The last course in our 2017 series of Preferred Golf Courses is Waumbek Golf Club. Waumbek Golf Club is the oldest original 18-hole golf course in New Hampshire. Founded in 1895, this course has remained unchanged for over 120 years.
Matt, Bunny, and I headed out early that day for the hour and a half drive north to Jefferson, NH. It was a bit foggy when we left, making for a beautiful morning over the mountains of Franconia Notch.
We were given a warm, cheerful welcome by Dianne Morneau, General Manager of the Waumbek. Dianne was able to tell us the history of the golf course – as well as how best to manage it once we got out there to play. “Line up to Cherry Mountain.” she said. “And try not to let the scenery distract you!” With views of the Presidential Mountain Range from every hole, it’s impossible not to take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty surrounding this golf course.
Matt, Bunny, and I were joined by Jerry for a mid-day tee time. Matt and I played a game of match play against Bunny and Jerry. The Waumbek is a challenging golf course. The greens are small and fast while the fairways are ambitious and unpredictable. There’s even a hole where you have to hit the ball over an active highway. How’s that for a hazard!?
Playing this course requires thoughtfulness, patience, well-placed shots, and a little bit of luck. Jerry and Bunny had it on the front nine, closing us out by 2 points. Matt and I rallied on the back nine, ending the match one up with a well-earned putt on the 18th hole.
I loved playing Waumbek Country Club. It was such a unique experience to play the oldest course in the state – knowing it’s architecture has been preserved for over a century. If you’re looking for one more ‘must play’ golf course to finish out your season, this is it.
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*Thank you Bunny and Jerry for playing a round with us.*
**Thank You Dianne Morneau and Waumbek Golf Club for having us out on your course.**