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Editors’ Choice

Salem Country Club 


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Established in 1895 and moved to Peabody in 1925, the Salem Country Club golf course is renowned for its immaculate condition and Donald Ross design. The course has hosted five national championships. The par-72 18-hole layout challenges every skill level. In summer 2017, the club will once again host the USGA’s Men’s Senior Open.

133 Forest St., Peabody, 978-538-5400,


Readers’ Choice

Bass Rocks Golf Club 

This private, membership-only club, established in 1896, is situated on 112 acres in gorgeous East Gloucester, taking advantage of the natural beauty of Cape Ann. With a storied history, its first six holes were laid out by a Scottish golfer who worked as a salesman for a sporting goods company. The Gloucester High School golf team now enjoys free use of the course. It’s also the perfect wedding spot with a 14,000-square-foot clubhouse with breathtaking views of the Twin Lights.

34 Beach Rd., Gloucester, 978-283-1866,


Honorable Mention

Kernwood Country Club

This North Shore institution, which celebrated its centenary two years ago, was originally founded by the Jewish community, which was excluded from playing at other local golf clubs. Today, Kernwood continues to welcome all to its 105 acres of championship golf and top-notch dining facility.  The 18-hole golf course meanders along the Danvers River, where the changing tides make for a constantly changing backdrop. Stop by on Sundays for Family BBQ night, or come for Friday evening movies by the pool.

1 Kernwood St., Salem, 978-745-1210,