- AddressCountry Club Ln, New London, NH 03257, USA
A recent restoration by Ron Forse – when he removed many of the trees that were closing in on the fairways – has brought this charming old Donald Ross course back to life at Lake Sunapee Country Club in the new millennium. The tree removal program on the course returned many of the spectacular mountain views and the expansion of green sizes regained the original character of the putting surfaces.
The club was founded in 1927, when a number of local residents met at the New London town library to select Donald Ross as their golf course architect. After surveying half a dozen possible sites for the layout, the current location was chosen and the first nine holes were ready for play the following year. A further year on, all eighteen holes were in operation.
Once renowned as the summer retreat of long standing member Gene Sarazen, the course at Lake Sunapee is certainly not short of quality golf holes; on the front nine, the doglegged holes at holes at the 3rd and 5th are particularly strong while on the inward half, the par threes at the 12th and 15th are very tough one-shotters.
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Donald Ross worked with Old Tom Morris at St Andrews in 1893 then spent part of the following season at Carnoustie before returning to serve under the Dornoch club secretary John Sutherland.