"Best of Summer" Award for Granite Links' View
Posted Aug 12, 2009 @ 11:15 AM
QUINCY — Growing up in Milton, John Garvey relished cooling off on a hot summer day by jumping into one of the Quincy quarries. Garvey, who now lives in Wellesley, never envisioned that the area would become the home of an award-winning golf course with breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and surrounding communities.
A recent online survey of Patriot Ledger readers ranked Granite Links Golf Club the top place for panoramic scenery worth checking out.
“It was woods, trails and rock,” Garvey, 48, said, as he prepared to tee off at Granite Links for a round of golf. “You couldn’t see the views. There were a lot of trees. Now, I can see my mother’s house on Courtland Circle in Milton from here.”
Garvey’s golfing partner, Paul Bergman, 62, of Charlestown, a Granite Links member, said there is nothing like watching your golf ball disappear into the horizon.
“The views are fantastic,” Bergman said. “On a clear day you feel you can almost touch the skyline.”
The views are also eye-catching from the club’s Tavern Restaurant, which is open to the public.
“As I look out the window from my office, I see people walking down the hill and stop to look at the view,” Walter Hannon III, the club’s general manager, said. “They will come to take pictures for first communions, bar mitzvahs and weddings, and they don’t even have a function here.”
ALL ABOUT GRANITE LINKS
1992 – Quarry Hills Associates selected as developer of 540-acre parcel in Quincy and Milton – site of former landfills and quarries.
1997 – Quarry Hills Associates chosen to remove excavated soils from Boston’s Big Dig project.
2003 – Landfills capped and select quarries filled. First nine holes of golf course, called the Milton 9, completed.
2004 – Second nine holes of course, called Granite 9, completed. Golf Digest names Granite Links one of the 10 best new upscale golf courses in the country.
2005 and 2006 – Granite Links hosts BJ’s Charity Championship and LPGA Legends Tour.
2006 – Final nine holes of golf course, called Quincy 9, completed.
2009 – Golf Digest names Granite Links among America’s 100 “greatest public courses” – the only Massachusetts golf course cited.
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