Golf courses in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire offer over 100 holes of golf to play. That’s acres and acres of green that showcase technical courses designed by giants in the industry. The chamber features ten premier golf courses throughout the Mt. Washington Valley, and each one offers a completely different experience.
From nine-hole games to eighteen-holes, to courses set at historic grand hotels, and others that cross covered bridges and vintage train tracks; the valley’s golf courses span from Ossipee, New Hampshire to Gorham and Whitefield, New Hampshire, and over to Bridgton, Maine. Mt. Washington Valley even has a golf course that spans two states; Province Lake Golf Course that sits in Effingham, New Hampshire and Parsonsfield, Maine.
For a complete list of courses, along with brief course overviews, click this link. Add them to your summer and fall 2022 bucket list for next year. Members of individual golf courses, or employees of businesses that are a member of the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber can purchase the Valley Sampler Golf Pass, which provides five tickets to each course, totaling fifty opportunities to try a range of golfing experiences.
2021’s season proved to be strong. It turns out that a global pandemic favors golf for its ability to place players outside, and provide natural social distancing measures. Courses also found themselves helping visitors and locals make up for lost time not only when it came to playing, but when it came to weddings, tournaments and events. For all who experienced a cancellation for any of those kinds of events in 2020, they all came back in full force for 2021.
Of course, for the most part, the valley’s golf courses were not untouched by the staffing shortage, and many had to amend their clubhouse dining hours or become creative when it came to lessons. Outside of that, the golf courses all reported positive insights from their 2021 season and are looking forward to their 2022 season. Many courses are excited to implement new strategies to welcome younger players, increase their league numbers, and welcome more tournaments.
With that said, the ten golf courses of Mt. Washington Valley invite you to play your way through their golf courses and find your favorite aspect of each one. Or let the valley’s band of local golf pro’s let you in on their favorite hole to play from!
In the case of Golf Pro, Bob McGraw, who runs the course at Eagle Mountain House Golf Club, he’ll be the first to tell you that “the first hole has been voted the best hole in the Valley and is a favorite of all who play the course. The scenery from the first tee is beautiful; Black Mountain and the Wildcat River provide a beautiful backdrop to the first green which is 270 yards away, and with a well struck tee shot, hitting a Birdie is a real possibility - maybe even an Eagle!”
Kim O’Neil, Golf Pro for Hale’s Location Golf Club, touts the course’s fifth hole for its amazing view. You’ll catch the mountain ranges for both Cranmore, Black and Moat mountains when you tee up your shot.While playing Province Lake’s lakefront holes 5 and 6, you are apt to see bald eagles soaring above you.
If you’re golfing at Province Lake Golf Course, you’ll soon find out why the 17th “dog-leg” hole is considered its “Tin Cup” hole. With a pond at the end of the hole, it may take a few attempts to get your ball over the pond. If at first you don’t succeed try again! With only one more hole to go, close out a great day on the course with a beer or glass of wine on the new Pro Shop’s elevated and covered deck. If late in the evening, you will have great sunset views over the lake and to the westward mountains in the distance. Many golfers have even been lucky enough to see wildlife passing through, as well!
These ten courses offer more than 100 scenic, varied and challenging holes, as well as an array of experiences. For example you can enjoy a round of golf at Mountain View Grand Golf Course, and reserve dinner in the resort’s 1865 Wine Cellar and enjoy a wine pairing with dinner. Or you can take in a bit of history and play golf as you watch the historic Conway Scenic Railroad pass by while you play a round at North Conway Country Club.
If you play at Wentworth Golf Club, this 18-hole course will have you weaving throughout Jackson Village. As you make your way through the course you’ll take in views of the Presidential Range and follow the Wildcat and Ellis Rivers. Madeline’s Sandwich and Deli is located on the 18th hole for a mid-day break and the Red Fox Bar and Grille is right down the road from the pro shop, for some of the best wood fire grilling in the valley.
Golfers at Androscoggin Valley Country Club will find themselves engulfed by the Great North Woods when playing at this course in Gorham, New Hampshire. Endless mountain views and forest surround this 18-hole course. It offers a fully stocked pro shop, lessons, tournaments and its club house, “The 19th Hole.”
There are many ways to get involved in the valley’s golf courses. Not all who make their way onto its greens have to be seasoned or die-hard players. Friends and beginners can gather for a light, and friendly round of golf. Courses offer weekly leagues that cater to different interest levels and abilities. Take for example Province Lake Golf Course’s “Ladies Giggle League,” which takes place on Monday afternoons, and is a non-competitive group that plays a weekly scramble where players don’t need to provide a handicap. After the scramble, many participants enjoy a glass of wine and dinner at the Carriage House Bistro at the base of the course.
Similarly, Bretton Woods offers a “Nine and Wine” Ladies League, which includes a short lesson, playing time, and a glass of wine, back at its club house. While this league was on hold for the 2021 season, Bretton Woods golf pro Vince Runyon is looking forward to its potential return in 2022. As a course, Bretton Woods Bretton Woods Golf Courses at Omni Mount Washington Resort feature two courses, a 9-hole and 18-hole course; and The Omni Mount Washington Resort is one of a few remaining grand hotels in New Hampshire, that provides a historic and regal lodging, dining, and golfing experience.
Bridgton Highlands Country Club takes you over into Bridgton, Maine; where the course is surrounded by lakes, but Mount Washington still remains visible. An 18-hole course, Bridgton Highlands offers one of the hardest holes in the state through its first hole, with a straight away of 440, and a roadway out of bounds on the right. While known for its first hole, and course design, it’s also famous for the “The Red Snapper” served in its clubhouse. A traditional red hot dog, which can’t be found in many places anymore, and is a nostalgic nod to life in Maine. It also hosts regularly scheduled live music throughout the season.
Indian Mound Golf Club is also a course known for more than just its fairways. It’s also known for its Corned Beef! Slow roasted in house, it’s showcased on the River’s Edge Grille and Tavern menu through its Reuban, Eggs Benedict, and the Corned Beef Hash. When you’re not eating at Indian Mound, you’re playing, and this 9-hole course showcases a relatively level first-half of the course, followed by gentle rolling terrain on the second half. Priding itself on its role in the community, this year Indian Mound hosted twenty tournaments, many which supported local non-profits. One tournament in particular, this summer, brought in the largest amount in donations the course has seen yet.
You’ll find that all courses offer beautiful mountain views, challenging water hazards and gently rolling hills and greens at the various courses insure to be the highlight of your golf experience in Mt Washington Valley. While the 2021 season is coming to a close, let this help you plan your 2022 golf season. For a complete overview of all Mt. Washington Valley’s golf courses, click here.
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