The small town of Concord, with a population just under 50,000, is the capital of New Hampshire and the county seat of Merrimack County. Sitting on a low terrace to west of the Merrimack River, it lies four miles from where the tree-lined fairways of Concord Country Club are laid out.
Established in 1930, the course at Concord Country Club measures 6,539 yards, playing to a par of 70. The par three 16th was redesigned in 2006 so its green is now protected by a pond to the front left of the putting surface.
Other holes of note include the uphill short par four 3rd, the right doglegged 8th (rated stroke index 1) and the 432-yard 13th, where two solid blows are required to have any chance of taming a hole that plays uphill all the way from tee to green.
Concord Country Club starts with a straight away welcoming par 4. There is OB right with a couple of fairway bunkers. The two tiered green is protected by bunkers left and right. Things get a little more difficult on two. The longest par four, favor left of center off the tee. While the fairway drops off on both sides, left is better. The green tilts left to right and you can run your ball onto this green. Long is bad, as there is a severe dropoff. The 3rd hole is a great birdie oppty. A short uphill slight dogleg right. There is a fairway bunker on the outside elbow that should not come into play. The two tiered green is protected by three bunkers, right, left and left front. The first par three is over 200 yards but downhill. While it is protected by 4 bunkers the green is quite large. There is a ridge in the front of the green that pushes everything left. Not sure why it is the number 9 handicap hole. The fifth hole tilts right and is a scoring oppty. The drive is over a puddle water hazard with a bunker on the inside elbow. The green is protected left and right, but sits on a ledge, long or right is not so good. The 6th is a straight away slightly uphill par 4. The drive is over a real water hazard and right is death. You may want to take an extra club on the approach, this green also has bunkers left and right. The 7th is a long straight par four. Trees on both sides, but more trouble right. Take an extra club on your approach, the green sits on a ledge with deep bunkers front left and right. I found this to be one of the trickier greens. The 8th is the number one handicap hole a long dogleg right. The contour runs right, definitely favor the left off the tee to keep the ball in the fairway. The front ends with a mid-length uphill par 3. This is almost an island green as it is surrounded by 6 bunkers.
The back starts with a dogleg left. There are two fairway bunkers on the outside elbow and OB left. A high draw is the preferred weapon of choice off the tee. I am sure you are not surprised to hear that this green also has bunkers left and right. The 11th is a mid-length forgettable par 3. Two bunkers right with one quite deep and another left. The 12th is a monster par 5 with OB all the way down the left side. Play it as a 3 shotter. The long straight par 4 13th is the number two handicap hole. Hit it long and straight off the tee. This green, you guessed it, bunkers left and right. The 14th is a dogleg right with a fairway bunker on the outside elbow. Do not get greedy off the tee. This green has 3 bunkers, front left, left and rear with a small water hazard front right. The 15th is a scoring hole, slight dogleg left with OB left. A high draw is preferred off the tee. A creek does bisect the fairway about 100 yards from the green. The green is slightly elevated and protected by two bunkers left and right. The 16th is a Florida par 3. Water carry with bunkers right and two rear. The shortest and easiest hole on the course. The last par five has a blind tee shot and the hole bears right. On your second shot favor the right to take the left fairway bunkers out of play. This green also has bunkers left and right. The 18th is definitely a birdie hole. Short and straight with fairway bunkers left and right. You guessed it, the two tiered green has bunkers left and right.
Good not great, too predictable in my opinion.