Golf Course & Course Record

Hole 1, 328 yards, par 4

Hole 1, Bellevue Golf Club
Hole 1, Bellevue Golf Club

Description

Bellevue’s beautiful opening hole is a downhill par 4 with out of bounds left. The green is protected on three sides by large and deep bunkers. The green is sloped severely from back to front.

How to Play It

The safe play is to keep your tee shot to the right side of the fairway, leaving a full wedge for your approach shot. Challenge out of bounds left for the best angle to the green. It is critical to be below the hole on your approach shot. Shots over the green are difficult to stop on the putting surface.

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Hole 1, Bellevue Golf Club, Clubhouse
The clubhouse, proshop and flower beds overlook the first tee.

Hole 2, 349 yards, par 4

Hole 2, Bellevue Golf Club
Hole 2, Bellevue Golf Club

Description

The second hole is a dogleg left par 4 with out of bounds left. The green is protected on the right by a bunker.

How to Play It

The safe play is to put the driver away and hit your 200-yard club to the the 150 yd marker in the middle of the fairway, leaving a short-iron approach shot. Aggressive tee shots left will flirt with overhanging tree limbs and out of bounds but will shorten the hole. The green slopes from back to front and is slightly elevated. Balls that land on the front portion of the green often spin off the front and back down the hill.

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Second Hole, Bellevue Golf Club, Autumn
Hole 2 in Autumn

Hole 3, 403 yards, par 4

Hole 3, Bellevue Golf Club
Hole 3, Bellevue Golf Club

Description

Bellevue’s signature hole and one of the top par 4s in Massachusetts. Long dogleg right with an uphill second shot and two creek crossings/bridges. The green is sloped from back to front. A par here is a solid score.

How to Play It

Play to the left side of the fairway to ensure you’re not blocked out on your second shot. Big hitters may have to hit a 3 wood to avoid running through the fairway to heavy rough. Expect a difficult mid- to long-iron uphill second shot into the green. Below the hole is ideal as the green is sloped from back to front.

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3rd Hole, Bellevue Golf Club, Autumn
Hole 3 in Autumn

Hole 4, 413 yards, par 4

Hole 4, Bellevue Golf Club
Hole 4, Bellevue Golf Club

Description

An elevated tee and a long downhill dogleg left. The green is protected by bunkers left and right.

How to Play It

Your tee shot is critical on this hole. There is more room left than it looks from the tee. Tee shots to the left skirting the trees will shorten the hole. It is better to be short with your approach shot. Shots over the green leave a dicey shot into a green that slopes from back to front. No need to over-read this green. Roll it in the center of the hole.

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Hole 4 from tee box, Bellevue Golf Club
Hole 4 from tee box

Hole 5, 158 yards, par 3

Hole 5, Bellevue Golf Club
Hole 5, Bellevue Golf Club

Description

Great par 3 with water right. Bunkers on the front right and left protect the largest green on the golf course. The green slopes toward the water and can make for extremely fast putts. A large tee box and the largest green at Bellevue leaves the groundskeeper with many options on yardage and pin placement.

How to Play It

Short- to mid-iron to the middle of the green. Tee shots should stay below the hole. Tournament pin locations on the middle- to upper-left can be treacherous. Some of the club’s finest golfers have left with 4-putts from that location.

Hole 6, 518 yards, par 5

6th Hole, Bellevue Golf Club
Hole 6, Bellevue Golf Club

Description

An elevated tee with great views greet you on this long par 5. Your second shot is significantly uphill. The green is a two-tiered green that plays much harder when the pin is tucked on the small top shelf. Bunkers protect the green on both the left and right.

How to Play It

Plenty of room to hit the driver on this par 5. A second shot to the top of the hill leaves a wedge or short iron. Failure to make the top of the hill will leave a blind approach shot with a mid-iron. If you are hitting a bump-and-run, you must land it on the green to make a pin on the upper tier.

Hole 7, 350 yards, par 4

7th Hole, Bellevue Golf Club
Hole 7, Bellevue Golf Club

Description

A relatively straight and narrow short par 4 with a creek running down the right side and a bunker and trees down the left. The green is protected by two large bunkers.

How to Play It

Finding the fairway with your tee shot leaves you with a short- to mid-iron approach. Center of the green leaves the best chance for birdie on this demanding and hilly green. Don’t short-side yourself on the left.

Hole 8, 215 yards, par 3

8th Hole, Bellevue Golf Club
Hole 8, Bellevue Golf Club

Description

Members affectionately call this par 3 hole “the easiest par 4″ on the course. A small deep bunker guards the green on the left, and a large expansive bunker guards the green to the right.

How to Play It

Play to the center of the green. Short and in the fairway is better than left, right, or long. The rough is particularly difficult, and mounding makes for some challenging up-and-downs. Give that uphill putt a good rap; it is slower than you think.

Hole 9, 360 yards, par 4

9th Hole, Bellevue Golf Club
Hole 9, Bellevue Golf Club

Description

The finishing hole is an uphill dogleg right that plays longer than the yardage. The drive requires a carry over a large bunker called “Big Mouth.” A memorial near the green honors deceased Bellevue members. The large green is well protected by bunkers on the left and right. A patio of friends at the clubhouse awaits your arrival on the green.

How to Play It

Keeping the ball to the left of Big Mouth leaves a short- to mid-iron approach shot. Find the center of the green on your approach shot, leaving a makeable birdie putt. Shots over the green are severely penalized with slopes and heavy rough. Do not chase a pin tucked to the left or right.

Scorecard


In August 2014, Dan McQueen, a week after winning his 5th Bellevue club championship, shattered the Bellevue course record with a 62. He put up 9 birdies and 1 bogie to tally his score, including a string of five birdies in a row from holes 9 to 13. He then parred 14, 15 and 16 and then finished his historic round with back to back birdies.

Dan McQueen’s scorecard below (clink on link):

Bellevue-Course-Record-August-10-2014

Henry Wischusen established the previous course record in 1951 with a round of 64.

Course Record Henry Wischusen
Henry Wischusen

The round included a penalty stroke on the third hole and ten birdies. He chipped in from the edge of the green on the sixth hole and made a 15-foot putt on the 18th hole. All other birdie putts were less than eight feet.

The score was later matched by golf professionals Jim Browning and Billy Horne and by members Ed Franziem, Jim Kehoe, Ken Kotowski, and current member and now 5-time club champion Dan McQueen.