Review: John F. Parker Municipal Golf Course

Course Name: John F. Parker Municipal Golf Course

Designer: Unknown (1938)

Location: Taunton, Massachusetts

History: Named after longtime mayor of Taunton, John F. Parker Golf Course is a 9 hole municipal course. There have been talks of expanding the course to 18 holes in recent years, but no plans are finalized yet.

Conditions: 3/10, We played in an April rainstorm after a tough winter so it’s hard to get a feel for how this course plays in season. The course drained rather poorly and features very slow, but true greens. Teeboxes and bunkers aren’t in great shape, and the rough ranges from very thin to thick and lush.

Value: 4/10, It costs $22 for weekends and $19 on weekdays for 9 holes, which won’t exactly break the bank, but isn’t the best deal in the world. It’s worth noting John F. Parker is cash only.


Tee                                 Par         Yardage         Rating          Slope

Blue                               35           3034               34.8              123

White                            35           2791               33.4               117

Red                                35           2217               32.8               110

Hole Descriptions: 

Best Par 3: 6th Hole, 197 yards, 9th handicap.

Best Par 4: 2nd Hole, 391 yards, 1st handicap.

Best Par 5: 4th Hole, 453 yards, 5th handicap.

General Comments: There is a small range and putting green at John F. Parker, which is rare for an urban old nine hole course in New England. Pace of play was fantastic on a gloomy April day, but I’m not sure this is true for all seasons. The clubhouse serves as both a proshop and bar, and I was somewhat disappointed by how rudely we were treated by the employees. They spoke to us in a very condescending manner regarding the weather and just didn’t seem to want us there.


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