Ball Marks – The Right Way to Fix Them
Dear Needham Residents,
The Club is now providing ball mark repair tools at the first tee should you need one. There is actually a right way and a wrong way to fix a ball mark on the green.
Pushing the back of the ball mark towards the center and then pushing the other sides of the ball mark to the center of the mark is the right way, and does not damage or pull up the roots of the grass.
Prying up around the ball mark actually pulls up the roots of the grass and causes the ball mark to remain on the green for a much longer period of time.
For these reasons it is very important to use a tee or ball mark repair tool the right way. Attached is a short and clear video from the United States Golf Association that demonstrates the correct way to fix a ball mark. We hope you find it helpful.
Thanks again for taking care of our course and replacing divots and repairing ball marks.
Dave Gluck, Greens Committee Chair
July 22, 2020
Needham Golf Club – Resident Play
Under Governor’s Phase 3 Regulations
The Needham Golf Club is open for resident play under the regulations put in place by the Governor’s Task Force (Phase 3 regulations). Hours available for resident play will remain unchanged:
Sunday – 3:00 PM until Course Closing
Monday – 3:00 PM until Course Closing
Tuesday – All day, 8:00 AM to Course Closing
While under Phase 3 operations, 18 and nine (9) hole rounds. .
The Phase 3 regulations are intended to provide a safe environment for all players and golf course staff. Social distancing, sanitation standards, and minimization of touch points will be strictly enforced. Your compliance with the rules and regulations below is necessary to keep the golf course open and safe. Violations will result in a loss of playing privileges at the club.
USE THE GOLF COURSE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IS EXTREMELY CONTAGIOUS. USING THE GOLF COURSE MAY INCREASE YOUR RISK OF CONTRACTING THE VIRUS, NOTWITHSTANDING THE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES ADOPTED BY THE CLUB.
For the safety of yourself and others, if you feel sick, have a fever, or have been around or living with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, do not come onto the property.
A face mask must be worn in the parking lot and other areas where you might come in close contact with people. Face masks are not required while playing golf.
Players must practice social distancing while on Club grounds and golf course. Please take special note of areas around the greens and tee boxes where people tend to congregate. This includes staying 6 feet away from fellow players and staff as well as all equipment sanitizing areas.
Most facilities at the club other than the golf course will remain CLOSED. The Pro Shop will be open with limited access. Rest rooms will also be available. A separate “Starters” area will be set up outside the clubhouse for player check-in.
The driving range, short game practice area and putting green are open with limited access. Please check in with the Pro Shop staff before using any of the practice facilities..
Tee Time Reservations:
Residents may schedule a tee time online at www.needhamgolfclub.com on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (only) between the hours of 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM. No walk-ons will be allowed.
Tee times will be spaced 9 minutes apart.
Guests will be allowed.
Minors under the age of 18 must play with an adult.
All players should arrive no sooner than 15 minutes before their tee time. If you arrive earlier, you must stay in your car.
Payments will be made when you arrive in the Pro Shop.
Cancellations will be accepted up until 3:00 PM on the Saturday before a player is scheduled to play. Payment refunds will be provided if cancellations occur within the tee registration period or if the course is closed on the day of play due to weather or other conditions that make the course unplayable.
Restricted Golf Cart Use:
Players are encouraged to walk the course. Players can bring their own push/pull carts. No push/pull carts will be provided by the club.
Motorized golf cart usage will be restricted to one person per cart, unless the occupants are members of the same household.
At the conclusion of the round, each player is responsible for removing all personal belongings, including clubs, water, food, trash, etc. from the cart and returning the cart to the designated cart sanitizing area located near the golf cart barn entrance.
Golf Course Equipment:
No water will be available on the course. Bring your own water bottles.
Flag sticks will be left in the hole without human contact and cups will be manipulated to promote no golf balls from entering the hole.
Ball washers will not be available. Players should bring their own towel from home and take it with you when you leave the grounds. The Club will not provide towels.
No rakes will be in the traps – Move your ball to a smooth area as necessary. Use your foot to smooth the sand as best you can. Traps will be raked by the grounds crew as manpower permits.
Divot mix boxes will not be available – All the more reason to replace your divots!
Special Coronavirus Protocols:
Players are responsible for handling their own golf clubs. There is no sharing of clubs allowed.
Players must bring their clubs, trash, food, etc. home when they leave the golf course.
Do not sit on or touch any benches.
Do not pick up someone else’s ball. If you hit your ball into the woods, leave it unless you can clearly identify the ball as yours without touching it
Fishing for balls in the ponds and streams will not be allowed.
Don’t share balls, tees, ball markers, divot tools, etc.
Don’t shake hands at the beginning or at the end of play.
All players should carry hand sanitizer – and use it frequently!
Once the round of golf is over, immediately leave the course and parking lot area.
Following these simple, yet important practices will help keep you and your fellow players safe. Course “Rangers” will monitor play during your round and will offer advice and counsel to the players on the course as necessary.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we enjoy golf at the club.
Tee Times & Green Fees
All golfers must register in the Pro Shop
before beginning play.
Tee times are required.
Please call ahead for a tee time.
18 Holes $70
9 Holes $42
Senior Rates Age 60+
18 Holes $50
9 Holes $31
Junior Rates Age 12 to 17
18 Holes $38
9 Holes $24
Golf Cart Fees
18 Holes $22 per person
9 Holes $12 per person
Every Player must have their
own set of clubs in order to play
No player under age 12
allowed on course without parent
Please check in at the Pro Shop
when you arrive, one of our staff will be
glad to assist you.