William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park
William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park was established October 26, 1896 and is the second oldest public golf course in the nation behind Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx borough of New York City.
William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park is the place where the leading figures of golf converge in history: The player who won America’s first professional match became the first head professional here (Willie Campbell); the youngster who ushered the American game to the forefront of the world stage honed his craft here (Bobby Jones); the world’s premier golf architect re-designed the layout here (Donald J. Ross)
William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park is also the place where countless unsung heroes have championed the public game: America’s first female golf professional taught aspiring women here (Georgian Campbell); the inventor of golf’s most handy item pioneered minority play here (George F. Grant invented the Golf-Tee); a band of locals kept the course alive while teaching children here; and numerous Boston Mayors, Park Commissioners, citizens, Massachusetts Golf Association officials and private benefactors have made yeomen efforts to ensure that golf would remain a public game here for more than 100 years.
Come find out why Golf Digest has rated the facility as one of the best places to play in 2007, 2008 and 2009. From tee to green you will find a variety of challenges that will always bring you back for more!