Sterling Golf at Top of the Game in the Northeast

Founded in January 1993 by Kevin F. Osgood, Sterling Golf Management (SGM) has become a force in Northeast golf. Providing customer satisfaction and country club-like conditions are cornerstones of Sterling Golf’s philosophy. Sterling Golf Management runs Newton Commonwealth Golf Course, Chelmsford Country Club and Franklin Park Golf Course, and the soon-to-open Sassamon Trace Golf Course. SGM also maintains Putterham Meadows Golf Course.

Newton Commonwealth Golf Course is a well-groomed, 18-hole public course located just minutes from Boston in Newton. The year 1997 marked the centennial anniversary of the club. In 1920 the course was redesigned by renowned architect Donald Ross. Ross was a club member and is buried in a nearby cemetery. In the 1940s the club hosted a competition between Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb; other famous visitors who’ve played the course include Bing Crosby and Sam Snead. The course is a short but challenging test with slick greens and narrow fairways.

Located off Route 27 in South Chelmsford, Chelmsford Country Club is a picturesque nine-holer. The 2,467-yard course is playable for all golfers. Two of the par-3 holes require long irons or fairway woods, and the small rolling greens challenge even the most experienced golfers. An intensive renovation by Sterling Golf Management has rebuilt tees and new greens, with the fairways re-contoured and dozens of trees planted.

Franklin Park Golf Course, the second-oldest public course in the U.S., offers a pleasant inner-city experience near downtown Boston. The course was where George Wright, in October 1890, tested America’s first set of golf clubs. Just recently it was discovered that the 18-hole course was redesigned by Donald Ross in 1922. The original nine-hole layout was done by the famous Willie Campbell, the first golf professional at The Country Club in Brookline, a past site of the Ryder Cup Matches. Golf legend Bobby Jones used Franklin Park as a practice course while attending Harvard. Host to the annual Boston Open and MGA Junior Golf Camps, Franklin Park measures 6,009 yards from the blue tees. A $3.4 million clubhouse completed in October 1998 features soaring cathedral ceilings, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a function room and pro shop.

Sassamon Trace Golf Course is a new nine-hole public course in Natick on the Sherborn town line. Presently in the grow-in stage, its grand opening is scheduled for mid-summer 2001. Designed by Cornish, Silva, & Mungeam, the course boasts multiple tees and oversized greens. Four of the holes are wide-open links constructed on Natick’s former landfill, while the middle five holes in Sherborn overlook apple orchards.