BOSTON (CBS) – On the latest edition of The Golf Club, Hardy spoke with Joe Leary of the DCR, golf author Dave Stockton, and he even got a golf lesson from Matt Walsh.
But first, Hardy let us know about the latest addition to his golf bag.
A few weeks back, Hardy got together with Steve Show of Golfsmith in Watertown to talk about the difference between rangefinders and GPS devices — a must have toy from the novice to the pro.
Show hooked Hardy up with a rangefinder and he absolutely loved the thing. The only problem was he started leaving it at the tee box, or in his golf cart and was worried he was going to lose his multi-hundred dollar device sooner or later.
So he took the rangefinder back, and traded it in for a GPS watch for half the price.
This watch is the bees knees. By pressing the “Start Round” button it automatically detects your location within 30 seconds and gives you a pin point map of the course from hole one all the way to 18.
Plus it’s a watch, so he can’t lose it even if he tries.
Next on the show was Joe Leary, the director of golf for the Department of Conservation and Recreation for the state. He came on to talk about Leo J. Martin Golf Course, which borders many local towns.
“You can take Rt. 128 or the Pike and it’s right off both of them. It’s in Newton, Wellesley…wait a minute.”
“You forgot!” Hardy exclaimed.
“And Weston! The address is Weston I should have known that one,” said Leary.
Wellesley and Newton aren’t exactly known for their public courses — it’s more of a private area — so Leo J. Martin offers a nice course for the average person.
Celebrities such as Tony Massarotti often frequent Leo J., and Leary joked “we have to fix his divots every time he goes out.”
Leo. J has an interesting history. It was once called Riverside Recreation and had the largest swimming pool in New England, a boat launch and a dance hall.
“It was the place to go before 128 came in. Rt. 128 came in and took over the land and the course got shifted. It’s a great little layout and the Charles River runs through it. There’s beautiful views and there’s not a bad hole out there,” said Leary.
As a public course, funding has been an issue in years past and the maintenance of the course was neglected for some time. But those issues are in the past as new renovations were made. Leary talked about some of the newer projects for the course, including a $150,000 upgrade on the 7th and 15th greens.