Established in 1931, the Gannon Municipal Golf Course is nestled on the outer edge of Lynn Woods Reservation, the second largest municipal forest in the United States. This 18-Hole Championship golf course was designed by the famous landscaping architect Wayne Stiles. The course is owned by the city of Lynn and maintained by Golf Course Superintendent Steve Murphy, who has many years of experience in his field, and by the Golf Facilities Management Inc. For over 80 years, Gannon Municipal Golf Course has been providing residents of Lynn and the surrounding areas with a fair but challenging layout. The clubhouse is a classic Tudor-style design commonly seen in houses built in Massachusetts and is open for the public to rent for all kinds of events ranging from weddings, birthday parties or corporate gatherings. The course held its first amateur championship in 1883 with Les Kennedy and Sam Videtta duking it out. Twenty holes later, Videtta would make a huge comeback and win the game, with both star golfers becoming legends at the Gannon Municipal Golf Course.
Nevertheless, things for "The Valley" weren't always so bright and promising. During the Great Depression, many of the country's golf courses, whether they be public or private, found it very difficult to get by. But President Roosevelt with his new WPA programs injected much-needed funding into the operation and maintenance of America's golf courses. This helped Gannon Municipal Golf Course survive the storm. But it wasn't the first hardship The Valley would face. World War II took President Roosevelt's attention away from such menial issues such as golf course financial woes. As World War II found its end, the Gannon Municipal Golf Course was able to bounce right back.
There are many beautiful golf courses in Massachusetts, but none of them have had nearly the amount of armatures turned pros coming from their greens as Gannon Municipal Golf Course has. One perfect homegrown example is Mike Foster who followed in the shoes of Larry Gannon, from which The Valley got its name. Other names that ring loud at Gannon Municipal Golf Course are Paul Barkhouse, who won the New England Open and Massachusetts Open; Ross Coon who was the first Seve Ballesteros of the New England PGA; Brian Gilchrist who is the director of golf Orange Brook CC in Hollywood, Florida.