Souhegan Woods – Amherst, NH

Matt and I were back in Amherst,  NH this week for a fun round of golf with Sue,  Phyllis,  and Martha.  The ladies came out to play a scramble with me  –  and  see if we could beat the golf course.  Rules of the game: With a par or better – we win! the hole — With a bogey or more – we lose the hole.

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Sue,  Teresa,  Phyllis,  and Martha at Souhegan Woods Golf Club

After everyone arrived,  we spent some time warming up.  Souhegan Woods has a nice driving range and well-shaded putting and chipping area  –  both conveniently located near the clubhouse and first tee.

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Martha,  Phyllis,  and Sue on the driving range

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Putting and Chipping Area

Sue got our round off to an excellent start with a beautiful drive right down the center of the fairway.   Phyllis and Martha also had two good shots.  I had a little trouble on the first tee,  but quickly recovered.

As we played,  we found Souhegan Woods to be an interesting golf course.  With narrow fairways and over 70 sand bunkers,  it consistently challenges you to hit the ball straight and long.  You’ll also want to be thoughtful about course management.  Playing smart is crucial to doing well at Souhegan Woods.

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Long,  tree-lined fairways

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Well-Maintained Greens

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Two fawns on the back nine

The front nine of this course meanders it’s way down city streets and through backyard neighborhoods.  Denser tree lines and local wildlife give the back nine a more rural ambience.  It’s quite a unique layout.

“It feels like you’re out playing somewhere in North Carolina with all the pine trees and sand bunkers.”  Said John Wollen,  Head Golf Professional at Souhegan Woods.

I couldn’t have agreed more.  This course really does give you the feeling of being on vacation right in your own backyard.

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John Wollen,  Head Golf Professional at Souhegan Woods,  and Teresa

Sue,  Phyllis,  Martha,  and I had a fantastic time playing Souhegan Woods Golf Club.  We gave it our all,  coming close to beating the course  (Souhegan Woods 5 / Ladies 4).

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Teresa lining up the putt with Phyllis,  Martha,  and Sue

Thank you so much ladies for joining me for a fun round of golf.  Also,  a special thank you to Souhegan Woods for having us out on their course.

Check out the video here.

Candia Woods Golf Links – Candia, NH

One of the courses I’ve been hearing about all season is Candia Woods Golf Links in Candia,  NH.  Everyone I’ve talked to who’s played this course has had nothing but great things to say about it.  I was really looking forward to seeing what all the hype was about as Matt and I prepared for this week’s golf blog and YouTube video.

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The slogan for Candia Woods is:   The Friendliest Golf Course in New Hampshire.   It certainly lived up to its name.  From the moment we arrived until the end of the day,  everyone we met was relaxed,  happy,  and having a great time.

They were just finishing up their Club Championship Tournament while we were filming,  so we were able to meet some of the participants and watch them compete.  We also ran into the club champion for this year,  Kevin Ferendo.  He shot  a 71 and  73 to take home the Edward J. Butler Trophy for the second year running.

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Kevin Ferendo  –  2017 Club Champion –  Candia Woods Golf Links

The golf course at Candia Woods proved to be just as friendly as all the people we met.  It has a full driving range,  two practice greens,  a well-equipped pro shop,  and a comfortable lounge area.  There’s also a banquet hall pavilion for special events and parties.

The course itself is well landscaped and fantastic for beginners.  The fairways are wide open with minimal tree lines while the approaches to the greens are friendly and forgiving.

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Nice Views

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Open Fairways

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Well-Maintained Greens

Those who are new to the sport can enjoy a relaxing round of golf on a course that allows for clear shots off the tee and a lot of bump and run approaches to the greens.  However,  don’t let this course fool you.  It still comes with its own set of challenges for the more experienced golfer.  If you want to work on your putting proficiency  –  this is the course to play.

“Keep in mind where the 101 Highway and the driving range are and take that into account with how the greens break.”  said Craig McLaughlin,  Head Golf Professional at Candia Woods.  “The entire land slopes toward that area,  so it looks like the ball might go one way,  but it actually goes the other.”

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Craig McLaughlin – Head Pro at Candia Woods Golf Links

For this video,  Matt was joined by Paul,  John,  and Rick.  A few of the guys have golfed here before,   so Rick was able to tell me some of the history while Paul reinforced Craig’s comments about the course.

“The greens here really are phenomenal.”   said Paul as we made our way to the first tee box.

Paul,  John,  and Rick teamed up against Matt for a friendly game of match play.  They followed a modified scramble format,  using the best tee shot on each hole and playing their own ball from there.  It was a fun match to film.  Matt ended up winning with an Eagle putt on the 9th hole par five,  but it wasn’t an easy victory.  John,  Paul,  and Rick made some nice shots and well-deserved putts,  challenging him right up to the end.

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Matt,  Rick,  Paul,  and John on the 5th green

We headed over to the lounge at the end of our match for some food and a few drinks.  The Clearing at Candia Woods is famous for their chili,  and I highly recommend it.  In fact,  the chili was so good I had two bowls!  –  one before we filmed our round and another one after…

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The Clearing’s famous chili

If you’re a golfer anywhere in the New England area,  come check out Candia Woods Golf Links.   With good food,  a well layed-out course,  and great customer service  –  you’ll  see exactly why they’re called  The Friendliest Golf Course in New Hampshire. 

Thank you  Rick,  Paul,  and John for joining us.  And a special thank you to Candia Woods Golf Links for having us out on their course.  

Watch the video here…

 

The Shattuck Golf Club – Jaffery, NH

If you’re looking for a unique,  one of a kind golf outing…  check out The Shattuck Golf Club in Jaffery, NH.  This course is like no other course you’ll ever play.

It’s listed as one of the 50 most difficult courses in the US  –  and while it is quite challenging  –  it’s also spectacular.

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Carved into the natural landscape and topography of Southern New Hampshire,  the Shattuck is nothing short of a quintessential New England adventure every golf enthusiast needs to experience.

Tony Haigh and his chocolate lab Sage greeted us at the door with a warm welcome and a great cup of coffee.   As we chatted about the facility and how we would be filming our round,  I could see just how much he and his canine companion love and appreciate this golf course.

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Tony  “The Man”  Haigh  –  Director of Public Relations at The Shattuck

The backdrop of The Shattuck is the majestic Mt. Monadnock  –  the most climbed mountain in the world.  This course also features 36 wooden bridges built over diverse wetlands and natural terrain.  As Matt and I headed out to get some photographs and video before starting our round,  I could immediately see why The Shattuck is a favorite for wedding parties,  nature enthusiasts,  artists,  golfers,  and anyone else wanting to spend the day enjoying all the beauty New Hampshire has to offer.

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View of Mt. Monadnock from the upper deck of The Mountain View Grill

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The Devil’s Triangle

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Sage’s Pond on the 15th hole.

I was excited to be playing this round as I got ready to tee off with Dave,  Sue,  and Eric.  No one in our group had any experience on this course,  so we took Tony’s advice and played a four person scramble.  We utilized the handy little cheat sheet he created called The Softer Side of Shattuck.   What a great help!

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Dave,  Eric,  Teresa,  and Sue on the green

Teaming up and following the guidelines in the cheat sheet,  the four of us were able to play a respectable round against the “Lady of the Mountain”   –   as Tony so affectionately refers to this course.  She tried to get the best of us,  but we kept our heads in the game played in stride.  We were able to finish the round with a respectable score and limited damage to our golf egos.

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Driving over one of the many wooden bridges at The Shattuck

Truth be told,  I fell in love with The Shattuck.  It was the most interesting,  humbling,  good-natured challenge I’ve had so far on a golf course…   and I can’t wait to come back.

Tony was right.  It may be one of the most difficult courses you’ll find in the US  –  but with six different tee boxes,  a handy little guide book,  and a few partners in crime,  The Shattuck can be played and enjoyed by any golfer no matter what their skill level.

Thank you Dave,  Sue,  and Eric for taking on this course with me.

Also,  a very special thank you to Tony Haigh and his dog Sage for excellent hospitality and a one of a kind round of golf.

Check out our course video here…

The Country Club of New Hampshire – North Sutton, NH

It’s always a treat to get out and golf in New Hampshire  –  and last weekend was no exception.  With a slight breeze and temperatures in the mid 70’s,  Matt and I couldn’t have asked for a better day as we headed up I-89 to The Country Club of New Hampshire.

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Country Club of New Hampshire

Named one of the top 75 public golf courses in the US,  this quaint little stay and play has everything you’d want for a weekend getaway.  The locals love it,  too.  Bryan Doyle,  General Manager,  told us the course was built in the 1930’s by renowned architect William Mitchell,  and is often described as  ‘a real gem’.  They have lots of great programs and leagues,  including a Sunday afternoon special for families where kids play free with their parents after 2:00 pm.

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Brian Doyle

Every golf course has it’s own,  unique personality.  What I liked most about this course was how easygoing and friendly the people were.  Every golfer we talked to was having a great time,  the staff was helpful,  and the beverage cart was always nearby.  This,  along with stellar views of Mount Kearsarge and the surrounding foothills,  is what makes the Country Club of New Hampshire one of those  ‘must play’  New England courses.

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The 4th Tee

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Approaching the green

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Stunning views on every fairway

Matt,  Nicole,  Eric,  and Ross teed off in the early afternoon.  The course was packed  –  but the pace of play was fantastic  –  so we were able to finish a full round in just a little over 4 hours.

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Matt,  Nicole,  Eric,  and Ross at Country Club of New Hampshire

Nicole,  Eric,  and Ross teamed up against Matt for a game of match play.  It came down to the wire,  but Matt won by one  –  even without his putter.  After our round,  we stopped in to the lounge for a few drinks and an appetizer before heading home.  I recommend the nachos with a side of guacamole.  They’re delicious!

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Whether you’re there for a day or staying for the weekend,  The Country Club of New Hampshire is a premium golf experience you’re guaranteed to enjoy.   With friendly people,  amazing views,  and great food,  how could you not?!

**Thank you Nichole,  Eric,  and Ross for playing a round with us  –  and a special thank you to The Country Club of New Hampshire for having us out on their course.**

Watch the video here…

 

 

 

 

 

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…