This course has a rare distinction: Its architect literally overlooks the layout. Designer Roger Rulewichs office is off the 17th hole of the Bernardston course, which became the first public course to host the Mass. Open in 1997, just eight years after Rulewichs expansion of the original nine holes to 18 was completed.
The course is spread over 600 acres, said Michael Zaranek, the head pro. Its got tee boxes for every level of player, and it makes you think your way around. But it has some teeth to it.
Crumpin-Fox is just off Route 91, the last northbound exit before Vermont, and it gets players from as far away as Quebec. Recently, Zaranek has seen an influx of players from the Albany area.
The course has been listed in the Top 100 [public courses] in Golf Magazine, he said. Its hosted US Open qualifiers; but the best thing is that the holes are cut through the trees with a lot of water and elevation changes. It looks like the land was made for a golf course.