Bayonne Golf Club

Bayonne, New Jersey

Salem Country Club (Peabody, Massachusetts)

Salem Country Club logo Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

Rankings:  8th      

The Takeaway:  Salem throws a wide net for the number of golfers it appeals to. Everything is in front of you, the terrain enjoys nice movement, and the wooded setting offers privacy; but the real highlight are the Donald Ross greens that will test your game.  Grade B+

Quick Facts

Designer:  Donald Ross 1925

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  978-538-5400

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Salem Country Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 133 Forest St, Peabody, Massachusetts  01960 – UNITED STATES

Photos:  See additional photos of Salem Country Club

What to Expect:  Donald Ross rarely does anything very flashy or sexy at his courses with the brunt of his reputation being built on his greens. While Pinehurst No.2 gets all the hype with domed surfaces that are quick to chase balls off the green, Salem Country Club has superior green complexes with more variety, undulations, and dynamic challenges than Pinehurst's more one-dimensional approach. In fact, the greens at Salem CC for all intents and purposes are perfection and easily the greatest feature at the course. The rest of Salem is pretty straight forward with everything in front of you, which is exactly why the USGA has selected the course to host six of its championships. The fairways are lined with a heavy amount of trees and while the course has gone through an extensive timber removing process, it would benefit from more by thinning out about half the trees to allow for more sun exposure for the turf and extended views across the course. The course enjoys gentle movements in the property with the uphill 7th being the strongest change in elevation but nothing that would discourage a golfer from throwing clubs on their back and going for a walk; though carts are available. The opening pair and closing trio of holes are a very stout group of two-shotters to contend with which is another reason the USGA loves Salem; you are tested to the end. The routing leads to a majority of holes running east and west while a pair of the par threes run to the north. In the end, Salem is not an easy course to break par on. The first time around the course will surely cause you issues around the greens and quickly teach you to never get above the hole. And while there aren't a lot of bruising holes, Salem also never yields any easy opportunities either, which tends to wear down players that aren't mentally tough enough to handle it. All in all, Salem is just a good course from start to finish with little to dislike along the way.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 72 7024 74.4 135
Ross/Blue 72 6619 72.3 131
Black 72 6142 70.1 131
White 72 5888 68.7 126
Silver 72 5689 67.5 122
Green 72 5174 65.1 114

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  13th Hole – 344 Yard Par 4 –

13th Hole at Salem Country Club (344 Yard Par 4)
13th Hole at Salem Country Club (344 Yard Par 4)

13th Hole at Salem Country Club (344 Yard Par 4)
13th Hole at Salem Country Club (344 Yard Par 4)

13th Hole at Salem Country Club (344 Yard Par 4)
13th Hole at Salem Country Club (344 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 3:  12th Hole – 162 Yards –

12th Hole at Salem Country Club (162 Yard Par 3)
12th Hole at Salem Country Club (162 Yard Par 3)

12th Hole at Salem Country Club (162 Yard Par 3)
12th Hole at Salem Country Club (162 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  7th Hole – 392 Yards –

7th Hole at Salem Country Club (392 Yard Par 4)
7th Hole at Salem Country Club (392 Yard Par 4)

7th Hole at Salem Country Club (392 Yard Par 4)
7th Hole at Salem Country Club (392 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  8th Hole – 517 Yards –

8th Hole at Salem Country Club (517 Yard Par 5)
8th Hole at Salem Country Club (517 Yard Par 5)

8th Hole at Salem Country Club (517 Yard Par 5)
8th Hole at Salem Country Club (517 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  5th Hole – 506 Yard Par 5 –

5th Hole at Salem Country Club (506 Yard Par 5)
5th Hole at Salem Country Club (506 Yard Par 5)

5th Hole at Salem Country Club (506 Yard Par 5)
5th Hole at Salem Country Club (506 Yard Par 5)

Bogey Beware:  18th Hole – 442 Yard Par 4 –

18th Hole at Salem Country Club (442 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Salem Country Club (442 Yard Par 4)

18th Hole at Salem Country Club (442 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Salem Country Club (442 Yard Par 4)

18th Hole at Salem Country Club (442 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Salem Country Club (442 Yard Par 4)

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