Stow Acres Country Club's beautiful site is distinguished by two award-winning championship 18-hole golf courses, the North and South course, anchored by an antique Victorian Clubhouse. The two courses were designed by noted architect Geoffrey Cornish.
The North Course was ranked as one of "America's 50 Best Public Courses" by Golf Digest. This course has also hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 1995 (which is only the second time a course has in New England). For many years, Stow Acres has hosted the Monday Qualifier for the PGA's Deutsche Bank Championship held at TPC Boston.
The North & South Golf Course
Around 1920, the parcel of land was purchased by Charles M. Cox, a wealthy grain merchant from Boston. Mr. Cox played golf, and he began the legacy at Stow Acres. Local information reveals that Mr. Cox used the property to establish a golf course that was open to African-Americans. They were unable to play at other courses due to the unfortunate, yet inherent, segregation of that period of American history. In 1926, Stow Acres, but was known as Mapledale at the time, was the first course that hosted the "National Black Men's Championship".
Over the years, Stow Acres has changed ownership several times. In 1954, the three Page brothers from Waltham, MA, had bought the property. The Page brothers expanded the course from 9-holes to its present 36-hole layout. In 1986, Stow Acres had been sold to Walter Lankau & Roger Kane, and an extensive renovation of the clubhouse took place. In 2016, the course was acquired by Black Swan Management & Investments, who immediately began to return the courses to its wonderful condition.
Improvements to both courses and clubhouse will always continue. In 2016, projects included bunkers, tree work, underbrush clearing, new mowers, cart paths, and facility wide fertilizer. In 2017, we purchased brand new golf carts with rain covers and rennovated the clubhouse. Stow Acres has now become one of the most popular sites in Massachusetts for golf events/outings.
There is a great measure of pride in Stow Acres historical and significant past. Stow Acres has been through a steady and dramatic transformation - from the 19th-century physician's country estate to an award-winning golfer's mecca and course. These transformations and improvements took place within a span of 100-years. We are equally positive about the courses very important position in the history of the great golf game in New England. May there always be people who come to enjoy Stow Acres beauty - and its challenges - for another 100-years.