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Attractive and Interesting Course.

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Pros: Tight firm fairways, hold up well to moisture.

Cons: Not an easy course to walk.

One of the defining things about Granite Fields is how well it drains. If conditions have been extraordinarily wet to the point other courses are closed, cart path only, or walking only it is worth calling Granite Fields. There are places where the course will turn into mud but a good bit is just a very firm sand base that is basically impervious to water. For a crisp iron player, hitting off the firm sand base with a nice tight cushion of grass is just a real pleasure and treat here. Quite a few of the holes are interesting in terms of course management as well as being just visually attractive.   Another thing that makes Granite Fields stand out a bit is their greens,...
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A course with breathing room.

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Pros: Convient access from Manchester airport via 3A

Course is always in good to very good condition when I have played there. Locals tell me it was a sod farm at one time ... or the owners operate a sod farm ... never quite got that sorted but whatever the truth is maintaining a nice grass base here seems to be one of their strengths.   The other defining characteristic that sets it apart is that it is longer and more open than what I consider typically NE courses. At 6855 yards from the back tees, driver is an option, if not a must on a lot of holes. Also being being mostly wide open, a miss by a fairway width or two might not present any real trouble.  There is OB, water hazards, brush, trees, and a river in play on...
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Nice little course just over the NH border.

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Pros: Some very solid, attractive par three holes.

CSH is a smallish and perhaps a bit quirky course just barely over the MA/NH border. Listed yardage from the back is 6250 yards and from the front 5750 yards. On paper should be a really interesting course as the 8th hole at 277 yards uphill and 17th hole at 317 yards downhill should both potentially be drivable par fours. In contrast the 4th hole, a 461 yard par four playing downhill and across a water hazard can prove quite challenging. CSH also has two very solid and visually attractive par three holes on the front side in the 3rd (214 yards downhill) and the 7th (198 yards from elevated tee to elevated green).   Another quirky thing I found was that CHS switches "starting...
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Don was here, sort of.

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Pros: Ohio golf.

Cons: Hum ... none?

Donald Ross linage, build in 1924 ... without question a nice track but the stories of what the "original" course was and how it has changed over the years makes me wonder how much "Ross" remains.  Regardless, the end result is a pleasant and engaging round of golf.   Really this is simple, stay at the Granville Inn (or Buxton Inn) but absolutely without exception dine at both.  Play Granville CG and enjoy it as you will but the point is to get to the 18th hole because that is the quintessential experience here.  Then shoot over to Raccoon International and play in the same mode till you get to the 17th as that is the quintessential...
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End of an Era.

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Pros: New ideas and investment into club.

Cons: New ideas and investment into club.

For as long as I can remember George Gelt was at the helm of Crystal Springs GC but in 2010 Mike Maroney acquired the property and began to transform it into Crystal Lake GC.  This is the statement on the website.   "With the start of  2010 the Maroney family acquired the golf club and immediately began to re brand the club with the name Crystal Lake Golf Club. The course has begun an amazing transformation for both restoration and enhancement. In the near future the club will be home to a new clubhouse, event space and a fifty home residential community."     I have always thought the course was very well designed but over the...
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Almost Unknown Course.

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Pros: Value, location, amenities.

Cons: Quirky design, needs to be played a few times.

I have always liked Cyprian since the first round but during that first round I also thought "You have GOT to be kidding me!!!".  I've been paired with players visiting for the first time who apparently suffer the same fate, scouring the woods for balls when their bag runs dry.   This is another typical modern (1997) New England course carved into/through rolling wooded terrain.  Plenty of elevation changes but nothing dramatic.  Several holes (including the first) require forced carries over wetlands. The bunkering tends to be more forgiving than penal.  If you are in a bunker it's likely that the bunker actually stopped your shot from going...
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Little Course on the Plains

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Pros: Conditions, cost, atmosphere.

Cons: Location.

I had previously written a review that can be found here, but I recommend reading the more in depth and informative review by Richard Daley.   This isn't a monster course by any measure, it is relatively short and straight forward golf.       Men's Tees. Gold  6805 yards, 73.6 rating, 134 slope Black 6325 yards, 71.1 rating, 126 slope Silver 5354 yards, 66.1 rating, 110 slope   Women's Tees. Silver  5354 yards, 71.4 rating, 118 slope Green 4688 yards, 67.5 rating, 109 slope

Spectacular Brutality

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Pros: Not boring!

Cons: Lacks support of major nearby population base.

If you can possibly get to Jaffrey NH it's a must play, if for no other reason than it frequently appears on lists such as the 50 most difficult courses in America.   However, the course has had a rough go of it over the years, mostly (I think) because it is so far from a major source of income support.  But to me that is a double edged sword as the place remains a bit wild, rough, casual, and uncrowded.   As long as I have played there it has retained this "wild" character.  Any ball even a few yards outside the maintained areas are at best in "real" rough or at worst into the deepest darkness of no return.  This very much is a...
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Modern New England Classic

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Pros: Interesting and challenging layout, good conditions.

Cons: Good points may not be immediately obvious.

Typical modern (meaning not Donald Ross era) New England course with holes carved into/through forested rolling terrain. Designed by Rees Jones and opened for play in 1999/2000.  However looks and plays like a much older course as almost no holes are visible from any other hole.   Very playable for (men at least) all skill levels with four sets of men's tees: Black 6909/74.6/139, Blue 6620/73.5/134, White 6326/71.8/128, Green 5804/69.3/124, and two sets of women's tees: Green 5804/75.5/136, and Red 5203/71.8/129.   Greens are typically quite nice, sand based, moderately fast (10-11 feet), and soft enough to accept a well struck shot.  However, as with any...
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