A 2002 Arnold Palmer design, the eighteen holes at the Golf Club of New England are mainly tree-lined, with ponds and wetlands coming into play at the closing holes on the back nine. Rated one of the toughest tracks in the Granite State, the New England course is widely regarded as one of Mr Palmer’s strongest layouts.
The course stands within a large 450-acre property, with no residential elements on or around the golfing activity, which allows golfers the opportunity of savouring the undisturbed natural surroundings of this former farmland site each and every time they tee it up here.After a relatively gentle start to the round during the opening three holes, the course bears its teeth at the 480-yard 4th and 600-yard 5th, rated the two most difficult holes on the front nine. On the back nine, the 457-yard 16th is one of the more memorable holes, doglegging to the left along the Winnicutt River.
I am not a huge fan of Arnold Palmer designed courses, but this is one his best for sure. It is a difficult golf course, and held the US Junior Amateur in 2012. Holes to note: 2: a short par four, with a silly tree in the right rough, blocking out approaches from that side of the fairway. 4: my favorite hole on the course, a par four with a cool green complex, sloping hard from right to left. 8: a par 3 that requires a carry of over 200 yards, much too difficult in my opinion, as the green is short and wide. 9: par 4 where your drive must be on the left side of the fairway, otherwise another silly tree will block you out. 11: a short par 4, where you can lay up, or go for it over the hazard, but two trees are in the line of the green. 13: par four where your drive must be precise, and your second shot may be blind from a bunker, my least favorite hole. 14: a par three with some redan features to it, a good hole, but the fence on the left is unappealing. 17: your regular par 3 over water, but there is a tree right off the tee box. The course is very solid, and I enjoy playing it, but there are a lot of silly trees that need to be cut down.