Atkinson Resort & Country Club

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Tucked away in the soft woods of Southern New Hampshire you will find The Atkinson Country Club. Just minutes off Interstate 495 or 93 this hidden Gem appears out of know where on an inconspicuous road in and inconspicuous town. The Atkinson Country Club sits on a huge estate and hosts a full menu restaurant with outdoor deck overlooking the signature eightieth fairway and green as well as a casual 19th hole bar and grill. In addition to its 6580 yards Championship Par 72 golf course you will find a beautiful manicured 9 hole par 3 and two driving ranges. Furthermore, Atkinson Country club is home to the Willow Creek Golf Academy which accommodates 12 heated tee boxes for winter practice as well as four world class PGA instructors teaching and fitting in three instructional bays equipped with the latest in golf technologies including the must have and coveted Trackman.

As for the Championship Par 72 a more challenging and well-manicured course you will be hard pressed to find in New England. Granted there is TPC Boston and other course but for and average greens fee of $65.00 bucks with a cart it’s hard to beat Atkinson Country Club. The First hole presents an inviting Birdyable 350 Yard Par 4. But do not be fooled by this hole it is arguable the easiest hole on the course and number two, a beast at only 515 yard this par 5 with has hazards strewn throughout is just around the corner, and it is fair to say you’re lucky to come out with a bogey and the same ball you went in with on this hole, but golf is not fair. The remainder of the course is just as challenging. Fairways are paramount on this course although you can scramble your way to a good score but I would rather play from the fairways especially when they are kept in such great condition. The greens mimic the first-rate fairways and are as difficult as they are beautiful. Designed to trick, deceive and defy the laws of gravity you can bet that if you read the putting breaking left to right it will break right to left.

Bottom line, Atkinson County Club is a true hidden gem worth the ride form Boston. You can pass right by Granite Links and Salem Country Club and drive up 93 or 495 to Atkinson Country Club and if you like it as much as I did stay the night in one of the 12 hotel rooms located on campuses and play another 18 tomorrow.

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Great course, well maintained and extremely challenging. Expensive, but you usually get a breakfast sandwich and range balls with the cost of the round. You get what you pay for here.

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Played this course early spring in 2016

Course is very well maintained and has strict rules for cart paths only when the weather is inclement to protect the fairways from damage. The greens were in really good condition for the beginning of the season, most likely due to a mild winter.

Prior to the round check in was very easy in the pro shop and the staff takes your bag as you head in and prepares it for either walking or riding. The driving range, a chipping/pitching range and putting green are conveniently located to allow you to warm up prior to teeing off. The staff does a good job of calling out the groups to head down to hole #1.

Front nine plays pretty fast with short walks between holes and a good balance of Par 4s, 5s & 3s. The par 3s seem to play longer than yardage says due to elevations and wind effects that are not felt from the tee box. Conditions were pretty dry for early spring with only a few damp areas.

Back 9 has some nice scenic back drops from the tee boxes especially when the foliage hits in the fall. The holes are challenging with a number of blind shots. The pace of play slows down especially with a long walks around the 11th hole par 3 hazard and the bridge between holes 13 & 14. The par 5 hole 16 is long and up hill but the green location gives you a shot to make it in 2 if you are a long driver.

Finishing the course on 18 has the championship feel as you approach the green with the backdrop of the resort behind the hole. The patio was empty but you can imagine it full of people eating lunch, dinner or attending a wedding when the weather gets warmer.

After the round either the bar in the upstairs tavern or downstairs restaurant allows you to view other groups finishing on 18. Food selection, quality, pricing and service is very good. Great selection of beers on draft and in bottles. There is an adjacent billiards and virtual golf area next to the upstairs bar which looks like the place to continue playing when the New England weather hits.

Pro shop is well stocked with apparel in the event you forgot to wear a collared shirt or you wore jeans (strict rules).

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Played here twice now and both were great experiences. Bagdrop and great service right away. Played once with the early bird special for $55 a sandwich cart and range balls and the other on a Friday afternoon at 2:45 for $50 (cart and range balls). Really not much better value than that. Course is nice, somewhat tight, but rewards good shots. Greens were a little slower this time than the last time I played but probably due to dry and hot conditions the past few weeks so they have been watering them and keeping them healthy. Clubhouse and restaurant are immaculate, worth going even if you aren't playing golf. Call ahead though because they will be busy.

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We had this booked for many months... A overnight stay to play par 3 Sunday and championship 18 Monday. Both courses were in great shape. Tee boxes ,fairways and greens!! Par 3 was a nice warmup with irons and putting. Very picturesque 9 hole course with covered bridges and ponds. The championship course was really a tough test of golf. I played the white tees for a yardage of 6088. Front 9 plays longer but it's more forgiving with everything right in front of you. # 2 ,4 and 6 are interesting holes. The back nine is tough. Shorter on card but with many blind shots. # 13 and 15. Play less than driver and just place it in a good spot # 16 and 17 are tough beautiful holes. # 18 is a straight forward short par 4 but plays over a creek into a fantastic clubhouse with patio of people right over the back of green. Plenty of places to grab a snack with Cart girl out and a snack bar on turn with a snack shack on 10th tee. Overall a great fun course. Definitely will be back to try again now I have the a round behind me

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