Celebrating 50 years of great golf!!
In 2016, Middleton Golf Course celebrated its 50th year as a local family business and respected golf teaching facility. Planned and constructed in 1965 by Bart and Peg Brown, then of Melrose, MA, with the design services of noted golf course architect Geoffrey Cornish, the course opened for play in 1966. The 18-hole, Championship Par 3 layout occupies 52 acres and measures 3,215 yards. For most golfers, it requires every club in the bag.
As an engineer in the early days of spectacular growth at Polaroid Corporation, Bart decided to shift stress from the corporate environment to an entrepreneurial venture. He turned a hobby into a profession and a passion. His interest in improving his own game led to the development of Middleton Golf Course as a well-known teaching facility. Many people became golfers and improved their game through weekly free clinics which he initiated. He retired from teaching and active management in 1988 as a Life-Time Member of the New England PGA.
In its 50th year, Middleton Golf Course continues to be a family-owned public course dedicated to making the game of golf accessible to all ages and abilities, a friendly and inclusive llearning facility and recreational resource for Middleton and surrounding towns. Carrying on the tradition of teaching excellence is PGA Pro Chris Costa.
Over the years local golf celebrities have graced Middleton’s fairways. In 1969, touring pro Paul Harney played an exhibition round with Celtics star K.C. Jones and local professionals Bill Flynn and Claudette LaBonte, to benefit the March of Dimes. From 1982 through 1990, Middleton teaching pro Jane Frost, a Beverly native, raised thousands of dollars for the Ouimet and WGAM Scholarship Funds in her annual golf marathons. Also during the 1980’s, the course hosted several public demonstrations by noted tour player and instructor Bob Toski, instructor/television commentator Peter Kostis, and teacher/golf psychologist/author Chuck Hogan. It was during this period that Middleton developed into a vibrant teaching center and a mecca for custom club fitting, with much credit due to PGA Pro and General Manager George LaVoie.
From 1978 to 1994, Bart Brown’s Pro-Lady Invitational simultaneously promoted women’s amateur golf and supported the New England PGA. For younger golfers, the North Shore Junior Championship was an annual feature at Middleton for over twenty years starting in 1981, nurtured by PGA Pro Dave Nyman, who later became Middleton’s Head Professional following George LaVoie’s retirement in 2001. Also numerous school programs have found Middleton to be a good fit for team practices and intramural programs, notably Masconomet Regional and Lynnfield High Schools, St. John’s Prep, Phillips Andover Academy, North Shore Tech and Essex Aggie (now Essex Technical HS), Salem State and Merrimack Colleges, Saugus and Marblehead Middle Schools, and the Danvers YMCA.
While helping to preserve open space, clean air, water, and other natural resources, the golf course is widely considered to be one of the nation’s finest Par Threes. Middleton has been recognized by the National Golf Course Owners Association as “Beginner Friendly” and a favorite choice for Family Golf.