It has often been wondered if the reason that New Hampshire is so synonymous with great golf comes from the Scottish ancestry of its early settlers. Whatever the reason may be, golf is a big deal in this state and it is home to several of the highest rated courses in the world. Whether you are a novice or an expert, spending a weekend on the links can be an exhilarating experience that will also help to improve your game. Here are the top 3 challenging golf courses in New Hampshire, your best bet is to pick on and make arrangements in the nearby town for lodging so you can stay focused on your game and come out a winner.
Keene not only has one of the largest public golf courses, but it also is home to the top private clubs around. The famous Keene Country Club is here, as is Bretwood. Both clubs, while private, are open to the public with a greens fee. The biggest difference between the public and private courses will be the maintenance and difficulty of the course. The Keene Country Club is considered one of the most spectacular, and difficult 18 hole courses in the North East. The sweeping views of the mountain also mean that cross winds can come in. It pays to brush up on tips for your swing before you come as you will need all the skill you can muster to get through this course in one piece.
Indian Mound in Ossipee is a sedate semi-private course that just happens to have one of the highest world rankings for a golf course. It is tucked in between three bodies of water – Trout, Ossipee and White lakes. This creates an unusually still atmosphere that allows the varied levels of the course to bring their challenge directly to your skill as a golfer. Where in Keene your skill fighting the elements is a priority, at Indian Mound your finesse as a golfer will be called front and center. The course is highly rated not only because it is well kept, but because the nature of its challenge lies in the sport and not the environment.
At the Sagamore-Hampton you will not only encounter a world class course, but a different class of golfer all together. This is a semi-private course but it hosts mostly league and club play. One advantage to this is it has one of the most extensive pro-shops in the state. If you are looking to improve your game, getting a few lessons in with one of their pros will advance your style faster than you imagine possible. If you are not staying directly at the club, you can stay in any one of the surrounding towns. You should make sure to check out the local events and festivals as going in to enjoy a night on the town can be a perfect way to end a day spent working the links.