricket Hill offers panoramic views of our championship golf course and is the perfect place for weddings and functions. For more information go to www.haverhillcc.com or call (978) 373-1146.
“Haverhill Country Club is the hidden jewel of the Merrimack Valley and is a great place for families and individuals alike. With no initiation fee and flexible payment options, there’s no reason not to see what you
are missing.” –Shae N. Baddour, General Manager