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History of Stow Acres Country Club

Stow Acres Country Club's beautiful site is distinguished by two 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.

Our 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 Deutsche Bank Championship held at the Tournament Players Club, Boston.

The South Golf Course

In February 1926, the parcel of land was purchased by Robert H. Hawkins.  He built 9 holes of golf and Mapledale Country Club became one of the first black owned and operated golf courses.  They were unable to play at other courses due to the unfortunate, yet inherent, segregation of that period of American history. That very year in September of 1926, Stow Acres, but was known as Mapledale at the time, was the 1st course that hosted the "National Black Men's Championship".  Mr. Hawkins and Mapledale would host the championship 3 times after the Championship returned in 1927 and 1928.

Each owner of Stow Acres Country Club has made the course to what it is today:

  • 1954: The Page brothers expanded the course from 9-holes to its present 36-hole layout.

  • 1986: Walter Lankau & Roger Kane began to renovate the clubhouse.

  • 2016: Black Swan Management & Investments began renovating the property to what it is today. 

We will continue improving both courses and our Victorian clubhouse. Here are some of our projects from 2016 - 2018:

  • Bunkers, tree work, underbrush clearing, new mowers, cart paths, and facility wide fertilizer.

  • We purchased brand new golf carts with rain covers and renovated the clubhouse.

  • And many more...

There is a great measure of pride in Stow Acres historical and significant past. We are equally positive about the course 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.

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