Tees and greens ready for play on city courses

Driving at Franklin Park's 3rd hole. Franklin Park Golf photo.

It's tee-it-up time at the city's municipal golf courses. The William J. Devine Golf Course in Dorchester and the George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park, the latter constructed to a Donald Ross design, are now open for play.

Last year, both courses were recognized with the 110th playing of the Massachusetts Amateur Championship over five days. The Massachusetts Women's Amateur Championship and President's Cup competition was conducted over four days at the Wright. The unprecedented move was the first time in state history that either a men's or women's amateur golf championship was held at a municipal course.

Founded in 1938, the 18-hole par 70 George Wright Golf Course is a hidden gem in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston that is open seven days a week through November. The clubhouse will continue its popular acoustic music series this summer on the outdoor patio.

The second-oldest public golf course in America and part of the fabled Emerald Necklace, the Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park in Dorchester offers a pleasant golf experience only minutes from downtown Boston and is open year-round, weather permitting. A new patio overseeing the golf course and a new roof are two of this season's enhancements.

Golfers can access information on rates, season permits, monthly specials, tournaments, and book tee times at cityofbostongolf.com.