Course Name: Stone-E-Lea Golf Course
Designer: Edward Lapierre Sr./Leo Lapierre/Eddie Lapierre/Albert Lapierre (1955)
Location: Attleboro, Massachusetts
History: Stone-E-Lea Golf Course was built in the 1950s by Edward Lapierre Sr. and his three sons. To this day, the course remains operated by the Lapierre family.
Conditions: 3/10, Courses in the Northeast are generally in the best shape of the year during Fall, but Stone-E-Lea is underwhelming in this regard. The fairways here are rock hard and the greens roll true but are extremely slow.
Value: 7/10, Stone-E-Lea prides itself on offering competitive prices, including $17 on weekdays and $27 on weekends. Additionally, there are even cheaper rates for juniors and twilight. You won’t find many rounds more economical than this.
Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 70 6037 69.5 116
White 70 5650 64.8 115
Red 70 4700 67.8 112
Best Score: Played in a scramble, 10/21/2017 with Roger C. and two others
Front 9 Best: Played in a scramble, 10/21/2017 with Roger C. and two others
Back 9 Best: Played in a scramble, 10/21/2017 with Roger C. and two others
Hole Descriptions: I went into Stone-E-Lea not expecting much considering the scorecard is littered with goofy smily faces and the course advertises on Route I-95. I came away with about exactly what I expected: a short, simplistic design with relatively few hazards.
The opening hole at Stone-E-Lea is in my opinion the most difficult on the course as a 340 yard downhill par 4. Although not long by any stretch of the imagination, this dogleg right features a teebox directly next to the patio and an extremely tiny landing area. With thick forest along the entire right side, golfers will need to hit their drive at least 230 yards to avoid being blocked out by tall trees on the right. Additionally, drives over 260 yards will run through the fairway into the left trees. Like most greens at Stone-E-Lea, this one is circular and runs back-to-front.
The 2nd is a blind 320 yard dogleg left that plays slightly uphill. Golfers only need a drive of about 210 yards to find this wide fairway and leave themselves an easy wedge in. Trees line the left side of this hole, while sparse pine trees and an industrial park line the right. Like the 1st, this green slopes back-to-front.
At only 280 yards, the par 4 3rd gets my vote for worst design on the course. Cramped between several other holes, this short par 4 is not reachable and instead plays as a sharp tree-lined dogleg right. A drive of only about 170 yards is needed to reach the dogleg, leaving about 100 yards in on an uphill approach.
The first par 3 at Stone-E-Lea is a decent one playing 165 yards straight uphill. This large, flat green is guarded by a bunker short right but should yield plenty of birdies to those who hit it.
The 5th is one of several straightaway short par 4’s on the course, but this one is a bit trickier. Playing only 310 yards, this hole features a well-placed bunker at 260 yards on the right side of the fairway and a slightly elevated back-to-front sloped green.
At only 400 yards, the par 5 6th would be a par 4 on most courses. This dogleg left features a downhill teeshot followed by an approach straight uphill to a back-to-front sloped green. For selfish reasons, I’m happy this is a par 5, as my 3-wood-pitching wedge combo resulted in my only eagle of 2017.
The 7th is the shortest hole at Stone-E-Lea as a 150 yard par 3. This green is one of the best protected on the course with bunkers short right and on the left. For what it’s worth, only 1 player in our group of 20 hit this green for the closest-to-the-pin challenge.
The 8th is another boring, straightaway par 4 at 360 yards. With a wide fairway and little danger, golfers can rip driver here. This green plays back-to-front.
My choice for best par 4 on the course, the 9th is a tasteful dogleg right playing 390 yards. With the dogleg coming around 250 yards, you’ll have to hit a pretty solid drive to ensure a clear shot at this green. The approach here plays slightly uphill with a bunker short right.
The back 9 opens with the second and final par 5 at Stone-E-Lea. At only 470 yards, this dogleg left is reachable for longer hitters. This approach plays uphill and trees line this fairway the entire way.
The 11th is (surprise!) another straight, flat par 4 with no hazards. The only thing that makes this hole semi-challenging is its length at 380 yards.
The longest par 4 at Stone-E-Lea is also one of the worst holes in the 400 yard 12th. This tree-lined dogleg right doglegs at only about 125 yards, pretty much forcing the golfer to hit a left-to-right ballflight or find the trees. Even better, there’s a giant bunker smack dab in the middle of the fairway for those skilled enough to navigate the dogleg. I’d rather play boring straightaway holes all day than tricked out holes like this.
Naturally, the 360 yard 13th runs parallel to the 12th as a dogleg left. This hole features a wide fairway at the turn which progressively narrows as you approach this tiny green. This green slopes hard back-to-front.
At only 250 yards, the 14th is a legitimate reachable par 4 for most golfers. The major danger on this tight hole is a cross-bunker about 20 yards short of the green. If you can successfully avoid this bunker, this becomes an easy birdie hole.
The 15th is the signature hole at Stone-E-Lea and easily the best hole on the property. Requiring a carry over the course’s only water hazard, this 175 yard par 3 features a shallow green as well. Given better conditions, this hole would be a welcome addition to most private courses.
You can see the 16th from I-95, but unfortunately this is one of the poorer designs on the course. At 390 yards, this par 4 bends slightly to the left and is notable for having two egregious trees blocking the left side of the fairway. How are supposed to play the hole? Get lucky and hope your ball goes through the trees?
Your round wouldn’t be complete without another straightaway tree-lined par 4. This time, it’s the 300 yard 17th. While tighter than the others, this is still a boring design.
After being lulled into a false sense of security all day, Stone-E-Lea closes in strange fashion with a beastly 210 yard par 3. This hole requires a well-struck long-iron or wood to carry a large bunker just short right.
Best Par 3: 15th Hole, 175 yards, 2nd handicap. Having a par 3 be the 2nd handicap isn aggressive move, but many golfers will find the water on this all-carry par 3. This is easily the best design at Stone-E-Lea.
Best Par 4: 9th Hole, 390 yards, 5th handicap. One of the more difficult holes at Stone-E-Lea, this dogleg doesn’t come until about 250 yards, forcing many golfers to lay-up after a subpar drive. Par is a strong score on this strong hole.
Best Par 5: 6th Hole, 400 yards, 18th handicap. I’m always a fan of reachable par fives, and they don’t get much more reachable than this. A medium length par 4 at most courses, this dogleg left plays downhill and then back uphill to a tiny green. With firm conditions, I only had wedge in. A par or worse here would be devastating.
General Comments: There is no range at Stone-E-Lea, but there is a small putting green near the 1st tee. I can’t comment on normal pace of play since we played in a tournament.
Verdict: The affordable Stone-E-Lea is a good course for beginners to learn the game, but serious golfers will be underwhelmed by the simplistic design and poor conditions.