Lying in the shadow of Mount Kearsage, the Country Club of New Hampshire’s course is regarded as one of the best public access facilities in the Granite State. A William F. Mitchell design, it can be stretched to 6,743 yards.
Situated just off the Interstate 89, the course extends to 6,714 yards from the back markers, playing to a par of 71. Don’t let the “Country Club” title put you off should you fancy a casual game here as daily fee golfers are welcome at any time, weekday or weekend.
Country Club of New Hampshire, while in the mountains, is surprisingly flat. The first hole is a welcoming par four that leans left. The mid-length par 3 2nd is supposed to be the easiest hole on the course. That I disagree with. The 3rd is a reachable par 5 that bends left, favor the right off the tee. However, there is water on the left from about mid-hole to the green. The 4th thru6th are good birdie holes. The 4th and 5th are par fours of almost equal length, the 5th does have a water hazard left. The 6th is another mid-length pat 3 with bunkers front right and left. The 7th is a sharp dogleg left. You can drive thru the fairway and even if you hit a nice high draw, the fairway drops off. The 8th is another reachable par 5, this time to the right. Favor the left off the tee, to ensure that you are not blocked out. Not sure why this is the number 2 handicap hole. The 9th is the longest par four on the front and a dogleg left.
The back starts with a long par four that bends right. The green is protected by a right front bunker and a water hazard on the right. The 11th is the shortest hole on the course, slight water carry with a front center bunker. The 12th is a straight par four, water carry off the tee that will only affect really bad tee shots. The 13th is a green light short par 5. Very straight, but narrow. The 14th is a dogleg left with a very generous landing area that allows you to cut off as much as you would like. The 15th is a long par 3 and the green has bunkers left, front and right. The long par 4 16th is the number one handicap hole and deservedly so. A dogleg right, it is probably the tightest hole on the course. The 17th is also a difficult par 4, not as long and leaning left, but very tight. The 118th is another reachable par 5. It leans right and the fairway narrows as you get closer to the green.
An unimaginative design, but a good value.