James Ahern is an experienced investment banker who, since 2010, has helped grow Laidlaw & Company into a nationally recognized firm with offices in major United States cities, such as New York, Boston, and San Francisco. When he isn’t raising capital for Laidlaw’s health care investments, Massachusetts native James Ahern enjoys playing golf.
Each year, Golf Digest releases its rankings of the top 100 courses in the United States. In doing so, the popular publication also puts together a list of the best courses in each state. The following are its top three courses in Massachusetts.
1. The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel). Originally designed as a nine-hole course by Willie Campbell in 1895, this course ranks 16th on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Courses list. It hosted the 1963 and 1988 U.S. Open Tournaments and, more recently, was the site of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Open.
2. Old Sandwich Golf Club. Based in Plymouth, Old Sandwich is a 6,908-yard, par-71 course that was designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in 2004. Although it’s a relatively new course, it has a traditional layout that might remind patrons of National Golf Links, Pine Valley, or Baltusrol.
3. Kittansett Club. A 6,811-yard, par-71 course located in Marion, Kittansett ranks 67th on Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Courses list. It was designed by William Flynn in 1922 and has since been restored and revamped by popular architects Stephen Kay and Gil Hanse.