OK, I'll be honest - after the front nine I couldn't understand why everyone thought so highly of this course. The holes were packed tight together, it seemed as if everyone was either putting or teeing off within 20 yards of each other, and aside from a couple of character holes I didn't see much to get excited about.
But make the turn...
All of a sudden you're playing a secluded back nine with long par 4's and views and wonderfully manicured greens and all kinds of interesting holes and views and, well... I'm impressed.
Now, even though I found the front nine a bit lacking do not for a minute think the fairway to green conditioning was not first rate -it most certainly was (the tee boxes could use a bit of work, however). This is a course where you'll find an interesting mix of players, a cart person always at the ready, and some of the most hospitable staff you will ever encounter anywhere.
Give it a try.
He would play this course again.
Was in best condition that I've ever seen a course that just opened for the season. Greens were healthy, pure and quick and fairways were very nice. Only downside was nearly all tee shots were plugging in fairways due to heavy rain the day before, but overall you couldn't ask for more. Great design and just the right mix of challenging and easy shots that will appear to a very wide range of golfers. Course has lots of character. Well done Lochmere.
He would play this course again.
I'm from RI and each year for the past 7 years I've been bringing a group of ladies to play this course. This course is one of our favorites...we love the hilly terrain and the course is never crowded and in great condition. We always play the first week in October, so that may be the reason it's so uncrowned, but we are rewarded with some great foliage and views.
Vic (pro shop)is friendly, beer is always cold, and what about those freshly fried potato chips?
The course is challenging...and every hole offers something different. definitely worth a trip...and cost was only 35 with a cart!!!!!!
We come here every year for a golf tournament and the course is always in excellent shape. Breakfast truly is the best in town. Service and staff is always excellent.
The course is challenging for the average golfer, some holes are really tough. If you have issues driving, some fairways are tight but not unusually so compared to much more expensive courses.
I really like this course but only play it once a year being from CT.
We stopped by for 18 holes here on a Friday en route to a show in Laconia. Being from MA, I don't get to see many NH golf courses, so my review may lack local awareness, but I'll try my best to be objective!
Here's the break down:
Greens: Soft, but slick. Too many pitch marks (can't we all just fix our pitch marks????).
Fairways: Good. It had rained a bit prior to our visit, so there was some swampiness in areas where drainage wasn't great.
Tee boxes: Very good.
Pace of play: This is a problem with too many courses these days. The rangers don't spend enough time on the course to keep play moving, and not enough groups police themselves. Our round took north of 5 hours, which is unacceptable on a Friday (any day, really).
Layout: The course is built on some hilly terrain, which made for some good-looking holes. I like the layout a lot. Gripe: a couple of holes put you in a bad lie after a good tee shot, which kind of pisses me off. But all in all, very nice.
Staff: Pro Shop guy was very amicable, bartender was very nice. Didn't really run into anyone else besides greenskeepers. Gripe: Can you mow the grass early in the day, rather than running your mower up onto the fringe while I'm trying to play out of a buried bunker lie??? Thaaaanks.
Clubhouse: Typical of most New England daily fee golf courses, the interior could use a remodel. Burger was decent, decent beer selection. BIG points for having a Golden Tee machine in the bar!
Pro Shop: I don't usually buy my gear at Pro Shops. Seemed ok.
Of the courses I've played in NH (admittedly, not many and possibly not enough for this statement to mean much), I'd put this one in the middle or middle-top. Price was a bit high ($60 on a Friday) for the quality of the course, given there wasn't anything special about it. But I'd play here again if I lived in the area.