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A little gem in Southern NH
Pros: - Great baskets
- Plays like two separate courses, as if it were designed that way
- Clear course markings, impossible to get lost the first time through
- Nice mix of holes on the back 9
- Front 9 great for beginners, or short game practice
- Front 9 ends at playground, so the young ones can be dropped off with a non-playing parent
- Other facilities at park are nice and do not interfere in any way with the course
- Stepping up to the tee on a 109' downhill hole causes a different, weird sort of pressure (how embarrased would I be to bogey?!?!)
- Course is in wonderful shape, groomed, woodchips everywhere, clear fairways
Cons: - Not sure how long it would be before the front 9 just got silly to play.
- Tees could be a couple of feet longer on the back 9, I usually take a three step "walk-up" and there wasn't enough room.
- A couple of holes are technically par 3s, but I would be hard-pressed to come up with the right shot to get there in one due to elevation change, curve and low ceiling (10, 17).
- A few of the distance signs are missing or beat up pretty badly
Other Thoughts: Wow, I had read the reviews and was very interested in this course, and am happy to say I was impressed. As you have already read, the front 9 is crazy short, by far the shortest holes I have played. Almost joke short. Until you get a three on one, then you realize that short may not mean instant deuce. I didn't deuce hole three either time I played, blowing by the hole both times, even though I threw a putter about as easily as I can (downhill, 109'). My putting was absolutely horrible, I never hit a putt over 20', but still shot -5 and -6 the two times I played the front 9. There are a couple of picturesque holes (9, 15) to keep your interest up, and a few holes that you would be psyched to deuce (10, 11!, 17, 18).
Hole 11 was great, definitely a legit par 4, requiring a 250' drive to the midpoint, middle of fairway, then a 200' approach for a 3. I was fine with the tee placement, it just makes a basic RHBH much harder. I threw RHFH and missed the fairway right.
How the heck do you play hole 17?? I was begging for a local route up through the trees, but decided to try the fairway. No luck, I don't have a 300' gentle, low, uphill, low ceiling, anhyzer RHBH in my arsenal. I'm not sure you can make a disc fly all the way around that low curve, I would love to see someone park it.
About the front 9: Yes it is short, yes the fairways are extremely close to each other, although not quite "crossing" and yes you can shoot a six under in 5 minutes 28 seconds while jogging and throwing only a Pro Rhyno (had to try it). But, you could also play it as a separate course, first driving RHBH, then RHFH, LHBH and finally LHFH, for 36 holes. You could do a lot with those 9 little holes. My three and a half year old son shot a 6 on hole three, and he can only throw about 20' max (haven't really taught him yet, he'll get there).
So, all in all, well worth the drive from Exeter and I will wander to Pelham again a few times, just for the course. Good job Mr. diBona!!
PS. My personal opinion would be to remove the Pro pars of 2, and leave the original pars "as is". There should never be a par of 2 on any legitimate hole, as this leaves no ability to shoot lower than par (an ace is NOT considered an "expected score", it is caused by a bit of luck, lots of skill and usually an overthrown drive which happens to be stopped by the chains). So par on this course, whether Pro or not, should be 55 (hole 11 is definitely a legit 4).
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