Considering a Country Club life? Start with These 4 in the Boston ‘burbs.

May 11, 2019

The Boston suburbs are home to some of the most elite country clubs anywhere.

Just outside of city limits, the greater Boston area boasts some of the best-appointed—and most elite—country clubs in the country. In the Boston ‘burbs, you’ll find everything from championship golf courses to posh spas and pools to restaurants perfect for any foodie. The challenge? Finding the perfect community—and club—for you and your family. If you’re considering the club life in the suburbs, consider these hotspots…

The Country Club, Brookline

One of the oldest country clubs in the U.S., this club—known simply as “Brookline”—is considered among the most elite out there. Rumor has it, Giselle and Tom Brady waited years to get into Brookline, as have other famous faces.

One of the first five charter clubs founded by the U.S. Golf Association, this club is a major part of history—and, since its opening in 1882, has hosted elite tournaments including the U.S. Open (which it will host again in 2022), as well as elite members from the Boston area and beyond. Here, members can access both an 18-hole and nine-hole course, plus indoor and outdoor tennis, curling, an Olympic-size pool, skeet range, cross-country skiing and a skating pond.

Charles River Country Club, Newton Centre

“The River” is a throwback to the country club hey days of the 1950s, this classic club draws residents from the greater Boston area and beyond—but with plenty of modern twists. The course has also been home to the USGA Men’s State Team Championship and the Massachusetts Open.

One “old school” feature we love: guests can only use cell phones in the locker rooms and parking lot but, to preserve the vibe of the course, can’t have them on or near the green.

Winchester Country Club, Winchester

Founded in 1902, Winchester remains one of the foremost country clubs in the area. Here, you’ll find both an 18- and nine-hole course, all close to Upper Mystic Lake for sweeping views and challenging shots. While no membership information is available to the public—and while insiders say there’s a multi-year waiting list to join—those interested in being part of this club can consult with member friends and family for more information.

Brae Burn Country Club, West Newton

Since its launch in 1897, this elite club has attracted well-heeled Boston families for golf, tennis and more. Steeped in “tradition, natural beauty and personalized service,” Brae Burn is a popular club for both city dwellers and suburbanites, especially avid golfers. Choose from an 18-hole Donald Ross-designed course, plus a nine-hole course and pro shop.

If tennis is more your game, check out the club’s six Har-Tru courts, three platform courts and a comprehensive fitness facility, perfect for breaking a sweat. And, of course, there’s an amazing pool complex, outdoor patio and deck, perfect for soaking up the summer sun—after which you and your crew can grab a bite at the club’s famed grille room, open to members only.

There are hundreds of towns to choose from. How do you figure it all out? You simply don’t, without getting a Suburban Jungle Strategist to help you through it all. Schedule here for your strategy session with our innovative suburbs strategy team. All services are completely free.

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