Baker Hill - New Hampshire - USA

Baker Hill Golf Club,
101 Baker Hill Road,
Newbury,
New Hampshire (NH) 03255,
USA


  • +1 603 763 8900

  • Golf Club Website

  • 5 miles SW of exit 11 from Interstate 89

  • Members and their guests only

  • Sandy Ippedico

  • Rees Jones

  • Mark Ashton

The course at Baker Hill Golf Club is located on an undulating 260-acre wooded property that lies between Wadleigh State Park and Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire.

The club is named after the Benjamin Baker Farm that once operated on the site and three of the old restored barns have been incorporated into the design of the course and are now in use as the pro shop, an equipment store and a halfway house.

Rees Jones was the person entrusted with establishing an 18-hole course here and he duly accomplished this in two phases when nine holes were ready for play in 2001 with an additional nine holes made available the following year.

Stand out holes include the back-to-back short par fours at 7 and 8 and the 504-yard 15th, a fine risk/reward par five that plays to the only water protected green on the course.
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Description: Situated on what used to be farmland close to Lake Sunapee, the Rees Jones-designed layout at Baker Hill Golf Club opened with nine holes in 2001, followed by another nine a year later. Rating: 3 out of 6 Reviews: 1

Baker Hill is one of a number of upscale private courses built in New Hampshire in the 21st century in the wake of Golf Club of New England’s 1990 debut. Baker Hill, however doesn’t measure up to the original. The founders gave Rees Jones a challenge with the ledgy, hilly property they selected, contributing to a couple problems. Conditioning is one. Many fairways had casual water when I played in late June of 2015, despite there having been no rain during the prior 24 hours. The second is that the course is very difficult to walk, with long, hilly distances from green to tee. As he’s aged, Rees has gained new appreciation for providing approach options beside the aerial one. But in 2002, he was still focused on placing hazards across the fronts of his greens. The first hole, for example, requires an aerial approach to a green bisected by a ridge. Which seems fine……….until you discover that this description also applies to numbers 5, 10, 13, 14, and 16. The fourth green is attractive, with a valley separating two plateaux…….until you discover that this description also applies to numbers 6 and 7. Despite the problems of repetition, there are some fine holes (the drivable par 4 7th is my favorite), and the greens at numbers 2 and 11 are outstanding. The 11th boasts a three-level green that falls away from the fairway. The 2nd has a ridge dividing the front of the green in two and a plateau in the back. Only at the 18th at Donald Ross’s Weston Golf Club have I seen this imaginative configuration before.
3 / 6
Baker Hill
June 25, 2015


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