Those curious about New Hampshire’s nickname can see evidence at Bald Peak Colony Club. The Granite State’s granite is in abundance there, from the Bald Knob for which the club is named, to the stone wall that marks the Moultonborough-Tuftonborough border to the 63 grass-covered mounds Donald Ross built with the rocks removed from fairways and green sites
Ross started out with only 19 bunkers, but course architect Jim Nagle and greens chair Gary McGuirk have been slowly adding bunkers, such as those in the fairway on # 3 to challenge the player looking for the direct line to the green. Ross’s original greens had the interesting contours typical of his 1920s phase. Over the years many had been removed, but Nagle and McGuirk are slowly bringing them back—but consistent with today’s faster green speeds. The lump on the right of the second green is a fine example. They have not messed with Ross’s lovely routing which requires the player to deal with the winds coming off Lake Winnipesaukee in all directions.
Though my review is intended to be assess only the golf course, I would be remiss if I did not cite the delightful overall experience. From the views of both the lake and mountains, to the signature drink (the Jumby), to the clubhouse (no keys for the rooms and toilet paper featuring the club logo), it’s no wonder that Donald Ross Society founder Michael Fay calls Bald Peak one of the 10 best golf destinations in the country.
Date: June 07, 2021