A good course and greens/fairways were all good but I agree that the personality suffered with the renovation. Still, worth a try. Some people love it and maybe you will too.
Pease used to be a charming, quirky golf course and clubhouse that suffered from drainage problems in the early part of the season. It was very reasonably priced and the greens were usually in excellent condition. They added a new nine that was nice but you needed a cart to play. Then, they "renovated" the clubhouse and took all of the character out and replaced it with a very functional, cookie-cutter Florida style clubhouse. Now, the old course has been renovated. Meh. If it helps the drainage problem, I guess that's okay, but they totally ruined the funnest hole, which was #8, in my opinion. A course should not have par 4s on the front nine that are potentially reachable in one stroke. Luckily, our pace of play was great, but I can imagine this really slowing down the pace. The greens were in great shape. Fairways nice. It's just that this course used to have personality, now it's nothing special.
They've just reopened the "Lower" nine after a renovation by Brad Booth to expand the landing areas, add new drainage so it's more playable in wet conditions, and moving some earth to provide more character to the fairways, overall it seems to be a success. The best thing is they didn't raise the greens fees! A great stop of I-95 if you're passing through, and is listed as one of the better golf courses in the Portsmouth area by the Forelinksters' guide:
The only things the previous reviewer had correct were the location and the planes. I had the good fortune of playing the course early on a Monday before leaving town after a brief stay in the area. From the moment I arrived I was impressed by the attentiveness of the whole staff. The women at the front desk were as polite as could be. As I had only brought my golf shoes, glove, balls and tees, the pro shop staff hooked me up with a beautiful set of demo quality rentals to my liking. The starter paired me up with a couple of local golfers which was very beneficial as the hole order had been modified until the bottom nine renovations are complete. I found the course conditions fantastic for early season play, the greens had nice slopes and putt well. I found the hole variety pleasant and the bunkers in good shape. On course, the greens crew respected our presence while on the hole they were working on, stopping while we played through. The beverage attendant was attentive and pleasant when she made her rounds. The Blue nine was as beautiful a nine as can be found. Top it all off with an awesome burger from the boys at the grill, I personally can't wait to come back when all 27 holes are open and playable. But lastly, the previous reviewer was correct in the value pricing, check it out. Holding off on 5th star until all 27 are done.
Public course located right off of 95 and adjacent to pease airport. Planes will fly over frequently during a round of play. The course is maintained to "fair" to slightly above average. On several holes there is flooding/draining issues that result in uneven or dead turf. Some of this will be remedied with the ongoing rebuild. Most of the greens are very slow and relative to some courses, are quite small and single tiered. Per the surrounding area, it is very windy and gusts must be factored in during club selection.
While the course is short there is a decent variety of holes requiring some creativity. Easily walked. The rough is very manageable. The course is small and you'll find yourself with 120 yard approach shots frequently. The course suffers from unkept sand traps and unruley fairway puddles that quickly become sponges when it rains. The maintenance crew will mow and work on projects while you play, often showing little regard for player convenience.
A major renovation is underway on the lower nine holes. The major attribute of this course is its value for the price and its natural grass range. Medium sized buckets can be purchased at the dispenser for 9 dollars.
One last comment on the types of people who play there. It is public but does consist of a hundred or so members who sign on yearly. Since its public you will see long delays and slow play. Lots of bad golf gets played on this course so be aware of the fact that you'll likely be behind a slow group of drinkers. Many retired people frequent this course. Easy to walk on as a single. Doesn't have well delineated cart paths and people tend to drive everywhere they like.
The parking lot is mostly pot holed dirt and is terrible. I happen not to like the starting rotation of holes, which go Par 5, Par 5, Par 3.