Ponemah Green – Amherst, NH

This week Matt and I headed over to Ponemah Green in Amherst, NH.  Ponemah Green is a 9 hole executive golf course connected to Amherst Country Club.  The first thing I noticed when we arrived was the practice facility.

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They have a full driving range,  practice green,  bunker area…  and mini-golf!  So yes,  Ponemah Green really does have a little something for every type of golfer.

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Driving Range

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Practice Green and Bunker Area

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Mini Golf

Maurica Smith,  Golf Professional and Operations Manager at Ponemah Green,  joined us on the first tee  –  giving us some pointers before sending us out on the course.  Her advice on lining up our bodies before each shot was great   –  helping our group finish with at +3 for the day.

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Maurica Smith – Golf Professional and Operations Manager

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Maurica giving us some good pointers and advice

I really liked the length of this course.  Often times,  as a woman golfer,  my first two shots on every hole need to be crushed if I want any hope of reaching the green in regulation.

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The 9th Green

I didn’t feel like that as I played through this round.  I was able to focus on course management and game strategy throughout the course.  Even if I fell short on some of my shots,  it was still possible for me to put myself in birdie situations.  This was true for the other three ladies in our group as well.

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View from the ladies tee box  –  7th hole

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Out on the course at Ponemah Green Family Golf Center

Mary,  Lisa,  Sue and I played a modified scramble.  We used the best tee shot on each hole and played our own ball up to the green from there.  We were all able to pull off some really nice shots  –  and I was impressed with our short game.

We had a blast playing this course!  I’m already looking forward to my next round at Ponemah Green…

Thank you Mary,  Lisa, and Sue for golfing with us.  And a very special thank you to Maurica Smith for having us out on her course.

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Mary,  Lisa,  Teresa,  and Sue

Watch the Course Video here…

Beaver Meadow Golf Course – Concord, NH

This weekend I learned it was the Ladies  –  way back in 1895  –  who were responsible for getting golf started in Concord,  NH!

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Beaver Meadow Golf Course was established by three women and a gentleman in the  1890’s  –  making this one of the oldest courses in the state.  It was nice to honor the long-standing tradition of women’s golf on this course by playing a round with three lovely ladies  –  Nancy,  Liz,  and Christina.

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Teresa,  Nancy,  Liz,  and Christina on the green at Beaver Meadow Golf Course

Nancy and I arrived a little early to warm up.  Beaver Meadow has a fantastic practice facility.  There’s a full driving range with grass hitting area,  sand bunker and pitching set up,  and large putting green  –  letting you work on whatever you want before heading out to play your round.

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Beaver Meadow Practice Facility

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Nancy getting a bucket of balls to warm up on the driving range

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Club House and Practice Green

As soon as Liz and Christina arrived,  we headed over to the first tee box to start our round.  Phil Davis,  the head pro at Beaver Meadow,  told us the green conditions were firm and fast.  He advised us to play short and utilize a  ‘bump and run’  chipping technique.

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Phil Davis  –  Head Pro at Beaver Meadow Golf Course

As we played through the course,  Matt encouraged us to use our 8 or 9 irons on our bump and run approach shots.  I really like this style of chipping.  It keeps the ball low to the ground  –  helping me feel like I have more control over the speed and direction.

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Matt teaching us the  ‘bump and run’  chip shot

I felt the front nine on this course was a bit easier.  It has wide fairways and gentle approaches to the greens.  The undulation,  water features,  and narrower fairways on the back nine make this part of the course a bit more challenging.

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Christina,  Teresa,  and Liz on the back nine

Overall,  I really enjoyed playing this course  –  especially with our group of ladies.  Everyone we met was friendly,  the course was in great shape,  and the clubhouse serves up the best burger in town.  If you’re anywhere near Concord,  NH  –  come check out Beaver Meadow Golf Course.

Watch our round here…

 

 

 

 

Londonderry Country Club – Londonderry, NH

One of the things I like most about traveling to different golf courses are the little bits history and culture I learn along the way.   This week,  while at Londonderry Country Club,  I was able to hang out in one of the oldest barns in the state.  It was gorgeous.

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Londonderry Country Club –  One of the oldest barns in the state.  built ca. 1900.

So was the golf course.

The natural habitats,  wetlands,  and old stone features in the landscaping of this course made me feel like I was walking around New England over a hundred years ago.

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The first Tee

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The Ninth Green

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The 17th Tee

The staff at Londonderry Country Club did a great job making us feel welcome and getting us right out on the course.  Shortly after everyone arrived,  we all teed off for a pleasant,  mid-afternoon round of golf.  It rained a bit on the first hole,  but after that,  we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

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Rick lining up a putt in the rain.

I loved this course.  It’s a short,  18 hole executive golf course designed to make you use every club in your bag!   Having only par 3’s and par 4’s,  this course is about skill and accuracy over distance.  As a woman golfer,   it was refreshing to be able to watch Liz play competitively with the guys from many of the same tee boxes.  That doesn’t happen very often in golf!

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Matt,  Rick,  Liz,  and Rob on the 10th green

I enjoyed our day at Londonderry Country Club.  The old world charm of the clubhouse barn and the unique layout of the course made this outing feel like vintage golf at its best.  I’d love to come back and play a round with Matt  –  then relax by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa.

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Fireplace in the clubhouse lounge at Londonderry Country Club

Thank you Liz,  Rob,  and Rick for joining us!  And Thank you Londonderry Country Club for a lovely day on the course.

Watch the video to see how we did…

 

 

 

Intervale Country Club – Manchester, NH

It’s been a hot one this week in New England!  Luckily for us,  it cooled down just in time for our next round of golf.  With a light wind and temps in the 70’s,  Matt and I couldn’t have asked for a better day to meet up with Jerry,  Phyllis,  and Sue at Intervale Country Club.

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Jerry,  Teresa,  Sue,  and Phyllis at Intervale Country Club  –  Manchester,  NH

If you’ve been following us,  you’ll remember Phyllis and Sue from our first excursion back in May.  It was great to be reunited with these ladies on such a gorgeous day.

Once everyone arrived,  we did some warming up on the practice green while waiting to be announced over the loudspeaker as the next group to tee off.

Matt Thibeault,  the head pro at Intervale Country Club,  does a great job keeping an old time feel on a modern golf course.  Hearing him announce which group tees off next was one of my favorite features of the day…  it added so much character and charm to our overall golfing experience.  I’ll come back just for that!

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Teresa interviewing Matt Thibeault – Head Pro of Intervale Country Club since 1988

What a fantastic course this is for beginners.  Following the Merrimack River on the north side of Manchester  –  it’s relatively flat with open fairways and really nice greens.  There were just enough hazards,  bunkers,  and trees to keep things interesting without making me feel frustrated or overwhelmed  –  and I only lost one golf ball.

This course also has some interesting history.  It’s the home of Jesse Guilford –  a local golf legend and member of the first Walker Cup Team.

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Jesse P. Guilford  –  local golf legend

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Some of the history of Jesse Guilford and Intervale Country Club

His family donated part of the land to extend Intervale Country Club from a 6 hole golf course back in the early 1900’s to the 9 hole course it is today.  You can see the Guilford Oak and commemorative gardens out by the 8th tee box.

 

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Guilford Oak and Monuments on the 8th tee box

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Intervale Country Club  –  9th Fairway

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The First Tee

Phyllis and Sue played well this round.  I can tell they’ve both been practicing.  Jerry also had some really good shots out there.

We were having so much fun playing we ended up loosing track of the score somewhere around the 4th hole.

But honestly,  as a beginner,  I prefer playing  ‘no score’  golf.  I’m sure at some point I’ll want to keep my score,  get a handicap,  and maybe even join a league.

Until then,  it’s much more enjoyable for me to learn the game when I’m not beating myself up trying to make par…

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Teresa hitting off the 8th tee

Thank you so much to Jerry,  Phyllis,  and Sue for joining us out on the course today.  And a special thank you to Matt Thibeault at Intervale Country Club for giving us a warm welcome!

Check out the video.

 

Loudon Country Club – Loudon, NH

Matt and I headed over to Loudon Country Club this week to meet up with Chris and Alison.

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Chris,  Alison,  Matt,  and Teresa at Loudon Country Club  –  Loudon,  NH

Both new to golf  –  this was their first time out on a course!   Matt had them start by hitting a small bucket of balls at the on-course driving range.

I always like being able to hit a few balls right before heading out on the course.  It helps me loosen up my body and focus my mind.

After a few tips from Matt and a couple of successful swings from everyone,  we headed over to tee off.

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Matt helping Alison with her swing

There was a charity event going on,  so we started out on the back nine.

The ninth hole is a tricky little par 4 with a hidden green and a water hazard.  The fairway doglegs to the right toward the top of the hill.

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The 9th Hole

We decided to play a four person scramble.  I love this format  –  especially for beginners.  It’s simply a great way to help new golfers enjoy being out on the course no matter where their ball ends up…

Chris,  Alison,  and I had a little trouble getting off the first tee,  but Matt hit a great shot into the fairway.  With a chip up to the green and a two putt finish,  we walked off the first hole at +1.

The next few holes were a little rocky for everyone.  Whatever we were doing right on the driving range just wasn’t following us around the golf course.

This happens to everyone  –  no matter how long they’ve been golfing.  Alison and Chris handled it well with patience and a good sense of humor.

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Matt,  Chris,  and Alison

Once they had a chance to settle in and get comfortable,  they were able to pull off some great shots  –   and their chipping was impressive!

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Alison chipping onto the green

I never did find my swing this time around…  but I did make some good putts.

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Teresa lining up a putt

Overall,  we worked well together as a team and everyone had a great time  –  We’ll call that a successful day on the course!

It was so much fun to be out playing with first time golfers.  A huge thank you to Chris and Alison for letting us film their experience.  You both did a great job!

 

 

 

 

How To Get Your Wife To Go Golfing With You

One of the most common things I’ve heard from men since I started getting into golf is:

“I wish my wife would go golfing with me…”

And it’s true.

Men really do want their wives to go golfing with them.

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Teresa setting up her swing

The only problem is  –  most wives don’t really want to go golfing with their husbands.

So…  how do you convince a reluctant wife to pick up a golf club?

Here’s a guide addressing some of the most common concerns wives have about spending a day on the course with their husbands…   and what a guy can do about it!

1.  I’m terrible at golf and I can’t hit the ball.  

Sign Her Up For Golf Lessons

The bottom line…  golf is a lot harder than it looks  –  and women don’t want to look silly when they’re out on the course trying to hit a ball.  Do your wife a favor and set her up with some lessons.  There are great programs for beginners at most golf courses and driving ranges.  If your wife is game,  sign her up!  She’ll have a chance to meet other beginner golfers and learn in a fun,  structured,  professional environment.  Golf can be an intimidating sport with a lot of ground to cover.  Taking lessons by a professional golf instructor can help your wife step out on the course with confidence and enthusiasm.

Better yet,  take Couples Lessons!  This way,  you can continue to improve your game while she learns the basics of hers.  You can also participate in various group clinics and golf outings.   The more you can do to set your wife up for success before she tees off,  the better she’ll feel once she’s out on the course with you.

If you live in New Hampshire and are looking for golf lessons  –  Check out AffordableGolfLessons.net 

2.  I don’t like competing with my husband.

Find Different Ways To Keep Score

Let’s face it,  unless you’re really good at golf,  driving a ball down the fairway can be frustrating  –  and tiring!  Especially for a beginner golfer,  or someone like your wife,  who might not play as often as you do.

You can help your wife out by teaming up with her.  Playing a scramble  –  or any other score keeping strategy that lets the two of you work together  –  makes for a fun day on the course.  This can be a game changer for your wife.   If she’s just getting started  –  or if she likes golf but she doesn’t want to keep her own score  –  playing as a team is a great solution.

Check out our  YouTube Videos  to see some of the ways Matt and I work together out on the course.

3.  My husband takes the game too seriously.

One of the best pieces of advice I can give men when it comes to golfing with their wives is this:

It’s not the same as golfing with your buddies.

Treat a day on the course with your wife as something completely different than a day golfing with your buddies.  When you’re out with the guys,  by all means,  challenge yourself.  Play hard.  Be focused and competitive,  and give it your all.

When you’re golfing with your wife  –  relax.  Make your round a practice session and try out different things.  Matt will often tee off from the reds with me and work on his irons for the day.  Sometimes he’ll play an entire round with just one club and a putter.  Giving  yourself this kind of a mindset while golfing with your wife will not only improve your game  –  but it will make the day much more enjoyable for her.

4.  I get bored playing golf all day.  

For guys,  a day on the course is all about playing golf.  For women,  it’s about everything else and golf is included.   Let me explain…

While you may think you and your wife are just out golfing  –  your wife thinks the two of you are actually on a date.   This is the difference between golfing with her and golfing with the guys.  She’s out there because she loves you and wants to spend time with you.

So,  make your golf dates special for her,  too!  Pick a course with great views,  good food, and a lounge atmosphere she’ll enjoy.  Lots of courses offer Nine and Dine specials that are great for couples.  Throw in a few flowers and a glass of wine,  and now you’ve got a wife that’s changing her mind about golf!

Live in New Hampshire?  Check out our list of Preferred Golf Courses for ideas of where you and your wife can get out and play. 

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Matt and Teresa at HoodKroft Country Club in Derry, NH

The only way you’re going to get your wife out on the course with you  –  is if it’s fun for her.

The best way to do that?

Take it easy,  mix it up,  get some lessons,  and play courses that appeal to both of you.

Now you’re enjoying golf as a couple….

 

 

 

 

Derryfield Country Club – Manchester, NH

Matt and I headed over to Derryfield Country Club for Tee Time’s  Course of the Week.  

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Derryfield Country Club  –  Manchester,  NH

We were joined by Rob,  Christal,  and Rick.

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Rob

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Christal

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Rick

Matt and our group of players teed off early in the afternoon on a beautiful New England day while I did the filming.

It was interesting being behind the camera instead of the golf ball,  but doing so allowed me to experience being on a golf course from a different perspective.

What I liked about Derryfield was the diversity of their course design.  As I filmed,  I could see how the flat,  more open fairways gave the newer golfers in our group a chance to hit the ball without worrying so much about hazards,  trees,  or water   –   while the hillier,  narrower fairways presented a friendly challenge for everyone.

There were also some hidden greens I’m dying to see if I can hit when I get the chance to play this course myself.

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The first green.

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View driving up to the second tee box.

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Playing the 17th hole at Derryfield Country Club

Christal,  Rob,  and Rick made a great team.  They worked well together  –  pulling off some amazing shots  –  and some even more amazing putts!  –  to give Matt a run for his money in a game of match play.

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Rob,  Christal,  Rick,  and Matt on the 18th green.

Golf is always a work in progress  –  you never know what’s going to happen out there!  Today was no exception.  Our group had their fair share of mishaps and shenanigans,  but overall,  everyone had fun and we’re all looking forward to the next round…

After we finished playing for the day,  Matt and I had a chance to talk with Mike Ryan,  the head pro of Derryfield Country Club.  He told us he has a great program that lets golfers try out various putters while playing the course.  “Come on in,”   said Mike,  “pick out something you’d like to try,  bring it out on the course with you for the day   –   and see if you like it.”

This course also has a great indoor simulator set up worth checking out.  They have three bays with over 50 simulated courses to play on those New England days where golfing outside just isn’t an option.

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Mike Ryan,   Head Pro  –   Derryfield Country Club

Derryfield Country Club definitely hits the mark for New Hampshire Golf Courses.  They have everything a golfer needs to enjoy a day on the course  –  rain or shine.

Take a look at our video  –  then go visit Mike and play a round at Derryfield Country Club!