Talk about living up to- and exceeeding- expectations! I've always heard about "the fox" and knew it was a high quality course in Western MA. Every hole is unique, a course unlike any other Ive played. Unlike most courses, every hole is in the woods and not near resedential/commerical properites or roads/highways. You're in the woods the whole time. I LOVED the front 9 and the back might even have been better. Ideal conditions everywhere on the course, tee to green. Can't say enough about this track except the next time you're looking for an amazing round of golf, go to Crumpin Fox.
June 19, 2015
Great, challenging layout with no course book
We drove out to Crumpin-Fox, almost 2 hours outside of Boston, for an afternoon tee time. The staff was very friendly and all the facilities were good. The course is a really unique layout with some very interesting holes. The only problem was the lack of a course book. It was very frustrating for the first few holes, with several blind tee shots and approaches to elevated greens. We had no idea what line to take off the tee or how large the greens were. Still, I had a great time and I would recommend it for anyone willing to make the drive. Also, the restaurant at the course, Zeke's, is a great place for a post-round meal.
August 24, 2014
What Happened to Crump?
I have always been a big fan of Crumpin Fox, until my last visit.
I have regarded Crumpin as the course to judge others by, but now, they have really lowered that bar :-(
It started out, like every other Great Day at The Crump, the workers in the Pro Shop were very friendly, we checked in with the starter, again very friendly, we had about 20 minutes before we were do to tee off, so we decided to get something cold to drink (Aug 10th, Mid 80's), well hard to believe, but Zeke's (clubhouse resturaunt) was closed, we figured ok, must be a cart person out on the course.
This is when the Big Letdown really begins, we play Crumpin because we expect for the Money it should be in pristine condition (Wrong), right off the bat, we noticed how wet the course was (strange, since hardly any rain in the past week), bunkers were not manicured & lots of areas of fairways that were in need of attention, a really huge Disapointment!
We were a Threesome, following a twosome, who was following a Very Slow threesome, No Ranger was around to address the pace of play. On the eighth hole (Signature Hole, Par 5) we had 4 groups on the hole. When we were clear, we hit our Tee Shots, go to our balls & wait till its clear to hit our second shots, (twosome in front of us is still in the fairway) & the threesome behind us decides to tee off, because they are upset about waiting (yes, they are members at Crumpin), this really got me fire up, 8 holes, No Ranger, No Beverage Cart & now people are hitting into us, This is not what you should expect from a course of this caliber!
We stopped at the turn, so the Jerks behind us could go thru & grabbed some hot dogs & iced teas. (Worst golf course hot dog, I've ever had!!!!)
This has got to get better, doesn't it?
We head to the 10th tee & start the back nine, same wet conditions, same unkempt sand traps, same spotty issues with some fairways, but at least no Jerks behind us.
Finally 12th hole & we see the beverage cart, again another very nice person, just too little, too late! We finished our round & would normally have a meal at the course, but decided, none of us wanted to give Crumpin Fox another penny on this day.
I emailed the course when I got home, to vent my frustrations, but did not even get a reply, which made things even worse. Do I really want to go back, when we get treated like this???????
August 19, 2014
My favorite course
This was my first time back to Crumpin Fox in maybe 2-3 years. I almost forgot how much I love this course.
So I have probably played over 200 courses in my lifetime, and this is my favorite of them all. A true player's course, full of subtleties that can only be appreciated by good golfers. Every single hole is unique, there's not one single throwaway hole out of the 18. Every par 3 is an absolute gem, and it has 4 of the most interesting par 5's you've ever seen. This is not meant to shortchange the par 4's, which are also all very different and challenging. It's as true a test of golfing ability as you'll find in New England. And if you can break 80 here, you can probably shoot even par anywhere else.
And for such a spectacular course, the people that work there are incredibly friendly and low-key. I've been to countless courses in New England (e.g. Wachusett and Shaker Hills) that can't hold a candle to Crump, where the uppity staff acts as if they're running Augusta. You get none of that arrogance here.
So if you want to see a course you'll never forget, take the drive out to Bernardston and check it out. If you don't instantly fall in love with this course (especially in the fall where the foliage is simply phenomenal), you should really find another sport.
July 1, 2014
ok the course took a pounding with weather/rain over the last couple of days (bunkers were practically washed out) but the track is great...greens are in great shape (true). They don't waste money on things that really don't matter (like a fancy clubhouse, rough, etc)...bring your 'A' game and play from the right tee's and you will thoroughly enjoy it. Also, I got to play the last 6 holes with a star of the future (Will...didn't get his last name but, trust me, he is 8 years old and FANTASTIC...look for him in 10 years on the tour or, at least, a grade "A" scholarship :o)
Just get the lad in the pro shop a personality (but that doesn't matter to me...the course is what I care about :o)
September 1, 2013
ONE OF THE BEST IN MASSACHUSETTS
I am from NY and love to drive to new courses. After some research I was headed to Crumpin Fox. With a 2 1/2 hour drive my thoughts were that this place better be good. It was! The course is kind of in the middle of nowhere and the log cabin style clubhouse fit right in. A small driving range and an interesting putting green with no flags made me wonder if this was all it was cracked up to be. A super friendly staff guided me to the start and as soon as you reach the first tee you find a parkland course worthy of attention. Treelined fairways and thick rough made this place very challenging. The greens rolled fast and true but were so hard I had many 3 putts. The elevations changes and views were awesome. Well worth the trip. Must be great to be local and have this quality right at your door. The par 5 8th was one of the best holes I have ever played. Picture included. 9 awesome holes and 9 good ones. What a layout!
November 22, 2012
one of top three in the state
crumpin fox is not a beginners course, this is not to say don't golf here, it's tough. each hole has is it's own identiy. The course is aiways in great shape. Mike the pro is one of the nicest guys you are going to meet. If you haven't been here, go.
October 12, 2012
This is a beatiful course, great layout, wonderful elevation changes, very challenging, you really have to think about your club selection.
October 5, 2012