Golf began in the Mt.
Washington Valley about a hundred years ago on the long-gone
Waumbek Hotel links. These, of course, were all very formal.
Knickers, together with starched and pleated linen outfits, were
the rule. The first course was laid out on the Intervale, a broad
field just below the center of North Conway village, now the site
of the 18-hole North Conway Country Club. A turn-of-the-century
brochure published by the Kearsarge Hotel bragged about "relaid"
greens, "under the care of a Scotchman, one of the most
expert greenkeepers in the United States."
Today, things are less
formal and arguably more fun. And the spectacular scenery -- the
mountains, the ledges, the Wildcat River, and the town of Jackson
-- is still the setting for golfers who play these innovative and
challenging valley courses. Each course takes advantage of the
interesting topography of the hills and vales of the valley, all
offering great variety in terrain.
In their book The Golf
Courses of New Hampshire, Bob Labbance and David Cornwell
describe one course in the valley in the following way: "Interesting
bunkering, curvaceous swales, brightly colored flower beds, and at
least one train whistle per round, add to the charm," as well
as the spectacular views in all directions.
Courses and Contacts
Mountain Resort, Jackson
Julie Sena, professional
9 hole, 32 par
Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods
Howard Jones, professional
18 hole, par xx
Location Golf and Country Club, Bretton Woods
Johnathon Rivers, professional
9 hole, 36 par
Conway Country Club, North Conway
Larry Gallagher, PC professional
18 hole, 71 par
Resort Golf Club, Jackson
Bob McGraw, professional
18 holes, 69 par