Situated between the Green Mountain National Forest and the White Mountain National Forest in the Upper Valley section of the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region, the 18-hole layout at Montcalm Golf Club is set within 350 acres of hardwood forest in the mountain area of Enfield. The course was all of four years in the making, finally debuting in 2004.
Some of the more memorable holes here include the par three 5th, which plays to a long, offset green that tilts from back to font, the short par four 8th, where the hole veers sharply left, with bunkers all down the right flank of the fairway, and the 415-yard 16th, which runs uphill the entire length of the hole.
GF Sargent Design commented as follows:
“Montcalm presented many unique challenges before we could achieve a level of completion that both the course ownership and we were satisfied with. Our first main challenge was the very remoteness of the location. Prior to the creation of the course, Enfield was a secluded location and our teams were tasked with providing the optimum in efficiency and planning to ensure that we would have both the supplies and resources needed to complete the project in a timely manner.
The terrain itself also proved an interesting but inviting challenge. Our adherence to the Donald Ross philosophy of trying to maintain as much of the land’s natural character as possible, required us to find creative solutions to using the many rolling hills to our advantage. While the natural terrain could easily challenge a PGA professional, we needed to ensure playability for all levels of golfer, while still providing each with an opportunity for challenge.Finally, while we enjoy the challenge, the very scale of the project was nothing less than daunting to many. Creating an 18-hole course where previously there was nothing but hills and valleys required an immense level of strategic planning. Our experience in designing and building large scale projects was essential in achieving the goals of completing the project in a cost-effective and timely manner.”