Mount Washington Resort's Donald Ross Golf Course to Reopen Memorial Day


Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods., N.H., will reopen the 18-hole Mount Washington Course on Memorial Day, May 25. The layout has been closed for nearly two seasons while undergoing a complete restoration; it had a soft opening last August.

The Mount Washington Course was originally designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1915. Brian Silva, a golf course architect based in Dover, N.H., led the restoration project, rebuilding the golf course based on the original design plans of Ross.

Ross designed courses based on the natural contours of the land and for placing challenging bunkers perpendicular to the required shots. According to Silva, who has won numerous awards for his work and renovated such courses as Seminole in North Palm Beach, Fla., Biltmore Forest in Asheville, N.C., and Georgia's Augusta Country Club, the Mount Washington Course "is mountain golf at its best" because it has all the advantages of its alpine setting. It features a routing tailored to the terrain in the Ammonoosuc River Valley.

With the original Ross plans for the Mount Washington Course in hand, Silva discovered the course was not simply the "flat thing" he recalled during earlier visits to the resort in the early 1970s and late '80s. By comparing the original plans to those before he started on the project in 2007, Silva unveiled the original intent of Ross, which had been lost or buried over the years.

Fairway bunkers crafted with classic Ross flair - perpendicular to the line of play - were unearthed, including the discovery of Ross's signature "Principal's Nose" bunker on the fourth hole. In keeping with his "meadowland" design, Silva significantly enhanced the wide open vistas by removing trees. Silva also made use of the natural rolls and swells of the ancient riverbed when placing tees, fairways, bunkers, and greens, as did Ross in his original plans.

Matt Massei, the resort's ceneral manager, came to Mount Washington Resort after a 15-year career at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Massei noted how impressed he was with the execution of the project and the significance of the new layout. "The Mount Washington Course is an original Donald Ross design that has been impeccably restored by Brian Silva. We are absolutely thrilled with the result, and we would love the opportunity to host one of the USGA amateur championships here at Mount Washington Resort within the next five years or so," he said.

The Mount Washington Course restoration was part of a $50 million investment in refurbishing the resort. The project includes the addition of the new Presidential Wing on the 100-year-old Mount Washington Hotel that houses a new spa, conference center and outdoor pool complex that opened in January. Also on hand is the nine-hole Mount Pleasant Course.

Mount Washington Resort offers various overnight packages that include spa treatments and adventures on the new Bretton Woods Canopy Tour, a three-and-a-half-hour treetop-to-treetop diversion that involves descending over 1,000 feet to the base of the mountain. Packages start at $115 per person, based on double occupancy, dates and availability.

For more information about Mount Washington Resort, call 877/873-0626 or visit www.MountWashingtonResort.com.


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