Nehoiden Golf Course is a private, 9 hole course, owned and operated by Wellesley College. The course is one of the oldest college courses in the country, with its origin dating back to 1893.
Nehoiden is a walking course. Motorized carts are not allowed. The course is open dawn to dusk, mid-April through late fall, weather permitting. It is closed Monday until noon for maintenance. (Monday holidays being the exception.)
Nehoiden was re-rated by MassGolf in 2017, and has a four tee system. Members and guests are encouraged to play the tees that best correspond to their ability and interest.
Hole 1 - Par 5
Blue: 451 | White: 438 | Green: 401 | Yellow: 336
On this hole, a large Oak on the left resides near Fuller Brook, which crosses the hole, and intimidates some to favor the right side of the fairway. The long uphill second shot awaits to a narrowed approach with a bunker on the right to a small green hidden in view from the golfers below.
A great view from this tee is the Galen Stone Tower on Wellesley Campus that arises 182 feet from the ground can be noticed behind the hole.
Hole 2 - Par 4
Blue: 374 | White: 356 | Green: 316 | Yellow: 232
Off the tee, a small maple tree sits in the center near the beginning of fairway, a row of pines on right abuts the 3rd hole. A good drive down the middle is essential on this slight dog leg left as you approach the green on the other side of Fuller Brook.
Even a good chip shot is hard to stop, as the green slopes downward towards the brook, with bunkers directly behind and on left. A birdie on this hole is truly prized.
Hole 3 - Par 4
Blue: 313 | White: 297 | Green: 250 | Yellow: 250
While the 3rd is probably the simplest par-4 on the course, large pines accent each side of the fairway, to a small green surrounded by bunkers, and just a few feet beyond the green is out-of-bounds onto Service Dr.
The Waban Aqueduct resides directly behind the tee, where walkers and runners get a glimpse of Nehoiden Golf Club.
Hole 4 - Par 3
Blue: 200 | White: 191 | Green: 140 | Yellow: 127
This long par-3 requires a straight shot off the tee, as there is trouble all along the right with a row of pines that routinely knock balls down. Four bunkers surround the green and golfers must be careful not to overshoot the green as a long downhill slope will roll the ball into deep rough.
Hole 5 - Par 4
Blue: 366 | White: 349 | Green: 302 | Yellow: 288
Most golfers favor the right side of the fairway on this hole, but be careful of the pines that frame most of the right side of hole. The elevated green is the largest green on course, but don’t be mistaken by its largeness, as a large Oak hugs the left greenside bunker, and a steep upward approach could send your ball back down the hill onto Service Drive.
Hole 6 - Par 4
Blue: 369 | White: 355 | Green: 350 | Yellow: 315
Nehoiden’s signature hole. The fairway is quite generous, although out-of-bounds stakes on the left. But soon lies the holes most obvious challenge, namely, the blind approach to the smallest green on course. Although no bunkers surround the green, Route 16 resides no more than 5 yards directly behind the green, a safe chip shot may grant you a nice roll onto the green.
Hole 7 - Par 4
Blue: 309 | White: 297 | Green: 272 | Yellow: 272
A deceptive hole, its wide straight fairway invites the thoughts of an easy par, with not much relief on either side of fairway. On the right stands a couple fairway bunkers and deep rough, while the left a field of natural grass with a large number of trees which soon meets with neighboring properties on Dover Road. A large bunker surrounds the rear of the green, as well as bunkers on the left and right, to a green with subtle curves and undulations that can be easily misread.
Hole 8 - Par 3
Blue: 148 | White: 140 | Green: 130 | Yellow: 100
The shortest of Nehoiden’s holes, the elevated tee will give golfers a good view of the obstacles that surround this green. Golfers must hit a shot long enough to clear the bunker in front, and straight enough to avoid the bunker on right while avoiding the tree and bunker combination on left. The green slopes downward from back to front with different curves and undulations. . Nonetheless, the 8th is where most of Nehoiden’s holes-in-one do occur.
Nehoiden offers a practice range of approximately 165 yards and offers five hitting stations. The range is located between the 1st and 2nd fairways, with vehicle access from Service Drive. The range machine operates on a token system, with each token dispensing approximately 25-30 range balls. Tokens are available from the starters at the first tee or the golf office and cost $30 for ten tokens.
Hours are seasonal, on Monday from 12-6pm and Tuesday-Sunday 8-6. Access is for members only.
- USGA Rules govern all play, except where modified by local rules.
- Proper golf etiquette and attire must be observed at all times.
- Please replace divots, fix all ball marks and rake bunkers.
- 18 hole golfers will be alternated by hole #1 with others by starter.
- Regular greens and fairways may not be used for practice. Playing more than 1 ball prohibited.
- Bluebird Houses and other physical structures are immovable obstructions. Free relief for interference with stance, intended area of swing and line of flight.
- Free relief to the drop zone for balls that land on the green or fringe of the Practice Green or Nursery to the left of the 6th fairway.
- Free lift from plantings behind 6th green. Directly behind the green requires use of the drop area. Left and right of the green allow 1 club length from nearest point of relief no nearer the hole.
- Holes 6 and 7 closed for golf related programs when orange flag is flown at the golf house. Continue play on 8th tee which is connected to the 6th tee.
- Observe stakes for Out of Bounds (white), Lateral Hazards (Red), and Water Hazards (Yellow) in accordance with USGA Rules.
- Pace of play is just under 2 hours per 9 holes. Please keep pace with the group in front of you. Allow faster players to play through.
Guests of Members
Members may bring up to 3 guests on the course at a time. Members must stay with their guest while on the course.
Daily Greens Fees
9 Holes: $30 Mon - Thurs, $40 Fri - Sun & Holidays
18 Holes: $45 Mon - Thurs, $55 Fri - Sun & Holidays
Alumnae of Wellesley College may purchase a daily greens fee for up to 10 rounds of golf per year for themselves, their spouse, and guests. Alumnae can now visit the first tee directly to pay for daily fees with a credit card. Alumnae or their spouse must accompany any guests while on the course. Alumnae may bring up to 3 guests on the course at a time.