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Review of Golf Club of New England


Palmer Course Design recently unveiled its first golf course in New Hampshire, the Golf Club of New England, a private stand-alone golf course nestled on 450 acres of lush woodlands and natural terrain in Stratham, N.H.

"We were able to work with the native topography and some exciting natural elements to create a pure golf experience," said Erik Larsen, one of the architects of the Golf Club of New England. "The Golf Club of New England is simply about golf. Our design offers multiple playing strategies, providing players a unique golf experience at every hole."

The Golf Club of New England is a 7,122-yard, par-72 course located in the seacoast region of New Hampshire. It was a collaborative effort between Larsen and project architect Harrison Minchew, a talented design team that took advantage of the landscape in their design of this core golf course. The course features rolling fairways, several vertical changes, open fields, wetlands, streams and a variety of mature trees.

"Designing a stand-alone course gives you the freedom to have fun with the layout," Larsen said. "The Golf Club of New England was a pleasure to design, but seeing the finished product after 18 months and having it come out even more beautiful than we envisioned, is really rewarding."

The designers created the holes to be both demanding but enjoyable, with natural beauty on display at most every turn. This is particularly on holes such as the No. 8, where carrying the ball over the marsh is just half the battle. Tall grass on the edges of many bunkers also provides contrast with the bent grass fairways elsewhere on the course.

For more information about memberships at the Golf Club of New England, call Stacy Levesque at 603/772-4900 or visit www.golfclubne.com.

About Palmer Design

For more than 35 years, Palmer Course Design Company has been a leader in golf course architecture, creating many memorable courses. The company is involved in more than 250 active projects and has designed golf courses in 38 states and 23 countries. Founded on the philosophy and standards of excellence set forth by the game’s ambassador, Arnold Palmer, the firm applies traditional design elements to every course, whether private, public or resort. For more information about Palmer Course Design, call 904/285-3960 or visit www.palmerdesign.com.