The clubhouse upon arrival
The second hole is an absolutely beautiful hole where you hit your tee shot from an elevated tee down into a valley (shades of Sunningdale's 10th hole) with a fairway that is deceptively hard to hit. The third hold is a healthy 253 yard par three with a small green. As such, Myopia presents challenge and variety early in the round and as you continue around the course, sustains it for eighteen holes.
The course meanders around what I found to be surprisingly hilly terrain in this part of Massachusetts. It is a true parkland course in the forest. Look at the picture below from the fifth hole, which is typical of the course, and if I didn't tell you it was Myopia, you could quite possibly mistake it for the heathlands surrounding London.
Myopia #5 - Shades of Sunningdale or Walton Heath? <
As you play Myopia you will occasionally see bridle paths crossing or paralleling various holes. Rather than taking away from the course, they add to its distinctiveness. One of the local rules at Myopia is that you can take a free drop if your ball lands on a bridle path. I hit onto a path once during my round but decided to hit from the path, which pretty much plays like a sand shot.
Myopia #9 - A world-class postage stamp hole
The 11th hole, pictured below, is a short par four that has a true cross-bunker cutting across the fairway. Bobby Jones played the course while attending Harvard Law School and apparently had trouble getting across this bunker regularly.
The thirteenth hole, pictured below, from behind the green, is an uphill par four where your second shot plays about three additional clubs longer than the scorecard indicates due to the severity of the hill. This hole parallels the second hole, so you are playing up the hill that you hit from the elevated tee from earlier in your round.
Green #13 seen from the rear
The 16th hole is a down hill par three that plays back toward the clubhouse and like many holes at Myopia provides a stunning vista as can be seen from the picture taken from this elevated tee, below. The 17th tee is right outside the pro-shop door and has an old stone wall down its entire left side that plays O.B. Holes 17 and 18 seem to be set-off from the rest of course and look like they will be anti-climactic, but in fact provide for the perfect finish.
The 19th hole at Myopia
Myopia brings together a lot of what I like about old-style golf courses and reveals many verities that I have found on my trips. Among the truths: 1) Length doesn't matter. Myopia is 6,539 yards from the tips but is still a challenging course. 2) Low-key, understated and intimate are better than big and flashy. In this regard I like courses like Myopia and Sunningdale as opposed to big clubs like Wentworth, Riviera or Medinah. 3) Old and quirky are under-appreciated. The bar at Myopia has no barman, the members sign chits for themselves. The rooms in the clubhouse have low ceilings and a feel of antiquity. There are private lockers near the bar for members liquor. The old, original creaking floors will probably never be replaced. The locker room, housed in a separate building, is original and reminded me of another old original, Garden City on Long Island. 4) A variety of holes and shots make a better course. Nothing felt forced at Myopia, the course fits naturally into the terrain; there are a couple of short par fours, a 200+ yard par three and a 130 yard par three. Some uphill holes, some downhill holes and plenty of change in direction. A visit to Myopia is a truly distinctive day. The club is intensely private and there are less than 12,000 rounds played a year, which is about 50% less than at most clubs. If you can wangle an invitation, I suggest going at once.
The weather vane with fox motif adorns the clubhouse
The 18th fairway at dusk
The regal entry drive at Myopia Hunt Club